WGS 4559 (Black Feminist Theory)

This course critically examines key ideas, issues, and debates in contemporary Black feminist thought. With a particular focus on Black feminist understandings of intersectionality and womanism, the course examines how Black feminist thinkers interrogate specific concepts including Black womanhood, sexual mythologies and vulnerabilities, class distinctions, colorism, leadership, crime and punishment, and popular culture. 

WGS 4559 (Gender & Sexuality in Islamic Cultures)


This course examines the politics of gender and sexuality in various Muslim societies since the 19th century. It covers a range of topics and themes, including: historical, theological, political, and anthropological accounts of gender discourse; various feminist movements; and sexuality, marriage,family, masculinity, and LGBTQ issues. Of particular interest is how social and state actors have attempted to mobilize gender for political gain.

WGS 3559 (Women's Rights in Modern Italy)


This course explores how modern Italian literature, cinema, and the arts have represented the quest for women’s rights from bodily autonomy to equal pay as well as emergencies related to women’s socio-cultural perception such as the high rate of feminicide, rape and other forms of gender-based violence. What can Italian literature, cinema and arts from the recent past teach us about the global backlash of patriarchy against women in the 2010s?

WGS 3240

This course seeks to explore the intersection of gender and race in sport, specifically examining the African-American experience in sport. This course will ask students to consider whether sport was (and continues to be) the great equalizer for both African-American sportsmen and sportswomen, and to evaluate their portrayals (or lack thereof) in both the white and black media. We’ll consider athletic greats Jackie Robinson and Althea Gibson, as well as lesser known athletes Jack Johnson and Ora Mae Washington—why are some athletes destined to be celebrated while others are forgotten?

"Being a Gender: The Transgender Child and Changes in the Self"


Cosponsored by Sociology Department. 

"Queer in Black and White: Everyday Interraciality in a 'Post-Racial' Society"


Cosponsored by Sociology Department.

Day 2: Global History of Black Girlhood Conference


Panel Sessions

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Harrison Institute Auditorium 


Undergraduate Symposium 

3:00PM - 5:00PM 

Harrison Institute Auditorium 


NEA Big Read: Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow

6:00PM - 8:00 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium 


Day 1: Global History of Black Girlhood Conference



Panel Sessions

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Harrison Institute Auditorium 




5:30PM - 6:30PM

Minor Hall Lobby

Sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies 



Keynote Panel: Global Black Girl Politics

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Minor Hall 125


Film Screening: La Loi du Marché / The Measure of a Man


Cosponsored by the French Department.

"The Homosexual Ingredient in the Making of Straight White Men"

Presented by Jane Ward, University of California at Riverside.

Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department.