WGS 3680 / ITTR 3680

This course explores how Italian women writers have represented food in their short stories, novels and autobiographies in dialogue with the culture and society from late nineteenth century to the present. Looking how cooking and serving meals to others, while denying themselves the pleasure of eating, are depicted in Italian women’s writing helps us understand the role food and food-related-activities have played, and still play, in women’s lives.

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WGS 3500 (Women Writing)

Examines the rhetorical choices Western women have made from Medieval times to the present to create public arguments for social change, in the face of cultural pressure to remain silent. Analyzes how women writers deliberately worked with narratives of gender, as well as traditional and alternative texts. Explores how those decisions shape expectations of women in the public sphere today.

Joan of Arc Extravaganza

Joan of Arc Extravaganza


Voices Appeared: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc and the Orlando Consort

On the Precipice of Change:

With President Obama's White House Task Force on Keeping Students Safe from Sexual Assault, the higher education community has finally begun to address the problem. Social science research, the bulk of it from psychology, can inform institutional understanding of the problem and requisite changes. In this talk, I weave 60 years of data on what we know about the nature and scope of victimization and perpetration, how students understand consent, and how as institutions we can use compassion and still meet federal regulations for Title IX!

"The Samuel Lubelski White Slavery Trial of 1914: Human Trafficking, Migration, and National Difference at the Polish-German Border."

The talk, by David Petruccelli of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, discusses a major human trafficking trial held in the German partition of Poland in 1914.

Sponsored by CREEES as part of the UVa Polish Lecture Series, co-sponsored with UVA Women, Gender & Sexuality Program


Gretchen Ki Steidle, "The mindful change agent: Leading change globally with compassion"

Gretchen Ki Steidle, CLAS ’96, Global Grassroots, “The mindful change agent:  Leading change globally with compassion”, the Second Annual Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lecture, Harrison-Small Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, cosponsored with the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center

Carissa Harris, "Gender in 16th Century secular lyric anthologies"


The Yellow Ticket

Yellow Ticket

$15 / $5 Students/ Free for UVA students in advance & those under 18.

Violinist-composer Alicia Svigals, pianist Marilyn Lerner, and UVA faculty member and clarinetist Joel Rubin will accompany a live screening of the 1918 Pola Negri silent film, “The Yellow Ticket” in collaboration with the Virginia Film Festival. The score, written by Svigals, was commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2013 New Jewish Music Network and Svigals and Lerner regularly tour with this multi-media event.