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Gender/Sexuality Matters Seminars

Posted by on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Uncategorized.


The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Vanderbilt Presents: Gender/Sexuality Matters: Fall 2018

Come join us for informal discussions on some of the most pressing gender/sexuality matters currently facing women and LGBTQI+ communities in Nashville, on the Vanderbilt campus, as well as nationally and internationally. These will be informal conversations with experts in specific areas. We may also pursue ways to discuss the topic further in the future. All talks will take place in Buttrick 123; snacks and beverages will be provided. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend. We would love to have you! 

Tuesday, October 9, 4-5:30: The Forgotten Victims of HIV/AIDs Today

This discussion will focus on the ongoing effects of HIV/AIDs on underrepresented and ignored populations, including women and people of color, as well as new research advances. Dr. Robertson Nash will present on his work with the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (VCCC), where he serves as an HIV/primary care clinician and also as the Director of the PATHways Program, a nursing-led, interdisciplinary, intensive, and individualized specialty service that he developed to address the complex needs of patients at greatest risk of falling out of ongoing HIV Care. Dr. Briana Furch has a research focus in vector-borne illness, specifically at the intersection of HIV and neglected infectious disease. Dr. Furch is currently a recipient of a NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellowship where she is spending her fellowship year at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Furch has graciously agreed to present from Zambia. This will be an exciting dialogue on a pressing issue.

Tuesday, November 6, 4-5:30: The Intimate and Social Effects of “Borders”

Our final fall panel discussion will focus on the effects of border policies inside and outside of the United States. Discussions will include the intimate and social effects that the current rhetoric regarding the border wall have had on families, family separations, anti-immigrant/Latinx sentiments in the U.S, and women’s labor work at the border. Dr. Karla McKanders, Director of Vanderbilt University’s Immigration Practice Clinic will join in the conversation, and Dr. Diana Aldrete, professor of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College, will moderate the panel. This should be a timely and enlightening conversation.


Please feel free to contact the Associate Director of Women’s and Gender Studies if you have any questions: K. Allison Hammer,