Apr. 24, 2020
Women’s and Gender Studies is thrilled to announce the winners for the 2020 Susan Ford Wiltshire Awards.
The undergraduate student award goes to Meilan Lu for the essay, “Old Father, Old Artificer: Female Sexuality and Male Authorship in Les Fleurs du mal and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”
The graduate student award goes to Hannah Hicks for the essay, “She Should Burn it in Ashes”: Women on Trial for Arson in Post-Civil War South Carolina.” Congratulations to both of these exemplary students!
Feb. 5, 2020
Oral Histories: Voting While Black and Female
Course Description: 2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the American
constitution, which was hailed as closing the suffrage gap so that all Americans could
vote. As history demonstrates, however, suffrage remained and still remains out of reach
for many citizens of this country, most of whom are African-American. Jim Crow laws,
voter suppression laws and movements, and the frustrations associated with
gerrymandering have disfranchised generations of African-American citizens, men and
women. During this centennial year celebrating women’s suffrage, this course will
investigate the real-life voting experiences, opinions, and struggles of African-American
women in Nashville.
Students in this course will recruit interview participants, conduct interviews, and create
an oral history database of African-American women of all ages reflecting on suffrage.
Save their stories.
Check out the WGS 3891 syllabus here!
Jan. 15, 2020
Our very own Professor Elizabeth Covington is the 2019 recipient of the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes Senior Lecturers and Lecturers for outstanding undergraduate teaching. Professor Covington, currently the Associate Director of the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, teaches a wide array of courses in both WGS and English and has a series of literary projects in store for the future.
Apr. 29, 2019
Congratulations to our 2019 Susan Ford Wiltshire Essay Competition winners.
The undergraduate winner was Cassidy F. Alla, Class of 2019, with an essay entitled “‘Girlboss Feminism’: How Young Women View Feminists on Television and in their Lives.”
We had two graduate winners this year: PhD student Ludwig Beethoven J. Noya, with an essay entitled “ONAN SPEAKS BACK!: An Autobiographical and Postcolonial Reading of Genesis 38:8-10” and Ph.D. candidate Joanna Huh with an essay entitled “Glimpsing Medusa’s Head: Confronting the Body of Lavinia in Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus.'”
Thank you to everyone for their submissions!
Apr. 12, 2019
On April 23 from 11am-1pm, Women’s and Gender Studies will host an undergraduate student project/essay showcase and an end-of-year lunch. We will display up to 25 posters, and 5 students may give brief presentations (from 11am-noon) to an audience of students and faculty.
At noon, we will have Blue Coast Burrito for lunch. Vegetarian options will be available.
We are so excited about this end-of-year event, and we would love for you to join us!
Apr. 8, 2019
Register now for our new course WGS 2610: Womanism in Global Context! This course will be a survey of global Womanist (Black Feminist) theory and praxis. Topics will cover race, class, sexuality, spirituality, activism, and controversies over female bodies.