From the Director...
The new year started on an
exciting note! In December,
Herb Yardley provided a major
donation for the creation of the
garden project that will frame
Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall. He
has asked that the garden be
named after his mother and wife:
The Mary E. and Catherine A. Yardley Garden. With the
garden funding in place, we can move forward with the ren-
ovation and construction of what will become the CWSGR
complex. The project plan should go out to architects for
bids this summer. We expect the building to be ready for
occupancy by 2004, and the garden to be finished by 2006.
These facilities will house classroom space, offices for fac-
ulty, staff, and visiting scholars, a library of books and
videos on women and gender, an exhibition space, a small
kitchen, places for public performances, readings, lectures
and gatherings, and a teaching Herstory Wail in the garden
area. We hope that the complex will become a central gath-
ering place for both the campus and the community.
Now that the building and garden are on their way,
we will continue fund-raising for the basic equipment we
need to make the building habitable and the garden sustain-
able: tables, desks, chairs, computers, telephones, a refrig-
crator and stove, benches for the garden and outdoor semi-
nar areas, and an endowment for garden upkeep. We also
hope to raise funds to create fellowships for visiting schol-
ars as well as faculty at UF, student scholarships, an
endowed chair, library and video materials, and support for
art exhibits and performances. The CWSGR, for example,
mounts three exhibits each year by women artists. We
would like to also be able to commission art works for the
building, or purchase representative examples of the work
that has been exhibited for a permanent collection of work
by women artists. In short, there's lots more still to do!
We have many other accomplishments to report. As
you'll see from the articles in this newsletter, CWSGR fac-
ulty and affiliates have had a busy and productive year. We
have hired a new colleague, Stacey Langwick, who focuses
on women, gender, medicine, and health in Africa who will
be jointly appointed with Anthropology. We hope to add
another faculty member next year. In addition, our propos-
al for a master's degree program in Women's Studies went
before the Board of Regents in March. We are also organ-
izing our first Women's Studies Study Abroad courses. In
the midst of all this activity, we moved to spacious new
offices in 3324 Turlington in January, and have on display
an exhibit of sculptures by Jana Bailey, a talented artist and
one of our undergraduate majors.
As I'm writing this, I received word that next fall
the CWSGR's invitation to host a Fulbright scholar from
Russia has been accepted. Professor Elena Gritsenko is
from the Linguistic University of Nizhny Novgorod, the
most important center in Russia for language study. She
will be doing research here on a project on gender and lan-
guage, and exploring the curriculum and structure of our
Center in preparation for creating a Women's Studies pro-
gram at her home university. Professor Gritsenko will share
with us her observations on the state of women's and gen-
der studies in Russia, and
will present some public
lectures and seminars dur-
ing her time at the Center.
We are all very
pleased and excited about
the increasing visibility
and impact of the Center.
and its effectiveness in
teaching, and learning
about women and gender.
We're looking forward to
another year of growth!
Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the
Center for Women's Studies
Elena Gritsenko is a linguist and professor at
the University of Nizhny, Novgorod and will
be visiting the University of Florida and the
Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research for the Fall 2001 semester. She will
be here for five months beginning in August,
and will be developing a course on feminist
criticism for her home university. In addition,
Dr. Gritsenko will engage in conversations
about women's studies in Russia while she's
here. The CWSGR will be sponsoring a joint
reception with Linguistics sometime in the
early fall for Dr. Gritsenko.
Summer 2001 Courses
WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Women Sara Crawley
WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Women Lara Foley
WST 4905/6905 Independent Study -Angel Kwolek-Folland
WST 4940 Internship Angel Kwolek-Folland
Fall 2001 Courses
WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Women Laura Sullivan
WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Women- Milagros Peila
WST 3930 Women Laboring Lynn Barolet
WST 3930 Incarrerated Women Amanda Davis
WST 3930 Race/Gender in Filmn Laurel Tripp
WST 4905 Independent Study Staff
WST 4930 Womanist Intellectual Thought Debra King
WST 4930 Women, Religion, and Society Zoharah Simmons
WST 4930 Race, Class, and Gender Kendal Broad
WST 4930 Feminist Theories Pamela Gilbert
WST 4940 Internship Staff
WST 6935 Gender and Research Angel Kwolek-Folland
WST 6905 Independent Study Staff
WST 6935 Womanist Intellectual Thought Debra King
In the Works for Summer 2002: Women's Studies Summer Program in Equador
The Center will be co-sponsoring a program with IFAS Office of International Programs and the Food and
Resource Economics Department (FRED) for several students to study abroad in Equador for the Summer 2002 term. In
an increasingly global economy, it is essential that students receive an education that embraces global issues and includes
international perspectives. The course is designed to expose students to global issues with a particular focus on Gender
and Development (GAD). The proposed program hopes to expand UFs recognized excellence in the field of GAD and
provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to benefit from the University's expertise.
The four week study trip will be conducted in Ecuador to provide the basis for students to experience and leam
about international development and conservation issues firsthand. The group will visit development projects located in
the Ecuadorian Sierra and Coast. They will be interacting with local farmers, community groups, and people who are
involved in natural resource management and policy-making. In addition, students will visit different eco-systems and
look at how gender relationships and responsibilities are structured differently on the coast and in the Andes. Through a
systems approach, students will be introduced to the interconnections that exist among gender, environment, agriculture,
and participation, and their relevance to their daily lives. In each location there will be a combination of class sessions,
guest speaker lectures and field project visits.*
For more information, call the CWSGR at 392-3365 or the GEAP office at 392-1965 or contact, Aly Dagang:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Peter Hildebrand: email@example.com or Elena Bastidas: firstname.lastname@example.org
* excerpt from GEAP course syllcibus
Distinguished Professor and Women's Studies Advocate:
An Interview With Dr. Constance Shehan
Connie Shehan, a sociology professor and director of the
University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET),
was recently awarded the Florida Blue Key (FBK)
Distinguished Faculty Award for her outstanding service to
UF. The award is given annually to faculty members who
excel as teachers and have a strong commitment to students
and research. Throughout her career at the University of
Florida, Dr. Shehan has won several awards, including the
CLAS Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
(1991), a UF Award for Outstanding Undergraduate
Teaching (1991), a TIP Award (1993-94), and the Ernest G.
Osborne Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the
National Council on Family Relations (1994). Most recent-
ly, Dr. Shehan received an award for Innovative Excellence
in Teaching, Learning and Technology (2000). Her service
to UF includes being president pro tempore of the CLAS
faculty, serving two terms on the Faculty Education Policy
Group, and being president of the Association for Academic
Women at UF. Shehan was the director of the Center for
Women's Studies from 1985 until 1989, and she became the
founding director of UCET in 1994. Recently, Dawn
Ramsey had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Shehan about
her award and experience as a professor at UF. The follow-
ing are excerpts from their conversations.*
What is your educational background?
I have a Ph.D. in Sociology from Penn State. As a
grad student I was funded as a research assistant not a
teaching assistant. When I got the opportunity to teach a
class I jumped at it. But before I could start teaching I had
to take one required graduate seminar in College/University
teaching that was offered by my department. Now that I
look back on it, my department was pretty forward thinking
in offering this course. Most faculty still come to their jobs
with little or no training or experience in teaching. I really
enjoyed teaching and I ended up teaching five different
courses before I finished my Ph.D. I taught at the main
campus of Penn State -- large classes in Industrial
Sociology to business majors; I taught at the Altoona cam-
pus of Penn State; and I even taught at the Rockview State
What first interested you in Women's Studies?
My own personal experiences and observations led
me to women's studies. In graduate school, I started out
specializing in gerontology but eventually switched my
focus to the study of work and occupations because I dis-
covered a really interesting book
called Dual Career Couples. I
figured that if/when I became part
of a couple, my partner would
most likely be a professional, as I .
would be. Thus, 1, too, would
become part of a dual-career cou-
ple. After reading that book I real-
ized the kinds of obstacles profes-
sional women experience in the
work place and in their attempts to
combine the demands of this type of employment with a
family life. This is what lead me to the study of gender and
to women's studies. By the way, even though that book was
written 30 years ago, things haven't changed that much for
women in the professions or in the home. My research
today focuses on these issues.
How was your experience as the director of Women's
It was really challenging but beneficial to me in
that I got to meet a lot of people from many different
departments and I learned a lot about how universities
function -- how decisions are made. It was challenging for
a number of reasons. The program was much smaller dur-
ing the mid to late 1980s. I was only the second director and
I was an untenured assistant professor at the time! There
were many fewer women faculty and not that much support
for women's studies as a discipline. Very few resources
were devoted to the program. There was no support staff,
no office space, and a $3000 annual operating budget.
Thanks to the generosity of the then-chair of Sociology, we
were able to draw on their office support for help. Yet we
still managed to increase campus-wide support for the pro-
gram by offering interesting speakers and appointing a
range of people -- men as well as women -- to an Advisory
Board that acted as good-will ambassadors. Some of these
folks are still very active in women's studies and remain
good friends to me. I really appreciate the support they
gave the fledgling program!
What other organizations were or are you involved in?
I've been involved in just about everything on cam-
pus! Early on, I was the faculty advisor to the "snow" ski
club! I served on the early AIDS advisory council. I've
participated in academic advising, including Preview, for
(See Shehan, page 7)
FACULTY AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS
Kendal Broad, CWSGR and Department of Sociology
Dr. Broad presented a paper titled: "Must Identity
Pedagogies Self-Destruct?" at New College, Sarasota in
January. She will also be presenting in March, "Transgender
Identity Constructions, Deconstructions and Fracturings" at
the UNCA Fourth Annual GLBT Studies Conference on
Queer Intersections: Community, Identity and Public Space.
Dr. Broad was nominated for a Teacher of the Year Award
for the 2000-2001 Academic year!
Sara Crawley, CWSGR and Department of Sociology
Ms. Crawley, a Ph.D candidate in Sociology and a graduate
teaching assistant for the CWSGR, has recently published
an article in Gender and Society titled, "Are Butch and Femrn
Working-Class and Antifeminist?"
Antoinette Emch-Deriaz, CWSGR and Department of
Dr. Emch-Deriaz will be presenting a paper at the American
Society for Eighteenth Century Studies annual meeting in
New Orleans in April on Rousseau's Geneva. In addition,
Dr. Emch-Deriaz will have a paper published in the
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History titled: "De l'impor-
tance de tater le pouls".
Lara Foley, CWSGR and Department of Sociology
Ms. Foley, a graduate teaching assistant for the CWSGR,
co-presented a paper titled "Negotiating and Narrating
Frustration in the Whiner's Club: Constructions of Gender,
Sex and Sexuality" at the Society for the Study of Symbolic
Interaction Couch/Stone Symposium, February 23-25, in
Miami, Florida. In addition, she will be participating in the
NWSA conference this June in Minneapolis, presenting in a
session on motherhood and academia, talking about the
course she developed titled "Theories and Politics of
Motherhood." She is also a finalist for the graduate school's
graduate student teaching award. Ms. Foley recently accept-
ed an assistant professor position at the University of Tulsa.
Tace Hedrick, CWSGR and Department of English
Dr. Hedrick has recently published an anthology article
titled: "Are You a Pura Latina? Rooms, Shoes, and
Ethnicity" Shari Benstock and Suzanne Ferris, eds.
Footnotes: On Shoes. Rutgers University Press, 2001.
Patricia Hilliard-Nunn, CWSGR
Dr. Hilliard-Nunn presented a discussion on "Manipulating
Materials," in conjunction with the "Spirits of the Cloth"
exhibit at the Ham Museum of Art, leading the discussion
on how women in the African Diaspora utilize accessible
media as an expression of identity, culture, and heritage.
Angel Kwolek-Folland, Director, CWSGR
Dr. Kwolek-Folland was interviewed in Philadelphia in
November for a film documenting the life of Rebecca
Lukens, the early 19th-century owner of Lukens Steel. The
film will air on PBS in March for Women's History Month.
In January, she consulted with planners at the Schlesinger
Library on the History of Women in Cambridge for a trav-
elling exhibition on the history of entrepreneurial women.
She will be the featured speaker for Women's History
Month at Monmouth University, New Jersey in March, and
will present a paper at Emory University as part of a work-
shop sponsored by the Social Science Research Council.
Jane Love, CWSGR
Dr. Love will be presenting a talk about the course she is
currently teaching for CWSGR, "Women in Hypermedia,"
for the research network forum of the Conference for
College Composition and Communication in Denver,
Milagros Pefia, CWSGR and Department of Sociology
Congratulations to Dr. Pefia who was nominated for a
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year
award for 2000-2001!
Kenneth Sassaman, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Sassaman, an affiliated faculty member, was awarded
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year
Award for Fall 2000. Congratulations Dr. Sassaman!
Anita Spring, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Spring has recently published an edited book titled:
Women Farmers and Commercial Ventures: Increasing
Food Security in Developing Countries. The book was pub-
lished through Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Marta Wayne, Department of Zooloogy
Dr. Wayne recently published a book titled: Women, Science
and Technology: A Reader in Feminist Science Studies with
Mary Wyer, Donna Giesman, Mary Barbercheck, and
Hatice Orun Ozturk; Routledge, 2000.
(See Faculty News, page 7)
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Artistic Expressions page
Reflecting on the Body: Creating and Losing Power
Currently on display at the CWSGR is an art exhibit by Jana Bailey which stresses the
relationship women have with their bodies. The title of the exhibit is meant to convey the complex
and conflicting responses of the women who served as "models" for the pieces. Some women
were very empowered by their participation and felt proud of their bodies, feeling that they loved
their bodies and the way they looked captured in plaster. Others were devastated, having very dif-
ferent pictures of their bodies in their mind's eye. Thus, the title is meant to communicate that
some women were satisfied and comfortable in their bodies and some had very distorted pictures
Distorted body image and the complicated beauty rituals that women put themselves
through is the focus of Jana's academic work at UF. Jana is a senior majoring in Women's Studies and has focused much
of her course work in the area of women's body issues and the influence of media on body image. Jana's research inter-
est lies within the discourse of beauty and bodies, the social and cultural implications of this discourse, and the way that
women's lives and actions are shaped and informed by the dialogue of beauty in popular culture. These works as well as
Jana's undergraduate thesis, stem from her fascination with the manner in which women recreate and alter their bodies
according to the dominant culture's ideals. Jana will be graduating Spring 2001. -J. Bailey andD. Ramsey
Cristina Garcia A reading from
The Aguero Sisters ir
On March 28 at the Chandler Auditorium at the Ham Museum, the Center for
Women's Studies and Gender Research and the Department of English hosted a
reading by Cristina Garcia. Ms. Garcia attended Columbia University and began her
career as a nationally recognized political columnist in the 1980's. In 1988, Cristina i
moved to California and began what would be her new career, that of storyteller. Her first novel,
Dreaming in Cuban, was released to universal acclaim in 1992. Her most recent novel, The Aguero Sisters, has received
similar accolades and has been praised as a gifted chronicle of exile's promise and peril. Cristina is the former Miami
bureau chief for TIME Magazine and is currently a fellow at Princeton University. She lives in California with her young
Girl Scouts Commemorate Women. History Month Through Art
The Girl Scouts ofAlaco Plus have contributed artwork for an exhibit that was on display of the second floor walls
of the J. Wayne Reitz Union. This is the second year the Girl Scouts have come together with the Center and the Dean of
Students Office to celebrate Women's History Month. The exhib-
it, titled Coninuing the Journey: A Legacy of Empowerment,
was on display for three weeks from February 25 to March 18.
On March 4, a reception was held in the Union in honor of the
Girl Scouts who participated. Paula Palmer, office manger for
the Center, and Diane James, Service Unit Manager for the Girl
Scouts of Alaco Plus, presented certificates to the girls. Ms.
Palmer, who organized the exhibit said, "When we proposed
having Girl Scouts exhibit artwork for women's history month a
year ago, we thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce
(See Girl Scouts, page 6) Photograph by Gwen Dougherty
Why Women's Studies
By Patrick Douma
Question: "What's your major?"
Response: "I am a Women's Studies major."
For me the next question is almost always some para-
phrase of "WHY WOMEN'S STUDIES?"
This question is asked in either an embracing or
respectful tone by both female and male questioners
alike, without the suspicion or scrutiny that I would nat-
urally expect on occasion.
Is it how I present my response? Or am I some-
how limited to meeting polite people? Is it my percep-
tions that led me to believe this question always arrives
with a sincere invitation for me to elaborate? Why do
both women and men seem so open to embrace the
notion that I, a man, study Women's Studies? Would
there be any difference if I were a woman? Do female
peers in Women's Studies always get the same embracing
tone when they respond, "I am a Women's Studies
My guess would be no, they do not. There prob-
ably exists a double standard and if my guess is correct,
then it constitutes an ironic juxtaposition of my white
male privilege. I almost immediately begin receiving
silent applause for studying Women's Studies by women
and men alike, while my peers and local women's groups
(i.e. campus NOW) probably don't always enjoy such a
warm reception for their efforts.
White male privilege? It doesn't deserve any
more analyses, and for my part, I choose to accept the
warm reception I receive, because in consciously reach-
ing out to those people who have asked, it says to me that
I have identified my opportunity to pass on what I have
learned from the Women's Studies program.
So what do I say? What follows is a paraphrase of
what I strive to convey to those so eager to listen.
When you leave this earth, that which you take with
you is only the knowledge you have learned through your rela-
tionships with others. So why not live deliberately, learning
through relationships, with conscious intention to receive and
recognize another's knowledge as equally valid as your own.
Women's Studies necessitates a willingness to let go of
my preconceptions about the world, to leave my shoes at the
door and try on another set. It may not always be possible, but
ultimately it is about the effort to follow a path in which I
attempt to experience another's perspective on the world with-
out conditions. For myself the challenges and rewards of the
Women's Studies program have been exactly that, releasing
and receiving of ideas and perceptions. Women's Studies has
been my opportunity to do this and at the same time bridge the
gap between my academic and personal endeavors.
My hope is that by sheding some light on my personal
experience with Women's Studies, I will inspire other female
and male students who are looking to bring personal growth to
their own academic experience. Maybe they too will choose
Patrick Douma is a senior in Interdisciplinary
Studies majoring in Women 's Studies at
the University of Florida
(Girl Scouts, continued from page 5)
young girls to Women's Studies and the University of
Florida. We have been very pleased with the response
from the girls. The artwork we've displayed this year in
the Reitz Union was outstanding. You can see by the
quality of the work that the girls have really reflected on
the meaning of women's history month."
The Center's director, Angel Kwolek-Folland,
was very pleased with the exhibit. "This gives girls a
chance to learn about particular women in the past who
have made a difference; and it sends the message that girls
can make a difference," said Kwolek-Folland. When Dr.
Kwolek-Folland was asked what other programs she
thought might be beneficial to girls with regards to
women's studies her response was quite enthusiastic. "I'd
like to see more girls imagine themselves as college pro-
fessors! It would be fun to have a Girl Scout Day on the
UF campus, where women faculty could introduce the
Girl Scouts to what we do."
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Around the Center
(Shehan, continued from page 3)
many years. I've served as President pro tempore of the
Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty; president of the
Association for Women Faculty. And I was on former-pres-
ident Lombardi's advisory board for six years. I guess it's
clear that I have trouble saying "no" when I'm asked to do
something for the University!
What are your favorite classes to teach?
I've taught at least a dozen different courses since
I've been here. Recently I've been teaching my Sociology
of Women course from a "body" perspective. This is really
fascinating and I've learned a lot! I also really like to teach
the undergrad course "Marriages and Families." It sounds
like a stodgy, common-sense type of course but it's actually
really contemporary and is a good way to introduce students
to research-based information from the social sciences.
What does the award mean to you?
It's really wonderful to be publicly recognized for
the time and effort I've devoted to UF's students. It's not
necessary -- because the interactions with students are very
rewarding in themselves. But it's certainly nice to be con-
gratulated in this way. It's clearly a luck of the draw kind of
thing, though, because there are many, many other faculty
members who are just as deserving.
What kind of future involvement would you like to see
between the University and students?
I would like to see more dialogue between faculty
and students. We (the faculty) have been where students are
and we do understand the challenges they face. I also think
it's time for more students to take responsibility for their
own learning. It should be an active process not a passive
one. And I also think there needs to be more civility on
campus. Professors have feelings, too! I urge students to
treat their teachers with the same respect they would treat
other professionals. Professors, on the other hand, need to
realize that we can learn from our students. The use of tech-
nology is just one of many ways in which our students are
often more expert than we are.
What are your future plans at UF?
Well, that's a really good question! For the past six
months I've been leading a task force that's trying to devel-
op a campus-wide Institute for Children and Families. This
is really exciting to me because my teaching and research
focus on family issues, particularly those involving women
and children. So, I'm hoping to be able to participate in this
Institute in some way.
*some information provided by CLASnotes Vol. 14/15, No. 12/1
SFriends of Women's Studies
The Friends of Women's Studies was organized in
1991 through the efforts of Polly Doughty and director
Linda D. Wolfe in order to increase community awareness
about Women and Gender studies. The organization is a
network of Women's Studies supporters who have not
only made generous contributions to the Center, but have
developed and participated in several programs beneficial
to the CWSGR. Fundraising events in the past, sponsored
by the Friends include an annual booksale at Goerings
Bookstore of which a percentage of sales is donated to the
CWSGR, and last year a luncheon at the Sweetwater
Branch Inn was organized in order to raise funds for the
new Women's Gym Commemorative Garden.
With our Fall 2001 newsletter, we will begin pro-
filing Friends of Women's Studies members who have
made significant contributions to the Center. If you are
interested in becoming a Friend of Women's Studies
member, fill out and return the form on the back of News
and Views or contact the CWSGR office for more infor-
Good Luck Dani!
Student assistant Danielle
Chicerchia will be graduating in
the Spring 2001 with a
Bachelor's degree from the
College of Business in
Marketing. Dani has been with
the Center for 3 years and has
been a valuable asset to the
Women's Studies staff. Good
luck Dani; you will be missed!
(FacultyNews, continued from page4)
Body Politics and The Fictional Double, a collection of
essays edited by Debra Walker King, was published by
Indiana University Press. Other essays by University of
Florida faculty include Debra King, Maude Hines, S.
Yumiko Hulvey, Stephanie A. Smith, and Maureen Turim.
Sara Crawley, Lara Foley, and Constance Shehan, have
recently signed a book contract with AltaMira Press to write
a book titled: Gendering Bodies for AltaMira's Gender Lens
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