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    Academic program
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    Faculty & affiliate news
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    Around the Center
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    Faculty & affiliate news
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    Student spotlight
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Gender Research

University of Florida

News and Views Fall 2006 Volume 17, Issue 1

"Today we dedicate what was once the

University's Women's Gym

as a Campus Gem"
This is how Neil Sullivan summed up the amazing transformation of Ustler Hall,
which was previously the Women's Gym.
On Friday, September 29, 2006, a dedication ceremony was held for the first UF
academic building named after a woman, the Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall. Built in
1919, the historic building was recently renovated by a generous gift from Kathryn
Chicone Ustler. The event was held in the grand atrium on the second floor of the
building where future events for students and faculty will be assembled.
The dedication began with welcoming remarks by Neil S. Sullivan, Dean of the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and opening remarks by J. Bernard Machen,
UF President Bernie Machen and Kathryn President of the University of Florida.
Chicone Ustler
Article continued on page 4

From the Director: Milagros Peha
Sit is official! We are in the newly renovated Ustler Hall. The dedication of the building took
place the morning of Friday, September 29th; photographs of the exciting event appear in this
ne.. letter Standing at the podium officially accepting the building was especially exciting because I
|..a. ery aware that I was standing at one end of a basketball court. As a former high school and
college varsity basketball player I really felt the history of the building. In 1948 the building became
the Women's Gymnasium when UF officially became coeducational. Now with the generous support
of LIF alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler, the building is alive again. Along with students in classes tak-
ing place on the first floor, the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research occupies the sec-
ond and third floors. There are faculty offices and study areas for students. The building is open to
all students and faculty to use, though it is symbolically striking given the history of the building to
see women students coming regularly to use the space to study or use the internet. Yes! We have
i,,,reless internet access available to UF students! We are working quickly to settling in and are plan-
ning hosting events at the center starting in the spring.
These are very exciting times for our program. Our new colleague Anita Anantharam has arrived
and has already become an invaluable member of the program by working to connect our Center with a planned conference on
women, religion, and culture together with ChiTra (the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions). We are also pursuing the possibility
of establishing a student exchange program with Dar Es Salaam University in Tanzania for students interested in our women and
development specialty. At the invitation of Leo Villal6n, Director of the Center for African Studies, in May of this year, I traveled with
Stacey Langwick who headed our faculty exchange program together with the Center for African Studies to explore interest in devel-
oping a six-week student curriculum at Dar Es Salaam University that focuses on women and development topics. I joined Stacey
Langwick and Stephanie Evans, who had co-taught a women's Studies course with Rose Mwaipopo, a sociologist and scholar in the
study of women and development in Tanzania, whom we hosted as part of the faculty exchange in spring 2006. As part of the same
faculty exchange, Stephanie Evans traveled to Dar Es Salaam to pursue research. We all learned tremendously from the visit and
came back committed to pursuing a student exchange program for women's studies majors and minors. I do regret to report that we
lost Stacey Langwick to Cornell University. However, I am happy to say that despite Stacey's departure we remain connected and do
hope to meet again in Dar and see the groundwork Stacey laid for us blossom!
I end by saying that Ustler Hall is a major symbol for women and gender studies at UF and in the U.S. We have a building dedi-
cated to the discipline. In remembering those at UF who have passed and those who are still here that were founders of our pro-
gram, we only marvel at how far our program has come. If you are in Gainesville, or plan a trip near by, please stop by and see us.
Ustler Hall is a celebration for its history as well as for what it symbolizes for our discipline. -Milagros Peiia

F Fall 2006 Courses

WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Women
WST 3349 Ecofeminism
WST 3415 Transnational Feminisms
WST 3930 Women and Poverty
WST 3930 Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction
WST 3930 Gender & Development
WST 4905 Independent Study
WST 4930 Gender and Language
WST 4930 Gender Migration in Europe
WST 4940 Internship
WST 6508 Advanced Feminist Theory
WST 6905 Independent Study
WST 6348 Ecofeminism
WST 6935 Gender and Language
WST 6935 Masculinity in Suburbia
WST 6935 Gender, Sexuality and Social Movements
WST 6935 Race, Class, and Media
WST 6935 Gender and Cultural Politics in Latin
WST 6946 Internship
WST 6971 Research for Master's Thesis

C Spring 2007 Courses

WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Women
WST 3415 Transnational Feminisms
WST 3930 Sex Rights
WST 3930 Women of Color in the U.S.
WST 3930 Women & Development
WST 3930 Gender Representation in Visual Art
WST 3930 20th Century Women's Poetry
WST 3930 Women's Autobiographies
WST 3930 Modern Brazilian Literature
WST 3930 Women & Film
WST 4905 Independent Study
WST 4930 Women & Islam
WST 4930 Women in German Literature
WST 4930 U.S. Empire & Gender
WST 4930 African Women Writers
WST 4930 Women, Work, and Pop Culture
WST 4931 Women/Gender Thesis
WST 4935 Capstone Seminar in Women's Studies
WST 4940 Internship
WST 5933 Feminist Ethnography
WST 6905 Independent Study
WST 6935 Women & Islam
WST 6936 Race Perspectives
WST 6946 Internship
WST 6971 Research for Master's Thesis

Sunday, December 3, 2006, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Goerings Book Store at Westgate
3433 West University Avenue

Goerings will donale 200 of all sales Ihal evening to Ihe
Friends of Women's Studies
Bring your Holiday Shopping Lisl!
RefreshmenIs will be served

C Gender Conversations
Fall 2006 Schedule
219 Dauer Hall (Ruth McQuown Room)
Why I'm Talking About Motherhood in Modern Hebrew
Avraham Balaban, African and Asian Languages and Literatures
Thursday, October 12, 2006, 12:50pm

Why I'm Talking About the Culture Wars and Religion in My
Sociology Classes
Wendy Young, CWSGR
Thursday, November 2, 2006, 11:45am

Why I'm Talking About Gloria Anzaldua's Alien Possession
Tace Hedrick, CWSGR and English
Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 11:45am

Spring 2007 Schedule
Third Floor Reading Area in Ustler Hall
Why I'm Talking About Cross-Cultural Perspectives on
Sexual Harassment
Angel Kwolek-Folland, CWSGR and History
Thursday, February 1, 2007, 11:45am

Why I'm Talking About Black Women in the Ivory Tower
Stephanie Evans, CWSGR and African American Studies
Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 11:45am

Why I'm Talking About Modern South Asian Poetry
Anita Anantharam, CWSGR
Thursday, April 5, 2007, 11:45am

News and Views
Volume 17, Issue 1
Milagros Pefla, Ph.D., Director
Paula Ambroso, Editor
Amanda Culp, Co-Editor/Graphic Designer
Joanna Neville, Co-Editor/Graphic Designer
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Shifra Armon, Romance Languages and Literatures, present-
ed "Changing Densities of Masculinity in Early Modern Spain"
at U. of Miami's conference on "When There Was no Sex or

Florence Babb, CWSGR/Latin American Studies, participated
in the Latin American Studies associations and Congress of
Americanists' conferences. She spoke at Cornell University on
gender and tourism in Vicos, Peru, and co-organized two pan-
els: "Tourism Revisited" with Victoria Rovine for the American
Anthropological Association Conference, and "The Traffic in
Feminist Anthropology" with Ellen Lewin.

Sylvie Blum-Reid, Romance Languages and
Literatures/French and Film, presented "Travail de d6chiffre-
ment de deux films frangais-vietnamiens et roms" at the 20th &
21st Century Francophone Studies associations annual meet-
ing, and presented "Dreaming the Riots in French Cinema" at
the MLA's conference.

Marsha Bryant, English, presented "H.D. in CinemaScope:
Helen in Egypt, Historical Epic, Hollywood" at the Modernist
Studies Association Annual Conference, and presented
"Sounding Sitwell, Sounding Modernism."

Pamela Gilbert, English, presented "Paul, Eschatological
Time, and Victorian Liberalism" at the North American Victorian
Studies Association Conference, and organized four panels
"Interdisciplinarity and the Body."

Faye V. Harrison, African American Studies/Anthropology, pre-
sented "Building Solidarities for Human Rights: African
Diasporic Women as Agents of Transformation" at Alvan Ikoku
College of Education's Conference on "Gendering
Transformations: Gender, Globalization, and Transformation in
Africa and the African Diaspora," and presented "Negotiating
Postcolonial Conditions as Gendered Praxis: Ethnographic and
Theoretical Perspectives" at the International Union of
Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences's conference (U. of
Cape Town) on "Transcending Postcolonial Conditions: Toward
Alternative Modernities."

Tace Hedrick, CWSGR/English, presented "Queering the
Cosmic Race: Esotericism, Mestizaje, and Sexuality in
Gabriela Mistral and Gloria Anzaldua" at the South Atlantic
Modern Language Association Conference on "Race and the

Melissa Hyde, Art History, presented "Indexing Herself:
Suzanne Giroust-Roslin's Self Portrait of Quentin de la Tour a
I'index (1770)" for the Riggins Lecture at UNC Chapel Hill.

Carol Ritzen Kem, Smathers Libraries Collections, spoke at
American Library Association Annual Conference on "I'm
Dancing as Fast as I can: Building a Career when Personal
Responsibilities Demand More of You."

Bonnie Moradi, Psychology, with her students, had six pre-
sentations at the American Psychological Association

Carol Murphy, Romance Languages and Literatures, presented
"Sylvie Germain: Sculpteur des Lieux de M6moire" at Contemporary
French Culture's Conference on "Space, Place and Landscape:
Women and Environments."

Louise Newman, History, presented the keynote address at the U. of
Melbourne's conference on ""Historicizing Whiteness."

Milagros Pena, CWSGR/Sociology, co-presented the presidential
address "On Being a Community of Scholars: Practicing the Study of
Religion" at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's confer-
ence with Nancy T Ammerman, Wendy Cadge, Robert D.
Woodberrry, and Omar M. McRoberts.

Anita Spring, Anthropology, presented "Empowering Women in the
African Entrepreneurial Landscape: Microentrepreneurs to Business
Globalists in the Informal and Formal Sectors" at Cornell University's
Conference on "Gender and Empowerment in Africa."

Trysh Travis, CWSGR, organized a roundtable on the past, present,
and future of "Feminist Print Cultures" at the National Women's
Studies Associations Conference.


Shifra Armon, Romance Languages and Literatures, voted
"Professor of the Year" by graduate students in Spanish.

Kim Tanzer, Architecture, "Woman of Distinction, 2006" by the UF
Association for Academic Women, and Morton Wolfson Faculty
Award for Outstanding Service to UF Students, 2006, by the Division
of Student Affairs .

Luise White, History, has been awarded a fellowship for spring 2007
at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University.


Diana Boxer, Linguistics, aired her commentary on Hillary Rodham
Clinton on an edition of National Pubic Radio's "All Things
Considered" on the topic of "American Women: Changing Their

Kendal Broad, CWSGR/Sociology, collaborated with Milagros Pena
(CWSGR/Sociology) as Co-PIs, along with PI Marta Wayne
(Zoology), to submit a NSF IGERT program proposal "IGERT:
Genetics Literacy Project." William Allen (Medical School) and
Connie Mulligan (Anthropology/Genetics Institute) are also Co-PIs.

Debra Walker King, Associate Provost for Faculty
Development/English, submitted a plan on behalf of UF which will be
implemented with a grant in support of innovative faculty career flexi-
bility and development accelerator plans.

Faculty News continued on page 6

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall Dedication Ceremony

Atlicle continued from page 1

Dr. Sullivan Ihanked key players in Ihe renovation process
including Willard Harrison, Jennifer Denaull, Cailer
Boydslun, Kim Tanzer, Angel Kwolek-Folland, Jim Mueller,
Chris Easlman, J.T. McCaffrey, Bahar Armaghani, Mary
Thompson, Ajax ConsIruclion, Rick Barnell al Barnell,
Fronczak, and Barlowe Archilecls. He also honored Ms.
UsIler for making all of Ihis possible, saying she "has helped
save Ihis charming old building and Iransform il inllo a slale-
of-lhe-ail facility lo be used by generations of Universily of
Florida sludenis and facully."

Milagros Pena, Direclor of Ihe Cenler for Women's Sludies
and Gender Research, and Virginia Hamner, recenI graduate
of Ihe joinI degree in Women's Sludies and JD program,
accepted Ihe building on behalf of Women's Sludies.

Willard Harrison, Emerilus Dean of Ihe College of Liberal
Ails and Sciences, gave a historical overview of Ihe process
of obtaining Ihe needed funding for Ihe renovations of
Kalhryn Chicone Usiler Hall. Kalhryn Chicone UsIler, 1961
Alumna and benefactor of Ihe building spoke aboul how Ihe
evenI was "a day of celebration for women." Her son Craig T.
UsIler, 1991 & 1995 AlumnIus, also made comments in con-
gralulalions Io his mother.

The evenI was allended by facully, sludenIs, friends of
Women's Sludies, and members of Ihe community.

A reception following Ihe dedication was held on Ihe Ihird
floor reading room/sludy area.

illt e1 WI Dean Neil
U 'OO I ULM Sullivan

Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan and Kim Tanzer

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall Dedication Ceremony

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(Right) Ala, Construction
representatives Bill Byrne,
Todd Miller, and Mary
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Congratulations to our Women's Studies Students
Congratulations to Denise Guidry and Jaimy Mann for completing the requirements and earning the Graduate
Certificate in Women's Studies.
The UF chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected two students majoring in Women's Studies to the
Society in its Fall 2006 evaluation. Congratulations to Erin Quinn (Women's Studies) and Preeti Sharma
(English/Women's Studies).

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Faculty News continued from page 3


Nora Alter, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Chris Marker, U. of
Illinois Press.

Patricia Woods, Political Science, Judicial Power and
National Politics: Courts and Gender in the Religious-Secular
Conflict in Israel, SUNY Press.

Florence Babb, CWSGR/Latin American Studies, Queering
Love and Globalization, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian

Avraham Balaban, African & Asian Studies, A Gender Rading
of Agnon's Metamorphosis, (in a literary anthology dedicated
to Professor Dan Miron of Columbia University, Jerusalem:
Mosad Bialik), and The Rabbinical Court as a Slaughterhouse:
Dvora Baron's Bill of divorcement, Gender and Modernity:
Critical Response to Dvora Baron, U. of Maryland Press.

Sylvie Blum-Reid, Romance Languages and
Literatures/French and Film, La Reine Margot, H-France

Kendal Broad, CWSGR/Sociology, with co-author Sara
Crawley(Assistant Prof at USF in Women's Studies), Sex and
Sexualities: Social Construction at the Intersection of
Sociology, Feminism, and Queer Theory, as a chapter in The
Handbook in Constructionist Research, Guilford Press.

Carmen Diana Deere, Latin American Studies/Food and
Resource Economics, guest co-edited Feminist Economics's
special issue "Women and Wealth," and co-authored The
Gender Asset Gap: What Do We Know and Why Does It

Stephanie Evans, CWSGR/African American Studies, I Was
One of the First to See Daylight: Black Women at
Predominantly White Colleges and Universities in Florida
since 1959, Florida Historical Quarterly; This Right to Grow:
African American Women's Intellectual Legacy, International
Journal of the Humanities; The State and Future of the Ph.D.
in Black Studies: Assessing the Role of the Comprehensive
Examination, Griot: Journal of African American Studies; and
Recent Research Rewrites Society's History with Identity of
First Black Woman Member, Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter.

Melissa Hyde, Art History, Making Up the Rococo: Francois
Boucher and his Critics, Getty Research Institute, and
Rethinking Boucher.

Bonnie Moradi, Psychology, Roles of perceived sexist
events and perceived social support in mental health of
women seeking counseling, Journal of Counseling
Psychology, with co-author J. Funderburk; Perceived discrimi-
nation experiences and mental health of Latina/o American
persons, Journal of Counseling Psychology, with co-author C.
Risco; Perceived sexual orientation-based harassment in milit-

ary and civilian contexts, Military Psychology; Intrapersonal and
interpersonal manifestations of anti lesbian/gay prejudice: An appli-
cation of personal construct theory, Journal of Counseling
Psychology, with co-authors J. van den Berg & F Epting; and
Raising students' awareness of women in psychology, Teaching of
Psychology, with co-author D. Vergara.

Carol Murphy, Romance Languages and Literatures, Preface to
Volume 2 of the Marguerite Duras series, Editions Minard in Paris,
and guest co-edited Contemporary French and Francophone
Studies on "Verbal, Visual, Virtual."

Milagros Pefia, CWSGR/Sociology, Latina Activists across
Borders: Grassroots Women's Organizing in Mexico and Texas,
Duke University Press.

Zoharah Simmons, Religion, "African American Islam as an
Expression of Converts' Religious Faith and Nationalist Dreams and
Ambitions" in Women Embracing Islam: Gender and Conversion In
the West, U. of Texas Press, and "Muslim Women's Experience as
a Basis for Theological Interpretation in Islam" in Muslims in the
United States: Identity, Influence, Innovation, Woodrow Wilson

CWSGR Welcomes
New Graduate Students

Mallory Szymanski graduated
from the University of Florida in
May 2006 with bachelor's
degrees in English and History.
Late in her undergraduate career
she developed an interest in
Women's Studies and decided to
pursue an M.A. in the field. As a
graduate student, her research
interests include transgender,
identity politics, and queer theory.

Amy Long graduated from the
University of Florida with her
bachelor of arts degree in
English and Women's Studies.
As a graduate student her
research interests primarily lie
,:: in literature and popular culture.

Award and Scholarship Presentation
at our annual Fall Opening Reception
mj Dr.Sharon DiFino was awarded the Dr. Madelyn Lockhart Faculty Fellowship which
gives release time for a competitive research project. Andrea Wood was presented
S.. with the Dr Madelyn Lockhart Graduate Student Fellowship.

Congratulations to the recipi-
ents of the Ruth O.
McQuown Scholarship

In addition, Vera Brown
received the Multicultural and
Madelyn Lockhart scholarship recipients: Sharon DiFino, Diversity Student Award for
Andrea Wood, and award presenter, Dr. Madelyn Lockhart Women's Studies, a universi-
ty scholars program scholar-
ship, and is entering her sec-
ond year of the McNair
Scholars program.
Ruth O. McQuown Scholarship Award recipients.

Congratulations to Helen Safa and M.J.
f Hardman on receiving Uppity Woman
Awards and to Katherine Walters on
receiving the Judith Brown Endowment
in recognition of committed feminist

Uppity Woman Award recipients: Helen Safa and M. J. Hardman di rec
Candi Churchill with the recipient of Judith Brown
Scholarship, Katherine Walters.

CWSGR Students Intern at New Local Non-Profit Agency

This fall, three CWSGR seniors worked as interns at Friends of Wild Iris. the
newly established non-profit arm of Wild Iris Bookstore. Vera Brown has worked to
develop a directory of women's social services in the area and Sheila LaMarre is
working on0 a directory of women-owned and -operated businesses.Their surveys
J will gather basic information for all of the businesses/organizations as well as
ascertaining things like handicap accessibility, multi-cultural support, whether or not
the business/organization is LGBTQ friendly, and/or women. minority, or LGBTQ
owned or operated. This information will then be compiled into a directory which will
be published on the internet and hopefully printed in a directory format.
M. At the same time. Erin Quinn has done research on fundraising and social
events for the new non-profit. as well as managing the production of a calendar
featuLiing the work of local women artists, including senior Melanie Brewster's black
and white photo "The Weight of Time and Experience." Titled "Celebrate Women 2007." the calendar will be sold
through the bookstore to raise funds for the Friends of Wild Iris's outreach and education programs. In addition, tenl vol-
unteers from affiliate faculty member Kristin Joos' class participated in service learning activities at Wild Iris, developing
a volunteer recognition system, updating a directory of feminist bookstores in the US and Canada, researching recom-
mended book lists. Speaking about the experience, Wild Iris proprietor Cheryl Krauth observes that they "have accom-
plished a lot for us that we could not have done alone. In addition we have absolutely loved the vibrant, alive atmos-
phere they have created in Wild Iris. It is really great to see volunteers working on projects, communicating, getting to
know each other, and members of the local community working with them." -Tiysh Travis

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