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which was a reading by UF novelist and Professor of English Jill Ciment. Jill read from her recently published novel, Heroic Measures which last summer made it on to Also at that event, Associate Dean for Humanities Debra Walker King provided an hosted several fascinating speakers since that beginning, and look forward to others during the remainder of the the early stages of talking about a series of small conferences on re-reading important feminist texts from the 20 th century. We will inaugurate this series next year with a conference on The Second Sex. Our own faculty members continue to distinguish themselves in their Just before classes started last fall, I was surprised and exhilarated to be appointed Interim Director of the CWSGR. Having been an affiliate faculty member for years, I was aware of the accomplishments of the faculty and of the excellent programs that the Center had sponsored, such as the continuing Gender Conversations Series. Although we have all felt the difficulties of the economic downturn, the Center has held its own, in part thanks to the generosity of our supporters in the UF community and beyond. To our affiliate faculty members and our loyal supporters, we express our gratitude. I also thank Milagros Pea for her leadership of the Center for over four years, and her continued support as she has Many phone calls and emails later, Milly is still providing me with institutional memory, as has another former director, Angel Kwolek-Folland. The year began with our opening program and reception, the highlight of INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Local Feminist Donates Papers 2 Gender Conversations 3 Faculty News 4 Career Panel Held 5 Evans honored 6 Anantharam Recognized, Panel Discussion Planned 7 Graduate News 8 UF CENTER FOR GENDER RESEARCH News and Views and Gender Research SPRING 2010 VOLUME 19, ISSUE 1 NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS Spring Gala Planned Local Feminist Donates Historical Papers Gender Conversation series continues AAW brings Congresswoman to Campus Anantharam Nominated for International Educator of the Year Planned Continued on Page 2 of Invitations have been mailed and RSVPs have arrived for A Spring Gala at the Center for Research. The Gala is a celebration of the installation of a collection of paintings by Florida artist Eleanor Blair in Ustler Hall, made possible by a generous The Gala, set for February 27th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. is being held in the Atrium at Ustler Hall and features the music of the UF Jazz Combo, with new Jazz Director, Scott Wilson. (Gerhard Baier Trumpet Artist and AKAI Windsynth Artist) Gala attendees will meet the artist, Eleanor Blair, mingle with friends, and enjoy wine Cocktail attire is requested. The event will be catered by Ibti. Spring Gala Planned Studies Affiliate Dr. Jill Ciment reads from her book, Heroic Measures, at the well attended fall reception. Palm Fronds painted by Florida artist Eleanor Blair

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A crowd gathers in front Ustler Hall to witness the unveiling of the Yardley Garden Wall. Neuma Aguiar, author and award winning sociologist PAGE 2 with new Center Director Judith Page following the Fall Reception. (continued from page 1) research: Trysh Travis has published a major book, The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey (UNC Press, 2009), and Stephanie Evans has co -edited an exciting collection, African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education (SUNY, 2009). And several of us have other books on the way! Finally, this spring we are celebrating the installation of ten beautiful paintings by artist Eleanor Blair, generously donated to us by Kathryn Chicone Ustler. These paintings, which re-imagine and flora, have brought our make it to our spring gala on February 27 th both a celebration and a fundraiser for the Center, please stop by at another time to see the paintings in the atrium. Having just completed a scholarly project on women and gardens in 18 th and 19 th century England, I am particularly delighted to have these paintings greet me every day as I come to work! Please visit our web site, ably maintained by Office Manager Donna Tuckey, for a complete listing of our faculty, courses, and events. I hope to see you in the Center! Longtime Gainesville Feminist Donates Historical Papers then went on to major in math at UF. After graduating in 1963, she taught middle and high-school math and became department head and Senior Class Sponsor in her one (and only) year of teaching. She in Alachua. as an activist began with the 1950s civil rights movement and included the March on Washington of 1963. In Gainesville she represented her precinct in the local Democratic Party for over nineteen years, and was the local contact for the Democratic Socialists of America. She worked for Florida NOW and Floridians Representing Equity and Equality as well as the NAACP and other organizations. In 2008, Wild Iris Books of feminist and progressive Emily Browne, long a pillar of community and a founder of the Judy Levy chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), has donated eight boxes of personal papers to the CWSGR. These documents shed light on the development of organizations as well as on the ways in which women worked to influence local elections and city government. When processed, they will be a rich addition to which houses similar materials from groups like Gainesville Women for Equal Rights (GWER) and Florida NOW, as well as a digital collection titled Emily Browne was born in New Jersey in 1942 and moved to St. Petersburg at age sixteen. She attended Boca Ciega High School t-shirts in a special exhibit entitled We often think that history is made by famous people, but in fact the myriad small actions we take each day in our lives are what make history. If you or someone you know has personal papers or artifacts related to the history of women, feminism, or other progressive causes, they may be valuable to future scholars. Diaries, letters, minutes from meetings, press releases, organizational records, flyers, posters, and photographs are all key documents that help us to better understand equality in recent times as well as the distant past. If you have materials you believe would interest scholars, please contact Assistant Professor Trysh Travis (273-0393/ ttravis@ufl.edu ) or the Director of the CWSGR (3923365). Emily Browne (2nd from left), founder of the local chapter of NOW in Gainesville is shown here with fellow activists (left to right) Ruth Brown, Jan Elliott, and Celia Fairweather. NEWS AND VIEWS By Trysh Travis

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Spring Gender Conversation Series Schedule Grad Students Attend NWSA PAGE 3 VOLUME 19, ISSUE 1 Association annual meeting, held in Atlanta from November 12-15, had some new attendees. Thanks to a generous anonymous gift, five UF were able to attend the conference, Graduate Students Sarah Austin, Diana McCarley, Whitney Shadowens, Sarah Steele, and Erin Tobin attended as first timers. "As a first year MA student, the NWSA gave me the chance to hear a variety of gender analyses and field work topics, affording me greater insight into the exciting trajectory of our discipline, and sparking ideas of my intersecting sexuality, race and gender, papers on pornography, vegetarianism, and the political media, and debates about how to coalesce feminist activism and academe, the conference officially grounded and energized my entry into the Women's and Gender Studies." conference veteran Trysh Travis attended the conference as well and was the moderator in a roundtable discussion Drinking Cultures: A Discussion of Policy signing session for her new book, The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey (UNC Press, 2009). Religion Caleb Simmons discussing Intersections of Gender and Development examining (Mal)development: Hypermasculinity and the Legacy of the Domination of On December 10th the conversations continued with a graduate student panel discussion, Intersections in the Contemporary Study of Gender, featuring graduate students Sarah Austin, Meredith Kite, and Erin Tobin The Spring Gender Conversation Series began on January 19th with a packed house and Associate Professor of History Nina Caputo discussing Intersections of Gender and Medieval Europe. In February, we had Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jodi Schorb lead a conversation that analyzed moments when narratives by women circulated prominently in her talk titled, Intersections of Gender: Early American Prison Narratives. We hope to see you at our next Gender Conversation. All information about the Gender Conversation Series can be found on our website at www.wst.ufl.edu. You can also call the center at 352-392-3365. You are encouraged to bring a friend and a brown bag lunch! March 23rd, 2010 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Ustler Hall, 3rd Floor Library Intersections of Gender, Sexuality and Evangelical Christianity Doctoral student Department of Religion April 22nd 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Ustler Hall, 3rd Floor Library Intersections in the Contemporary Study of Gender CWSGR Graduate Student Panel es-MX Melissa Houle, Catherine Jean, Diana McCarley, es-MX Whitney Shadowens, Sarah Steele, and Erin Williams es-MX es-MX Dr. Jennifer A. Rea, Associate Professor and Director of Distance Learning in Classics, kicked off the fall Gender Conversation Series in September with Intersections of gender and antiquity Other Side of Silence: Feminism The series, which is open to everyone, is sponsored by the Gender Research. Coordinated by Professor Anita Anantahram, with help from Assistant Professor of Religion Robert Kawashima and Professor Stephanie Evans, the discussions are held monthly during the lunch hour in the third floor library in Ustler Hall. In October, Assistant Professor of Studies Affiliate Laura Sjoberg addressed Intersections of Gender and Terrorism at a very well attended conversation, followed in November by Doctoral Student in

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PAGE 4 NEWS AND VIEWS CWSGR Faculty News Judith W. Page was named Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor in CLAS last spring. She has presented several papers recently: one on Jane Mansfield Park at a conference on Austen in Chawton, UK over the summer 2009; an invited talk on Austen and Shakespeare at the Higgins School for the Humanities at Clark University in November 2009; and a paper on Dorothy Wordsworth and Italian gardens at a conference in Florence, Italy in January 2010. Anita Anantharam currently has two books in press: the first is a translation project of one of Mahadevi Varma: Political Essays on Women, Nation, and Culture. The second is a monograph on feminist poetry from India and Pakistan, Bodies that Cosmopolitanism in South Asian Poetry, which is currently underSeries in Gender and Globalization. most recent publications -e husn and Gender and Feminist Media Studies 2009; and Engendering the Nation: Women, Islam, and Poetry in Pakistan, Journal of presented two academic papers last spring, at the American Comparative Literature Association, and at the South Asian Studies Association Annual Conference. book, The Tourism Encounter: Fashioning Latin American Nations and Histories, based on her long-term research in Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, is forthcoming this year with Stanford University Press. A book chapter, in Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian / Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World, edited by Ellen Lewin and William L. Leap (Wiley-Blackwell 2009). Un came out in an art exhibition catalog for Cara(a) cara / face2face (Miami, FL: Centro Cultural Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society She presented papers at the Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Rio de Janeiro and at the International Congress of Americanists in Mexico City. She was elected to hold the Cultural Seat on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association for the 2009-2012 term. A Recent publication by Kendal Broad-Wright, published in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies in 2008 was co authored by H. Alden, D. Berkowitz, and M. Ryan, who earned PhDs in Sociology at UF and have certificates and concentrations in Sociologies and the Intersectional Potential of Two publication in Theorizing Intersections: Sexual Advances (2010) Dr. Broad is also doing two book reviews for the NWSA Journal (21,1) on, Same-Sex Marriage: The Legal and Psychological Courting Equality: A -Sex Marriages Placek small grants program of the American Psychological Foundation & a CLAS Humanities Narrative Work of A MultiGroup, 1980-2005: Constructing Multi-Racial Gay Stephanie Evans is lead editor of the newly released African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Community Service, Service-Learning, and Community-Based Research (SUNY, 2009) and author of the article "African American Women and International Research: Dr. Anna Julia Cooper's Legacy of Study Abroad" in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad She also authored the book chapter "Learners and Teachers of Men: A Historical View of the Participation and Contributions of Black American Males in Higher Education." Dr. Evans gave an invited lecture at the 40th Anniversary of Africana Studies Conference at Vassar College in April. In July, she attended the 26th Annual International Katherine Dunham Technique Seminar at Southern Illinois University. She was Academic Program Chair of the 2009 Annual Convention of Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), held September 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tace Hedrick was invited to present her paper at the Latin American Studies Association meeting in Rio de Janeiro in June. Dr. Hedrick Queering the Cosmic Race: Esotericism, Mestizaje, and Sexuality in the Work of published in Aztln: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Fall 2009 and Borderlands/La frontera : The New Mestiza Review of International American Studies Fall/ House on Mango Street to Playing With Boys : Genre, latino: viaje, cultura e identidad en la literatura Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and former CWSGR Director Angel KwolekFolland was given an advance award from the National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) for Collaborative Research Alliance for the Advancement of Florida's Academic Women in Chemistry & Engineering. In December, she Businesswomen Networking in Mlaga, Spain. She was invited to the Business Law and Narrative Symposium at the Michigan State University College of Law where she gave a lecture titled, papers Dr. Kwolek-Folland coauthored were Positions of Organizational Leadership: The Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy January 2009, and Gender Equality Programmes in Higher Education: International Perspectives Berlin, 2008 book, The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey was published by UNC Press in November. Dr. Travis gave a talk on "Women, Addiction, and Child Welfare: Sharing an American Perspective" to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Kaohsiung Province, Taiwan, ROC last July. She also conference of the NWSA in November. She was Textual Transmission program, and shared Development and Development Publishing:

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PAGE 5 VOLUME 19, ISSUE 1 Career Panel Held Studies Career Panel last spring featuring four alumnae panelists Victoria Adams, Diana Gibson, HavreDe Hill, and Megan Seery and Studies community at the University of Florida. Assistant Professor Trysh Travis organized the Saturday roundtable that featured tips for job seekers, cautionary tales from the workplace, and networking opportunities. Victoria Adams, a 2005 graduate of the Center and currently a marketing consultant in Tallahassee, and 2006 graduate turned public relations and marketing manager Megan Seery spoke about how their education prepared them for their current positions. 2008 graduate Diana Gibson, who is now an educator at a museum in Miami, and 2006 graduate HavreDe Hill, currently working with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Palm Beaches, spoke about the paths that led them to their current positions. The attendees certainly benefitted from what the panelists had to say and the panelists also benefitted from seeing how far the program had come from in roots in a small office in Turlington Hall in 2003, when majors were first admitted to the program. In a letter to the Gainesville Sun, the among our studies was the emphasis placed on mentorship, active learning, critical thinking, continuous selfenrichment, and the value of institutional knowledge. In particular, we discovered how to incorporate the views of historically under-represented in the Atrium at Ustler Hall. Wasserman Schultz discovered a breast lump through a self-exam, two months after her first mammogram at 40. Although the cancer was detected at an early stage, she also learned that as an Ashkenazi Jew of Eastern European descent, she was at greater risk of carrying a gene mutation which predisposed her to breast cancer and recurrence. She tested positive for this BRCA2 gene mutation, prompting quipped, remembering seven major surgeries, including a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, all while balancing motherhood and her job as Congresswoman. Her appearance followed on the heels of the controversial United States The University of Florida Association for Academic Women presented Breast Cancer Awareness: Balancing Breast Cancer, Family, Work, Reelection, and the 2008 Campaign," featuring Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. The presentation was accompanied by a continental breakfast Preventive Services Task Force suggestion that women not begin getting things more clear for women, the recommendations are totally confusing The informal presentation was cosponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resource Services Gender Research. The University of Florida Association for Academic Women (AAW) provides opportunities for women faculty and professional staff to network and enhance their knowledge about the University of Florida and their work environment. For more information on the AAW, visit their website at http://grove.ufl.edu/~aaw/ Professor Trysh Travis with panelists (l to r) Diana Gibson, Victoria Adams, HavreDe Hill, Megan Seery. AAW Brings Wasserman Schultz to Campus Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (center) visits with Dr. Anita Anantharam rector Dr. Judith Page (right) after the breakfast in Ustler Hall.

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PAGE 6 for, if not to make life less difficult for each George Eliot Jan. 7, 2010 edition. Diverse from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research, and service. selected honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public Congratulations to our own Stephanie Evans, an associate professor of Women's Studies and African American studies at the University of Florida, who has been chosen Diverse magazine. Diverse which first published in 2002, honored Evans in its information officers, and others. Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study. For more information on Professor Evans, including her community mentoring projects, visit www.professorevans.com Associate Professor Stephanie Evans honored by Diverse Magazine NEWS AND VIEWS With An Attitude of Gratitude Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland, Dr. Linda L. Lamme, Dr. Jeanna M. Mastrodicasa, Mrs. Elaine Y. Muther, Dr. Barbara J. Oberlander, Dr. Judith W. Page, Dr. Milagros Pena, Dr. Chetan P. Phadke, Mr. Robert A. Prather, Mrs. Joan D. Ruffier, Dr. Sandra L. Russo, Dr. Jamie R. Shaw, Ms. Clara J. Smith, Mr. Mark W. Thurner, UF Pride Student Union, Mr. Andre S. White, and Ms. Kathryn Chicone Ustler. Thanks to everyone whose generosity keeps the center viable including The following donors: Mr. Gregory R. Allen, Ms. Phoebe H. Bowers, Mrs. Janet L. Carlson, Ms. Susan F. Delegal, Dr. Sheila K. Dickison, Mrs. Polly Doughty, Mr. Jonathon G. Geiger, Goering's Book Store, Inc., Mr. Thomas D. Rider, Dr. David G. Hackett, Dr. Eloise M. Harman, Dr. Mary J. Hasell, Dr. Carol Ritzen Kem, Donations to the Center are used to fund conferences, symposia, educational travel for graduate students, scholarship funds, speaker honoraria, and exhibit support. Contributors to the Spring Gala being held on February 27th will be acknowledged in the Fall 2010 Newsletter. Name: ______________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________ City: _______________________State________ Zip __________ Telephone:___________________Email: __________________ Membership $ _______ Level ____________ Donation $_______ Total Amount $_______ or $_______ per pay period Student Membership: $10.00 Annual Membership: $25.00 Silver Annual Membership: $50.00 Gold Annual Membership: $100.00 Checks should be made payable to UF prefer to give on-line, go to www.ufl.edu/OnlineGiving/CWSGR.asp

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PAGE 7 VOLUME 19, ISSUE 1 Anantharam Nominated for International Educator of the Year Congratulations to Women's Studies Assistant Professor Dr. Anita Anatharam for being nominated for International Educator of the Year 2009 at the University of Florida. Dr. Anatharam's nomination came from her support of UF's strategic goal of internationalizing the campus and curriculum. Dr. Anantharam's research focuses on gender and nationalism in South Asia (India and Pakistan). She has two books forthcoming, an edited volume, Mahadevi Varma: Political Essays on Women, Nation, and Culture and a scholarly monograph, Indigenous Knowledge and Cosmopolitanism in South Asia. In 2007, she won an Internationalizing the Curriculum grant to enhance her Transnational Feminism course. In addition, Dr. Anantharam taught a course on food and globalization for the 2009 UF in Paris Spring Break program. Together with her colleague Travis Smith (Religion), she launched the first UF in India study abroad program in CLAS during the summers of 2008 and 2009 Drs. Anantharam and Smith led a group of students to Dehradun, India to live, study, and work on an organic farm as summer study abroad program in India. This spring Dr. Anantharam is at the Paris Research Center teaching an Honors course titled, An Appetite for Paris: Gender, Globalization and Food. The course examines foodways (the cultural, social and economic practices relating to production and consumption of food) and transcendence of geographic boundaries, the politics of what we eat, where we eat it, and how we eat and the reflection of deeprooted gender, religious, racial, class, and national biases. Anita Anantharam accepts her award at the 2009 International Educator Awards at the Keene Faculty Center on November 17 2009. for Equal Rights, an interracial organization of women whose active work for civil and human rights changed the course of history in Gainesville. It will also include Gainesville activists in the pivotal women's liberation movement of the 1960s. Serving as one of the main centers of feminist activity nationwide, Gainesville feminists posed radical challenges to male authority, and ushered in a new era of social change and opportunity for women. The Mayor of the City of Gainesville, The Honorable Pegeen Hanrahan, will be welcoming panelists Vivian Filer, Kathie Sarachild, Jane Hiers, Rosa B. Williams, Sallie Ann Harrison and Corky Culver. Co -sponsors include: the University of Florida Department of History, the UF Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, George Smathers Libraries, UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yavitz Fund), the Women's Studies Graduate Student Association, the History Graduate Society, The Gainesville Women's Commission, The Emily Dickinson Society, and the Civic Media Center. For more information please call the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at 352-392-7168 or email portiz@ufl.edu "Activists Among Us: the Gainesville Women's Movement Across Generations" will take place on Thursday, April 8, 2010 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Matheson Museum. Sponsored by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, the panel discussion will bring together local activists from the 1950s through the present to discuss the ongoing struggle for social justice, gender equality, and human rights. The panel will also serve as a springboard for the collection and preservation of historical materials on the history of women's activism in Gainesville. Moderated by Dr. Patricia HilliardNunn, this event will include members from Gainesville Women set you free. But first, it will -Gloria Steinem American Author, Activist A photo exhibit featuring student photographs from the UF in India Study Abroad Program was held at Volta Coffeehouse in downtown Gainesville from December 2nd through January 5th. Scholarships. The event was sponsored by the Department of Housing and Residence Life and

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Graduate Student Sarah Austin will present her thesis, Reclaiming the Experience of Motherhood through Second and Third Wave Feminist Publications, on Thursday, February 25th beginning at 3p.m. in the Ustler Hall Conference Room. Graduate Student Erin Tobin will present her thesis, Toward a Queer Gaze: Cinematic Representations of Queer Female Sexuality in Experimental/AvantGarde and Narrative Film on Friday, March 5, 2010 beginning Graduate Student Tanya Faublas successfully presented her non thesis project, Kirino Natsuo's English Translations: A Primer on December 2nd. Graduate Student Meredith Kite will present her thesis, Cultivating Food Democracy: Toward an Ecofeminist Politics of the Global Food System, on Thursday, February 25 nd beginning at 8:30a.m. in the Ustler Hall Conference Room. at 3:30p.m in the Ustler Hall Conference Room. This spring semester we welcomed new graduate student Catherine Jean, who joined fellow first year graduate students Melissa Houle, Diana McCarley, Whitney Shadowens, Sarah Steele and Erin Williams, who were admitted in the fall. 200 Ustler Hall P.O. Box 117352 Gainesville, FL 32611-7352 Phone: 352-392-3365 Fax: 352392-4873 www.wst.ufl.edu and Gender Research Graduate Student News