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Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
University of Florida

News and Views

Spring 2003

Volume 13, Issue 2

Julia Kristeva Inaugurates the France-
Florida Research Institute
By Jaime O'Dell
The University of Florida is proud to have hosted
Julia Kristeva on February 9-10 for the inaugural events
of the France-Florida Research Institute. Addressing
a full house at Constans Theatre on February 10,
Kristeva shared insight into her most recent publica-
tion, the three-volume Le genie f6minin (The Feminine
Genius), which examines the unique genius of politi-
cal philosopher Hannah Arendt, British psychoanalyst
Melanie Klein, and French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle
Colette. Dedicating the inaugural lecture to Simone de
Beauvoir, Kristeva emphasized that world citizens are
now in a position to achieve Duns Scot's ideal: to pay
particular attention to the fundamental uniqueness of
the individual.
Kristeva broached the complicated relationship
between the female psyche and the world in which it
is situated. She outlined stages in the female psyche,
including disidentification with the mother (as the first
sexual object), identification with the father (who rep-
resents law, morality, and society), and sexual identi-
fication bound to the Oedipus complex. Kristeva also
expounded on object relations as a link to the "other"
that seems to exist in each of us from early childhood.
For each writer, Kristeva examined aspects of object
relations, life and writing, and temporality of rebirth as
relevant to her individual genius.
Kristeva named Arendt, Klein and Colette as women
who faced history with realism and courage, and high-
lighted, as a component of their genius, their personal
breakthrough in going beyond the situation of the group.
Kristeva explained that Arendt was keen to identify the
'who' of the individual, as well as how that which is
unique in the individual can remain hidden within the
solitary experience. Kristeva inspired the audience with
Klein's notion of rebirth, and how the child in each of
us can re-emerge to experience renewal and perpetual
innovation. Kristeva also discovered how Colette's writ-
ten thought is linked with her life, leading to writing that
expresses thought-made-flesh and flesh-made-thought.
For Colette, according to Kristeva, to live is to think,
sublimate and write; freedom is the possibility to renew
identity and to make it different.
The room exploded in applause to Kristeva's conclu-
sion that we celebrate the individual. Recognizing that
the genius of a woman is composed of male and

Left to Right: Dr. Gayle Zachmann, Dr. Carol Murphy, Dr. Julia
Kristeva, and Dean Neil Sullivan.

and female, we must transcend this dichotomy to find peace
and solidarity in our unique differences.
On February 9, Kristeva led a more intimate roundtable
discussion of her work in the Keene Faculty Center. The
panel of professors who posed questions about significant
aspects of Kristevan thought included Dr. Carol Murphy, Dr.
Maureen Turim, Dr. Ofelia Schutte (USF), and Dr. Julian
Key to the roundtable discussion was Kristeva's study of
the interface of psychoanalysis and literature. She explored
the etymology of revolution as signifying a return to the tradi-
tion of thought in the past, in an effort to unveil the future.
Kristeva also discussed her theories of desire and language,
and their connection to ideology and the power of horror.
She explained how abjection, purification and anti-Semitism
relate to theories of the self and the "other," and how writers
visit these states by naming them and thus distancing them.
Referring to her book Black Sun, Kristeva demonstrated how
depression can be tied to language. Kristeva's psychoana-
lytic theory proposes disrupting symbolic language by listen-
ing to its semiotic undertones, and rebuilding it, in order to
conquer depression through
sublimation. Krisleva touched In This Issue
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Around the Center......................5

From the Director
Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland

The sound of budgets shrinking
provided the backup chorus to this
year's discussions about the future. We
can take some comfort in not being
alone, as financial problems have
plagued the entire national educational spectrum. And
the CWSGR is privileged to have the backing of a vision-
ary dean, Dr. Neil Sullivan, and colleagues across the
University who participate in and sustain our efforts. But the
reality is that in the future programs like ours increasingly
will rely on donations, grants, and "the kindness of strang-
ers" as state funding for public higher education continues
to diminish.
We have been especially fortunate this year to receive
donations for new initiatives. Former dean of the graduate
school, Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart, has provided substantial
funds to start a faculty fellowship named in her honor. This
fellowship will provide release time for faculty as well as
teaching experience for graduate students. The family of
alumnus Carolyn Osterhoudt Fabal has contributed a schol-
arship for students that will assist undergraduates and grad-
uates in their goals. Mr. Kenneth Roberts of Custom Copies
and Textbooks, Inc., successfully challenged Women's
Studies supporters to contribute funds that could be used
for special projects. Using these funds, we will begin col-
lecting the oral histories of those who were instrumental in
founding and sustaining first the Women's Studies Program
and later the CWSGR, starting this year with interviews of
Dr. Irene Thompson and Dr. Mildred Hill-Lubin.
Many other supporters, such as Dr. Sheila Dickison and
Ms. Mary V. Fisher, have buoyed our building or general
funds, enabling us to support the many student groups, col-
loquia, speakers, and symposia the Center sponsors or co-
sponsors each year. In addition, we have received in-kind
support from The African Violet, Goerings Book Store, and
Wild Iris Books.
This year we offered a symposium show-casing
research and activities on women and gender at UF, poetry
readings, twice-monthly research colloquia, and co-spon-
sored events with many other departments, schools, or
centers. These included a lecture by Julia Kristeva, a year-
long visit by playwright, poet and novelist Ntozake Shange,
workshops by hypertext author Shelley Jackson, a visit by
lesbian activist Alix Dobkin, and an exhibit detailing the life
experiences of Mexican migrant farm workers in Florida.
Thank you to all of the supporters and friends of CWSGR
who continue to make this work possible! Angel

Thanks to Goerings Book Store for
sponsoring the holiday book sale.

Summer 2003 Courses
WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives
of Women
WST 4905/6905 Independent Study
WST 4930/6935 Study in Ecuador
WST 4940/6946 Internship

Fall 2003 Courses
WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives
of Women
WST 3930 Gender, Race, and Science
WST 3930 Imperialism and Gender
WST 3930 Gender, Migration, and
Transnational Indentities
WST 4905/6905 Independent Study
WST 4930 Images of Women in Modern Israeli
WST 4930 Poetry of Women of Color
WST 4930 Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Studies
WST 4930 Women, Religion, and Society
WST 4930 Feminist Biblical Criticism
WST 4940/6946 Internship
WST 6935 Sexual Rights in Global Perspective

In partnership with the University of Florida
International Center, the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences, and the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, the CWSGR is offering a pro-
gram this summer on Gender and Development at
ESPOL (Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral) in
Guyaquil, Ecuador. The program covers theoretical,
practical and methodological aspects of gender,
environment, agriculture and participation in class-
rooms and in the field. It also aims to give students
a complete learning experience, blending theory
and methods with practical face-to-face experience
beyond institutional walls. For more information
please email Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland at

News and Views
Volume 13, Issue 2

Angel Kwolek-Folland, PhD., Director
Kimberly Helm, Editor
Paula Ambroso, Assistant Editor
Yelizaveta Batres, Assistant Editor

News and Views is published each semester to inform faculty,
staff, students and Women's Studies supporters of activities at
the CWSGR at the University of Florida. For further information
about upcoming events, please visit our website at: http://web.

Nora Alter (German and Slavic Studies) has been
awarded a Humboldt Fellowship.

Sylvie Blum (Romance Languages and Literatures)
presented the paper "The Elusive Search for Nora
Luca: Tony Gatlif's Adventures in Gypsy Land" at the
Modern Language Association's annual convention in
New York.

Joe R. Feagin (Sociology) has been recognized by The
Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the American
Sociological Association. The organization has named
the Feagin Distinguished Undergraduate Paper Award
in his honor.

Lola Haskins (Computer Science) won a National
Endowment for the Arts award in Poetry for 2003. She
is the only recipient of this nationally competitive award
in Florida.

Debra Walker King (English) was named associate
provost of academic affairs effective July 1. Her position
will entail reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating policies,
practice, and programs of the University related to fac-
ulty, staff and students.

Maxine L. Margolis (Anthropology) is a member of the
Board of Advisors for the three-volume Encyclopedia
of Men and Women published by Kluwer Academic/
Plenum. She also has contributed an entry to the
Encyclopedia titled "The Relative Status of Men and

Irma McClaurin (Anthropology) has been named to
Choice Magazine's list of "Outstanding Academic Titles:
The Best of the Best in Published Scholarship" for her
work Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Praxis,
Politics, and Poetics. She is currently serving as
deputy provost at Fisk University, and was recently pro-
moted to fellow status based on experience and senior-
ity by the Board of Directors for the Society of Applied

Zoharah Simmons (Religion) published "Are We up
to the Challenge? The Need for a Radical Re-Ordering
of the Islamic Discourse on Women" in Progressive
Muslims On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism, Omid
Safi, editor. She also published "Racism in Higher
Education" in the University of Florida Journal of Law
and Public Policy, Volume 14.

Anita Spring (Anthropology) published "Gender and
the Range of Entrepreneurial Stategies: The Typical
and the New Woman Entrepreneur" in A. Jalloh and
T. Falola, eds. Black Business and Economic Power,
University of Rochester Press. She also carried out a
gender assessment in Eritrea, and published A Gender

Assessment of Health Parameters and Delivery Systems,
Agricultural Enterprises and Women's Participation in
Eritrea for WIDTECH and the International Center for
Research on Women.

A generous gift from Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart has started
an endowment fund for an important new opportunity
for UF faculty and graduate students. The Dr. Madelyn
M. Lockhart Faculty Fellowship in Women's Studies is
designed to simultaneously assist faculty research pro-
grams and the development of graduate students' teaching
portfolios. The fellowship will be open to all tenured and
tenure-stream University of Florida faculty. It enables a
one-course teaching release for faculty to develop a new
research project on women and gender. The fellowship will
be administered by CWSGR and additional donations to
the endowment can be made in care of the Center. An offi-
cial announcement and call for proposals will go out in Fall



"Affirmative Action Rights

in Brazil: Race, Gender, and

Human Rights"

4:00 p.m., 219 Dauer Hall

Wania Santanna is an Afro-Brazilian at the forefront of
the struggle of Afrodescendents, particularly for women's
rights. She has been active in NGOs since 1983, and has
worked in IBASE (Brazilian Institute for Social and Eco-
nomic Analysis), in FASE (Federation of Organizations for
Social and Economic Assistance), and as director of ISER
(Institute for the Study of Religion). She has developed
instruments to monitor and evaluate public policies on the
Afrodescendent population differentiallyy for men and
women), particularly applying the Index of Human
Development to these populations.
She is a member of the Articulacao de Mulheres
Brasileiras (formed in conjunction with Beijing) and acted
as their representative to the National Council of the
Women's Rights in Brazil. She now serves as Minister
of Social Promotion in the new Workers Party cabinet of
"Lula", recently elected President of Brazil.

In the Fall of 2002, the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research accepted two students into the newly
created Master of Arts/Master of Women's Studies program. As the academic year comes to a close, Kimberly
Helm and Jana Bailey talk about their experiences in the program.

Last summer, with the school year quickly approaching, I had no idea what to expect from gradu-
ate school. I had been out of school for so long, that the prospect of actually being in school was
quite scary. I knew I had it in me somewhere, but I kept thinking, "What if I forgot how to write?
What if I forgot how to read?" My first semester certainly did prove to be a challenge in that respect,
but luckily, my professors were very supportive and always willing to work with me in any way need-
At first, I thought that starting out in a fledgling program might be detrimental to my academic
experience, but what I found instead was that being one of two graduate students in a new program,
resources were more readily available and everyone was very eager to develop classes and a pro-
gram that worked for me. I have had the opportunity to take courses in other departments, and this is also helpful in my
pursuit of an interdisciplinary education. I want to examine issues of gender from many different lenses and this pro-
gram certainly helps me do that.
If I were at a different school with a larger program, a student like me could have easily slipped through the cracks
and been unable to thrive. Instead, I have been able to work closely with professors and staff to really make my expe-
rience unique. I have had the time I needed to remember what it is like to be in school and to learn what it is to be a
graduate student. I know that as the semesters go on and the program grows, my experience won't be the same as
that of future students, but I have confidence that the Women's Studies Master's program can only grow in ways that
will benefit the students that come after me. We are in a very special position where the graduate program will be grow-
ing with the department. As the student population grows, so will the amount of faculty and classes. Moreover, with
the development of a doctoral program, the possibilities for expansion seem endless. Coming to a small program might
not be the right choice for everyone, but for me it has been a wonderful experience. I have enough freedom, but also
enough discipline to get what I need from my Master's experience. -Kim Helm

I am enjoying my first two semesters of graduate school in the Women's Studies program. I have
had an exciting year with many unique and interesting opportunities. I was fortunate to have an
assistantship for Fall 2002 with Dr. Kendal Broad, working on the Cultivating Knowledges 25th
Anniversary Symposium put on by the CWSGR. This semester I am privileged to work for Professor
Ntozake Shang6 as the teaching assistant for her course Global Voices of Feminism.
I will be presenting a paper with my colleague Tracey Graham at the Valdosta State University
Eighth Annual Interdisciplinary Women's Study Conference titled "Womanism: Inclusive,
Collaboralive Portraits." I am in the research stage of a project with Professor Shang6 identifying
slave cemeteries in our area. At the end of the semester we are planning a series of rituals to bless
the ignored and forgotten burial places, which will be filmed by Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn and choreographed by Ms.
Dianne McIntyre.
One of my future goals is to work in women's health for reproductive rights. This semester I am interning at Planned
Parenthood of North Central Florida in the External Affairs department with Christine Gajda. I am learning a great deal
in this internship and it has motivated me even more in my career plans. My experience in this new Master's program
has been exceptionally rewarding and I am looking forward to more exciting projects working with the faculty and staff.

Kristeva from page 1
Julia Kristeva is a Professor of French literature and Center for Women's Studies
linguistics at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot, and Gender Research is accepting applica-
and a practicing psychoanalyst. She is a prolific writer tions for the Master of Arts (M.A.) thesis degree and
of internationally acclaimed studies on linguistics, phi- the Master of Women's Studies (M.W.S.) non-thesis
losophy, psychoanalysis, literature, and feminism, degree for Fall 2003. For more information please
such as Tales of Love, Revolution of Poetic Language, call 392-3365 or email Paula at ambrosop@
Semeiotike, and The Text of the Novel. wst.ufl.edu.
Kristeva's visit to UF was sponsored by the France-
Florida Reasearch Institute, the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research, the Institute for the The CWSGR apologizes to Gemma Torcivia whose name was
Psychological Study of the Arts, and the College of Liberal misspelled in the Fall 2002 Newsletter.
Arts and Sciences. -Jaime O'Dell

Alix Dobkin Visits the
University of Florida
Recently, CWSGR in conjunction with
the Department of English, hosted folk
singer and lesbian activist, Alix Dobkin who
gave an informal lecture to students and
xacilly. She spoke candidly about her
experiences growing up in a communist
Alix Dobkin and Kim Emery household in the
1950s and her days as a folksinger in New York City, as well as her
experiences coming out as a lesbian and her subsequent activism in
the LGBT movement. She credits the women's music movement for
getting her work and her message to the masses. She also played the
guitar and performed some of her songs throughout the discussion.

A.R.T. Event Examines "Women in the
Workforce" Through Film
A.R.T. (Artistic Reflections Today) at the Universtiy of Florida was
designed to expand the Women's Leadership Council, to create a
stronger women's presence on campus and to promote awareness of
women's issues. It was created by sophomores Dani Berrin and Kristin
Ede, and was held on February 27.
The purpose of A.R.T. is to examine women through different
artistic media with a new theme being chosen each year. This year's
theme, "Women in the Workforce," was examined through the artistic
medium of film. Films shown at the event included "Baby Boom," "Erin
Brockovich," "What Women Want" and "Working Girl." Issues that were
addressed in these films include women-to-women relationships in the
workforce, sexism, gender roles, salary and pay dividends, and the
sexual representation of women in film. The event hosted a panel of
distinguished speakers to give personal accounts of their experiences
in the workforce. These speakers included Mary V. Fisher (Business),
Adrianna Villiers (Design/Entrepreneur), Amelia Graham (Reporter) and
Beth Ann Blue (Psychologist). The event opened with 35 minutes of
film clips followed by a discussion facilitated by Maureen Turim, pro-
fessor in the Department of English (Film Studies and Media Studies).
The panelists touched on many topics that women face today in the
workforce, especially how women feel playing the dual roles of mother
and career woman when they choose to be both. The audience active-
ly participated with comments and questions.
Overall, the event was well received with approximately 65 people
in attendance. Plans for next year's A.R.T. will soon be underway.
As a compliment to this event, A.R.T. held a business attire clothing
drive titled "Best Dressed," asking for donations of women's business
attire. If you have any clothes you might want to donate, please drop
them off at the CWSGR office, 3324 Turlington Hall. The proceeds will
go to Peaceful Paths to aid battered women.

Thank you to Wild Iris Books and to The African Violet for
sponsoring t-shirts and tote bags for the Fall 2002 Cultivating
Knowledges Symposium.

Gender Conversations
An Open Forum for Research Discussion
Spring 2003
219 Dauer Hall

Back Stage Racial Relations and U.S.
College Students
Leslie Houts, PhD Candidate
February 6, 2003, 11:45-12:45pm

Gendering Hate: The Construction of
Homophobia on the Internet
Helena Alden, PhD Candidate
March 3, 2003, 11:45-12:45pm

God Trouble: Gender and Ancient
Gwynn Kessler, Assistant Professor
March 26, 2003, 11:45-12:45pm

Finding Her Own
Laura Sfire, Graduate Student
Fine Arts
April 22, 2003, 11:45-12:45pm

Artistic Impressions

Between Thoughts

Susan Nash and Sara Nash

The CWSGR Spring Art exhibit features the
work of a mother and daughter artistic team
killed "Between Thoughts." Their work is on
display until April 29, 2003 in 3324 Turlington
Hall. Susan uses a variety of objects to create
unique sculptures. Sara incorporates her life
experiences to create intimate drawings. The
exhibit is free and open to the public.










Eminent Scholar
Hel&ne Cixous to Visit the
University of Florida in
October 2003
Along with the France-Florida Research
Institute and the Department of English,
the CWSGR will welcome Helene
Cixous for a series of lectures and semi-
nars in the Fall. Cixous is known for her development of 6criture
feminine as a means of dealing with subjective difference in both
writing and social theory. She has written numerous plays and
novels in addition to theoretical essays, and currently teaches at
the University of Paris VIII. She will be in Gainesville October
12-15 and plans to give lectures and a seminar. For more infor-
mation please contact the CWSGR at 392-3365.

Coming in May 2003:


Barbara Matusik, a student
in the College of Fine Arts,
will be exhibiting her artwork
at the CWSGR throughout
the summer. The exhibition
is a mixed media display
which combines her love of
creating art with her passion
for nature, animals, and the

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Additional donations are needed for the follow-
ing categories: conferences, symposia, travel
funds for graduate students to attend confer-
ences, scholarship funds, speaker honoraria,
exhibit support, etc.

For more information on upcoming events,
please visit our website at:
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