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Women's & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men.


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Women's and Gender Studies Welcomes New Faculty 

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Kristin Alder, PhD, is a WGS full-time lecturer, starting in Fall 2021. Dr. Alder earned her PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas' Woman's University. She was appointed to United Nations Representative of the US Section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Her research interests include: transnational feminisms; womanist and indigenous epistemologies; science fiction and fantasy literature; and postcolonial literature. 

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Leslie Sotomayor, PhD, is a WGS Visiting Assistant Professor, starting in Fall 2021. Dr. Sotomayor earned a dual doctoral degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an artist, educator, and curator. Her work focuses on Latina experiences in the US, hybrid identities, psychological and emotional traveling, and post-immigration generations.  


Gender & Sexual Identities Colloquium

Since its inception in 2009, the colloquium has served as a forum where speakers, discussants, presenters, panelist and the general audience members can engage in vigorous exchanges centering on gender and sexual identities in terms of empowerment and commitment to social justice.
The Gender & Sexual Identities Colloquium highlights feminist research and debates challenging Western culture definition of gender as a binary concept, with two rigidly fixed options: male or female, both grounded in a person's physical anatomy. Through multiple presentations we intend to reach farther into the understanding of biology, gender expression, and gender identity as intersected in a multidimensional array of possibilities.


The Virtual Gender & Sexual Identities Colloquium will be on Friday, October 15th at the end of Pride Week. Featuring Dr. Stevie Berberick, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Gender and Women's Studies, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA. Dr. Berberick's first monograph, "Reframing Sex: Unlearning the Gender Binary with Trans Masculine YouTube Vloggers", was released in November of 2020. The book is an exploration of both mainstream and independent media. Grounded in qualitative methods, Reframing Sex explores three trans masculine run YouTube channels through virtual ethnography and places the content of these channels in conversation with corporate streaming productions: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Orange is the New Black, and Transparent. 

Keynote: Dr. Stevie Berberick 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Bending gender and binding the binary: Exploring trans identities in the media”

Dr Berberick's Book

Why is it held in October?

Since 1994, October is nationally recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) History Month.  Keeping with the spirit of this month as an educational platform, we decided to highlight research topics centered around gender & sexual identities. Topics from previous colloquiums have included; gender and identity within the media, gender and political activism, cultural construction of gender, psychology of roles, and teaching diversity specific to LGBTQIA history in the classroom.

This event is FREE and open to the public and will be held VIRTUAL via ZOOM.

REGISTER FOR ZOOM:  https://texastech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuf-iqrDooGdRxfxYhe9rULBDhiUp1q_bo

Schedule of events/details will be finalized and published soon.

PRIDE Week Events 

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Feminist First Friday

Please join WGS for our next virtual Feminist First Friday on October 1st at noon. We are featuring our new Visiting Assistant Professor, Leslie C. Sotomayor, Ph.D., for  “Café Con Leche: Una Platica About Empowered Latina/x Women”

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Café Con Leche Cultural Context: Join us for a Café con Leche panel discussion during Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. Latinx/Hispanic faculty and students from TTU will discuss Latinx heritage and cultura (culture). It is customary in Latin American and Caribbean cultures to take time out of our day and enjoy a 'cafécito' --a cup of espresso freshly made stirred with sugar and steamed milk. Our cafécito's are a respite from the bustle of the day, to catch up with friends, colleagues, family, to reflect and unwind for a little bit. A meaningful ritual, we usually enjoy a snack with our café con leche (coffee with milk). We invite you to join us for our Feminist Friday noon-hour for a café con leche and platica (conversation). Feel free to make a cup of café con leche, have a treat and join us for conversation! 

Recipe for Café con leche: ¼ cup fresh brewed espresso, ½ cup of steamed milk, 2-3 teaspoons of white sugar (to taste) and stir well until light brown color. 

To register for this Zoom event: 


Sexism | Cinema

Sexism|Cinema is a feminist film series in Lubbock, Texas.  Selected films feature female protagonists, and our in-person screenings are followed by a 30-minute discussion led by expert guest speakers or Texas Tech faculty. First Wednesday of every month: September 1-December 1, 2021.

Us (2019)
October 6, 7:30pm, Alamo Drafthouse-Lubbock - A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNCmb-4oXJA

Fish Tank (2009)
November 3, 7:30pm, Alamo Drafthouse-Lubbock - Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. Starring Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing

Join our discussion with Claire Cifelli of IFC Films.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u6pg8fuSB4

Zola (2020)
December 1, 7:30pm, Alamo Drafthouse-Lubbock - A stripper named Zola embarks on a wild road trip to Florida. Based on the viral Twitter thread by A'Ziah King. Starring Taylour Paige and Riley Keough.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24KbaKlCDDI


National Women's Studies Association Condemns anti-Asian Violence and Racism


Joshua SalmansWGS Librarian, Joshua Salmans joshua.salmans@ttu.edu 

Appointment scheduler: https://guides.library.ttu.edu/prf.php?lmans@ttu.eduaccount_id=145970



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