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Women's & Gender Studies at TTU is an interdisciplinary academic program featuring an undergraduate minor and a graduate minor and graduate certificate. The field of Women's and Gender Studies focuses on societal ideas and structures (including policy and practices) as well as individual experiences and responses related to gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability.  WGS highlights contributions of women and other marginalized groups.  


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WGS Celebrates 40 years at Texas Tech University



Texas Tech's Fall 2021 Alumni magazine[SE1] , Volume 74, Number 4, pages 25-27.


Save the date!

WGS Annual Conference on Friday, April 22, 2022

Keynote: Dr. Jillian Hernandez, Associate Professor, University of Florida



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. 

WGS would also like to recognize Dr. Sotomayor for her recent publication of art (Gritos) and poetry (In the name of...) in this Open Access Visual Culture & Gender Journal: http://vcg.emitto.net/index.php/vcg



Dr. Sotomayor,  in collaboration with two colleagues, is co-editing this new book for publication next fall!



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Join the Libraries' Great Reads Book Series honoring MLK Week

Copies of the book, “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaption” by Octavia Butler will be available free for the first 24 participants who register to join the virtual reading group. A book preview will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 20 via Zoom. A book discussion is set from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 27 via Zoom.

“Kindred” is considered an essential work in feminist, science-fiction and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement. The intersectionality of race, history and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.

The meetings are open to everyone, but registration is required. For Texas Tech campus community members with a Tech email address, please register here: https://cal.library.ttu.edu/event/8751764

For members of the Lubbock community, please register here: https://tinyurl.com/ydmad6yu

Swag bags also will be available at the Library's East Service Desk for those who register.

This reading group series is sponsored jointly by the Humanities Center at Texas Tech; the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; the MLK 2022 Celebration Committee; and the University Libraries.

Contact Joshua Salmans, Joshua.salmans@ttu.edu for more information


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. Next dates TBA.


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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