In the Spotlight

Faculty and students in Women’s Studies have for decades been writing, teaching, and learning about the issues that are at the core of the current crisis at Penn State: sexual violence and abuse; masculinities and sports; homophobia; ethical inquiry and actions; and male power and dominance in its many forms.  Our classes that address these issues are open for enrollment at We are continuing to explore the best ways to address these issues in our classrooms, on campus, in the community, and in the nation at large, and urge everyone to read what feminist writers and scholars have to say. Please check our website to learn more about our plans for teach-ins and workshops in the Spring of 2012. The following links are to articles that have engaged many of us, and should generate further debate and conversation.


Why Women's Studies?


Women's Studies is a central site for interdisciplinary teaching and research in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. As a field of study, Women's Studies analyzes the unequal distribution of power and resources by gender. By adding the perceptions, contributions, and experiences of women, this young and vital field of research and teaching has produced an exciting body of knowledge and theory that transforms traditional areas of study.

Career Directions

Women's Studies majors find career opportunities in a wide variety of fields, from business to politics, from publishing to human services work, from education to art. Recent Women's Studies majors are now employed as legal advocates, managers, journalists, and teachers. Whatever career path Women's Studies students choose, they bring an articulate awareness of the complexities in contemporary society and a capacity to envision modern society in multi-faceted and exciting ways.

Learn More

These electronic newsgroups provide subscribers with news about the Women's Studies Department, campus and community events, courses and scholarship, employment, and award opportunities. Also, we highlight the teaching and research accomplishments of our faculty and our students achievements. If you would like to subscribe to any of our listservs, below, please e-mail us.

Women's Studies Graduate and Undergraduate students participate in the National Women's Studies Association Meeting in Atlanta, November 2011.

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Department News

Now taking applications for the Women's Studies Graduate Awards and Teaching Assistantships--due February 25, 2013

Graduate Student Orientation on Wednesday August 29th from 3:30pm-5:00pm in 118 Willard--Mandatory for all 1st and 2nd year students, all graduate students welcome to attend

Tuesday evening  April 3rd, at 7:00 PM the CCWRC, in coordination with the State Theatre, the Center for Women Students and the Women's Studies Department, will once again present a screening of "In a Town This Size."

Just as was done after the first screening back in January, the film will be immediately followed by a discussion panel featuring one or more adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and local professionals who work in the CSA field.

Those seeking further information should contact Mary Faulkner at CCWRC, at


WSGO Conference is Saturday March 24 beginning at 8:30am at BOA Career Services Bldg.

Coffee Talk Speaker Papori Bora on March 28 at 3:30pm in 118 Willard.

Announcing the third and final installment of the QVC (Queer Visual Culture) lecture series: "All Is Not Lost," a lecture by artist Patricia Cronin on Thursday, March 29, 4:30 PM 112 Borland

Coffee Talk Speaker Alyssa Garcia on February 8th at 3:30pm in 118 Willard.

Sexuality and Gender Studies announces, the first in a series  “QVC: Queer Visual Culture”-A SYMPOSIUM: Varieties of Masculinity in the Renaissance, January 20th: 12:30-4:00 in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

Sexuality and Gender Studies will be hosting a Symposium on the Biological Basis of Sexual Orientation Symposium is Friday December 2, 2011 in Heritage Hall, HUB.

Graduate Student Orientation is Wednesday, August 31, 2011. All 1st and 2nd year dual-title students please attend.

Sexuality and Gender Studies has a new Director.

The Women's Studies Department hires a new faculty member and post doc scholar.

Coffee Talk: The Black Visual Experience with speaker Ariane Cruz February 23rd at 3:30pm in 118 Willard

Upcoming Coffee Talk Speakers: Beate Brunow, March 23rd, Marnia Lazreg, April 20th

Penn State Gender & Technology Writing Group-ALL ARE WELCOME!

What is happening with our Graduate Students?


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