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Fall 2018 Welcome Letter

TO: The Women’s and Gender Studies Community

FROM: Mary Trigg, Chair

pdfFall 2018 Welcome Back Letter

Welcome to the new members of our community, and welcome back to those who are returning. I hope your summer was productive and relaxing, and that you are gearing up for an excellent year ahead. There is much to anticipate. I am delighted to welcome internationally recognized scholar, journalist, and author Naomi Klein, who will be part of our community and working with our students over the next three years. Naomi Klein’s most recent books include The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists (2018), and No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017).

I am also happy to welcome Fulbright Visiting Scholar Manjula Bharathi, who is visiting our department this year (with her daughter and husband) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. Manjula Bharathi’s areas of research include gender and local governance and gender and micro-credit, and she will be working on a project titled "Engendering Power Spaces for Rights Based Development: Understanding the Local Governance and Gender in USA and India." Radhika Balakrishnan is serving as the faculty sponsor for her visit.

I also want to welcome Yana Rodgers as Undergraduate Director and Jasbir Puar as Graduate Director: they have assumed the reins and will be in these positions for the next two years. Please join me in thanking them for their important service to our department, along with Ethel Brooks, who served as Interim Undergraduate Director, and Ed Cohen, who served as Interim Graduate Director, both last year. We also welcome two new Ph.D. students, Milton Achelpohl and Rawshan Fatima, and four new MA students, Desiree Amboree, Ghermawit Berhane, Caitlin Brown, and Alii Londres.

Two celebratory notes: in June the Board of Governors approved Abena Busia, who is currently on leave as Ghana's ambassador to Brazil, for promotion to Professor. In addition, Jasbir Puar’s book The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (Duke University Press, 2017) has been selected as one of two winners of the NWSA 2018 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize. The prize is awarded for groundbreaking scholarship in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating our new, and continuing, colleagues.

 

WGS Fall Events

It is shaping up to be another busy fall. We begin with our annual fall welcome and barbecue lunch, which we are co-hosting with the Institute for Women’s Leadership, on Monday, September 10th at 12:30, after our first faculty meeting of the year. Please join us! On Friday September 14th the faculty are holding an all-day retreat at the Rutgers Club on Livingston Campus.

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 21 at 2:00, when Gloria Steinem and Naomi Klein will join together for a conversation moderated by journalist Farai Chideya as they think about the ways that information technology and new media are reshaping culture and power relationships, as well as the challenges ahead for progressive movements in the United States and beyond. The conversation will be in room 2125 in the Rutgers Academic Building, 15 Seminary Place.

We are looking forward to our daylong graduate student conference, “Bodies of Power/Theory in the Flesh,” on Friday, October 5th. The conference will bring together graduate students from departments both within Rutgers as well as from universities across the tri-state area to address the relations between embodiment and power through lenses including Chicana and Black feminist and critical theory.

On Thursday, October 25th at 4:00, WGS is sponsoring “Dink Dykes: Lesbian Culture at Douglass College, 1967-1977,” a roundtable discussion moderated by Kay Turner ’71.  

On Thursday, November 29th at 4:00, Women’s and Gender Studies is sponsoring “Disaster Capitalism: A Panel with Naomi Klein, Jasbir Puar, and Ethel Brooks.” This will be a roundtable discussion on disaster capitalism as it pertains to Puerto Rico, Palestine, and Roma dispossession. 

Finally, Deb Vargas will be organizing book talks for our own recently published authors, which we will be announcing shortly.

I close by thanking each of you for your hard work, commitment to our students or to your studies, and for all you give to Women’s and Gender Studies. At a moment when gender studies is under attack in some locations (the Hungarian government has proposed a law which would cancel an accredited, well-performing MA program in gender studies), our political investment in this field is crucial. I look forward to an exciting and productive year ahead.

How to Get to the Department of W&GS

Address:

Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building
162 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel: 848-932-9331
Fax: 732-932-1335

 

By bus:

From the New Brunswick train station: Take the EE bus in Somerset Street (see route), exit in the bus stop "Henderson."

From downtown New Brunswick or College Ave Campus: Take the EE (see route) or the F bus (see route), exit in the bus stop "Henderson."

From Busch Campus: Take the REXB bus (see route), exit in the bus stop "Red Oak Lane," transfer to the EE or the F bus, exit in the bus stop "Henderson."

From Livingston Campus: Take the REXL bus (see route), exit in the bus stop "Red Oak Lane," transfer to the EE or the F bus, exit in the bus stop "Henderson."

 

By car:

NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE: Take exit 9 and follow signs for "Route 18 North/New Brunswick." Continue with ROUTE 18 NORTH directions below.U.S. ROUTE 1: From the SOUTH, take Route 1 North to the second Ryders Lane exit. A sign will read "Ryders Lane/New Brunswick" just beyond the overpass. (You will have passed DeVry Institute.) Follow the sign around to the right, which will put you on Ryders Lane. Go through the first light (Labor Center Way). Parking lot 71A is on the right. After parking, turn right out of the lot. It is a short walk to the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building (follow the sidewalk).U.S. ROUTE 1: From the NORTH, take Route 1 to the Ryders Lane/New Brunswick exit. Proceed through the light to parking lot 71A. The Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building is on the right just beyond the parking lot. ROUTE 287: Take exit 9. (The sign for the exit reads "514 Spur, River Road/Bound Brook/Highland Park".) Proceed east on River Road toward Highland Park to the fifth traffic light (approximately 3.4 miles). Bear right at the light onto the John Lynch Bridge (Route 18 South) and cross the Raritan River. Continue with the ROUTE 18 SOUTH directions below.

ROUTE 18 SOUTH: At the first traffic light after the John Lynch Bridge, turn right onto Commercial Avenue. At the first light, turn left onto George Street. Proceed through the next traffic light, under the overpass and make the next right (the road will be bending left, you will make a right onto Ryders Lane/Clifton Avenue). Stay on Ryders Lane for about a quarter of a mile. The Women's Scholarship and Leadership Complex, where the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building is located, will be on your left. Parking can be found in lot 71A just beyond the entrance to the buildings.

ROUTE 18 NORTH: Shortly after Paulus Boulevard, stay on the left and make a left at the first blinking light. You should now be on Commercial Avenue.  Continue on Commercial Avenue to next light, where you will take a left onto George Street.   Continue on George Street through the next light.  When you come to a roundabout, bear right onto Ryders Lane. Stay on Ryders Lane for about a quarter of a mile. The Women's Scholarship and Leadership Complex, which includes the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, is on your left. Parking can be found in lot 71A just beyond the entrance to the buildings.

 

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Make a contribution to Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University

To contribute to the Women's & Gender Studies Program at Rutgers, please print out the form. Mail the form with your gift to:

Paul Kuznekoff
School of Arts and Sciences-New Brunswick
Development Office
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
18 Bishop Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-9530

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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It is inherent to the discipline of Women's Studies to deal with complex subjects through theoretical lenses, which question conventional knowledge production. This department, one of the most distinguished departments of WGS in the country, has a highly visible faculty of national and international reputation invited to speak in various fora on sometimes highly controversial subjects. Such faculty members, as scholars, have not only a right, but also an obligation to produce and disseminate knowledge within and beyond the academy. Moreover, as private citizens, our faculty continue to enjoy the same freedoms of speech and expression as any private citizen and in accordance with university policy the department supports their protection from institutional discipline in the exercise of these academic and free speech rights. 


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