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URI announces annual Women’s Studies Spring Colloquium

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 29, 2003-- The Annual Dana Shugar Women’s Studies Spring Colloquium, presented by URI’s Women’s Studies Program, features a series of presentations by various URI scholars on their work about the lives of women and men. The series, free and open to the public, will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Hoffman Common Room, Independece Hall on the University’s Kingston campus. Here is the schedule:

Thursday, February 6, 2003
"Feminism: Assumptions, Struggles, Encounters in Post-Soviet Russia"
Jean Walton, Associate Professor of English, and Mary Cappello, Professor of English
In the fall of 2001, Mary Cappello and Jean Walton taught at the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow on a Fulbright Fellowship. While in Moscow, they sought every opportunity to discuss and observe the question of feminism or the conditions of women in Russia since the demise of socialism. They will present some of the results of this informal research in the form of a lecture and video clips. Some highlights: excerpt from a film by Russian Jewish filmmaker Galina Evtushenko; interview with archivist Elena Gusyatinskaya at Russia's underground Gay and Lesbian library; attendance at a meeting for feminist academics and practitioners; Cappello and Walton's pedagogical challenges at the Gorky Literary Institute.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003
"Exploring My Diaspora"
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Assistant Professor of Art
A slide presentation of Palakunnathu Matthew's artwork will take the viewers through an exploration of the three cultures that influenced her as an individual and an artist. The work explores her experiences as a woman growing up in India, the confusion between being labeled an Indian from India versus a Native American (Indian), and the backlash against South Asians in the wake of the events of September 11th.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003
"In It But Not Necessarily Of It: Exploring Black Lesbians' and Bisexual Women's Conceptualization of Community With Regard to
Black, Lesbian and Women's Communities"
Lisa Bowleg, Assistant Professor of Psychology and
Amy Black, Ph.D. student in Psychology
Dr. Lisa Bowleg, the principal investigator, will provide an overview of her qualitative study "Trials and Tribulations," which examined the lives of Black LGBT individuals. Amy, a graduate student working with Dr. Bowleg on this study, will then present findings from her analysis of Black lesbian and bisexual women's experiences of community.

The spring colloquium is named in honor of the late Dana Shugar, who began teaching English and women’s studies at URI in 1991. She died in 2000 after a long struggle with breast cancer. While at the University, Shugar excelled in teaching and was a multiple nominee for the Teaching Excellence Award. She also served as the director of the Graduate Program in English for four years.

For more information on the event, please call the Women's Studies Program at 874-5150.
Access is provided for persons with disabilities. If you require special accommodations, please call 874-5150 three working days in advance.

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