Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)

September 10, 2014 (All day) to November 5, 2014 (All day)
Art Exhibition: John Henry
113 Dickinson Hall

"Art is all else. Formulate an idea; realize it; perfect it. On to the next with a bit less stink."

November 4, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
GSS Graduate Student Reading Group
113 Dickinson Hall

Reading Group meeting with Heather Love, Stanley Kelley, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching of Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

November 5, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Sisters in War" by Christina Asquith
113 Dickinson Hall

After the war, women in Iraq could be groped for not veiling, dragged out of their cars and whipped for driving, and beheaded for talking to an American. Yet before the war of "liberation," Iraqui women were professors, lawyers, and engineers. They enjoyed more privileges than most othe rArab women. How and why did the US's involvement in Iraq result in greater oppression for Iraqi women?
In Sisters in War, journalist Christina Asquith tells the story of the Iraq war and its aftermath through the eyes of four women who survived it: Iraqi sisters Zia and Nuno, US reservist Heather Coyne, and Washington DC women's rights activist Manal Omar. Asquith weaves their fascinating stories together to create a larger picture of women's experience in Iraq during the occupation.
From Zia, who chooses to work for the Americans, engage in a relationship with an American man, and ultimately emigrate to America, to Nunu, who goes from a shy student to a defiant advocate of women's rights, to Heather, whose faith in the US's moral obligation to spread freedom and democracy in the Middle East is shaken by what she sees, Asquith shows us a side of the Iraq War that has received far too little attention.
Sisters in War is not simply about sharing a few women's stories. Asquith uses these narratives as opportunities to explore the choices many women in Iraq faced in the aftermath of the war: to endure violence if they would not veil, to emigrate, or to give in to the pressures of rising fundamentalism and sectarian violence. No other book has told the devastating and painful story of women in the Iraq war, and Christina Asquith, who spent two years in Baghdad on assignment for the New York Times, tells it with the compassion, grace, and rightful outrage of a dedicated reporter.

November 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
Marriage Debate
McCosh 50

Professor Stephen Macedo, Politics, and Sherif Girgis, co-author of What is Marriage?, will be debating the thesis of Macedo's new book that marriage should be defined as a union between two people of any gender.
Co-sponsored by the Princeton Anscombe Society with the support of the Love and Fidelity Network, the Leadership Institute, the Alliance Defending Freedom, Christian Union, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Office of Religious Life, and the USG Projects Board.

November 6, 2014 (All day) to November 8, 2014 (All day)
Little Shop of Horrors
Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street

Princeton University Players' production of Little Shop of Horrors, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Directed by Tyler Lawrence '16 (Politics).
Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of twerpy Seymour Krelborn, a worker in Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist Shop, who is seduced by a “strange and interesting” plant. The Plant attracts incredible success to the shop, and brings Seymour closer to his sweet coworker Audrey, but at a terrible and mounting cost: the Plant only eats human blood, and it “must be fresh.” Seymour resorts to increasingly desperate measures to feed the Plant’s ravenous thirst before finally forcing a confrontation with the monster he has created.

Thursday, November 6 at 8pm
Friday, November 7 at 8pm
Saturday, November 8 at 2pm and 8pm

Co-sponsored by the Princeton University Players and the Graduate Student Government Events Board.

November 6, 2014 - 4:30pm
Reading From Behind: Thinking Through Male/Male Romance Novels
Hinds Library

With Dr. Jonathan Allan of Brandon University.
Dr. Jonathan A. Allan is Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Brandon University. His research brings together feminist theory, queer theory, affect theory, and masculinity studies. His book, Reading from Behind, is forthcoming with University of Regina Press. His current project, The Foreskin Archive, is a study of the foreskin in cultural theory and criticism. He has additionally published on a range of topics including: male virginity, effeminophobia, male pregnancy, popular romance fiction, as well as critical theory, notably, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Northrop Frye, and Harold Bloom. He is Associate Editor of Journal of Popular Romance Studies and sits on the Editorial Boards of Chasqui, Journal of Men’s Studies, and Ivorian Journal of Comparative Studies.
Co-sponsored by the English Department's Graduate Student Genres Colloquium.

November 13, 2014 (All day)
Queer Quizzo
Location to be announced

Participating graduate students can explore themes of gender and sexuality in the context of a fun and educational pub trivia game. For example: 
Q: This German politician famously came out with the phrase "Ich bin schwul, und das is auch gut so." "I'm gay, and that is a good thing."
A: Klaus Wowereit (Also accepted: The Mayor of Berlin).
Co-sponsored by the Queer Graduate Caucus.

December 2, 2014 (All day)
Symposium with Marta Cunningham
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

December 2, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
GSS Graduate Student Reading Group
113 Dickinson Hall

Reading Group meeting with David Minto, Professor in History and Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellow in LGBT Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Feminist Media Studies Event
McCormick 101

More information coming soon!

December 3, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Full Frontal Feminism" by Jessica Valenti
113 Dickinson Hall

Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Feministing.com. This revised edition includes a new foreword by Valenti, reflecting upon what's happened in the five years since Full Frontal Feminism was originally published.
Lunch will be provided.

December 5, 2014 (All day) to December 7, 2014 (All day)
Sharon Heijin Lee Lecture
Location to be announced

Sharon Heijin Lee, assistant professor at New York Univeristy in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.
Professor Lee's research focuses on the cultureal and societal motivations behind the South Korean boom in women's plastic surgery and cosmetics industry. She places an emphasis on the transnational feminist perspective when discussing this topic, and will provide a fascinating look into the intricacies of Asian and Asian American female culture that help produce the current trend.
Cosponsored by the Asian American Student Association.
More information coming soon, inlcuding exact time, date, and location.

January 7, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "A Queer and Pleasant DANGER" a Memoir by Kate Bornstein
113 Dickinson Hall

The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.
Kate Bornstein - gender theorist, performance artist, author - is set to change lives with her compelling memoir.  Wickedly funny and disarmingly honest, this is Bornstein's most intimate book yet, encompassing her early childhood and adolescence, college at Brown, a life in the theater, three marriages and fatherhood, the Scientology hierarchy, transsexual life, LGBTQ politics, and life on the road as a sought-after speaker.
Lunch will be provided.

February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay
113 Dickinson Hall

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journeys of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
Lunch will be provided.

March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel
113 Dickinson Hall

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years.
Lunch will be provided.

March 28, 2015 (All day)
Workshop on Feminist Theory and Practice in Academia
Kerstetter Room, 301 Marx Hall Structure

The Workshop will serve as a venue for scholars in the social sciences to discuss feminist theory, methodology, and practice within academic settings. The Workshop will take place over one day, consisting of four 80-minute panels, a roundtable discussion, and a keynote address.  Nancy Hirschmann (Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania) will deliver the Workshop's keynote address. Each panel will be organized around a key theme or question, to be determined by panelists invited from the greater Princeton area (NJ, NY, and PA). Princeton faculty and graduate students will serve as co-panelists.
Ultimately, the goal is to connect academics from different backgrounds and levels of experience who are interested in studying, practicing, and teaching feminism; to serve as testing ground for new ideas, projects, and collaborations; and to begin an informal working group that can serve as the basis for continuing dialogue.
Co-sponsored by the University Center for Human Values.

March 31, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Miss America 2014 - Nina Davuluri
Location to Be Announced

Closing Women's History Month and opening Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this event will be focusing on Ms. Davuluri's experience with her "Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency" and "Circle of Unity" service projects, her responses to the racist or racially-charged controversy following her win, and the ways in which she navigates the relationship between her gender, ethnicity, and nationality.

April 1, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily M. Danforth
113 Dickinson Hall

When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned by hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both. Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship - one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to "fix" her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self - even if she's not exactly sure who that is. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.
Lunch will be provided.

April 15, 2015 (All day)
Laverne Cox
Location to Be Announced

More information coming soon!

April 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Orange is the New Black" by Piper Kerman with remarks by Jill Dolan
113 Dickinson Hall

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
Our Program Director, Professor Jill Dolan, will attend this gathering to facilitate a discussion about the TV show of the same title, in conjunction with the book.
Jill Dolan is the Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater at Princeton University, where she also directs the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic (1989, reissued in a 2012 anniversary edition with a new introduction and extended bibliography), Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre (2005), Theatre & Sexuality (2010), and many other books and essays. She won the 2011 Outstanding Teach Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and a lifetime achievement award from the Women and Theatre Program (2011). Dolan is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and of the National Theatre Conference in the US. She writes The Feminist Spectator blog at www.TheFeministSpectator.com, for which she won the 2010-2011 George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism. A book of her selected blog posts and new essays, The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for Stage and Screen, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
Lunch will be provided.

May 13, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Ghana Must Go" by Taiye Selasi
113 Dickinson Hall

Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku's death send a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go follows the Sais' journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told; the crimes committed in the name of love.
Lunch will be provided.