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Women Faculty Collective Kick-Off: "The Deep River Within"
September 22, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sansbury Campus Life Center 319

Think you don’t have time for a workshop on mindfulness and creative energy? That’s exactly why you should attend.

Based on an approach developed by Boston-based psychotherapist Abby Seixas, this Deep River Within workshop supports women in finding the soul-nourishing dimension that runs beneath the busy surface of everyday life. For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Johnson mjohnson@uscupstate.edu or 503-5724.

Instructor & Facilitator

Deborah CohanDeborah Cohan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology at USC Beaufort comes to us with 20 years of experience teaching sociology, women’s and gender studies and family studies at institutions including Harvard University, Connecticut College, University of Connecticut-Storrs, and Regis College. She is a certified trainer for the Deep River Within program. For more information about the Deep River, please go to www.deepriverwithin.com.

This event is open to the faculty and staff. For seating purposes, please RSVP to Kristina Pisano by September 15.

"Unjust Sex vs. Rape: A Feminist Analysis of the Heteronormative Sexual Continuum"
October 17, 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Media 220

"Must Survivors of Sexual Assault Disclose Their Assaults?: Title IX, Mandatory Reporting, and the Role of the Confidant"
October 12, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Media 220

Title IX is an important piece of legislation designed to protect gender equality in educational environments. Dr. Ann Cahill, Professor of Philosophy at Elon University, draws our attention to pitfalls of implementing this legislation in ways that may undermine the students it is meant to protect. Event is open to all faculty, staff and students. 

    Who needs Feminism? View photos on Flickr!
    In the spring of 2012, frustrated by anti-feminism on campus, sixteen Duke students asked Who Needs Feminism? To their surprise, the world answered them. In this lecture, In 2013, USC Upstate participated in this viral visual campaign to tell why we need feminism, too!
    Feminism in Hardcover Book Club Selection
    The most recent Feminism in Hardcover book club selection was On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, by Sara Ahmed.

    Bodies of Knowledge Symposium
    The Symposium renewed and reinforced campus commitment to the principle of respecting sexual diversity, and to the acknowledgement of sexual orientation as a protected category of identity in Upstate’s longstanding Diversity Initiative. The symposium served to maintain and further fuel the energy of the students, faculty and staff who were galvanized to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

    Nourishing New Research
    This program provides opportunities for faculty to share in-progress academic work for feedback and support as part of an effort to enrich the intellectual environment at USC Upstate and to foster cross-disciplinary collegiality around a shared interest in Women's and Gender Studies.

    Words of Fire Symposium
    Featuring Dr. Tricia Rose in February 2009, this event is an especially memorable example of CWGS celebrations of Black History Month. Other outstanding speakers have included Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown on celebrating black girlhoods, Dr. Dianne Johnson on her book Hair Dance (an award-winning children’s book on attitudes toward black hair) and Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan on luminosity and “the womanist idea." 

    Photo Galleries
    View various FlickR galleries of past events held by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. 

    Dates of Interest

    Our Director

    Lisa Johnson, Ph.D.
    Office: CASB 124
    Phone: 864-503-5724
    Email: mjohnson@uscupstate.edu 

    Contact Us

    USC Upstate
    Center for Women's and Gender Studies
    CASB 120
    800 University Way
    Spartanburg, SC 29303
    Phone: 864-503-5926
    Fax: 864-503-5351