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    The Office of Student Life and The Center for Women's & Gender Studies
    invites you to Documentary, Desserts & Dialogues:
    Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay In The Church
    October 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. 

    University Readiness Center, Great Room 

    Holler_If_You_Hear_MeJournalist Clay Cane explores homophobia in the black church with this groundbreaking BET.com documentary. Directed and written by Cane, his film debut puts the narrative in the hands of black LGBT people who are torn between their faith and sexuality. Through emotional and deeply honest storytelling, this film boldly tackles the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and religion. Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, where church and LGBT culture cross paths like nowhere else in the country, Cane and BET.com unpack this controversial but important issue. They humanize the journeys of those who struggle with faith and sexuality, proving we all deserve to be heard and loved. The film earned a 2016 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism. This event is free and open to the public. 

    For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at (864)503-5122, Doug Peters, Assistant Dean of Student Life dpeters@uscupstate.edu.  

    Triota and the Center for Women's & Gender Studies
    invites you to a screening of:
    Audrie & Daisy
    November 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

    Humanities and Performing Arts Center, Room 120 

    Audrie-DaisyIn two towns on different sides of America, two teenage girls pass out while intoxicated at high school parties and, while unconscious, both are sexually assaulted by boys they call friends. In the aftermath, the girls each endure online harassment, both attempt suicide, and tragically, one dies. The film explores this new public square of shame from the perspective of the teenagers and their families -- including the boys involved in the assaults and the girls willing to speak out publicly. This event is free and open to all faculty, staff and students.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Johnson at mjohnson@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5724.


    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. 

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    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