Center for Women's and Gender Studies

  • TRIOTA SPRING FILM SERIES

    Iota, Iota, Iota, or Triota, is the Women’s and Gender Studies honor society. Student leaders will host a three-part film series that will coincide with Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Free pizza and drinks will be provided and all films will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

    Who needs Feminism?
    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

  • LUCY STONE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MINOR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

    The Lucy Stone Award for Outstanding Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies was developed in the 2008-2009 academic year. The award is named after a prominent abolitionist and female suffragist in the United States. Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She helped organize the first National Women’s Rights Convention. Called “the orator” and “the morning star of the woman’s rights movement,” Stone published her radical views in the Woman’s Journal and delivered a speech that sparked Susan B. Anthony to take up the cause of women’s suffrage. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote, “Lucy Stone was the first person by whom the heart of the American public was deeply stirred on the woman question." Stone was also the first American woman to revert to her maiden name after marriage.

    • 2017 Winner: Ashley Matheson, for her excellent academic work during her time at Upstate and for her unwavering commitment to the WGS program and the Triota Honors Society.
    • 2016 Winners: This year saw the program’s first “tie” for this award. Monique Gardner received this honor for her excellent course work and presentations at the UNC-Asheville queer studies conference in 2015 and at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference in 2016. Ariana Sanchez received this honor for her leadership both in class and in extracurricular activities, including being the first CWGS representative on the student senate.
    • 2015 Winner: Stacey Gullion, for her outstanding academic work, including a presentation on feminist heterosexualities at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association in Boca Raton, Florida, and her service to Triota as a tutor for WGST 101.
    • 2014 Winner: Chase Moery for his well-rounded scholarly profile, which included bold reflection papers in a variety of WGS courses, an internship as Bodies of Knowledge symposium organizer and a multi-semester commitment to community outreach with Girls on the Run. Chase was also a founding member of Triota.
    • 2013 Winner: Samantha Swordenfor her three-semester project on beauty culture and feminist disability studies.
    • 2011 Winner: Beth Tevault for her scholarly research on representations of madness in the Victorian novel.
    • 2010 Winner: AJ Jones for his scholarly project on the politics of diversity on university campuses.
    • 2009 Winner: Lindsay Harris for her research and presentation on bisexual epistemology at an international feminist philosophy conference.
    • 2008 Winner: Andrea Miller for consistently producing graduate school level work throughout her undergraduate career at USC Upstate.

    EMMA GOLDMAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR WITH AN EMPHASIS IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

    The Emma Goldman Award was developed in the 2008-2009 academic year to reward high achievement in IDS/WGS. The award is named after a famous Marxist feminist activist who developed a philosophy of feminist anarchism, a political philosophy that foregrounds individual and collective will over the will of the government. Emma Goldman (1869-1940) is known for her vitality and charisma and was admired by her allies for being a radical free-thinker.

    These characteristics reflect the independent spirit that leads some of our USC Upstate students to create a major of their own – in the absence of a Women’s and Gender Studies major – by majoring in IDS with a WGS concentration.

    • 2011 Winner: Sarah Wilson for her scholarly research in queer/feminist theories of (trans)sexuality.
    • 2009 Winner: Andrea Miller for her scholarly research in Marxist feminism and critical race theory.