Welcome Back to a New Semester!

Dear Faculty, Students, and Friends,

Welcome to 2021! With the inauguration, we witnessed history being made. We have a new President and the first Black, South Asian woman Vice President. We are also still in the midst of a pandemic and racial tensions and inequalities are high. But somehow we will get to the top of the mountain.  As Amanda Gorman, the United States’ first-ever youth poet laureate, said so beautifully,

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished…

We have so much work to do. But the future is before us and I feel confident that with the energy and vision of the students in our program, the wisdom of our faculty, and the support of our friends, the best is on the way.

To keep us all inspired, the CSWS has several exciting events happening this semester. We will be in conversation with MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline WoodsonTanisha Ford, and Kandice Chuh. We are also co-sponsoring talks with Rebecca Donner (Women’s Writing Women’s Lives, WWWL) and Emily Wilbourne (Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR). To check out our full line-up of events and to RSVP, please go to our website!

During these complicated times, it is nice to know there is a place you can come to connect with people. Remember, the Women’s and Gender Studies staff would love to see you, so we have weekly hangouts on Thursdays from 11:00AM-11:30 AM. Just Zoom in to say hello!

Welcome back,

Dána, Eileen, and Jennifer

The Spring 2021 Mini-Newsletter is up for viewing!

The Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize and The Sue Rosenberg Zalk Endowed Fund Award deadline has been extended to February 15, 2021.

Please stay tuned for an Open House, an all student and faculty mixer, a professional workshop, Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize announcement, and more!

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