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River of Resistance

By Cheryl Johnson-Odim

“Little by little the raindrops swell the river.” (African Proverb)

All over this country, and the world, women (and some male allies) marched on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. Each woman who marched was a rain drop in a river of resistance to an increasing turn by demagogic leaning world leaders toward policies that trample on human rights. For us in the United States those world leaders are Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their allies in the Republican led Congress: Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and others.

bell hooks and Laverne Cox Discuss Transgender Politics Leading public intellectual bell hooks engages in inspiring dialogue with Laverne Cox, critically acclaimed actress and the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on television. What are the politics of transgender women? What exactly does contemporary feminism look like? These questions inform their provocative conversation, part of bell hook’s week-long residency at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Ar. Watch the full conversation here.

Feminsim, Sexuality, and Neuroethics

Neuroethics is an emerging field that considers the interaction between neuroscience, behavioral biology, society, and ethics. Major questions of concern within neuroethics include: How do scientific discoveries impact society? How can scientific researchers more fully understand the ethical implications of their work? The intersection of feminist science studies with the field of Neuroethics produces new ways to ask these questions, considering, for example, not only how science impacts society, but how scientific research is shaped by cultural assumptions. Ultimately, students in this class will combine the critical thinking skills from both of these fields to answer the question: How can we all be responsible consumers and/or producers of neuroscientific knowledge? Visit the PDF version of Feminism, Sexuality, and Neuroethics to access the full syllabus.

Gender, Race, Science & Technology

What can we learn about science and technology—and what can we do with that knowledge? Who are “we” in these questions?—whose knowledge and expertise gets made into public policy, new medicines, topics of cultural and political discourse, science education, and so on? How can expertise and lay knowledge about science and technology be reconciled in a democratic society? How can we make sense of the interactions of living and non-living, humans and non-humans, individual and collectivities in the production of scientific knowledge and technologies? The course takes these questions as entry points into an ever-growing body of work to which feminist, anti-racist, and other critical analysts and activists have made significant contributions. The course also takes these questions as an invitation to practice challenging the barriers of expertise, gender, race, class, and place that restrict wider access to and understanding of the production of scientific knowledge and technologies. In that…

Contemporary Issues Among Chicanas

Contemporary Issues Among Chicanas: This course will examine the contemporary conditions of Chicanas in the United States. The first half of the course will focus mostly on theoretical issues relating to feminism; while the second half will focus mostly on institutions in the areas of immigration, work, politics, and education that impact Chicanas’’ lives. Material is presented in a comparative focus–by noting similarities and differences to other Latinas and focusing on variations among Chicanas. In addition, one goal of this course is to help you develop critical thinking skills about issues. In addition, the nature of exams and assignments for this class are designed to develop and emphasize writing. Dr. Ortiz University of California Los Angeles

Gender & Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality: The course focuses on gender and sexuality in Asian America. Issues covered include: history, community politics, transgender issues, political activism, HIV/AIDS and health issues, coming out, relationships and family, transnational perspectives, and cultural politics. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and presentations (film/videos, guest speakers, panel discussions). In addition to required attendance and participation in discussions, course requirements include a midterm exam, final research paper, and periodic assignments. Dr. Eric Estuar Reyes University of California Los Angeles

Feminist Psychology of Women

Feminist Psychology of Women: You are not expected to be a feminist or to espouse a feminist political perspective and my goal will not be to “convert” you to feminism. However, it is difficult to possess a solid grasp of the field of psychology without understanding the feminists’ responses to various core issues and empirical research. This course is designed for students who wish to explore issues related to women’s lives and experiences through analyzing research studies through active and respectful discourse. Why is this important? Since nearly the beginning of psychology as a discipline, feminist psychologists (e.g., Karen Horney, Jean Baker Miller) have intensely scrutinized and criticized the field for its androcentric focus. In the last few decades, feminist psychologists have tried to correct these biases by placing women at the center of inquiry, both as researchers and objects of study. As a result, psychology is undergoing transformation to…