Professor Jennifer Suchland’s essay, “The Missing “P” in U.S. Anti-Trafficking Law” was recently featured on The Feminist Wire. Suchland’s essay reveals how current reponses to sex trafficking concentrates efforts on carceral solutions, rather than on preventative measures which would more adequately address sex-trafficking issues and the lives they affect at the root.
Professor Katherine Marino received the 2015 Judith Lee Ridge Prize at the Western Association of Women Historians conference (May 14-16 in Sacrmento, California) for her article “Marta Vergara, Popular Front Pan-American Feminism, and the Transnational Struggle for Working Women’s Rights in the 1930s” published in Gender & History. The Judith Lee Ridge Prize is an annual award for the best article in the field of history published by a WAWH member.
On May 1st, 2015, the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies celebrated the 40th year of Feminist Studies on OSU campus. Alumni, donors, faculty, graduate students, staff and undergraduate award winning students celebrated together at the Longaberger Alumni House. Past Chairs Susan Hartmann, Sally Kitch, Valerie Lee and Linda Mizejewski all spoke on their experiences and the milestones that everyone worked together to achieve so that the department as we know it today could exist. In addition, a multimedia video featuring words from Lisa Lopez, the first graduate with a Women’s Studies degree was created and shown to commemorate the evening.
The University of Chile, the flagship institution of higher education in the country, invited Professor Guisela Latorre to present her research on Chilean graffiti and muralism taking place on March 23, 2015. Titled “Museos a Cielo Abierto en Santiago: Murales, Graffiti y Democratización Urbana,” this distinguished lecture addressed the ways current street art in Chile is making city streets into more egalitarian spaces for historically marginalized communities. In attendance were students and faculty of the University of Chile as well as local mural and graffiti artists.
Jonathan Branfman, WGSS PhD student won the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.
This award is in its 43rd year and is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students.
Each year, approximately 3,000 students teach as graduate teaching associates at Ohio State.
This year, 162 graduate students were nominated, and 66 of the eligible nominees submitted an application portfolio.
The award recipients were selected by the Graduate School Awards Committee consisting of graduate faculty representing the range of disciplines, former GATA winners, and graduate students.
“I aspire for students to see the world through critical eyes long after they forget specific details of my class. I seek to spark this inquiry through a dynamic personal style, rich class discussions, captivating readings, and experiential projects, while constantly sharpening my approach with student feedback.” – Jon Branfman
Jill Bystydzienski, professor and chair in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Bystydzienski will be affiliated with the Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies and Center of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where she will research “Organized response to status of women in STEM in Poland” during autumn 2015.
Bystydzienski’s research will focus on the role of women’s organizations and movements in raising awareness and shaping policy regarding gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She will examine how gender inequality is addressed by these organizations and activists in specific countries. Her findings in Poland will contribute to an understudied issue in the country and allow for comparison among women’s representation in STEM fields in other countries.
“The University of Warsaw is the ideal place for me to undertake this project. Being based in Warsaw, I will have direct access to most of the organizations and people I will need to include in my research,” said Bystydzienski. “My Fulbright in Poland will also contribute to strengthening the ties between The Ohio State University and the University of Warsaw.”
WGSS Senior Marissa McGrath was featured on the 4th annual TEDxOhioStateUniversity event, held on Feb. 14, 2015, titled “The Human Narrative.” The event talks covered stories, ideas and topics that make up our collective story as human beings.
In this talk, Marisa McGrath talks about her perspective on feminism as an undergraduate student. Initially rejecting feminism due to the negative stereotypes with which it is associated, Marisa found solace in feminism after combating a series of unfortunate events. With feminism, Marisa was able to grow and flourish.
Marisa McGrath is a senior at The Ohio State University double majoring in International Relations and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, on campus, McGrath is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, The Girl’s Circle Project and various other activities. She graduates this May.
Congratulations Marissa and thank you for sharing your powerful story!