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Friday 9/20 - Colloquia: Soma Chaudhuri

GenCen Fall 2019 Colloquia - Sept - Soma Chuadhuri.pngThis research explores how empowerment programs impact gender based violence and the social structures that lead to such violence in the first place. Drawing from interviews with former participants in empowerment programs that focus on building community leaders, the study examines how grassroots women lead interventions and the resulting effects on leaders' and survivors' lives. Findings suggest that although most survivors had displayed some agency in independently resisting violence, their efforts are effective when coupled with a support network and access to resources. With the intervention of leaders, the survivors were able to better negotiate for justice with a renewed sense of agency. For the leaders, participation in programs gave them an identity independent from their status within the family. They promoted change by developing independent innovative intervention strategies that worked despite the tight structural constraints of gendered norms.

Location: International Center Room 303
Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 1:30PM - 3:00PM
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Thursday 10/3 - Research Funding and Networking: Gender and Sexuality

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Are you a researcher working on or looking to include gender and/or sexuality in your research? 

Come learn about trends and opportunities in gender and sexuality research funding. Presentations will address both international and domestic work. Following presentations, faculty will share research interests and network with new collaborators from across campus. 

Please register by Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

 

Location: International Center Room 303
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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Friday 10/11 - Interdisciplinary Write-In (co-hosted with C4I)

Are you working on an interdisciplinary journal article, grant proposal, book chapter, thesis, dissertation, curriculum, portfolio, online work, or piece of publicly-engaged scholarship? Join us for three hours of dedicated writing time to advance your interdisciplinary scholarship! Participants should plan to write for the full time period and bring their own laptops. Refreshments are available throughout the Write-Ins. Representatives from the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity will be available to discuss interdisciplinary opportunities. 

Write-Ins are free, but registration is required so that we have enough refreshments and lunches.

Location: Linton Hall Room 9
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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Friday 10/18 - Colloquia: stef shuster

GenCen Fall 2019 Colloquia - Oct - stef shuster.pngFor much of the 20th century, health providers of transgender medicine have tacitly worked within the logics of assigning “worth” to their trans patients. In the 1950s, “worth” was based upon patients who conformed to rigid gendered expectations, held respectable jobs, and acquiesced to medical authority. Notions of worth continue to shape how medical providers understand trans people, although “worth” is now covertly defined as trans people who are compliant, dutiful, and authentically trans. Many providers would contest this claim as they seek to assure others that they have progressed, and no longer commit harm against trans people as their historical counterparts so frequently did. Using archives, interviews, and observations at health conferences, I demonstrate how worth has been a persistent, though overlooked, way that medical providers make meaning of trans patients. And, it is linked to broader notions of the so-called productive citizen and shaped by logics quite similar to the purity drives that sought to regulate and control the bodies of many others deemed socially undesirable by the medical community.

Location: International Center Room 303
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 1:30PM - 3:00PM
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Friday 11/15 - Interdisciplinary Write-In (co-hosted with C4I)

Are you working on an interdisciplinary journal article, grant proposal, book chapter, thesis, dissertation, curriculum, portfolio, online work, or piece of publicly-engaged scholarship? Join us for three hours of dedicated writing time to advance your interdisciplinary scholarship! Participants should plan to write for the full time period and bring their own laptops. Refreshments are available throughout the Write-Ins. Representatives from the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity will be available to discuss interdisciplinary opportunities. 

Write-Ins are free, but registration is required so that we have enough refreshments and lunches.

Location: Linton Hall Room 9
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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Friday 11/20 - Colloquia: Laura Apol

GenCen Fall 2019 Colloquia - Nov - Laura Apol.pngFor years, I worked in Rwanda, using writing as a means to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. I reported out the work in the form of my own poems that were published in a collection entitled Requiem, Rwanda (Michigan State University Press, 2015). The use of poetic inquiry offered much to the work: it enabled me to discover new aspects of the topic and my relationship to it; it facilitated and allowed me to convey complicated interpersonal interactions; and it permitted me to engage in “poetic rumination” (Leggo, 1999, 2005). My poems attend and attest to my own “lived experience” of the research and helped me better understand myself and my topic as I explored aspects of the work through poems. In this way, my poems enabled me to find ways to say what might not otherwise be said, and to bring to a wider set of readers some of the complexities of the writing-for-healing work.

However, some of these strengths of poetic inquiry brought with them a series of challenges unique to this methodology as well—challenges I have labelled aesthetic, investigative, ethical and relational. What is the role of the poem in poetic inquiry? How can research(ed) information, presented in a poem, be conveyed with scholarly integrity? What does it mean to be at once a researcher, poet and witness? How do interpersonal relationships both support and challenge the writing of research poems? In this talk, I will use my work in Rwanda and my own experiences as a researcher and a poet to illustrate some of the affordances as well as the tensions inherent in conducting / conveying arts-based inquiry.

Location: International Center Room 303
Date: Friday, November 20, 2019
Time: 1:30PM - 3:00PM
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Tuesday 12/3 - Give Green Day

We're re-launching our 2018 Give Green Day Campaign for 2019 to be able to provide more Community Research Scholarships for our students!

MSU students are seeking opportunities to use their classroom learning to solve real-world problems. Local organizations doing work on gender and sexual orientation equality need to collect and analyze data to solve problems, but do not always have the time and expertise to devote to applied research. Through the Community Research Scholarship Fund, the GenCen will provide scholarship support for students to do engaged research with community organizations in order to meet the needs of students and the community. This scholarship fund will support undergraduate students working with community organizations on collaborative research projects to solve real‒world problems in the community. These research projects may include issues related to gender equity in the workplace, gender dynamics in schools, and gender‒based violence.

Providing scholarships will make these research collaborations more accessible to students by providing financial support that few community‒based organizations are able to provide. The fund will enrich the student experience through experiential learning, the development of critical problem‒solving skills to address the challenges facing society today, and by providing research resources to community partners.

Donate to the GenCen Community Research Scholarship Fund here.
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 12:00AM - 11:59PM

Friday 12/10 - Fall Finals Week Stress Relief

Stress Relief Finals 2019.pngStressed out by finals? Join the GenCen for some relaxation! Free chair massages, snacks, pizza, coloring, board games and friends will all be present!

Location: Wells Hall 2nd Floor Atrium (B-Wing)
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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