2014-2015 Speaker Series "Sexual Politics"

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies sponsors and co-sponsors a variety of events throughout the year. Our 2014-2015 programming theme is "Sexual Politics."

Sept. 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Bowen Auditorium

Lecture, "Listening to Chicana Singers: Sounding Borderlands Imaginaries"
Deborah R. Vargas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, University of California-Riverside

Professor Vargas is a feminist studies scholar whose research and teaching areas include Chicano/Latino cultural studies, critical race feminisms, queer of color critique, popular culture, feminist ethnography, borderlands theory, and oral history methods. Her first book, Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) draws on Chicana feminism, cultural studies, and queer of color analysis to examine the ways in which Chicana singers push the heteronormative limits of what she refers to as sonic imaginaries of borderlands music.

Author of Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda

Book Awards:

  • 2013 Woody Guthrie Prize for Best Book in Popular Music Studies. The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. Branch).  
  • 2013 Honorable Mention, Best Book in Latino Studies. The Latino Studies Section of The Latin American Studies Association.
  • 2014 Best Book in Chicano Studies. The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. 

Co-sponsors:  LGBTQA Advising, Intercultural Advancement, Africana Studies, Conservatory of Music, Dept. of Spanish, Dept. of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American Studies.


Oct. 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. in CUB 260

Whitney SrubLecture, "Obscenely Queer: The Sexual Politics of Obscenity Law and Modern Queer Expression"
Whitney Strub, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers-Newark

Professor Strub is an historian and WGS Studies scholar of the social, political, and legal history of obscenity, censorship, and pornography.  His book, Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right (Columbia U. Press, 2011), charts the use of anti-pornography campaigns as organizing devices in the mobilization of the modern conservative movement and its “family values” agenda.

Co-sponsors: LGBTQA Advising, Intercultural Advancement,  Africana Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Dept. of Philosophy, and EPACC.

Recent topics:

  • Talking Back to Violence
  • Migration
  • Expanding Identities: Genders and Sexualities
  • Gender and Just Sustainability
  • Women and Islam
  • Women, Power, & Politics
  • Women and Science
  • Gender and Just Sustainability