THE AWAKENING latest issue now available

download pdfThe latest issue of THE AWAKENING, the undergraduate student journal of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program, is now available for download as a pdf from http://www.ohiou.edu/womenstudies/awakenin.html.


This issue (Volume 21, Issue 1, Fall 2007), is themed “Feminist Words” and features news, stories, poetry, and commentary.

Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Farid Muttaqin

download flyerFarid Muttaqin “Observing the Islamic Theological Context: Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Feminist Agendas toward Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Rights”
Friday, November 2, 2007, 4-6 PM
Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

This month’s colloquium will feature Farid Muttaqin leading a discussion on his paper. Muttaquin, currently an OU Southeast Asian Studies student, graduated from the State Islamic University of Jakarta in philosophy.

The Muslim feminists in Indonesia have an important position among the efforts to uphold gay and lesbian rights. Indeed, the involvement of Muslim feminist groups in homosexual movements is crucial in terms of strengthening the endeavors of reconstruction of biases in Islamic interpretations. Some groups such as GAYa Nusantara, Koalisi Pelangi, and Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, who promotes gay rights in Indonesia, focus on the internal empowerment among gay communities and still abandon the problem of theology and religion. It is hard for the “secular groups” to deal with the controversial issue of homosexuality in the country in where Islamic religious belief plays the significant roles for the society. It is important to begin the recognition of homosexual rights in Indonesia by observing the theological context and reinterpreting the verses of the Koran. In this regard, this feminist effort to provide a new interpretation of Islamic teaching on homosexuality will be a crucial contribution to gay and lesbian rights.

Part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students. Refreshments will be served.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from Women’s Studies: godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686.

Feminism: What’s it All About?

download flyerFeminism: What’s it All About?
Women’s Center Brown Bag
Thursday, Oct 25, 2007, Noon – 1 pm

Women’s Center, Baker Center 403
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Screening of the short film The F-word: A Video about Feminism, followed by discussion.

The F-Word is a provocative look at the power of the word “feminism” in the U.S. Why does it mean so many different things to different people? Pithy interviews with women and men from diverse backgrounds are rhythmically intercut with computer-animated quotes from the likes of Barbara Smith to Pat Robertson, all set to an upbeat rap accompaniment. Designed to open up attitudes, this video proves feminism is still something worth talking about – hotly debated, widely misconstrued, but undeniably an act of life.

Weekly brown bag discussions on Thursdays @ Noon, different speaker/topic each week.

Contact: 740-593-9625 or womenscenter -at- ohio.edu

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
Three opportunities to hear Mandy Carter @ OU in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday, October 18, 2007

1.) Noon-1 pm

Brown Bag: Combating Racism
UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice
18 N. College St.

2.) 3:30-4:30 pm
International Studies Reception
Yamada International House
Ohio University

3.) 7-9 pmdownload flyer
Lecture: “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
A conversation with visionary, activist, and organizer Mandy Carter
Baker Center Ballroom A
Ohio University

Come be engaged in a journey that examines past struggles for justice and visions of the future. Mandy Carter will take you there!

Ms. Carter has been an anti-racism organizer for the past 39 years. Carter helped found SONG (Southerners on New Ground) at the Durham Creating Change Conference in 1993. Inspired by the vision of black and white southern lesbians, SONG works to build movements for progressive social change across the South by developing models for organizing that connect race, class, culture, gender and sexual identity. Ms. Carter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 to recognize, make visible and celebrate the impressive and valuable, yet often invisible peace work of thousands of women around the world.

Sponsored by: African Studies, African American Studies, Center For International Studies, Communication And Development Studies, Department of Social Work, International Development Studies, LGBT Center, Multicultural Programs Center, Southeast Asia Studies, UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice, Women’s Center.

Contact: UCM @ 740-593-7301 or ucmcf -at- frognet.net
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Robert Jensen on Pornography

Robert Jensen “The Paradox of Pornography: Sex, Intimacy and Communication”
Wednesday, October, 17, 2007, 7pm

Margaret M. Walter Hall, Rm 145
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

download flyerOU Women’s Studies Program presents Dr. Robert Jensen on “The Paradox of Pornography: Sex, Intimacy and Communication.” Dr. Jensen is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media law, ethics, and politics. Prior to his academic career, Jensen worked as a professional journalist for a decade. He is also involved in a number of activist groups working against U.S. military and economic domination of the rest of the world.

Dr. Jensen’s new book Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007) is available at Little Professor and through the library. His other books include The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005) and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004).

Made possible by a generous donation by OU Alum Barbara Allushuski.

Contact: Women’s Studies @ godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686

Meet the Peacemakers: Cat Cutcher

Cat Cutcher
Soup for the Soul: Meet the Peacemakers series
Thursday, October 11, 2007, Noon-1 pm

United Campus Ministry
18 N. College St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Cat Cutcher will be speaking about activism for peace and justice and reflecting on the balance between inner peace and outer/public peacemaking.

Catherine “Cat” Cutcher is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Athens area since 1997. She has been an activist and community organizer since she was 15, and has worked on diverse issues including peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development and environmental restoration. She has worked with many local organizations, such as the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, UCM, the Buckeye Forest Council, Rural Action, the Athens Farmers Market, and InterAct.

Currently she is a Ph.D. Student in Cultural Studies in Education at Ohio University. She also has an MA in International Affairs and African Studies from Ohio University, and a BA in Anthropology, Sociology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College. She recently received a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for her dissertation research on popular education among women’s grassroots organizations in Kenya. She will be in Kenya from November 2007 through June 2008.

All students, faculty, and community are invited. Soup for the Soul’s fall 2007 theme is “Meet the Peacemakers.” Free lunch of soup and bread every Thursday!

Contact: ucmevan -at- frognet.net or 740-593-7301
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OUTWRITE latest issue now available

The latest issue of OUTWRITE, Ohio University‘s LGBTA journal, is now available for download as a pdf from the LGBT Center!

This issue (No. 3, October 2007), is the OUT Week edition.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
– Looking Back, Moving Forward: Stonewall
– 4 Our Health: HPV
– Queer News: Out in the World
– Queer Confusion: LGBT Labels explained
– Out of the Closet: Faculty Spotlight
– Out in the World: China
– Entertainment & Meeting Calendar
– LGBT Student Affairs Commissioner update
– Leading the Way: Student Leaders
– Poetry
– And more!