May 29, 2014
Gender Studies: Gender/Power/Space
The 33rd annual Gender Studies Symposium, held in March, focused on issues related to gender, power, and space as they relate to our environments and the lives we lead.
Speakers included France Winddance Twine, professor of sociology and documentary filmmaker at the University of California at Santa Barbara; Karma Chávez, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts and the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; Christina Hanhardt, associate professor of American studies at the University of Maryland; and Franchesca Ramsey, also known as Chescaleigh, a New York– based actress, comedian, and video blogger.
The symposium’s student cochairs were Laura Blum CAS ’14, Rachael Pace CAS ’14, Amy Rosenheim CAS ’14, and Gus Wolff CAS ’14. The three-day event also included an art show, curated by Tyler Rizzo CAS ’14 and Anna Svoboda-Stel CAS ’14.
International Affairs: Gambling With Security
The symposium’s sessions—all with two opposing speakers—focused on topics such as visual media and its role in shaping perception of international affairs, the emergence of drone warfare, modern militias and their role in fostering stability or strife, and cyberwarfare and vulnerability.
The list of guest speakers included John Weston, contributor to the Daily Beast and a former U.S. State Department official and political advisor; Emira Woods, codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.; Gian Gentile, director of the military history department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and Troy Thomas, a U.S. Air Force colonel currently serving as director for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff.
Nathan Ren CAS ’15 and Nathan Romine CAS ’14 served as student cochairs of the event.