Women's Studies Presents Nation's Leading Feminists

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2009) – The University of South Florida Department of Women’s Studies presents nationally recognized feminist scholar Phyllis Chesler Monday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center room 2709.  She will discuss “Present and Future Challenges Confronting Feminism” and share her new introduction to her book Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman


“Dr. Chesler is a pioneer,” said Kim Vaz, chair of the Department of Women’s Studies and the organizer of the lecture series of which this event is a part.  “And it is an honor for us to have her here to talk with us about the history of women’s studies, the status of psychiatric biases, and how women are treated throughout the world focusing on countries where women are subjected to being stoned to death, honor killed, infected with AIDS by their husbands and who are genitally mutilated.  These are some of the most important issues facing women in our time.”


The series began with a presentation by Jennifer Baumgartner in November speaking about abortion and continues Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. with Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of Black popular culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University.  His topic is “Re-Imagining Black Feminist Interventions in Popular Culture.”  It will be held in the USF Library, Grace Allen Room.


Vaz said, “The aim of this series is to present recent feminist progressive politics and critical scholarship.  These are leading intellectuals in the field of feminist critical pedagogy which is both anti-sexist and anti-racist, as well as age-, ability-, LGBTQ- and working-class- affirming.  They will discuss their research and scholarship in a year-long reaffirmation and celebration of the academic discipline of what is Women’s Studies.”


Future speakers include: bell hooks; Jacqui Alexander; Beverly Guy-Sheftall; Ana Louise Keating; Chandra Mohanty; Amit Rai; Layli Phillips; Aimee Carrillo Rowe; Christine (Cricket) Keating; Aaronette White; and Barbara Scott Winkler.


 For further information visit http://web3.cas.usf.edu/main/depts/WST/events/ or call (813) 974-0980.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.