Women’s Studies Presents Nation’s Leading Feminists

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2009) – The University of South Florida Department of Women’s Studies presents feminist scholars both local and from around the country as its series of talks by the nation’s leading feminist thinkers continues. 

 

Dr. Nagwa Dajani kicks off March’s lectures with a presentation on gender medicine March 2.   She is director of the Women’s Health, Graduate and Undergraduate Program; assistant professor of neurosurgery at USF College of Medicine and Visiting Professor of Women Studies at USF.  Her teaching and research programs in women’s studies focus on gender medicine and women in science.  She led the development of several graduate and undergraduate education programs that integrate gender medicine into women’s health issues.  These include a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Women’s Health; a master’s program of medical sciences/women’s health; and a graduate certificate in gender medicine. 

 

Dr. Dajani is the author of more than 35 papers and book chapters and has presented her research in over 90 scientific meetings.  She brings a feminist perspective to her courses which include: “Women and Science”, “Human Sexual Behavior,” “Biomedical Aging,” “Gender and Medicine,” “Human Clinical Nutrition,” and “Disease Processes in Women.”  She was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Day.

 

“The lecture series presents leading intellectuals in the field of feminist critical pedagogy who will discuss their research and scholarly work,” Women’s Studies Chair Kim Vaz said.  “This is fundamentally a semester-long affirmation and celebration of the academic discipline of women’s studies, something that makes perfect sense for one of the oldest women’s studies programs in the country.”

 

The full schedule for the Department of Women’s Studies Spring 2009 Lecture Series is available at: http://womens-studies.usf.edu/data/lecture_series.pdf.  All presentations are free and open to the public.

 

Coming in March:

•  Nagwa Dajani, M.D., director of the Women’s Health, Graduate and Undergraduate Program; assistant professor of neurosurgery at USF College of Medicine and Visiting Professor of Women Studies at USF.  Topic: “Gender Medicine and a Feminist’s Approach to Science.”  March 2, at 2 p.m., Marshall Student Center Room 2709.

 

•  Amit Rai, associate professor of film, media and postcolonial studies at Florida State University.  Topic: “Sexuality, Media and the Ecology of Sensation: The Case of Contemporary Bollywood.”  March 4, 3 p.m., USF Tampa Library, Grace Allen Room.

 

•  Linda Lucas, visiting professor in USF’s Department of Women’s Studies.  Topic: “A Feminist Economic Analysis of Women’s Studies: International Issues.”   March 5, 3 p.m.  Location: C. W. Young Joint ROTC Building Room 108.

 

•  Barbara Scott Winkler, coordinator and associate professor of the women’s studies program at Southern Oregon University.  Topic:  “Keep on Keeping on: Multicultural Women’s Studies and the Rise of Managerialism.”  March 26, 3 p.m., USF Tampa Library, Grace Allen Room.

 

•  Christine (Cricket) Keating, assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at The Ohio State University.  Topic: “Towards Agreements Not to Rule: Building a Non-domination Contract.”  March 30, 3 p.m., USF Tampa Library, Grace Allen Room. 

 

For more information, contact Sheela Fernandez, (813) 974-0980 or efernand@cas.usf.edu.

 

 

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.

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