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T.E.A. with WGS: The Stare and the Slap: Embodiment, Disability, and Pedagogy on the Public Stage

TEA: Embodiment & Disability Pedagogy

This Teaching to Engage and Activate (T.E.A.), open to faculty and students, takes on “the gaze” as performed at the Oscars when Will Smith infamously slapped Chris Rock, who had just made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s diagnosis of alopecia. We will use embodied pedagogy to begin with the “stare,” the moment of Chris Rock calling out a black woman with a non-normative body and think through what this means for intersections of race, gender, and disability. Then we move, again using some theater exercises, to “the slap,” again examining it in terms of gender, violence, race and, of course, performance. This TEA will open up WGS faculty and students to using embodied pedagogy and disability studies as valuable teaching and learning tools.

WGS Intersections: Dyani White Hawk A Conversation

Dyani White Hawk Panel Event

Join WGS and Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on Thursday, Feb. 17th at 5:30 p.m. for another WGS Intersections! Don’t miss DYANI WHITE HAWK a Conversation. The panel will feature Lisa Collins (Wassamasaw Tribe), Beckee Garris (Catawba Nation), Chief Michelle Wise Mitchum (Pine Hill Indian Tribe), and Dana Muckelvaney (Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe). Moderators are Dr. Kris De Welde (Director & Prof. of WGS), Dr. Brennan Keegan (Religious Studies), and Dr. Annette Watson (Political Science).

This is a virtual event. Watch at halsey.cofc.edu/live. Free and open to the public.

About her exhibit HEAR HER (from Halsey’s website):
Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates the lived experiences of Native Peoples. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use language of visual art to bring light to the chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude through centuries of colonization have helped their people’s languages and cultures to survive.

On view in Hear Her, White Hawk’s video installation LISTEN presents a series of Native women speaking the language of their people. Each film takes place on the land of each participant’s nation, and viewers hear the respective languages without translation. As such, White Hawk puts a focus not only on the resonance of each speaker, but she also reveals society’s collective ignorance of the people, culture, and language of those native to the land on which we live. Chapter 1 of LISTEN features eight videos and White Hawk plans to continue the series to include 24 videos. The Halsey Institute commissioned White Hawk to create a video to honor the Catawba Nation, located in South Carolina.

White Hawk’s photography installation I Am Your Relative confronts the gross stereotypes and distorted caricatures that dehumanize and commodify Native women. This installation, along with LISTEN, helps White Hawk shine a light on the misrepresentation of Native Peoples while reinforcing the fact that we are all connected as human beings.

Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her is sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. This exhibition is also supported by the Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston, which provides students with the opportunities and resources to engage in our community sustainably.


Image Credit: @dwhitehawk in Collaboration with photographer Tom Jones, “I Am Your Relative” [detail], 2020, photo sculpture, © Dyani White Hawk. Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

A Conversation with Abby Stein

Abby Stein

Join Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies and WGS on Thursday, Feb. 17th for A Conversation with Abby Stein at 7PM in Arnold Hall or on Zoom! Register at bit.ly/spring22abbystein.

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, author, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family, attended Yeshiva, and completed a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore a self-determined life. In 2015, Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since then, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving the ultra-Orthodoxy. Her book Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman, is a coming-of-age memoir that examines identity, gender, and religion through personal experience.

From the publisher, Seal Press:

“The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman


Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews.

But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. She suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood to mainstream femininity-a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, her way of life.

Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, Becoming Eve poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?”

Winona LaDuke Campus Lecture

Taking Action for the Environment with Winona LaDuke Flyer

Wednesday, April 17 – Winona LaDuke Campus Lecture: “Taking Action for the Environment: Become the Person Your Ancestors would be Proud of” – RITA 101, 4:00-5:30PM

Join WGS, the Office of the Provost, SLI, the Office of Sustainability, HSS, and more for this incredible event featuring speaker and activist Winona LaDuke. Flyer attached for more info!

Feminism in Motion 2019 Event Recap & Pictures

Thank you to everyone who came out to our second annual Feminism in Motion celebration! See below for a digitized version of the program, scans of the feminist doodles that our attendees created during the event presentations and rich discussions, and pictures from the day’s festivities.


2019 FeMo Picture Gallery


A special thanks to the ever-generous Sugar Bakeshop for providing the delicious treats!

sugar bakeshop logo

We hope to see you next year!

OID’s Call to Action Week!

 

  • March 9 – Be Well Expo – North Campus – 10:00AM-3:00PM
    • Panels, breakouts, and a Wellness Village focusing on women of color, health disparities, concerns, and solutions. Read more about the Be Well Expo here.
  • March 11 – Super Sheroes: Superwomen Who Inspire Us – EHHP Alumni Center – 6:00-8:00PM
    • An inspiring message by SC Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter, followed by food, fun, and engagement. All are welcome! Hosted by OID, MSPS, SDIC, and CofC College Democrats.
  • March 12 – Activism Lunch & Learn – Stern 201 – 12:00-1:30PM
    • A lunchtime discussion featuring student and community activists making a difference on campus and in Charleston. Open to the public. Lunch provided. Read more here
  • March 13 – Campus Communities Fair – George St. – 11:00-1:00PM
    • Student Government Association is hosting a street fair to showcase the diverse communities that make up our campus. Multiple student organizations and members from the Charleston community will come together with food, music, and other celebrations!
  • March 14 – “RBG” Film Screening – ECTR 118 – 6:00-9:00 PM
    • A birthday celebration of assorted pies and refreshments in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg’s birthday and National Pi Day. Hosted by CofC College Democrats and SDIC. 

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