Course Schedule 5: May

May 1: The Importance of Activism

We will have a visit from Dorchen A. Leidholt, Director of The Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in New York City. The largest legal services program for domestic violence victims in the country, the Center provides legal representation to battered women in family law, criminal, civil rights, and immigration cases and advocates for policy and legislative changes that further the rights of abused women.

Ms. Leidholt is adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School and Co-Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), which she helped found in 1988. You can read more about her here.

Please use this week’s *light* reading load as an opportunity to get ahead on your reading for next week and on your final project (below).

May 8: Gender, Popular Culture and Feminist Anarchy

  • J. Jack Halberstam, Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal, (Boston: Beacon Press, 2012).
  • Video: Beyonce and Lady Gaga, “Telephone” (2010)

Video in class: The Key of Awesome, “Lady Gaga Born This Way Parody”

Video in class: Excerpts from Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (Mike Myers, 1997):

 Recommended Reading:

  • Kirsten Drotner, Ed. Feminism and Cultural Studies (1999)
  • Lauren Berlant, The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2008)
  • Naomi Wolfe, Vagina: A New Biography (2012)

 May 15:  No class — Final Project due

Gender and Your Course of Study. Assemble a list of ten courses available at The New School, offered in any division, which would help (or would have helped) you meet your current educational goals and, at the same time, help you pursue the study of gender. Explain why.


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