The Gender Research Institute: A Space for Social Change

Angela Davis. Noam Chomsky. Denis Goldberg. Amy Goodman. Cornel West.

These are just a few of the prominent visitors who have come to Dartmouth to engage with students, faculty, and community members as part of an annual seminar and public lecture series organized by the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID).

Now in its second full year, GRID recently announced the theme of its spring 2015 seminar, “Just Words: Free Speech and Social Change,” which will draw a slate of more than a half-dozen feminist scholars, journalists, bloggers, and activists to campus between April 17 and May 12. Among them are Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin, author Rebecca Solnit, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, Women’s Media Center cofounder Robin Morgan, and Guardian contributor Hannah Giorgis ’13.

According to Annabel Martín, GRID’s inaugural director, “GRID was created to bring together all of the gender-related research that takes place on the Dartmouth campus under one umbrella. It’s a three-pronged approach—research, teaching, and activism.”

Deborah K. King article in Signs 40th Anniversary celebration

Deborah K. King's article, "Multiple Jeopardy, Multiple Consciousness: The Context of a Black Feminist Ideology," from Signs 14 (1988) has been selected for inclusion in the curated Intersectionalities portion of Signs' 40th anniversary celebration. The article has been described by Andy Mazzaschi, the Deputy Editor of Signs, as "classic." It is available online at the Signs at 40 website.

Previous Stonewall Lectures

Previous Lecturers

Alexander Chee, "Future Queer" (May 15, 2018)

Christina Crosby, "Making Sex: 'I'm Your Physical Lover'" (October 27, 2016)

Lisa Duggan, Jack Halberstam, Eng-Beng Lim, Tavia Nyong'o, Sandra K. Soto "What's Left of LGBT? 'Stonewall' and its Discontents" (April 29, 2016)

Denise McWilliams, "Fears, Fallacies, and Failures: How AIDS Became an Epidemic" (February 17, 2015)

Nancy Polikoff, "Marriage as Blind Spot: What Same-Sex Marriage Doesn't Say About LGBT Parenting" (April 23, 2014)

Dean Spade, "Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law" (May 8, 2013)

Douglas Crimp, "Misfitting Together: Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls" (February 14, 2012)

Alison Bechdel, "Creativity and (or?) Community" (October 5th, 2010)

John D'Emilio, "Queering the Past: or, Richard Nixon: Gay Liberationist?" (October 29th, 2009)

Nan Hunter, "The Quality of Equality" (February 5th, 2009)

Mark Doty, "The Pressures of Reality: Writing in the Age of AIDS" (October 18th, 2007)

Amber Hollibaugh, "Sexual Danger, Sexual Hope: Political Possibilities" (October 3rd, 2006)

‘You Can Tell Just By Looking’ Authors to Discuss LGBT Myths

The first collaboration between Michael Bronski and Michael Amico ’07 occurred during Amico’s senior year, when they rewrote the lyrics of Iolanthe for a Dartmouth Glee Club production “to update them to reflect contemporary Dartmouth issues,” says Amico.

Now Bronski, a senior lecturer in women’s and gender studies, and Amico have collaborated on a much larger project, ‘You Can Tell Just By Looking’: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People. The professor and his former student teamed up with New York University Professor Ann Pellegrini to write the book, which was published last month by Beacon Press. It has earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, which wrote, “This powerful book demands that we look more closely at the ways we move in and structure our society, and asks vital questions that will steer the culture toward justice and equality.”

Bronski and Amico are moderating a discussion of LGBT myths on Wednesday, November 6, at 4:15 p.m. in the Hopkins Center for the Art’s Top of the Hop. The event is open to the public.

Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling Called Important Step

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional is truly a landmark decision symbolically on a par with “the fall of the Berlin Wall,” but the ruling granting all federal spousal benefits to married same-sex couples is only a step on the road to equality, says Michael Bronski, a senior lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, June 26, the justices ruled that Congress cannot deny all the privileges of marriage granted by states where same-sex marriage is legal. In a related decision, the High Court also effectively allowed same-sex marriages in California by refusing to rule on a lower court finding against Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

“This is a huge, big deal,” says Bronski, “but it is not the whole enchilada, as they say.”

Writer and Activist Larry Kramer Visits Dartmouth as Montgomery Fellow

Larry Kramer, author of the play The Normal Heart and the screenplay Women in Love, the co-founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GHMC), and the founder of ACT UP, is in residence at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow this month.

He will be on campus from Monday, January 23, to Friday, January 27. During the week, Kramer will meet with students in classes and at meals; talk to groups of faculty; and participate in a public dialogue, a conversation with Michael Bronski, senior lecturer in women’s and gender studies.

This conversation, which is open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, January 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, located in Moore Hall.

The classes Kramer is scheduled to join include the Department of Theater’s senior seminar and its “Directing I” course, as well as classes that focus on global health, social justice, rhetoric, and politics.

Triple Threat: Samantha Gutiérrez ’11

Midway into her first year at Dartmouth, Samantha “Sam” Gutiérrez ’11 was reconsidering her initial plan to major in government. So she sat down with the course catalog, selected all the courses she was interested in, and emerged with a triple major in women’s and gender studies, geography, and sociology.

Gutiérrez counts herself equally dedicated to all three subjects, but one course in particular—“Inside Out: Women, Prison, and Performance”—convinced her to concentrate on gender and the law. The interdisciplinary course taught by Professor Ivy Schweitzer was held at Dartmouth and the Valley Vista women’s substance abuse center in Bradford, Vt.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students Collaborate on an Original Play with Female Prisoners

Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students have been gaining in-depth knowledge of the incarceration system this summer term through “Inside Out: Prison, Women and Performance,” a community-based learning course taught by Ivy Schweitzer, professor of English and women’s and gender studies, and Pati Hernandez, founder of the Telling My Story project. Students and the female prisoners they’ve been working with at the Sullivan County House of Corrections will stage a collaborative performance on August 19 and 20 at the prison in Unity, N.H.