Through Feminist Eyes, in collaboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program in the Department of Sociology, is intended to provide additional opportunities for undergraduate WGS students to engage feminist scholarship, specifically the breadth of feminist scholarship taking place at Virginia Tech. This program is offered in the Fall of each year.
If you are interested in a particular speaker or topic for Through Feminist Eyes, contact Mallory Foutch in the fall.
The 2017 Through Feminist Eyes line-up:
Wednesday, September 13th @ 7PM, Fralin Auditorium
Carmen Giménez Smith, Professor of English
“Feminism & Small Publishing”
Noemi Press, founded in 2002, is one of a handful of presses led by a woman, and the press uses a lot of strategies of collaboration inspired by feminist practices. This informal talk will explore the history of the press, including working with feminist writers.
Tuesday, October 17th @ 7PM, Fralin Auditorium
Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Associate Professor of Sociology
"Fighting Fire with Fire: Fossil Fuel Industries and the Gendering of Public Relations Strategies"
In this presentation, Professor Shannon Bell will examine the public relations strategies that the coal, oil, and gas industries use to counter grassroots environmental justice movements, strategies which she finds to be clearly gendered. Professor Bell's study reveals that a key public relations tactic of fossil fuel industry front groups has been appropriating the very identities of their fiercest opponents: concerned women and mothers.
Wednesday, November 8th @7PM, Fralin Auditorium
Dr. Ashley V. Reichelmann, Assistant Professor of Sociology
“Using Magic to Reimagine Womanhood: Gender, Witchcraft, and Identity Politics”
This lecture will explore how women make sense of their gender through witchcraft. Using original data collected through interviews with women who self-define as witches, we will discuss the category of “witch,” how it interacts with gender to produce a fluid identity, and how its interpretive lens allows for them re-define what it means to be a “woman” in modern society.