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News & Events

Fall 2018

Monday, October 15

Care Work in the Apocalypse
with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Dori Midnight

Graham Hall, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center


Thurday, October 25th
SWG Presentation of the Major
CC 205, 12 Noon


Wednesday, October 30

SWG Film Screening: Sensitivity Training

with Filmmaker Melissa Finell '08
Graham Hall, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center



Thursday, October 31

SWG Tea with Filmmaker and Alum Melissa Finell '08
CC 103/104



Congratulations to our SWG Prize Winners 2018!

Jeanne McFarland Prize
Priscilla Semphere ‘18
Molly McQuire ‘18
Barker Tucker ‘18
Katrina Schroeder ’19

Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize
Samantha Stolar ‘18
Gretta Donckers ‘18
Izzy Owen ‘18

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies
Zarah Ferrari ’18

Meg Quigley Prize in Women's Studies
Emily Ehrensperger ‘21
Christine Qian ’21






SWG has a new facebook page! Here is the link, go like us!!




Dean Spade and Miss Major were at Smith on March 30-31


Click here for Dean Spade's talk

Click here for Panel discussion with Miss Major







Forum on Diversifying the Construction Workforce

Click here to see the discussion from Feb 15, 2018



" The Origins of Today's Radical Right and the Crisis of our Democracy"

Nancy MacLean is a Professor of History at Duke University.

Click here to see lecture from January 25, 2018



Linda Sarsour, "Intersectionality in the Streets: Resistance in a Time of Trump"

introduced by Prof. Paula Giddings, Africana Studies and Editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, hosted by the Program for the Study of Women, Smith College, April 26, 2017

Outfest on the Road

Program for the Study of Women and Gender and Outfest presented Outfest on the Road,Sept 17-19, 2016, the first festival to bring Outfest film programming to a collegiate community. This inaugural festival offered cutting-edge films that screened at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, alongside queer film classics from the Outfest archive.
The Outfest video is the Filmmakers Panel, held from 3-4pm on Saturday, September 17
Cheryl Dunye, Guinever Turner, Alex Juhasz (The Watermelon Woman) along with Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita With A Straw) will discuss independent filmmaking and the value of queer of color cinema in this lively filmmaking panel. Moderated by Prof. Jennifer DeClue (Smith College), this panel brings together the creative minds that produced these two provocative and groundbreaking films.


A Public Conversation with Urvashi Vaid and Dean Spade

Urvashi Vaid and Dean Spade share perspectives on how nonprofitization and funder influence impact the race and gender politics of contemporary LGBT work, and what strategies are being developed by queer and trans activists both within and outside nonprofit structures to build a movement centered in racial and economic justice.

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