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April 26

7:00pm in Weinstein Auditorium


SWG Thesis Presentation by Sam Davis

Thursday, April 20 in Seelye 106 8pm

As society's definition of who constitutes a gender-minority evolves, how do traditionally all-female colleges decide to or not to adapt? Over the span of one year, Sam Davis ('17) interviewed up to 40 current Smith students and alumni who identify as trans and/or non-binary to create the first trans archive at Smith College. This film is a collection of footage from these interviews-- it examines the relationship between Smith and their trans and non-binary students through the lens of one trans student. "In Our Own Words" asks-- how do these trans students fit into Smith's vision of "women for the world"? How are trans students supported or unsupported by the administration and their fellow students? This film explores erasure, hypervisibility, transphobia, views about trans students within all levels of the institution, and the ongoing debate of who does and does not "belong" at Smith.



SWG Thesis Presentation by Vanessa Pius
Thursday, April 27 in Seelye 207 4:15 pm


SWG Spring 2017 Newsletter


SWG Presentation of the Major Powerpoint


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



"Statement from The National Women’s Studies Association Statement on Combatting the Climate of Fear, Division and Xenophobia in the Wake of the U.S. Presidential Election"

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Congratulations to our SWG Prize Winners



Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize
Tanvi Kapoor 17J, Rachel Farber '16

Jeanne McFarland Prize
Shabia Furkan '16, Jocelyne Proietti '16

Schuster Van Dyne Prize
Eden Bonjo '16

Meg Quigley Prize
Eleanor Adachie '17, Catherine Hartup '19, Monika Song-Ngam '17, Briana Barrett '19, Mia Lloyd '19

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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