The West Virginia University Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will host its third Women’s and Gender Studies Fair on Thursday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the Mountainlair.
The fair, which is called “Cells, Condoms, Corsets and Blowup Dolls,” will feature students’ semester projects tackling the latest issues in today’s culture and academia.
This semester’s topics include women in the media, gender and work, violence against women, gender and politics, and gender and health.
“The fair is a chance to help educate the WVU and surrounding community about the many ways in which women’s and gender studies affects all of our daily lives,” said Brian Jara, senior lecturer in women’s and gender studies.
“When you see the wide range of topics you cannot deny that women’s and gender studies and feminism in particular are timely, relevant and vitally important.”
Jara, who coordinates the event and spearheaded the biannual fair’s creation in April 2012, said the students are encouraged to put their own creative spin on the format of their presentation.The result—- the students have created engaging and informative posters, exhibits and video public service announcements.
Last semester, students began a social movement by creating the Tumblr site, My Campus Needs Pride, to advocate for LGBTQ families and their allies on the West Virginia University campus. This semester’s students have capitalized on the technological trend by initiating their own project via Tumblr and other social media platforms.
The fair also will showcase the work of young filmmakers who will debut short-film documentaries in the Gluck Theater.
“I want my students’ assignments and projects to have a legacy,” Jara said.
“It is more important to me that they do work that will continue to help someone and make an impact.”
With nearly 100 faculty associates teaching and conducting research in women’s and gender studies in 15 colleges and schools across campus, including athletic coaching education, biology, community health promotion, disability studies, family and consumer sciences, geography, journalism, public health and resource management and law, the Center serves as a hub for supporting and connecting interdisciplinary scholarship across the University.
The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies supports teaching, research and advocacy that is based on feminist perspectives and centered on analyses of gender and its intersection with race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age and ability.