Thursday, April 26, 2012

Queers of Color: Subjects and Objects On-screen and Behind the Scenes

Mirasol Riojas, 2012's Thinking Gender Coordinator, will be teaching a summer course, "Queers of Color: Subjects and Objects On-screen and Behind the Scenes," at UCLA. This course is devoted to an analysis of representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified people of color in documentary and narrative films and videos made by U.S-based and non-U.S.-based filmmakers. Students will consider the social and historical contexts in which the films and videos were made, as well as the texts’ functions as social and political tools, and artistic productions. One of the driving forces behind our analyses will be the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, which informs the construction of identity and difference. Of particular interest will be the production of queer identities and the ways in which queer genders and sexualities are racialized, appropriated, and stereotyped, as well as the ways in which they subvert dominant understandings of queer subjects of color. Students will build a strong vocabulary of film terms that will aid in their analysis of film as a formal construct, which has the potential to shape and subvert dominant conceptions of personal and national identity.
Questions:, (310) 206-1145

Wednesday, April 25, 2012



A USC student, Christie Lee, made a timelapse film of Penny L. Richards, CSW Research Scholar, doing chalk art at the Redondo Splashwall this weekend for Earth Day:

Fowler OutSpoken Conversation: Human Rights for Afghan Women

Fowler OutSpoken Conversation: 

Human Rights for Afghan Women

Nushin Arbabzadah, research scholar at UCLA's Center for the Study of Women and an author, journalist, analyst and translator, and Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division since 2002, discuss Afghan women’s rights since 2001, when the international community intervened in the country. Adams elaborates on a newly released Human Rights Watch report on Afghan women and girls being imprisoned for "moral crimes.” Together he and Arbabzadah bring us up to date on the current state of rights for Afghan women. April 25 at 6 pm, Fowler museum, UCLA, free.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Join us for Life (Un)Ltd!

How have biosciences and biotechnology changed the very idea of life?  How has the experience of those changes differed among various populations and demographics?What new global markers of difference do bioscience and biotechnology introduce? On May 11th, CSW is holding an exciting daylong international symposium titled "Life (Un)Ltd" to address these and other related questions. This interdisciplinary project, initiated by CSW Associate Director Rachel Lee, engages recent developments in biosciences and biotechnology, foregrounding critical, aesthetic, and ethics based approaches to what have become global research and marketing industries. These industries experiment on and trade in body parts, tissues, reproductive cells and technologies. The quest of these bioscience industries—to improve health and optimize life—rests on a tacit division of labor and reward. The speakers at Life (Un)Ltd  will explore how non-normatively gendered bodies, poor women’s bodies, colored and colonized bodies serve as opportune sites and sources for medical and other types of research and experimentation, the benefits of which are generally marketed to and realized by white affluent bodies. The conference speakers and the participants in the ongoing LU working group hail from Anthropology, Asian American Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, Film, Gender Studies, History, Law, Public Health, Sociology and Women’s Studies.  We have speakers coming from Australia and Canada, as well as from all over the United States.  Please come and join us for a dynamic and timely cross disciplinary dialogue on Life (Un)Ltd.

--Kathleen McHugh, Director

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Travel Childcare Awards from UCLA Office of Faculty Diversity and Development

Several year ago, when my daughter was small, I had an opportunity to attend a conference in New Orleans. Unfortunately, my husband had just started a new job. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to attend—until, miracle of miracles!, I discovered that the conference organization was offering onsite childcare! It was unusual and so welcome. I was able to balance parenthood and my professional career easily for once.
CSW is pleased to report an awards program initiated by the UCLA Office for Faculty Diversity and Development that addresses this problem for junior faculty and postdocs at UCLA. Sponsored by a New Scholars program grant from the Elsevier Foundation, the Travel Childcare Awards  are meant to help defray the cost of travel and childcare while attending professional conferences, meetings, symposia, or workshops  related to academic disciplines iin science, heath, and technology.
The UCLA Office of Faculty Diversity & Development understands that the pre-tenure years are exceedingly important for exposure and recognition of young scholars research and networking for faculty positions while at the same time being the prime childbearing years for women. This can create stress and conflict for women who seek to both pursue an academic career and have a family. This award was created to help reduce the difficulty of managing parenting responsibilities and an academic career.
Marissa Lopez, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UCLA, who received an award this year, says: "I have an older child in school, and an 18 month old, whose care I split with my husband.  Our work time depends on each other, so traveling to conferences is always tricky.  This award paid for a sitter who could be with my baby the days I was gone (thus allowing my husband to keep working), and it paid for 1 day of childcare before the conference so I could get some work done before leaving on my trip.  It was such a big financial and emotional help. I probably would not have gone to this conference without the grant. (And, I found our sitter using Sittercity, the new benefit UCLA provided in 2012. It was great!)"
These awards are open to postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors in the following divisions: Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Sciences. Applications for Travel Childcare Awards are accepted twice a year, in Fall and Spring quarters. Awards are made based on need, importance of the meeting to the applicant’s career, and the funding available. Approximately 25 awards are available each year in the amount of $500 each. For more information or to apply, visit:
This program has become a model for additional efforts by Chris Littleon, Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development and the Deans  of the Law School,  Humanities, and the  Social Sciences. These efforts are extending support to male faculty as well.
–Brenda Johnson-Grau

For more information or to apply for the Travel Childcare Award, please visit

Thursday, April 5, 2012

UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Forté Foundation Bring the "2012 Career Lab" to LA Women

Forté Foundation and the UCLA Anderson School of Management will present their 2nd annual “Career Lab” in Los Angeles this April. Business is changing, and women on campus are invited to be part of it! The event, which will take place on Wednesday, April 11th at UCLA Anderson, B210, Gold Hall, 110 Westwood Plaza, will present panels of career women who will share how they have benefited both personally and professionally from a career in business and an MBA . The event will also offer networking, a career workshop about breaking into different industries, and refreshments. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore their own passions and learn strategies for applying them to a professional career.

The Career Lab will present women’s perspectives on topics that are important to undergraduate women, including a “Career Workshop” and “Women in Business Panel.” “Our sponsors understand that women need to align their interests, passions and career goals. That is why we want to demonstrate to undergraduate women how they can realize their goals and dreams within a business environment,” said Forté Executive Director Elissa Ellis Sangster.

The program will include:

  • Professional Development Workshop – Post-graduation job-hunting tips
  • Women in Business Panel – Perspectives from UCLA Anderson alumnae and current MBA students from various industries
  • Networking
  • Business School Admissions Tips / Q&A with Admissions Officers

Undergraduates at area colleges and universities are invited to take part in all or part of the Career Lab offerings. Women of ALL majors are encouraged to attend. The Career Lab is a non-threatening yet powerful forum for young women to figure out what they want to do with their professional lives. Seats are limited, so attendees are encouraged to click here for more information and to register. The registration deadline is Monday, April 9th.

About the Forté Foundation: With a mission to inspire and direct women towards business leadership positions, Forté Foundation is the only organization that provides a national infrastructure for women to access the “real world” information, scholarship opportunities and essential networking connections they need to succeed in business careers. Since its founding in 2001, Forté sponsorship has grown to 24 leading corporations, 33 top business schools in the U.S. and abroad and The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®).