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Welcome to the New Year and the Spring 2017 semester! As always, we are excited to see what this new year and semester will bring.

This year the GWS Department is pleased to welcome a new faculty member, Maryam Kashani. Professor Kashani’s forthcoming book analyzes Muslim American identity through an ethnographic study of students at Zaytuna College in Berkley. She is also an accomplished documentary filmmaker whose expertise will contribute to our strengths in media and digital scholarship.

This past fall the GWS department sponsored the annual Black Girl Genius Week, organized by Professor Ruth Nicole Brown. BGGW featured the work of poets, dance artists, activists, and scholars and offered students opportunities to participate in a variety of creative activities. In November the department responded to the post presidential election by hosting solidarity hours, providing a safe space where students could openly discuss their concerns. This spring, coinciding with more solidarity hours, GWS is sponsoring a semester long film series entitled Resistance Cinema.

In collaboration with IPRH, GWS is also sponsoring several events around the topic of Queer Publics, including a lecture on Feb. 24 by Tavia Nyong'o (African-American, American, and Theatre Studies, Yale University) entitled "Queer Theory for Dark Times: Entanglements of the Performative."

Gender and Women's Studies is always looking for new students! If you or your students are interested in GWS, you can contact gws-email@illinois.edu for details on how to declare a GWS major, a GWS minor, or an LGBT/Queer Studies minor at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

We hope to see many of you at our upcoming events. If you are organizing an event related to gender and/or sexuality studies that is open to the campus, please let us know by contacting Website and Social Media Manager Keith Berman at Kmberma2@illinois.edu. If you are seeking co-sponsorship, please send an email with details of your event to gws-email@illinois.edu. If you haven’t visited our location at 1205 W. Nevada, be sure to stop by.  Free buttons for all!