1. It’s baaaaaack! Totally Jail Mail MONDAY is back for Fall Semester. 

    We will be writing letters, making zines, and preparing care packages for prisoners in the Richmond City Jail and LGBTQ prisoners across the US. We have lots of supplies, just bring yourselves and your friends.


    *Inaccessibility note: the Crenshaw House conference room is not wheelchair accessible. There are two sets of three big steps to get into the front of the building, and a very narrow hallway to the first floor bathroom.

    This time from 2—4pm

    Crenshaw House

    conference room (Rm 103)

    919 W. Franklin St.

    First JAIL MAIL of the semester: Monday, Sept 8th!

    These prison writing sessions are free and open to the public!

     

  2. virginiacommonwealthuniversity:

    Richard Godbeer, director of the Humanities Research Center, said he is “delighted that the center’s inaugural event will celebrate the work of this enormously talented Southern poet and in general the power of poetry to sustain and transform our lives. Trethewey’s poetry has engaged movingly with recent events such as Hurricane Katrina as well as more distant and yet still resonant tragedies such as the American Civil War, events both personal and communal in their impact.” Former U.S. poet laureate to speak at VCU.

     

  3. vcu-gsex:

    The DIGIT AL discussion panel was a success!  Thank you to all who came out Friday night. For those who missed the panel, you can check out the audio, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3cxWdzTmO8

    To continue this conversation, the GSWS invites you to create art that considers how material and cultural production in the digital space shifts and alters the identities around us. 

    DIGIT al CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the GSWS Art Show

    CONSIDER:

    + access

    + production

    + preservation

    + consumption

    + identity

    + ethics

    ……………..in DIGIT AL space

    Due Date: November 7th

    Art of all media:

    + multimedia

    + visual

    + performance

    + etc

    Please send submissions to gsws.artmafia@gmail.com

    with your full name, jpgs or video, text, title, year, materials used

    No need to be a student or an artist to submit to this show. 

    We know the deadline is a ways away, but as soon as you have your art, submit it! If you have an idea for a performance, please email us a proposal at gsws.artmafia@gmail.com. We’re so excited! This show is going to be the best yet!

     

  4. slamnahuatl:

    This afternoon, members of Slam Nahuatl and the Feminist Student Organisation gathered in the VCU Compass in protest against police brutality. Thank you to everyone who came out, got involved, and took part in the conversation.

    Our first Open Mic of the season will be September 15th at 9PM in the Commons Underground. All are welcome to attend and participate. We will keep you updated as it gets closer!

     

  5. vcuchs:

    The Fall 2014 Global Speaker Series schedule. There are two events tomorrow at noon & 3 p.m. See the list for details.

     

  6. Good Day RVA presents NELLY KATE

    Nelly Kate was a panelist in Friday’s discussion panel.

    If you want a zine with selected/suggested readings on topics from the discussion, come to Crenshaw House (919 W. Franklin St.) and get some!

     


  7. Y’all need any condoms, lube, dental dams?

    vcu-gsex:

    Come by Crenshaw house, 919 w. Franklin, any time to get condoms, lube, dental dams, or finger condoms from Jess or Safiya at the desk in the hall :) There’s a lil basket, just grab as much as you need. 

    We’re still trying to find a place that will donate gloves to us to provide to everyone for free. Don’t know why one would possibly need gloves for sex? Ask Jess next time you come by, she’d be more than happy to talk your ear off about sex and things to cover your things with and why! 

    Thanks a million to Susan at Fan Free Clinic for always keeping us well stocked and having much love for GSEX. 

    (PS, this goes for everyone, not just VCU or GSEX students. everyone! come get things you need.)

    Don’t forget! We still have plenty of barriers and lube. Take as much as you need. We’re stocked up for the whole semester. Pssst: there’s pads, tampons, condoms, and lube in the 1st floor bathroom, under the sink too! No need to ask us—just go for it!

    <3

     

  8. slamnahuatl:

    Sept. 3rd | Wednesday @ 1PM

    At 1PM this coming Wednesday, Slam Nahuatl will be holding a Hands Up, Don’t Shoot demonstration in the VCU Compass. Members of and around the VCU community are encouraged to come support and/or participate.

    For those who don’t know what a Hands Up demonstration is:

    Demonstrators will gather (silently and peacefully) with their hands up, a universal sign of “I surrender; don’t shoot me.” These stand-ins are to protest police brutality and institutionalized racism, as demonstrated in Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson, as well as raise awareness that this is a very real issue for many people around the country.

    TOMORROW!

     

  9. The DIGIT AL discussion panel was a success!  Thank you to all who came out Friday night. For those who missed the panel, you can check out the audio, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3cxWdzTmO8

    To continue this conversation, the GSWS invites you to create art that considers how material and cultural production in the digital space shifts and alters the identities around us. 

    DIGIT al CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the GSWS Art Show

    CONSIDER:

    + access

    + production

    + preservation

    + consumption

    + identity

    + ethics

    ……………..in DIGIT AL space

    Due Date: November 7th

    Art of all media:

    + multimedia

    + visual

    + performance

    + etc

    Please send submissions to gsws.artmafia@gmail.com

    with your full name, jpgs or video, text, title, year, materials used

    No need to be a student or an artist to submit to this show. 

     

  10. VCU GSWS - DIGIT AL Panel Discussion (Aug 29 2014)

    Here is the audio from Friday’s panel discussion in case you missed it!

     

  11. weirdlulls:

    vcu-gsex:

    VCU Friendly Bathrooms List

    This list is back and better than ever, thanks to VCU OMSA and yours truly, the VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. 

    A list of single-stall bathrooms on VCU campus that are safer and friendlier to transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. If you click on the images, it gets a little larger. Or click here to view a larger, zoomable version of this list.

    For more safer bathrooms near VCU campus or elsewhere, check out refuge restrooms, a bathroom-finder database created by former GSEXer, Teagan Widmer.

    Our bathrooms, here in Crenshaw House are not accessible, but just to let folks know, our bathrooms are open to the public. We have one on the first floor towards the back of the hallway, along with a water fountain, and on the second floor, only accessible by stairs, is a very large single-stall bathroom. Under the sink in our first floor bathroom, there are tampons, sanitary napkins, and condoms free to anyone who needs them. No need to ask us!

    it’s alllllways left out of these lists but the LSEE building on the corner of floyd and harrison has 2 enormous single stall gender neutral bathrooms and the building itself is accessible as well

    Thank you! Lists like these can only be compiled with the help of folks like you. Go ahead and add it to the refuge restrooms list so people will know about it!

     

  12. vcu-gsex:

    DIGIT AL

    A panel discussion on access, culture, production, digital preservation, digital consumption, identity & creation.

    Join us this Friday for the first GSEX panel discussion that will engage and inspire work for the Fall Art Show. Whether you use the internet to connect with friends or strangers, construct secret identities, find, share, or produce your art or the art of others, document and reblog and tweet about it, this panel will ask you to consider how material and cultural production in the digital space shifts and alters the identities around us.

    This event is free and open to the public. 

    This Friday, August 29th

    Crenshaw House

    919 W Franklin Street

    6—8pm

    Link to the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1552527048302782

    TODAY at 6!

    Moderated by Celina Williams

    Panelists (alphabetical): 
    + Brian Eric Baynes
    + Cristina Dominguez Ramirez 
    + Dana Ollestad
    + John Glover
    + Nelly Kate 
    + Zenzile Sky Lark

    Topics include 
    + Access (copyright, intellectual property) 
    + Modes of Cultural Production (digital/analog)
    + Digital Preservation/Digital Consumption 
    + Identity and Its Standardization
    + Ethics and m o r e !

    (via vcu-gsex)

     

  13. vcuchs:

    Scholarship Sharing hosts a two-day Scholarship Fair for students on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 3-6 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms.

    The event will have over 50 foundations with scholarships and paid internship opportunities. This event will be open to all majors, grade levels and the general public. For tickets, visit the website: www.ScholarshipSharing.org For more information, contact Lorraine SantaLucia at scholarshipsharing@gmail.com 

    (Source: scholarshipsharing.org)

     

  14. Meet the new student workers for GSWS! If you see them around, welcome them to the family.

    Cierra on the far left, Danielle on the far right.

    Me & Jess (administrative assistants) in the middle.

    Jess was training the new clerical student workers today and instructed them to take as many selfies as possible, especially when passing the big mirror in the mailroom building. 

     

  15. The Fall GSWS Newsletter is out! Check out our two page feature on GSWS Alum, Rebecca Keel, Intro to new faculty, Course Spotlight & more!

    Click here to check out a larger version of the full newsletter!

    Also, don’t forget to check out our departmental website. There are new additions, like: Chair’s Message, Internships, Summer 2015 in Mexico.

    Check out the website!

    We hope everyone’s fall semester is starting off superbly!