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Fall 2019


October 3, 2019, 1:50-2:50pm, KCTL
October 24, 2019, 1:50-2:50pm, KCTL
November 21, 2019, 1:50-2:50pm, KCTL

At the first meeting, we were getting back in gear. We discussed the state of WGS, focusing on curricular committees, grant initiatives, articulation agreements, and the Liberal Arts self-study. We also talked about working with a number of colleagues in Allied Health, Community Health, Tourism and Hospitality, Foreign Languages, and the Student Union and Intercultural Union more closely. We noted that WGS is slated to be on the next English agenda, and had been included in the Academic Master Plan and College Council work. Lastly, we want to have a campus dialogue about trans and youth rights. We all would like to work with KCTL to plan a discussion and workshop with Tey Meadow from Columbia in the spring.

At the second and third meetings, we did a close reading of the text. We discussed Chapters 1-2, 3, and 6 of Tey Meadow’s Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century. We spent much time unpacking gender clinics and stories about gender — how they travel across time and space. We considered intersectional frameworks, the politics of gender in the Trump era, names/ pronouns in schools and communities now, and recent legislation for trans New Yorkers, including in the DOE for kids. We tried to make linkages between scientific and medical work and social and cultural work in these areas as well as connect them to our experiences in the college classroom as professors in the WGS field.