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The 'messy realities' of internationalizing university curricula

 Kate Grantham, a doctoral student in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, shares her experiences and insights regarding how universities can responsibly prepare to respond to the Post-2015 Agenda once the Millennium Development Goals have expired. Kate’s dissertation research examines women’s social and economic empowerment through micro-finance. She conducted her research in affiliation with the Western Heads East program and Western University. Read full article

New lab to capture immigrant experience

By Adela Talbot, Western News, April 17, 2014

A new laboratory exploring immigrant settlement and integration issues will help create a smoother pathway into Canadian society for these vital members of the country’s future economy and labour market, two Western professors say. Read more

First-of-its-kind class explores gender ID and law

By Adela Talbot, Western News, April 17, 2014

nussbaumNicole Nussbaum’s class is new to the academic landscape in Canada.

“I think this is the first course in the country to focus specifically on gender identity and the law,” said Nussbaum of her special topics course, Gender Identity and the Law, offered in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research (WSFR), for the first time this winter term.  Read more

More than failing a test, Hollywood failing women

By Wendy Pearson for Western News, February 20, 2014

bechdelI suspect by now most people have heard of the Bechdel Test, although few of them will be familiar with the cartoon series, Dykes to Watch Out For!, by Alison Bechdel, in which it originated. Read more

Culture Jamming helps shake off the chill

By Susan Knabe (Women's Studies) for Western News, January 31, 2013 
Feminist culture jamming employs techniques which catch people off guard, unsettle established ideas and erode patriarchal culture by mounting a challenge from within its institutions. The witty, often irreverent, reworkings of patriarchal culture embodied by feminist culture jamming engage audiences to help dispel the tired stereotypes of humourless ‘feminist killjoys,’ channel genuine critique and anger, and engender understanding and insight. Read More