Women's And Gender Studies

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is the interdisciplinary examination of women and gender across cultures and ages. The program addresses significant omissions in traditional scholarship by (1) examining the history and contributions of women, (2) studying the ways gender has structured intellectual and social traditions, and (3) calling attention to how issues of gender intersect with other structures of power such as race and class.

The Lycoming College Women's and Gender Studies Program impacts the entire Lycoming community. It assists in and promotes the integration of women, gender, and sexualities into courses across the disciplines; stimulates new research and scholarship on women, gender, and sexualities; initiates and co-sponsors events related to women, gender, and sexualities with campus departments and student organizations; encourages and supports student-initiated projects; collaborates with other campus organizations to advocate a positive environment for all, including people of color, ethnic minorities, and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

The interdisciplinary and complementary nature of the Women's and Gender Studies Program broadens its participants' contributions to and appreciation of a variety of other disciplines, including Business Administration, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Modern Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology.

Women's and Gender Studies events represent a variety of disciplines and are open to the Lycoming College community and the public. These have included, in recent years, presentations of Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues; lectures by noted feminist scholars Anne Firor Scott and Joan Jacobs Brumberg; workshops and a performance of Feminists Are Funny by the Guerrilla Girls on Tour; concerts by musicians Ritsu Katsumata and Magdalen Hsu-Li; Nancy Hulse performing in A Rose by Any Other Name; performance art by Disturbance Collaborative; and the annual Women's Film Festival, now well into its second decade.