Monthly Archives: March 2017

Sex and the State: Feminist Responses to Masculinist Politics

This year’s Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in the Global Arena will explore Sex and the State.  At a time when politicians and political parties around the world are more explicitly patriarchal and even misogynist, we decided to explore how the state is often a masculinist set of actors, policies and effects. Please join us the week of April 10-14 for a variety of talks and activities that will explore the connections between gender hierarchies, the political arena, and feminist resistance.

Monday, April 10th at 4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones Conference Room                                  “Russia as a Savior of European Civilization: Gender and the Geopolitics of Traditional Values.”     Lecture by Kevin Moss, Professor of Russian and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.

Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m., Crossroads Cafe                                                                       Student Showcase: Views on Reproductive Rights.  Come watch and discuss a student  produced video of interviews with Middlebury students.

Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium 
“A Woman in The Arena.”                                                                                                                               Sue Minter, Former Vermont gubernatorial candidate

Friday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium                                                                                  “Native Women and Extreme Extraction: Lessons from Standing Rock and Beyond.”                         Winona LaDuke, Activist and Writer


The Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in the Global Arena was established in 2007 by the Gensler Family Foundation.  This symposium is an annual event that is designed to focus on women’s issues, address the challenges women face in the ever-changing social, economic and political contexts.  It is also designed to address the ever changing roles assigned to women in these changing environments.