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CALL FOR FOR FEMINIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS:

The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Chellis House, the Women’s Resource Center, are seeking nominations for the student, staff, and faculty Feminist of the Year.

As feminist, we define a person who actively engages with our community to dismantle social hierarchies and systems of oppression with a multi-layered understanding and appreciation of difference.

You may nominate persons in one or all of the following categories: student, staff, and faculty by Monday, May 9, 6 p.m. by sending an email to Karin Hanta by email: khanta@middlebury.edu or by campus mail.

I nominate __________________________ for student feminist of the year because

I nominate __________________________ for staff feminist of the year because

I nominate __________________________ for faculty feminist of the year because

Thank you for your nominations!

Edwidge Danticat/Julia Alvarez event

Acclaimed Authors Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Dandicat to Speak at Middlebury March 16

 

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Two important contemporary authors will share the stage in an evening of conversation at Middlebury College on March 16 at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium. In an event titled “Scheherazade’s Sisters,” Middlebury alumna and 2013 Medal of Arts winner Julia Alvarez and acclaimed Haitian-American author Edwidge Dandicat will discuss a variety of topics including the art and power of story telling across different geographical landscapes, cross-culturally and trans-nationally, feminism, and their collaboration in organizations such as Border of Lights.

“This is a rare and wonderful opportunity for our community to hear from–and engage with–two distinguished writers who have done so much to shape our thinking about story telling, cultural identity, feminism, and many other topics,” said Darién J. Davis, professor of history and one of the event’s organizers.

“These two authors offer the opportunity to think through the ways in which migration and the mobility of peoples have helped cultivate new communities, new creative energies, and new forms of solidarity,” added Sujata Moorti, professor of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. “They have simultaneously enlivened the stories that circulate in contemporary U.S. culture.”

Alvarez, a native of the Dominican Republic, earned her bachelor’s degree at Middlebury in 1971. She is the author of numerous books, including the acclaimed How The García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, and the nonfiction book, A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship. Alvarez joined the Middlebury English department faculty in 1988 and was made full professor in 1996. In 1998, she gave up her tenured post to focus on writing, but has maintained a relationship with the College as writer in residence. She plans to retire this spring.

Edwidge Dandicat is a recipient of the American Book Award for The Farming of Bones (1999), the National Book Critics Circle Award for Brother, I’m Dying (2007), and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2009. She is a graduate of Barnard College and earned her MFA at Brown University. Dandicat’s critically acclaimed works also include Breath, Eyes, Memory, Krik? Krak!, The Dew Breaker, and a collection of essays titled Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Her picture book, Mama’s Nightingale and a young adult novel, Untwine, were both published in 2015.

“I am a generation ahead of Edwidge Danticat, though I feel a sense of continuity with her,” said Alvarez. “Edwidge is one of the great American writers, on a par with Toni Morrison. She conceptualizes America as a hemisphere, rather than just the United States. She will connect with our students who are addressing injustices so vocally at this moment and are forcing the institution to look at the issue of diversity.”

Edwidge Danticat will read from her work and the two authors will follow with a discussion. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium, located on College Street (Route 125) in Middlebury. The event is free and open to the public.

“Sister-to-Sister” Summit for Middle School Girls on Saturday, November 14 at Kirk Alumni Center

The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its twelfth summit for middle school girls on Saturday, November 14nbfrom 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. “Sister-to-Sister” brings together middle school girls from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with female Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students develop activities that encourage girls to try new things outside of the classroom (art, music, dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of topics such as body image, relationships, and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American Association of University Women, “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop strategies that support girls. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and even outside of school. “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that girls face in this day and age. It enables girls to develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers and financial sponsors such as Chellis House (Middlebury College’s Women’s Resource Center), Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Center, and private donors. “Sister-to-Sister allowed me to get involved in the Middlebury community by connecting me with fellow students, faculty and staff members, volunteers and most importantly, middle school girls,” says Grace Giles, a Middlebury College graduate, who was involved with the program for three years. “Every generation represented in our sisterhood is experiencing the environment we live in through a different lens. When we communicate our perspectives, our lives become so much richer.”

All events are free. To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu.

“Sister-to-Sister” Summit for Middle School Girls on Saturday, November 14 at Kirk Alumni Center

The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its twelfth summit for middle school girls on Saturday, November 14nbfrom 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. “Sister-to-Sister” brings together middle school girls from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with female Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students develop activities that encourage girls to try new things outside of the classroom (art, music, dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of topics such as body image, relationships, and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American Association of University Women, “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop strategies that support girls. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and even outside of school. “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that girls face in this day and age. It enables girls to develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers and financial sponsors such as Chellis House (Middlebury College’s Women’s Resource Center), Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Center, and private donors. “Sister-to-Sister allowed me to get involved in the Middlebury community by connecting me with fellow students, faculty and staff members, volunteers and most importantly, middle school girls,” says Grace Giles, a Middlebury College graduate, who was involved with the program for three years. “Every generation represented in our sisterhood is experiencing the environment we live in through a different lens. When we communicate our perspectives, our lives become so much richer.”

All events are free. To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu.

Sister-to-Sister and Brother-to-Brother Invite All Middle School Students to their Events

Middlebury College’s student groups Sister-to-Sister and Brother-to-Brother invite all middle-school students to sign up for their free fall activities. Both programs are designed to foster new friendships in a fun atmosphere outside of the classroom. Brother-to-Brother will kick off its events on Friday, October 16 at Middlebury’s McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with team-building games and a free dinner at the Grille restaurant. Sister-to-Sister is hosting a pumpkin carving event on Friday, October 16, as well. This event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Chellis House at 56 Hillcrest Road (behind Proctor Dining Hall). To sign up, please contact btb@middlebury.edu for Brother-to-Brother and khanta@middlebury.edu for Sister-to-Sister.

The 2014 Feminist of the Year Awards

A time-honored tradition, the Feminist of the Year Awards took place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the annual GSFS/Chellis end-of-the-year fest in the backyard of Chellis House. These awards honor people who have made outstanding contributions to and shown great leadership in improving the status of women and/or fostering gender equity in the Middlebury College community. This year, 24 people were nominated: Marianne Anderson, Lily Andrews, Jeanne Bartlett, Luke Carroll Brown, Sally Caruso, Veronica Coates, Rebecca Coates-Finke, Andrew Catomeris, Rebecca Crochiere, Anna Flinchbaugh, Joanna Georgakas, Elli Itin, Maddie Orcutt, Jackie Park, Xhesika Pasholli, Alex Strott, Angie Walker, and Sade Williams in the student category; Shannon Bohler-Small, Barbara McCall, and Stacey Reardon in the staff category; and Suzanne Gurland, Harshita Kamath, and Roberto Lint Sagarena in the faculty category.

The jury had to make hard decisions and select among all the worthy nominees. In the end, Veronica Coates ’14, Jackie Park ’15, and Alex Strott ’14.5 won the Student Feminist of the Year Award. Veronica was chosen because of her long history in organizing and participating in feminist events on campus and for her “grounded non-judgmental presence even as she speaks hard truths in the classroom.” Jackie garnered the award for her tireless efforts to create a more inclusive community at Middlebury through student organizations such as Women of Color and the Queer Studies House and for “living out her passion for feminism every day.” Alex received the award because over the past two years she has made consistent efforts to integrate intersectional feminist topics into the campus conversation through the student organization Feminist Action at Middlebury by organizing events such as the poetry slam “Sister Outsider.” A resident and organizer at the Queer Studies House, Alex also is a trained MiddSafe advocate, serving as a resource for anybody who has been affected by sexual assault.

Shannon Bohler-Small garnered the Feminist of the Year Award in the staff category. Since she started working at Middlebury six years ago, Shanon has been the staff representative of Vermont Women in Higher Education. This organization aims to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education and promotes women’s leadership. Shannon has made great efforts to encourage staff and faculty members to attend VWHE’s annual two-day conference and many participants have remarked on the useful and inspiring nature of the event.

Harshita Kamath from the Religion Department was chosen as the faculty Feminist of the Year. Harshita has been an energetic and central member of the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, playing major roles in organizing the feminist pedagogy workshop and the Gensler Symposium. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Please Nominate your Feminist of the Year!

NOMINATIONS ARE REQUESTED — The Program in Gender, Sexualities and Feminist Studies and Chellis House are accepting-

“Feminist of the Year” nominations for any person who has made outstanding contributions to and shown great leadership in improving the status of women and/or fostering gender equity in the Middlebury College community during the past year. We will accept nominations until Monday, May 5, 9 a.m.

Please nominate one person per “category” — staff, faculty and student — or only in the category where you can comfortably make a choice. Please include a brief nomination paragraph (see below). The Chellis House Board will review all nominations and determine the winners in each category.

The winners will be announced at the

Chellis House End-of-the Year Celebration on

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 p.m. — 4 p.m.

CHELLIS HOUSE BACKYARD to which all of you are cordially invited.

FEMINIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM

Please return this form by email to Karin Hanta at khanta@middlebury.edu or print and send to Karin Hanta, Chellis House.   Alternatively,  free to leave a voice mail message with Karin Hanta at #5937

 

I’d like to nominate _________________ for student feminist of the year because:

 

 

I’d like to nominate __________________ for staff feminist of the year because:

 

 

I’d like to nominate __________________ for faculty feminist of the year because: