Author Archives: Madeleine Winterfalcon

Gensler Symposium

The Gensler Symposium (go/gensler for more information) is sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and presents the following speakers as part of a week-long Symposium:

Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room
I am NOT that Hungry: Creative Resistance, Black Queers, and Family
Lecture by Nikki Young, Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies & Religion, Bucknell University
Capitalism, as an economic system, creates and maintains capitalist family values, which operate through private/nuclear ownership and dominion, (singular) male leadership, inherent inequality within relationships, and the moral subjugation of dependents. This value system, in concert with the oppressive social constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, works to deprive black queers of a recognizable moral subjectivity. Through a process that I have called creative resistance, many black queers disrupt the disciplinary power within the capitalist family. They challenge (a) technologies of normalization that limit human possibility and relationships, (b) norms that subjugate diverse expressions of identities and selves; and (c) structures that foster unequal and oppressive relationship dynamics. In this presentation, I will describe the ethical framework through which black queers practice creative resistance, revision family dynamics, and imagine relational possibilities.

Thursday, April 17, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality
Lecture by Suzanna Walters, Director of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University
In her talk, Professor Walters challenges received wisdom about gay identities and gay rights, arguing that we are not “almost there,” but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. Drawing on a vast array of sources both popular and more scholarly, Professor Walters demonstrates how the low bar of tolerance demeans rather than ennobles both gays and straights alike.

September 19: GSFS Reception for New Faculty

Welcome back to campus!

The Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (formerly known as WAGS) invites you to join us for a reception to welcome new faculty.

When: September 19, 4:30-6:00 pm
Where: Chellis House, 56 Hillcrest Road (the white house beyond Proctor Dining Hall)

This will be a good opportunity to catch up with colleagues before the semester rush takes over.  We will be serving refreshments so please RSVP to Madeleine Winterfalcon ( or x2007).

New Faculty 2013

New Faculty 2013


Top row (l to r):  Michael Jordan, David Rodriguez-Solás, Robert Moeller, Glen Ernstrom, Clarissa Parker, Joseph Holler

Middle row (l to r):  Christopher Andrews, Heather Richards-Rissetto, Ananya Christman, Alla Fil, Taejin Hwang, Katrina Schweikert, Daniel Silva, Fernando Aguirre

Front row (l to r):  Racha Moussa, AJ Vasiliou, Jennifer Tamas, Felipe Quintanilla, Eilat Glikman, Timothy Portice

Not pictured:  Benjamin Allred, Sonja Burrows, Jessica Evans, Benjamin Graves, Colby Horn, Emily Hoyler, Xiaojie Jiang, Fusun Koksal, Tomer Levi, Evis Mezini, Marybeth Nevins, Houda Al-Rihawi, Huiling Yang

2013 Gensler Symposium – Body Parts

Body Parts – Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in a Global Context, April 8 to 12, 2013

Why do we associate breasts with women and muscled forearms with men?  Why do we think six-pack abs are masculine and carefully manicured nails are feminine?  Are we the sum of our body parts?  Who decides what our body parts mean?  These and other questions about our bodies guide the 2013 Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in a Global Context to be held at Middlebury College during the week of April 8-12.  Through an array of events — student panels, performances, film screening, formal presentations – this year’s symposium explores how some body parts come to stand in for our sexed and gendered identities.  (see more at go/bodyparts)

Mon, April 8, Crossroads Café, 7-9 p.m. – Lips and Hips!

Student-led conversation on our bodies, our selves. Nosh on some sweet potato fries while you chime in.

Tues, April 9, BiHall 104, 7 p.m. – The Fat Body (In)Visible (directed by Margitte Kristjansson, USA, 2011, 24 mins)

In this insightful documentary, three fat activists speak candidly about growing up overweight, and the size discrimination they have faced.

Wed, April 10, Bihall 104, 7 p.m. – American Eunuchs (directed by Gian Claudio Guiducchi, Franco Scacchi, USA, 2003, 80 mins.)

This documentary investigates the underworld of modern eunuchs in America. Each year in the United States hundreds of men voluntarily choose to be castrated and reinvent their sexual identity for reasons other than sex reassignment.

Thu, April 11, RAJ, 4:30 p.m. – Michelle Voss Roberts (Wake Forest Divinity School)

“Body Parts: How a Comparative Theology Assists a Feminist View of the Human Being.”

Thu, April 11, Hillcrest 103, 6 p.m. – “Race(d) Body Parts”

Midd alums Ofelia Barrios ’93 and Morgane Richardson ’08 will talk about  ”Women, Gender and HIV Prevention” and “Women of Color: Taking Media into our Own Hands.”

Ramunto’s Pizza will be served!

Friday, April 12, RAJ, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

E. Frances White (New York University), “Something Out of Kilter: Black Women’s Breasts, the Missing Link, and Black Feminist Resistance.”

Bernadette Wegenstein (Johns Hopkins University), “The Cure: The Culture and History of Breast Cancer.”

Peggy McCracken (University of Michigan), “The Wild Man’s Penis: Gendered Anatomy and Becoming Human.”

Darla Thompson (Middlebury College), “Technologies of the Body: Iron Collars, Chain Gangs, and Enslaved Black Women in Antebellum Louisiana.”

Banu Subramaniam (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), “Global Citizenship?: Genomes, Nations, and the Politics of Belonging.”

Lunch and light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Gensler Family Fund, the Program in Women and Gender Studies, Chellis House, American Studies Spiegel Family Fund, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Office of the Dean of the College, Ross Commons, Women of Color, Feminist Action at Middlebury, Queer Studies House, Middlebury Open Queer Alliance, the Institutional Diversity Committee, and the Departments of Sociology/Anthropology, Theater, and Religion.

Robert W. van de Velde ’75 Memorial Lecture

Dwight Garner ’88, book critic for the New York Times presents a talk, “The Future of Book Criticism”  as the Robert W. van de Velde ’75 Memorial Lecturer for this year.  Please join us on Tuesday, October 23, 4:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium.

More books are published in America than ever, but book review sections are dwindling and the critics we have left are too nice. Readers wonder, in an era of anonymous (and mostly dishonest) Amazon reviews, whom to trust. Mr. Garner takes a sharp look at the critical world that’s coming into view.

2012-2013 New Faculty

Please welcome our new faculty for 2012-2013.

l-r, 1st row:  John Lytle, Jamie Thomas, Judith Sierra-Rivera, Mayu Fujikawa, Rebecca Taurog, Lisa Mangiamele, Luis Casteñada, Masako Hoye, Robert Greeley, William Ames, Pam Berenbaum, Jennifer Sellers, Andrew Smith, Christal Brown

l-r, 2nd row:  Keegan Callanan, Kimery Levering, Erin Sassin, Nina Wieda, Kacy McKinney, David Allen, Ata Anzali, Charlie Bettigole, Darla Thompson, Catherine Cabeen

Not pictured:  Kristin Bright, David Miranda Hardy, David Joulfaian, Harshita Kamath, Stephen Kredell, Sarah Laurson, Orion Lewis, Peter Lourie, Natasha Ngaiza, Paul Ruud, Ioana Uricaru






Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series – Jason Mittell

Please join us for the first Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture of the 2012-2013 academic year.
Associate Professor Jason Mittell, Department of Film and Media Culture presents a talk titled, “Complex Television and Serial Functions of Authorship.” This talk builds on his current research on television’s narrative complexity, discussing the technologically-enabled paratexts of podcasts, DVD commentaries, Twitter feeds and interviews that have enabled television creators to speak directly to viewers. He considers how viewers rely upon an inferred author function to make sense of contemporary television serials.

Wednesday, September 19, The Orchard (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.