On Thursday, November 20 the Center for Women’s and Genders Studies hosted its annual Women’s and Gender Studies Fair in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. More than three hundred-fifty students enrolled in the departmental courses brought what they have learned throughout the semester to life through their group projects.
WVU President E. Gordon Gee and Provost Joyce McConnell gave special remarks at the event. Dean Rudy Almasy of Eberly College of Arts and Sciences was also present along with various other WVU deans.
“A lot of people still don’t fully understand Women’s and Gender Studies, or feminism. The public can’t walk through the event, even for a few minutes, and not leave transformed, in that they at least have a better sense of our field and the things that we talk about,” Brian Jara.
These projects were a combination of student activism, research, and action projects. Students had to create an exhibit that was not only educational for the members of the public who were visiting the fair, but also interactive and required audience participation.
Some students displayed their projects through performances, multimedia design, videos and documentaries. Students presented on topics ranging from femininity in the Middle East to affordable and accessible healthcare in West Virginia to how Kim Kardashian is criticized on social media. A common thread throughout the event was shedding light on underrepresented groups. The Women’s and Gender Studies fair will return in the spring semester, but a date has not yet been set.http://youtu.be/PB9__tBvftk
Women’s and Gender Studies addresses a wide range of academic topics and provides an opportunity to educate the community on issues important to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer/Questioning community. The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies works to cease stereotypes related to terminology within the field.