The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (or FemSem) meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).

Fall 2018 Calendar 

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November 15, 2018
  • Femsem: Dr. Wendy M. Christensen, “The Few, the Proud, the Forgotten:" The Politics of Healthcare

    November 15, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    “The Few, the Proud, the Forgotten:" The Politics of Healthcare

    Mothers of service members stand at the intersection of ideas about citizenship, militarism, and maternalism. When their children return from deployment, mothers of service members take on often invisible care work for the mental and physical wounds of war. During deployment many mothers of service members refrain from criticizing the war and the military institutions in order to support the troops. But, when they find that VA healthcare is inadequate in providing care for their child, they criticize the VA and military, and feel empowered to lobby for better care. Through this act of care giving, mothers find new ways to be civically engaged. Their activism redefines care work as a necessary part of active citizenship, instead of a reason to disengage from politics.

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  • Quasi-Potluck with Dr. Wendy Christensen

    November 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    17 Sauk Creek Circle, Madison

    Email Nona ( if you're willing to drive or need a ride to Myra's. Her house is also on the busline.

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November 22, 2018
  • No Femsem: Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 22, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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November 29, 2018
  • Femsem: Malú Machuca-Rose

    November 29, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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December 6, 2018
  • Femsem: Maria J. Azocar

    December 6, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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