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

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December 13, 2018
  • Femsem: Nona Gronert & end-of-term celebration

    December 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    We will be moving Femsem because Myra likely has an Executive Committee meeting at our normal time.

    "The Politics of Sexual Violence at State University: 1972-2017"

    Changes in the governance of sexual violence in higher education have inspired myriad prevention efforts and new sociological research. Universities now require that students, faculty, and staff learn about their schools’ systems to address sexual violence. However, the current systems are relatively new, continue to change, and vary widely between institutions. In my study, I investigate how the governance of sexual violence has changed from 1972 through 2017 at State University, a large, public, Midwestern university. I analyze student newspaper articles collected from 1972 through 2017 newspaper issues. My study compares the actions that State University’s administration has taken over the past 45 years (e.g. free nighttime transportation) with student-driven responses to sexual violence (e.g. “Take Back the Night” marches). My coding of the newspaper article dataset will reveal which organizations have endured and how their approaches have evolved. Ultimately, the changing governance of sexual violence illustrates upheavals in both gender politics and university systems.

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