What is Morning Cup?
Morning Cup uses social media to further create and enrich the NMSU Women's Studies community online. We feature our own news/event items and a variety of media, such as trends circulating in public academia, as well as music mixes, a Tumblr blog, a Facebook group, and a Twitter feed--all coordinated by Dr. Jonet. Morning Cup is not a place to visit once; we ask you to come back again and again!
- Social Media Associated with NMSU WSP
- Dispatches from the Twitterverse
- Dr. Jonet's Film Short Selected for LGBT Film Festival
- Former NMSU Graduate Minor in Women's Studies Publishes Scholarly Article
- NMSU WS Alumni Survey
- Speak Up, Speak Out! with Erin Easley and michael alarid
- Dr. Williams to be Published in Leading Women's Studies Journal Feminist Studies and Is Also Awarded NMSU Travel Grant
- Thinking Outside the Box: NMSU Student Lauren Prue's Blog
Social Media Associated with NMSU WSP
Facebook Page: Page posting events, announcements, and other information about the NMSU Women's Studies Program.
Facebook Group group focused on sharing news and information about current topics connected to Women's/Gender Studies.
Twitter feed circulating posts on issues connected to gender and other categories of identity.
Tumblr blog focusing on memes, news, discussion, and images related to Women's/Gender Studies and other categories of identity.
Check out some images from some of our events at Flickr.
8tracks online radio music mixes featuring female artists.
Dispatches from the Twitterverse
"advice to a young person who is just starting to work for peace and justice, what would it be?" > Sonia Sanchez: "it wont happen in a year"— Tamara K. Nopper (@tnopper) September 21, 2013
Dr. Jonet's Film Short Selected for LGBT Film Festival
A film short by Dr. Jonet called A Word To Young Ladies has been selected to appear in the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival. It will be the film's debut. The description of the film states:
"Mixing ephemeral films with a 1942 Superman cartoon, A Word to Young Ladies light-heartedly disrupts that "special moment" directed at young women ubiquitous to the "puberty film" genre by letting loose (so to speak) the "irrepressible" presence of same-sex desire and resistance to gender norms. With an original score and an eye for subtext, the film playfully employs a technique reminiscent of legendary lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer by manipulating archival footage to make queer women's presence in society more visible. This splicing and cobbling together is done to create alternative narratives about gender and sexuality from primary sources."
Dr. Jonet will submit the film to additional LGBTQ and feminist film festivals over the new couple of years as well.
Former NMSU Graduate Minor in Women's Studies Publishes Scholarly Article
Allison Layfield, former NMSU graduate minor in Women's Studies, who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at Purdue University, has published her first scholarly article in The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 17, No 1 (2013). The title of the article is "Identity Construction and the Gaze in The Hunger Games." Be sure to check it out!
NMSU WS Alumni Survey
Morning Cup is currently collecting information from NMSU alumni that were Women's Studies major, minors, double majors, double minors, graduate majors, or students with an undeclared area of interest in Women's Studies. To participate in this project, please click here for the 10 question survey or follow the link below. ~Thanks.
Speak Up, Speak Out! with Erin Easley and michael alarid
Erin Easley, a graduate student in English/WS who also graduated with a double major in Women's Studies/English in Spring 2012, has created the blog "Speak Up, Speak Out!" with fellow English graduate student, michael alarid. Easley states that the "blog is connected to NMSU in general in that we are gathering a spectrum of voices, some of which have come from NMSU students, specifically graduates." She further points out: "In relation to WS, we share similar tenets towards social justice in raising awareness, creating safe spaces for open and critical conversation, and, strive to feature as many voices from as many positionalities and locations as possible."
About the blog itself, Easley notes that the focus "is to open a space for having ‘tough conversations-‘ to get people talking, and service/explore different definitions and conceptualizations of what rape is, what it means, who it can impact and how. Contributors can post criticisms, offer theory, narrative, or "stuff" in general; it's about creating and sustaining generative discourse."
In terms of contributors, there are already "over 20 authors on our blog site, some have published, some are working on drafts, and others are waiting to pitch in as soon as they have time. We feature voices both within and outside of the academy, and we want to encourage and emphasize our blog site as a place where all voices can be heard."
To learn more or to participate, contact Erin Easley at email@example.com or michael alarid at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their "only policy is that if you contribute you are writing ethically and compassionately. Meaning, we won't accept hate speech or malicious tones. This is definitely a longitudinal study, so future collaborations and contribution are highly and enthusiastically welcomed!"
Dr. Williams to be Published in Leading Women's Studies Journal Feminist Studies and Is Also Awarded NMSU Travel Grant
Women's Studies professor and Director, Dr. Laura Anh Williams is going to be published in an upcoming issue of Feminist Studies, the leading journal in Women's/Gender Studies. The website for the journal states the following about itself: "Feminist Studies is the oldest feminist scholarly journal in the United States. It is a flagship publication in interdisciplinary women's studies and also a premier venue for discipline-specific feminist analysis. Each issue of the journal offers a distinctive mix of theory, commentary, creative writing, art, and critique. The journal is well known for publishing groundbreaking classics that have opened up new areas of research, creative expression, and speculation. With the highly selective acceptance rate of 7 percent, it is one of the few remaining autonomous nonprofit journals run by a collective of scholars located in multiple disciplines and institutions. Whether drawing on the complex past or the shifting present, the articles, art, and essays that appear in Feminist Studies reach readers across a range of fields and institutions around the world."
Dr. Williams's essay is entitled "Gender, Race, and an Epistemology of the Abattoir in My Year of Meats." It explores representations of food in conjunction with identity in Ruth L. Ozeki's 1999 ecofeminist novel My Year of Meats. In particular, Dr. Williams conceptualizes what she has named "an epistemology of the abattoir" to describe the productive field of unknowing that privileges those who benefit or derive pleasure from systemic violence, such as eaters who refuse knowledge about slaughterhouses and other forms of food production. Focusing on Ozeki's novel, she explores manifestations of this form of unknowing, especially as it also affects women and racialized others in the United States. Dr. Williams argues the novel's juxtaposition of the experiences of non-human animals, and experiences of women, Japanese, Japanese American, and characters of color disrupt the cultural institutions that normalize practices that are based in domination and violence.
Dr. Williams is also the recent recipient of an NMSU Travel Award. She will use the award to travel to Ohio to present her research at the National Women's Studies Association conference in Fall 2013.
Thinking Outside the Box: NMSU Student Lauren Prue's Blog
Lauren Prue is a NSMU senior who will graduating in May 2013 with a B.A. in Government. She is currently taking a course with Women's Studies Program faculty member, Dr. Manal Hamzeh. Lauren writes a blog called http://ivefoundmytalisman.blogspot.com/ to "discover the world around her and to help others really think about the pursuit of happiness in their own lives." She states: "I find that writing has given me the tools that I need to make myself a better person; my ideas help me synthesize my decisions for the future."
In speaking of the future, Lauren's "plans are to attend graduate school and study human rights development. " She notes: "I hope to utilize the knowledge from the Women Studies classes that I have taken to prepare myself to make a difference in the area of public policy and to inspire others to change the world around them."
NMSU WSP encourages everyone to check out Lauren's blog. In fact, she points out that "the purpose of this blog is to provide women with insight to the daily challenges faced. Feminism has become an important part in women's lives as we strive for equality in the world of politics, careers, healthcare, human rights, and many other issues. I choose to bring to the light the most important issues that women face in their daily lives, as well as ways to overcome these problems. When reading this blog, please keep in mind that the experiences that are mentioned are through the eyes of a young woman striving for change in the world in terms of: equality, justice, peace, stability in relationships, and many other aspects of all walks of life."
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