Write for Re/Visionist!

It’s the spring semester, and it’s time to get out your calendar again to set your second semester agenda! Re/Visionist is calling for students to get involved in the production of the Women’s History Program’s blog.

Both graduate and undergraduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to participate. As our mission statement says, the blog “aims to promote a critical analysis of history and contemporary issues through the lens of multiple feminisms.” We need your voices to bring a variety of perspectives to the publication!

Please join us to share your ideas and declare your interest in Re/Visionist by attending our upcoming meeting:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Slonim House – Stone Room

If you have questions, please email revisionist [at] gm [dot] slc [dot] edu. Thanks!

Write for Re/Visionist!

Are you interested in writing about women’s history? Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend a (second) brainstorming meeting about the SLC Women’s History Program’s blog.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5:30PM – 6:15PM

Slonim Library Classroom

This meeting gives you an opportunity to share the topics about which you’d like to read and to indicate if you have an interest in writing for or taking on a leadership role with Re/Visionist. Funding is limited, but students will be paid for published submissions!

To help us get moving for the fall semester, please honor the deadline of noon on Monday, October 24th to submit the following to revisionist [at] gm [dot] slc [dot] edu:

If you are interested in writing a specific piece, please send a 100-word proposal and your CV.

If you are interested in taking on a leadership role, please send a short writing sample (less than 5 pages) and your CV.

If you attended the meeting last week, you are welcome to join us again or to simply email your content to revisionist [at] gm [dot] slc [dot] edu.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

RE/VISIONIST is an online publication created by students of the Sarah Lawrence College Women’s History Graduate Program. In the interest of fostering dialogue, RE/VISIONIST aims to promote a critical analysis of history and contemporary issues through the lens of multiple feminisms. We focus on the intersections of lived realities and histories, such as the experiences related to race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability. We strive to keep the question, “Who gets to write history?” on the table.

It’s On Us – National Fall Week of Action

I came across the activities of a new student activist group, which may be of interest to the readers of Re/Visionist. It’s On Us is not the first student undertaking to combat sexual violence on campus but is part of a legacy of women’s rights activism at colleges and universities. I will cover past SLC campus advocacy and education on the topic in the near future.

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Today marks the beginning of the It’s On Us Fall Week of Action, which is happening across the country. It’s On Us began in September 2014 as a project of the White House to “help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.” As President Barack Obama noted in a speech, about 20 percent of college student women experience sexual assault, with few getting justice.

Since then, representatives from colleges and universities across the country have been working to bring the message of It’s On Us to their campuses.

SLC junior Emma Heisler-Murray told me she got involved because sexual assault has “been a clear issue on the campus.” (Students may remember two particular Campus Safety Alerts that have been sent out by the college administration in the last few months. These alerts disclosed reports of sexual assault.)

Heisler-Murray invites the campus community to participate in events during this Fall Week of Action because “anyone can benefit from it.” Tonight, the It’s On Us campus organization has planned a screening of the film The Hunting Ground at Titsworth Lecture Hall, starting at 7:00 PM.

The major event of the week, says Heisler-Murray, is the “Still Not Asking for It” protest on Thursday. You can find the full calendar here.

For more information: you can visit the It’s On Us page on GryphonLink or by emailing Emma at emurray [at] gm [dot] slc [dot] edu.

Get involved! Re/Visionist 2016-17

Hello, readers!

If you’re a current student at SLC, you have gotten well into the swing of things for the 2016-2017 school year. Yet, there are still new opportunities for getting involved in campus life!

I have recently started as editor of Re/Visionist, and I am looking for other SLC students who are interested in contributing. As a contributor to the blog, you can be paid for your efforts!

We’re having a meeting next week where you can indicate your interest:

Thursday, October 13th at 5:30PM in the Slonim Library Classroom

I want to hear from you so you can share about what topics you would want to read and if you would like to contribute your skills! Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

Pizza will be served.

Contact me at revisionist@gm.slc.edu with any questions! See you soon!

Amanda Kozar

Student, Master’s in Women’s History Program

Gerda Lerner, 1920-2013

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Gerda Lerner, former Sarah Lawrence professor and co-founder of the women’s history graduate program, the nation’s first, died on Jan. 2, 2013 at the age of 92. In addition to her work at Sarah Lawrence, Lerner founded the nation’s first doctorate program in women’s history at University of Wisconsin, Madison, was the author of many scholarly works, including “The Creation of Patriarchy” (1986) and “The Creation of Feminist Consciousness” (1997), and became one of the early female presidents of the Organization of American Historians.

The New York Times chronicled Lerner’s life in an obituary, published today.

A list of Lerner’s publications: 

Books:

  • No Farewell (1955) an autobiographical novel
  • The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina: Rebels against Authority (1967)
  • The Woman in American History [ed.] (1971)
  • The Female Experience: An American Documentary (1976)
  • A Death of One’s Own (1978/2006)
  • The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History (1979)
  • Teaching Women’s History (1981)
  • Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey (1982)
  • The Creation of Patriarchy (1986)
  • The Creation of Feminist Consciousness: From the Middle Ages to Eighteen-seventy (1994)
  • Scholarship in Women’s History Rediscovered & New (1994)
  • Why History Matters (1997)
  • Fireweed: A Political Autobiography (2002)

Musical:

Screenplays:

  • Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom (1957)
  • Black Like Me (1964)
  • Home for Easter (n.d.)

The staff here at Re/Visionist and the members of the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College honor this formidable woman, and as we consider ways to formally pay homage to her life and work, we encourage you to contribute ideas, thoughts, and inspirations you might have.

Thank you, Gerda Lerner. Your life’s work is eternal and immeasurable in value and power.

Emilie Egger, Emma Staffaroni, Katy Gehred

WELCOME TO THE SPORTS ISSUE!

HELLO AGAIN!

I know it’s been a hot minute, but we are back from winter break refreshed and ready to explore all sorts of new feminist territory!

That being said –despite the risk of adhering to stereotypical gender norms by stating my truth—I don’t “do” sports. And when I say I don’t “do” sports, I mean I don’t watch, participate, or even think about them. It’s just not something that I’ve ever been interested in. That’s not to suggest I consciously reject all things athletic—in fact, some of my closest friends, both male and female, are athletes who live for their respective sports—it’s just not a part of my lifestyle. Well, not unless you count watching Basketball Wives as sporty, because I’d get the gold medal in that event.

Being an academic and a fashionist, I’ve managed to float through life relatively oblivious to what’s going on in athletics. However, SPORTS is all anyone can seem to talk about lately and this time it’s hitting close to home. Sarah Lawrence College—our predominately female, gender-integrated academic home base—has recently generated all sorts of controversy for its decision to enter the NCAA. It was a surprising move for a school that has built its tremendous academic caliber on, well, not being competitive outside of the admissions process. The school’s diminishing endowment and its notoriously high tuition have left the student body contemplating whether the $150,000 NCAA entrance fee is really money well spent for an institution that prides itself on scholastics.  Or more confusingly, what does this imply about the type of prospective student the college is hoping to attract?

The logic seems simple to me: NCAA accreditation draws a more specific type of applicant, which in turn increases the college’s famously-low male population, and ends with the desired co-educational experience the school has been seeking since the late-1960s—when it began admitting men.

Because all of the student-athletes were admitted to the school on their scholarly merit, it was hard to imagine the effects of such a transition. One such athlete eloquently echoed the scholarly sentiment of the student body: “I understand that Sarah Lawrence is feeling the pressure to join from most of our academic competition. Bard, Vassar, and NYU all offer NCAA competition as a product of student demand . . . but none of those schools [entered] under the motivations that SLC has made clear to the public: money and applications.”  In actuality, only time will truly tell the outcome of the school’s decision, and it’s way too soon in the game to be making foul calls, right?

The Super Bowl is this month (thanks for letting me know, Beth K.) and despite knowing very little about what that really means (except that Velveeta cheese will be on sale everywhere) I feel it’s due time for the SPORTS ISSUE of Re/Visionist! This month we tackle (pun intended) everything from female marathon runners to the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, with a whole lot of healthy athletic debate in between. So let’s warm up those extraocular muscles and on your mark, get set . . . you know the drill.

Oh, and speaking of drills, CHEERLEADING IS A SPORT, asshole. Obviously.

xx

Caroline

THE RE/VISIONIST SPORTS ISSUE:

The Women Who Endure x Emma Staffaroni

I Love That You Hate Me for Being a Cheerleader x Brianna Leone

Screw You, Tim Tebow x Katy Gehred

Ten Question with Carolyn Miles

Intercontinental Musings x Kelly Banbury

The Only Thing Chuck Bass Has to Say About Sports x Jamie Agnello

LEMME TELL YA /BOUT SPORTS x John Walker