View photos of the WGSS 20th Anniversary Symposium.
More than a commemoration of the past, an anniversary marks the ways we want an event to live on. This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, which was founded in 1994 as the Women’s Studies Institute. Our recent name change is a perfect way of marking the meaning of our anniversary. While we remain committed to the context of social change movements that helped inaugurate women’s and gender studies programs across the nation, we are also dedicated to maintaining the rigor of a constantly expanding field of study. Far more than just the study of women, the field addresses issues of sex, gender, sexuality, feminism, masculinities, social theory, social change, intersectionality, culture, globalization, and transnationalism, to name some key areas of inquiry. Highlighting our name change also allows us to signal our gratitude to those whose hard efforts materialized in the institutional home for women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. In the spirit of these histories, we continue to invent and shape new futures for an area of study rooted in social justice struggles. [READ MORE]