Gender Studies

“The Face That Most Resembles Christ”: the Matter of Motherhood in Dante’s Paradiso

Soon after his ascent with Beatrice into the Empyrean, Dante-pilgrim finds himself in the in the center of a celestial rose, reeling beneath the newly unmasked souls seated on its petals. Shortly thereafter, St. Bernard provides him with a visual tour of the elect, bidding him to focus on one face in particular:

“Look now at the face that most resembles

Christ, for its brightness alone can enable you

to see Christ.” (Par. 32.85-87)

Our Nikkei LGBTQIA+ Journeys

The UCLA Nikkei Student Union will be hosting an event in collaboration with Okaeri where different speakers from the Japanese American community, representing different parts of the LGBTQIA+ communities, will talk about their own experiences and how to best support these communities. This educational event will be a safe space for anyone who is interested in hearing the panelists' stories and/or would like to participate in group discussions about LGBTQIA+ experiences within a Japanese American/Asian community.

'Indian Given: Racial Geographies Across Mexico and the United States and Somewhere Else' by Dr. Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo

Maria Josefina Saldaña Portillo is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and Visiting Professor of English at UC Berkeley. She is the author of The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development (Duke University Press, 2003). Indian Given was awarded the Best Book Award from the National Association for Chicano and Chicana Studies (NACCS) in 2017.

Professor Saldaña's presentation addresses the imbrication of NAFTA, narcos, and the legacy of the indio bárbaro.

"Women peace and security through a vernacular frame: Global/local frictions in Solomon Islands and Bougainville" by Dr. Nicole George, University of Queensland

Since the early 2000s, United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women Peace and Security, and particularly UNSCR 1325, have become a key focus of policy-making and gender advocacy for promoting women’s roles in conflict resolution and transition in the western Pacific Islands region. But in these contexts, arguments about the rights of women to be recognized as those who bear specific sorts of burdens in times of instability come into friction with vernacular notions of security and localized sentiments about the safe ordering of community.

Women's Health and Gender Differences Cross-Campus Symposium Series

A new symposium series to engage cross-campus collaboration at UCLA in the area of women's health scholarship and research, in particular connecting the College and the Health Sciences to solve complex problems involving women's health and wellness. This series includes both trainees and faculty and is the result of a previous strategic planning conference to promote "North and South" collaboration to improve women's health. Faculty of all disciplines can present their work-in-progress.

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