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Fairfield Celebrates Women’s History Month with Editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves

In March, we celebrate Women’s History month, and Fairfield University's Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) has planned multiple events that span a diverse array of topics. From women's health to women in the sciences, and from sexuality in the workplace to women and children in international conflicts, there is something to interest everyone. 

Christine Cupaiuolo, managing editor of the 2011 edition of the celebrated book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, will deliver a free lecture, “A Return to Mad Men: The (Presidential) Politics of Gender and Women’s Health” on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Center. 

Cupaiuolo’s lecture will focus on her work on Our Bodies, Ourselves, one of the top women’s health books produced by the non-profit organization, Our Bodies, Ourselves. First published in 1971, this book includes a variety of topics that apply to women’s sexuality and health such as gender identity, pregnancy and effects of violence against women. 

Dr. Emily Orlando, associate professor of English and co-director of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, said, “Our Bodies, Ourselves, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, has been hailed by Library Journal as one of the most important and game-changing health books to be published in the U.S. Christine will briefly discuss the history of Our Bodies, Ourselves, focusing also on global health movements, social media and digital activism, media coverage of gender issues and current intersections between feminism and pop culture.” 

Cupaiuolo is a Fellow at New York’s Civic Hall, where she reports on how global political debates are utilizing innovative formats and social media to allow debates to be more responsive to voters’ concerns. As an established writer on gender and politics, Cupaiuolo launched and edited the blog, Our Bodies Our Blog. In addition, she developed Ms. Magazine’s blog pertaining to women and media; she later became the first online editor for the magazine. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter and researcher for C-SPAN. Cupaiuolo also founded an online magazine that focuses on covering intersections of politics and pop culture. 

“As many of us do in our classrooms, she will draw connections between popular culture like Mad Men and Amy Schumer as well as the current political scene such as the gender-informed criticisms leveled against Hillary Clinton. It is clear that these issues will hit home in important ways for our student body,” said Dr. Orlando.

In addition to Cupaiuolo’s lecture, WGSS will host many other events throughout March and April. 

Amat Alsoswa, Yemeni Ambassador, will lecture on challenges in finding peace in Yemen on April 4 and 5. On April 7, the  film Miss Representation will be shown.. This documentary explores the challenges regarding the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. And on April 14, Dr. Ernesto Reuben of Columbia University will be a speaker as part of the Women’s STEM panel. 

Dr. Anna Lawrence, co-director of WGSS, said, "This Women's History month schedule is bursting at the seams with topics from truly diverse fields.  I think it's the most wide-ranging Women's History month we've presented, and it's a testament to the fact that women and gender studies have become central to many different academic fields. WGSS is proud to facilitate the passion and deep commitment to issues of women, gender and sexuality that faculty and students demonstrate from all corners of the University."

For more information, contact: Dr. Emily Orlando, eorlando@fairfield.edu

By Nicole Kowalczyk '16

Last modified:  Thu, 03 Mar 2016 07:21:00 EST

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