Join Sandra Steingraber for First Public Appearance Following Incarceration

Join environmental activist Sandra Steingraber at UMBC for her first public appearance following her incarceration for civil disobedience.

Steingraber, an Ithaca College professor, was recently sentenced to 15 days in jail for blocking access to a storage site for fracked gas, then refused to pay $375 in bail. She has been a leader of the fight in New York state to keep frackers at bay.

Steingraber’s lecture at UMBC, scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 4 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, will be her first public appearance following her release.

“My children need a world with pollinators and plankton stocks and a stable climate. They need lake shores that do not have explosive hydrocarbon gases buried underneath. The fossil fuel party must come to an end.” Steingraber wrote in a letter from jail.

Steingraber’s incarceration has been reported in several media outlets, including the “Wall Street Journal,” the “Ithaca Journal,” and the blog “Grist.”

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, on KUOW Seattle’s “Weekday with Steve Scher”

Amy Bhatt, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was recently a guest on KUOW Seattle’s “Weekday with Steve Scher” program.

Bhatt discussed her new book, Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, in which she and co-author Nalini Iyer draw on oral histories from the South Asian Oral History Project at the University of Washington Libraries, archival material, and popular culture representations to explore the various routes that brought South Asians to the Pacific Northwest, their motivations for leaving their homelands, and their experiences upon arrival.

“We’re interested in thinking about how we can use the stories of contemporary immigrants to shed light on older histories of migration, as well as thinking about contemporary debates about immigration more generally,” Bhatt said.

The interview can be heard here.

Alumna Teresa Foster Awarded Fellowship

Teresa Foster ’09, gender and women’s studies and history, ’11 M.A. historical studies, and a LLC Ph.D. candidate, is the winner of the 2013-2014 Wing Graduate Fellowship in Colonial Chesapeake History from the Maryland Historical Society.

The purpose of the Wing Fellowship is to assist a graduate student in undertaking a significant project in Chesapeake colonial history.

“The Fracking of Rachel Carson: Silent Spring in an Age of Environmental Crisis” (4/29)

The Fracking of Rachel Carson: Silent Spring in an Age of Environmental Crisis,” originally scheduled for March 6, has been rescheduled for Monday, April 29 at 4 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.

This lecture with environmental activist Sandra Steingraber of the environmental studies and sciences department of Ithaca College is presented by the Humanities and Social Science Forums. It is the annual Korenman lecture.

A cancer survivor, Dr. Sandra Steingraber has written extensively on the intersection of the environment and public health. She will discuss what we have learned, and failed to learn, in the 50 years since Rachel Carson’s publication of Silent Spring, and will examine the threat to public health that fracking poses.

Sandra Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media including The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women Studies with support from the Department of American Studies, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, Geography and Environmental Systems, Office of the Provost, and Women in Science and Engineering.

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, on “International Examiner”

Amy Bhatt, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was recently interviewed by the “International Examiner” about her new book, “Roots & Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest.”

The book traces the regional history of the South Asian community in the Northwest from the early 1900s to today. It also offers a crucial voice and perspective that’s been missing from the story of Asian migration to the greater Seattle area.

“One of the reasons this book is important is that it offers individuals who are actually part of the community the opportunity to write their own histories,” explains Bhatt. “They haven’t been able to do so in the past.”

The full story, “‘Roots & Reflections’ Adds Voices of South Asian Settlers to History of the Pacific Northwest,” appeared online on March 6.

Critical Sexuality Studies Course Development Grants Summer 2013 (apply by 4/19)

After more than a decade offering courses on LGBT issues, last spring the Gender and Women’s Studies Program developed a new minor in Critical Sexuality Studies (CSST). To encourage the development of new courses for the minor, The Gender and Women’s Studies Program is offering a summer stipend to provide faculty and departments with funds for curriculum development. Grants provide support for faculty interested in expanding the (inter)disciplinary range of courses at UMBC that offer critical perspectives on sexuality as it is lived, theorized, narrated, etc. Funding is for course creation, revision, and implementation of courses to be taught in Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2014.

Eligibility: All full-time UMBC faculty. The faculty member will participate in a 1-2 hour interdisciplinary workshop on the CSST curriculum in the following year.

Amount: $3,000 summer stipend

Review Process: Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the CSST curriculum subcommittee of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, which includes affiliated and core GWST faculty.

Criteria: Proposals will be reviewed for:

  • Quality of the proposed course
  • Significance to the field of Critical Sexuality Studies
  • Whether and how it expands upon existing courses (for the full list, please visit
  • Availability of faculty to offer the course in the 2014 calendar year
  • Sustainability of the course

To apply, complete the application (found on the GWST website for faculty resources: and submit it by April 19, 2013 by email to the Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at

A Healthy Baby Girl (2/18-22)

The Women’s Center and GWST’s 6th Annual Korenman Lecture Presents, A Healthy Baby Girl.

1963 Filmmaker Judith Helfand’s mother was prescribed the ineffective, carcinogenic synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. At twenty-five, Judith was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. After a radical hysterectomy she went to her family’s home to heal and picked up her camera. The resulting video-diary is a fascinating exploration of how science, marketing & corporate power can affect our deepest relationships. Shot over five years, A Healthy Baby Girl tells a story of survival, mother-daughter love, family renewal and community activism. Intimate, humorous and searing, it is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the relationship between women’s health, public policy, medical ethics and corporate responsibility.
(Running time: 57 minutes)

Monday (2/18) & Wednesday (2/20) 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, & 5:00
Tuesday (2/19) & Thursday (2/21): 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00
Friday (2/22): 11:00
Film Discussion: Friday, 2/22, 12pm
Facilitated by: Dr. Dawn Biehler from Geography and Environmental Sciences & GWST Affiliate Faculty

The 6th Annual Korenman Lecture is March 6th at 4pm. The speaker is Sandra Steingraber.

Contact GWST at 410-455-2001 or for more details.