Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Student Research: Turning a Love of ‘Star Wars’ into a Critical Examination of Gender

Sydney Benjamin ’19 is, of course, re-watching the films, but her conclusions are also informed by film criticism, gender theory, interviews, and critical essays that examine the role of religion and philosophy in Star Wars. And while the pool of research on gender in Star Wars is limited, some of the most surprising conclusions Benjamin has come to are about male friendships.

German Department Looks Ahead to ‘Continued Excellence’ in 2018

After being honored as a national “center of excellence,” Bowdoin’s German department is looking forward to an exciting year of teaching, research and special events.

Jennifer Scanlon Discusses Sexual Harassment on Maine Public Radio

Scanlon points out that the first real generation of ‘silence-breakers’ was in the 1970s, when several groups of women brought public attention to the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Callye Bolster ’19 Starts All-Female Comedy Troupe at Bowdoin

In all seriousness, Callye Bolster added she has been impressed, particularly during last year’s presidential election, by the influence of comedy on American politics. “It’s a very good way of getting messages across,” she said. “I enjoy [doing comedy] so much and it also can have a degree of impact.”

Writer, Feminist Susan Faludi Discusses New Book, ‘In the Darkroom,’ at Bowdoin

Pulitizer-Prize winning journalist Susan Faludi recently spoke on campus and read from her 2016 Kirkus Prize winning book, In the Darkroom. The book was named one of New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2016.

Basketball Legend Chamique Holdsclaw Discusses Mental Illness

A wide array of people came out to hear Chamique Holdsclaw talk in Kresge Auditorium about her successful basketball career and her struggles with mental illness, from student athletes to staff, faculty and alumni.

Bowdoin’s Susan Faludi Wins Kirkus Nonfiction Prize

Feminist author Susan Faludi, who taught at Bowdoin recently as its Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies and is currently a research associate here, has won the 2016 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction.

Professor Ghodsee Speaks on the Re-emergence of Nationalism in Eastern Europe

The Institute for Advanced Study, where Albert Einstein lived and worked after he fled to the US, recently invited a Bowdoin professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies to speak on memory projects about World War II and the Cold War.