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Upcoming Departmental Events:

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NMSU Theatre Department Debuts a New Play

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Congrats to Dr. Hamzeh: New Animated Short

Take from: “Unmediated Inquiry: Animated Short ‘The Four Hijabs’ Offers Insightful Perspectives” by R.A. Sheth

We live in a world where we are constantly being told what to think. In an age of readily accessible information, passive consumption of media-perpetuated stereotypes trump active quests for knowledge. For instance, the hijab, commonly associated with the headscarf worn by Muslim women, has become a source of irrational fear for many. With a sharp rise in Islamophobia and xenophobia in America and abroad, we have gone from telling Muslim women in hijab that they’re being oppressed to yanking off their headscarves. Much of this fear stems from false information and a lack of inquiry. So what do non-Muslims actually know about the hijab or the Qur’an? Demystifying the hijab with an eye toward justice is exactly what New Mexico State University Interdisciplinary Studies/Women’s Studies Associate Professor Dr. Manal Hamzeh and Mount Prospect native and Silk Road Rising Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury set out to do with the new animated short film “The Four Hijabs,” premiering at Silk Road Rising on July 30, 2016.

“The Four Hijabs” was purposefully developed as an entertaining and accessible animated short film that engages with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab. The animated short explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses. In engaging these verses through Arab-Muslim feminist lenses, four identifiable hijabs emerge: the visual hijab (the modest dress of both Muslim men and women), the spatial hijab (the separator between private and public spaces), the ethical hijab (ethical values/practices required of all Muslims), and the spiritual hijab (the barrier that inhibits deep spiritual growth and new knowledge.

“[The Four Hijabs] reflects our deep commitment to make important cutting-edge academic thought accessible to a general public by interpreting and rendering it as art,” said Hamzeh. The project stemmed from several conversations between co-writers Hamzeh and Khoury about the effects that Islamophobia and hijabophobia are having on young Muslims.

Hamzeh and Khoury are no strangers to challenging perspectives. “The Four Hijabs” is inspired by ideas in Hamzeh’s book, “Pedagogies of DeVeiling: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse” (2012). “[The film] engages broader audiences in work and thought that may cut against the grain of what they have previously taken for granted,” said Hamzeh. She sees “The Four Hijabs” as one of the extensions of her own struggles as an Arab-Muslim feminist wrestling with patriarchal logic. It also supplements her approach to teaching, guided by a commitment to equity and social justice.


“NO MÁS BÉBÉS” Movie Screening @ The Fountain Theatre Hosted by Young Women United

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How Was Your 2015-2016 School Year?

Here is how ours was and we are very proud!

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Transnational Solidarity Day

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Dr. Bejarano Gives Lecture at ASU: “The Barrio, The Book and The Border: Violence and the Pedagogies of Resistance in Borderlands Studies”

School of Transborder Studies 2016 Wells Fargo Transborder Distinguished Lecture Series 
A public lecture by Cynthia Bejarano

Bejarano is Regents’ Professor in the Interdisciplinary and Women’s Studies Department at New Mexico State University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She received her doctorate in justice studies from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on border violence, youth cultures, immigration and migration issues, and gender-based violence at the U.S.-Mexico border. She has published several articles and books including “Que Onda?”, “Urban Youth Cultures and Border Identity” and the co-edited volume “Terrorizing Women: A Cartography of Feminicide in the Américas.” She is a dedicated community activist and teacher. Bejarano has served as judge for the Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos in México and was co-founder of Amigos de las Mujeres de Juárez. For her dedication in and outside of the classroom she received the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. For her collective efforts in teaching, research, and service, she received the 2010 Annual Governors Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, the Stan Fulton College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Chair in 2010, and the Critical Educators in Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group’s Community Advocacy Award in 2011 from the American Educational Research Association (source).

Here is an interview with Dr. Bejarano preceding the lecture.


Women’s Studies major Tamika Jackson Publishes Article on Importance of Addressing Health Care Disparities for Black Women

Women’s Studies major Tamika Jackson recently had an article published in Jet Magazine’s online site that is call to arms for the important of addressing Black women’s health. Check it out!












Dr. Williams Gives Talk on Campus “Food Trucks, Race & Masculinity”

Carol Walker and Elbert Walker Room, SH 107, at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11.

Williams’ presentation brings critical perspective from food studies to bear on the 2014 film “Chef” to explore the ways in which the film portrays culinary mastery of ethnic cuisine to construct the central character’s sense of self, and by extension, his sense of manhood. The film’s protagonist, washed-up culinary celebrity Carl Caspar (played by Jon Favreau) resurrects his career and self-esteem not only via his culinary creativity but primarily through his fluency with and mastery of Cuban cuisine, even as he demonstrates a marked ignorance of Cuban culture, Spanish language and immigrant experiences. What remains unaddressed by the film’s heroic arc, and what this lecture focuses upon, is the way Caspar’s whiteness enables him to draw upon ethnic cuisine in order to elevate his own standing.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeffrey Brown at


Aggies for Feminism Hosts a Poetry Slam

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Date: Thursday, April 14     Time: 6-8pm

Location: Aggie Lounge in Corbett Center

Open Mic!




Winners of the 2016 WS Paper Award


Recipient: Chiann­Ling (Cindy) Yeh for “On Globalizing Perceptions of Hysteria”

Honorable Mention: Julia Vulcan for “Aggression Towards Gender-Nonconformity”


Recipient: Zooey Sophia Pook for “7 Miles a Second: The Bildungsroman and the Mechanics of Othering Queer Bodies”

Honorable Mention: Holly J Gregg for “’I Stand With Black Lives’: Theory and Application of Collective Foregrounding Within Modern Social Justice Movements”



J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium: LGBTQ* Lives in the Borderlands

International Day of the Woman Celebration


2016 Coffee With the Deans


IDS/WS Co-Sponsors Artist Cassils’s Visit

Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Artist: Cassils
Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Health and Social Science Auditorium Room 101
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Department of Art, IDS/Women’s Studies Program, Lilian Steinman Fund


Images from Trials of Spring Events with Hend Nafea

Hend Nafea


Class Collaborates with Ma. Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez and Leticia Lopez Manzano

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Pictured: Andres Solis, Leslie Montañez-Hernandez, Cari Englehart, Erika Patriarchias, Ma Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez, Paulina Sanchez, Cynthia Bejarano,(front row) Xenia Lopez, Ashley Salazar

by Erika Patriarchias

This semester, as a part of our Women’s Studies/Criminal Justice class titled “Women Crossing Borders,” we collaborated with Ma. Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez, Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction department at NMSU and professor at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, and Leticia Lopez Manzano, Director of the Casa YMCA in Juarez to help children who utilize the services of the YMCA. We have realized through this project, that many things that people here in the United States have, we tend to take for granted. Many states and cities, such as our own Las Cruces, New Mexico, are within 50 miles of the border where lives are so different. In order to better understand transnational solidarity work and reaching across the border to our neighbors, we decided to help the YMCA patrons by seeking donations locally and gathering up equipment (simple items such as sports accessories, school supplies, art supplies, etc.) to benefit the children who will most benefit from it.

Ma Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez, Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction department at NMSU and professor at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, is one of the main coordinators who worked to help these children on her own free time. She does not receive any type of income or reward for her services other than the feeling of knowing that she makes a difference in the lives of these children who are just like us. When asked how she is so successful and what it takes to help and her answer is amazingly simple; she says all it takes is one or two people to make a difference. These people don’t even have to be rich. Raising awareness in and of itself is a big help because we are able to show people that we shouldn’t take for granted the things we have, and something that we are used to having, such as a basketball and a place to play with it could mean the world to someone else who lives on the edge of the border. The problem is bigger than we may realize, so by spreading the word we could really help thousands of lives. It’s that easy!!


Student Profile: Shaneel Pratap

Shaneel Pratap is a graduate student majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women’s Studies. He will be graduating in Fall 2015.

“Why isn’t there a Masters or Ph.D. or J.D. degree in Women’s Studies at NMSU? If there would be one in the coning future, then I would be one of the first to apply!!”

What idea/theory/concept first caught your attention in a Women’s Studies class?

My informal observations of the inequalities and injustices experienced by women led me to the philosophical writings of Judith Butler and Gloria Jean Watkins (aka: “bell hooks”). I was fascinated by Judith Butler’s writings about “gender” as a social construct as it especially impacts the disabled Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) communities – as expressed in her video Examine Life. Her humanity was shared by bell hooks who addressed the special features of being a Woman of Color, the hypocrisy of equating sexuality with arbitrary moral choices/demands and championed the cause to bring equality to all women. These writings and videos helped me to come to grips with the ways in which an egalitarian society can be developed, something that is still a work in progress but may eventually overcome the second class citizenship expressed in Simone DeBeauvoir’s, “The Second Sex”.

Why did you become a Women’s Studies Major/Minor?

I already knew a lot about Women’s Studies from my undergraduate work and believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the area because I am a man. Men tell men different things about women than they tell women, so I can apply this knowledge to help formulate a bridge between Feminist writings and men’s reaction to this perspective. My goal is to bring knowledge of Women’s Studies to the Community College level to have the widest impact on the thinking of both women and men to shape a new future based on this bourgeoning area of study.

“People I know who had mixed emotions about taking courses in Women’s Study, but did wind up taking one and discovered that they really like it and it gave them a whole different way of looking at life.”

How have courses you have taken in Women’s Studies affected you/your life or your point of view?

It’s given me a new outlook on women, a more informed perspective about the obstacles women have (and continue to face) and their courage and tenacity to change their circumstances, no matter what socioeconomic strata or background they came from. I think about Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan who won the Nobel Peace Prize for making the world more attuned to the fact that women deserve education, something that almost cost her life.

In your opinion, what is the importance or viability of having a Women’s Studies degree on the job market?

It is an up and coming area of study in the Community College level which is a starting point for attaining more advanced degrees. My experience at a Community College was that this information was unavailable, but I finally became acquainted with Women’s Studies in my Graduate Studies degree program where I learned about things like the gender wage gap. Gender-based societal problems like this still need to be solved and will become increasingly important topics in law school. If the civil rights movement is any example, it takes legislation to make lasting societal change.


Film Presentation: The Trials of Spring


IDS/Women’s Studies will host a film screening for International Human Rights Day on December 10th from 6-8pm in Domenici Hall, Rm 109. The film will conclude with a discussion by Hend Nafea, the subject of the film, Gini Reticker, the film’s director, and Dr. Hamzeh.

The Trials of Spring is a documentary that features a young Egyptian woman, Hend Nafea, who travels from her village to Cairo to participate in the January 25th Revolution, demanding with millions of Egyptian the end to 60 years of a repressive military neocolonial rule. As the Revolution was unfolding and the military was still in charge, Hend was arrested and brutally tortured by the military and security forces at the end of 2011. Consequently, she faced her family’s fury for getting involved in politics. They punished her and tried to silence her for almost a year. But, nothing stopped Hend. She moved to Cairo and began working with a local organization fighting for human rights. In March of 2015, she was sentenced in absentia to life in prison. Though Hend was able to fight back at every stage of this journey, at this point, she had to flee Egypt and seek asylum in the US. Hend’s story mirrors the story of many men and women activists in Egypt struggling for a new Egypt and for a life with dignity, freedom, and social justice. Hend’s story teaches the power of women in Egypt’s Revolution and their resilience in front of the nexus of militarism, neocolonialism, Islamism, securitization, nationalism and patriarchy. Hend’s unyielding spirit is a testament to a universal fight for human rights and freedom.

Particularly, Women’s Studies Program is screening The Trials of Spring to celebrate the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which recognizes women’s critical role in peace-building.

This is an event that speaks to many on NMSU campus. It is an event that aims to open the discussion around the themes of peace-building, social change, gender justice, rebellion, revolution, resistance, militarism, securitization, religious extremisms, heteronormativity, colonial history and contemporary neocolonialims, sources and tools of decolonial knowledge production, research based film production, feminisms, collective consciousness, exile/displacement/migration and more.

THE TRIALS OF SPRING is a major cross media event that tells the stories of nine women on the front lines of change in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. It includes a feature-length documentary and six short films about women and their quest for social justice and freedom. See the project at


Save the Date and Call for Proposals: J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium 2016


Submission deadline/Plazo: December 14, 2015 / 14 diciembre 2015

Same-sex sexualities, transgender, and gender non-conforming identities are often rendered invisible and issues affecting life experiences, vulnerabilities and social inequalities often go unexplored. LGBTQ connections to the borderlands reveals the urgent and multifaceted themes to be addressed at the 12th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium (March 22-23, 2016) and during the NMSU Pride Week (March 21-15, 2016) at the campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Las identidades y (homo)sexualidades alternativas, transgénero y no conformistas son frecuentemente invisibilizadas y los temas relacionados con estas identidades y sus experiencias de vida y las vulnerabilidades y inequidades que las afectan muchas veces son marginados. Los vínculos entre las identidades LGBTQ y la region fronteriza le dan realce a los temas urgentes y multi-dimensionalesque serán abordados en el 12o Simposio J. Paul Taylor sobre la Justicia Social (22 y 23 de marzo, 2016) que se realizará conjuntamente con la Semana del Orgullo Gay (21 al 25 de marzo, 2016) en el plantel de Las Cruces de la New Mexico State University (Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México).

We invite proposals for panels, individual papers, round table discussions, interactive workshops, poster sessions, art, dance, poetry, music, and film to be presented at this symposium and during NMSU Pride Week. Successful proposals will clearly indicate the relationship of the presentation to the core symposium themes.

Les pedimos someter propuestas para páneles, ponencias, mesas redondas, talleres y sesiones interactivas, exposiciones y presentaciones de arte, danza, poesía, música, y cine que se incluirán en la programación del Simposio durante la semana de actividades relacionadas. Las propuestas exitosas demostrarán claramente la relación entre su temática y los marcos de referencia del Simposio.

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Women’s Studies Professor to Speak at Fall 2015 Colloquium

Dr. Manal Hamzeh will present “An Egyptian Revolutionary Woman: From Life Imprisonment to Forced Exile” on Monday, November 16, 2015 as part of the Arts and Sciences Fall Colloquium Series.

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Images from IDS/WS/CLABS/CAMP Open House


IDS/Women’s House Hosts an Open House

Majors, Minors, interested students, and friends of Women’s Studies are invited to meet the faculty and to learn about our exciting academic program and classes! Interested in majoring, minoring, or double majoring? Come learn more! Meet all the professors and enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and prizes!

Students with a Women’s Studies major have gone on to careers in administration, law, advocacy, anthropology, arts, counseling, education, history, humanities, international studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, psychology, public health, public policy, social work, and sociology.

The Interdisciplinary Studies Department, home to Women’s Studies, is delighted to welcome you and to allow you to informally meet with one another, WS and other IDS faculty, Center for Latin American and Border Studies faculty, CAMP leaders, and more. We are all “living,” working, and learning within the same department, yet we don’t know one another and how we might support one another, and enjoy all facets of IDS.

Please save the date! 

Monday, October 26

4:00-6:00 pm

Nason House (on campus, across from FedEx-Kinkos on University Avenue)


Dr. Margo Tamez Comes to NMSU

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Dr. Margo Tamez, Assistant Professor in the Indigenous Studies Program, Community, Culture, and Global Studies Department at the University of British Columbia Okanagan will be presenting her talk “History, Memory, and Poetics of Being and Belonging in Konitsaaiigokiyaa, (Big Water Peoples’ Country): What Nde’ women and mother-daughter, rivering epistemologies teach us” on Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30-7:30pm in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Rm.210. A reception will follow the lecture.


Student Spotlight: Poem by Hope Alicia Rodriguez

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The following is a poem written by Women’s Studies student Hope Alicia Rodriguez on the topic.


quien te enseño.
who taught you
that your lengua
is best cut up
into cubes and
stuffed into tacos
and served by
the dozens to
your father and
your father’s father.
quien te enseño.
who taught you
that your cuerpo
is a yucca to be
pulled apart by
arm and hand
and fist and tooth
to be used as
lather for the
grease stained
dirt dusted soul
of your father.
quien te enseño.
who taught you
to be desert saguaro
to retain the liquid
of their words
drenched in mescal
and venom from the
serpiente and the
ambered cerveza.
quien te enseño.
who taught you
that your lips are
chile de arbol
and your breasts
tortillas de maíz
and your thighs
enchiladas verdes
and your hips
arroz con pollo
and who told
your father
and your tios
and your primos
and your lovers
that is is always
santa cena.
i beg you.
forget it all.
but remember
the sangre in
your veins the
cheekbones your
abuela gave you
the turquoise and
the feathers that
lay against your chest
remember the voices
of the women before
and how you can
now speak for them
remember your womb
and the vida in your
body & bones
remember the strength
of your neck and the
holy of your feet
remember the desert
blooms in your mouth
the thunder in your eyes
and fuego on your
you are always
bendicion y alabanza
you are always
you are always
sol y luna
you are always
every top of
every mountain.
You are always
nunca olvides eso.


Current Music Mixes

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Feminists for Halloween Music Mix

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Latinx Heritage Month Music Mix



CAMP Named One of the “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education” by White House

New Mexico State University’s College Migrant Assistance Program (CAMP) was named one of the country’s “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education.”

“Our students are proving how successful we are by landing jobs in their fields of expertise,” said Cynthia Bejarano, principal investigator of the program she founded in 2002. “We have accountants, CPAs, engineers and teachers who are working in New Mexico and elsewhere – Texas, Indiana, California, Ohio – so they’re really becoming the ambassadors of the NMSU CAMP program and talking about our good work.”

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The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Women’s Studies Program Welcome Dr. Patti Wojahn

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Women’s Studies Program welcome Dr. Patti Wojahn as Interim Department Head. Dr. Wojahn, a professor of English in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, is also the Director of the Borderlands Writing Project. She earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.A. in English from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is a recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in Outreach from the College of Arts and Sciences.




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