What is Morning Cup?
Morning Cup uses social media to further create and enrich the NMSU Women’s Studies online community. We feature our own news/event items and a variety of media, such as trends circulating in public academia and on social media. Morning Cup is not a place to visit once; we ask you to come back again and again!
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Facebook Group: Group focused on sharing news and information about current topics connected to Women’s/Gender Studies.
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Coming soon: Periscope! (Look for realtime streaming of an upcoming event)
Dispatches from the Twitterverse
The Oxford Dictionary apologizes for its strange "rabid feminist" tweet–and then the misogynists showed up. https://t.co/o0e5v0lQdo
— The Mary Sue (@TheMarySue) January 26, 2016
— Empress of Misandry (@OHTheMaryD) January 26, 2016
Images from Trials of Spring Events with Hend Nafea
Class Collaborates with Ma. Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez and Leticia Lopez Manzano
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 http://www.trialsofspring.com
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.
Check out the rest of the Call for Proposals here: http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/forms/call-for-proposal-jpt-symposium
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.
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
Nason House (on campus, across from FedEx-Kinkos on University Avenue)
Dr. Margo Tamez Comes to NMSU
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
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
quien te enseño.
who taught you
that your lips are
chile de arbol
and your breasts
tortillas de maíz
and your thighs
and your hips
arroz con pollo
and who told
and your tios
and your primos
and your lovers
that is is always
i beg you.
forget it all.
the sangre in
your veins the
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
You are always
nunca olvides eso.
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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.”
Read more here
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.