Women's Studies

Women's Studies Seminars

Gender in American Consumer Culture (Casey O'Brien Gerhart)
This seminar seeks to introduce students to the concepts, terminology, and analytical practices that will be useful in their examination of cultural events and texts that shape women’s lives. We will examine scholarly books and essays published on the topic, as well as primary texts such as advertisements, films, television programs, commercials, and consumer goods that will help us analyze the targeted gender, class, race, and sexuality of the consumer.
Drawing Women’s Lives: The Graphic Memoir (Casey O'Brien Gerhart)
This seminar seeks to introduce students to the concepts, terminology, and analytical practices that will be useful in their examination graphic memoirs that draw and tell women’s lives. Along with the memoirs themselves, we will examine scholarly essays published on the topic. Additionally, students will write/draw a mini memoir that asks them to examine an event in their own lives.