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December 13, 1999

UCSC women's studies turns 25

By Barbara McKenna

One of the country's oldest and most respected programs in women's studies turns 25 this year. The program is UCSC's very own, which was established in 1973-74 and sent its first graduates into the world in 1974-75.

The women's studies program at UCSC is among the most respected in the country. Among those who have put the program on the map are department manager Nicolette Czarrunchick, department chair and professor Bettina Aptheker, and alumni like Susan Ozawa (Kresge '99).
Photo: Don Harris
An interdisciplinary program, women's studies incorporates numerous fields, including history, literature, politics, sociology, and philosophy.

A sign of its prestige and broad-based appeal is the fact that the department attracts more adjunct professors (more than 50 this year) than any other at UCSC.

To mark its anniversary, the department is hosting two years of special events. Among them are the following:

  • Molly Ivins: One of the nation's wittiest and best known political pundits, Ivins will be in Santa Cruz to present a talk titled "Campaign 2000." Ivins is a nationally syndicated political columnist and best-selling author of a number of books, including Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? The talk is sponsored by UCSC Arts & Lectures, the Women's Studies Department, and the Women's Center. Sunday, March 26, 8 p.m., Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

  • Women's Studies Founders Luncheon: Women's studies faculty, students, and alumni are invited to this special gathering, which takes place during the Banana Slug Spring Fair reunion weekend. Chancellor Greenwood will join the luncheon, which honors women's studies founding faculty members and program graduates. Sunday, April 16, 11 am to 2 pm, UCSC Arboretum.

  • Dr. Losang Rabgey, "Culture of Contemporary Tibetan Women." April 2000. (Date and location, TBA)

  • "The Color of Violence: Violence Against Women of Color," a national conference taking place at UCSC on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29. Initiated by the UCSC Women of Color Research Cluster, cosponsored by Women's Studies.

  • "Towards A Multicultural Women's History": A residency by visiting scholars Darlene Clark Hine, professor of African American history at Michigan State University, and Vicki Ruiz, professor of Chicana history at Arizona State University. May 1-4.

  • "Sovereignty 2000: Locations of Contestation and Possibility": A conference sponsored by the Native American Studies Research Cluster and the Women's Studies Department. May 19-20.

  • Exhibit: "The Founding and History of Women's Studies at UCSC," McHenry Library, Spring 2000.

Additional events are being planned. For more information, call the Women's Studies Department at (831) 459-4324.

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