Reviews of feminist films: free online

Despite a killer cold that hit me during our plane trip to Atlanta, I would not have missed “Difficult Dialogues,” the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference last week.

I could say so much about all the wonderful speakers and programs we heard — starting with keynoter Angela Y. Davis Thursday night and ending with a Sunday morning program on travel abroad as a feminist.

But I don’t have time to go into detail now. So I will limit myself to telling you about a fabulous resource for anyone who likes to use films in the classroom.

Films for the Feminist Classroom” is a free online journal hosted by the Rutgers-based offices of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

In the two online issues published so far, the journal offers reviews of feminist films and special features such as interviews with film producers. The goal of the publication is two-fold:

  • provide a quality resource to help instructors choose films to use in their feminist classrooms and
  • ensure that students critically analyze the film and its message.

The reviews, which frame films from an academic perspective, provide:

  • summaries of the films and their themes,
  • analysis of the films,
  • suggestions about how the films relate to larger issues and
  • recommendations of other resources.

This journal is a labor of love by its three active editors, its editorial assistant and its founding editors, all from Rutgers. And they are looking for feedback about the publication as well as proposals for future reviews.

Women’s studies blogs are eye-openers

Women's Studies ProgramIf you are looking for an eye-opening women’s studies blog, you’ve already found one.

A Blog of Our Own, the blog for the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Akron, has been named one of “Fifty Eye-Opening Women’s Studies Blogs” by Online Degree It’s listed in the “Academic Blogs” category.

In January, A Blog of Our Own was named one of the “Top 100 Gender Studies Blogs.”

For more eye-opening discussions of women’s studies and women’s issues, visit the full list of 50 women’s studies blogs, complete with links.

Women vets need R&R on campus too

soldierWomen go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. And they return with wounds. Their wounds can be physical, mental or emotional. Sometimes they can be all three.

The University of Akron has nearly 500 female and male veterans on campus, and a new space has been created to provide a bit of R & R for them. Called the Student-Veterans Rest and Relaxation Lounge, it is located on the lower level of the Student Union in the former Tel-Buch office.

The space is described as a gathering place for military veteran students, faculty and staff, and it offers comfortable seating, coffee, tables, desks, computers with Internet access and a television.

A grand opening for the new space, which requires Zip card swipe access, will be held Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. To get there, take the Student Union elevator to the lower level and turn left.

To obtain access, student veterans are asked to contact Janet Corey, veterans services coordinator.They should provide their name, ID number and a brief description of military service (service branch, dates of service, specialty/rating and final paygrade/rank).  For more information, call Corey at ext. 2754.

For more details about university services for veterans, visit the UA Military Services Center.

To find out more about women in the military, read articles in the New York Times series “Women at Arms,” which explores how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have profoundly redefined the role of women in the military.