Monday, November 21, 2011


Hi folks,

I have ALL of your Oral History interviews and have commented on them all as well. I will leave them in an orange folder on my office door for you. Feel free to come pick them up anytime this week or next if you want to work on your Oral History projects before I see you a week from Thursday!

Thanks for your patience,

LB :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Activism resources from class

You too can be an ally, advocate and/or activist... in just a few easy steps!! :)

The Elevator Pitch (from This American Life on NPR)

Saving the world -- one postage paid envelope at a time

How to create an EPIC pitch (from

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Activism as Feminism/Feminism as Activism

The readings for next week are all about issues of activism and how this work is connected to the larger feminist goals. Both the Ayvazian, “Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression” and the Blanchard, “Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts” are on the RIC Library reserves for you to find. (As always, please make sure you have the texts in class with you.)

As you read, think about the conversations we have had about being an Ally, a Bystander, a Target or a Perpetrator. Think about the conversations we have had about the Occupy movement and what it means for social justice.

In class next week, we will focus on some examples of activism and what it looks like in the world. Is activism always feminist? Is feminism always activist?

Food for thought...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Hi all,

Sent you an email yesterday with the Cinderella reading in it... it went to your RIC accounts. If for any reason you didn't get it, email me so I can send it off to you!!

See ya on Thursday!

LB :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reading Groups for Thursday

These are the assignments that we designated in class, just in case you lost track. Please read your assigned text careful and post about it. Ultimately you will be responsible for teaching your peers about the major issues from your article so read carefully and do any google-ing work to make sure you fully understand the main ideas.



Amanda S

Amanda A

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Promising Practices Conference

On Saturday, November 5, you will be attending the Promising Practices conference at Rhode Island College (or attend three films on the WMST film series). Please go online here and register so that you will have the best shot at getting your first choice in workshop sessions at the conference.

(If you want to bring registration checks to class, I am happy to deliver them for you!)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Compulsory Heterosexuality

For this week you are reading two text, Rich's Compulsory Heterosexuality and Walker's Definition of Womanist. You can find both of these things on the Adam's Library electronic reserves. Just click on the tab in the middle of the page that says RESERVES and type in my name (BOGAD). You will see a listing for WMST 200. The rest of the reading for the course are found there.

Adriene Rich is not an easy read so please read slowly and carefully and try to stay focused on her central issues as she defines what she calls, "compulsory heterosexuality" and "lesbian exisistence." Try not to get bogged down in the details -- just work hard to understand these basic terms.

Note that the assignment in the syllabus asks you to focus your Talking Points specifically on this task. You don't have to choose one of the talking points options this week -- just focus on defining the terms.

Talking Points #4: Define what Rich means by “compulsory heterosexuality” and “lesbian existence” using specific evidence from the text (focus on this specifically rather than one of the TP options) (posted to your blog by 10/4 @ midnight)

I want to highly recommend that you use the internet to help you with Rich. Google "compulsory heterosexuality" or "Adriene Rich." What have others written about this article? What resources can you find online to help you figure her out? Googling is not cheating -- it is learning!! So include links to any resources you find that help you!!

See you next Thursday!

LB :)