“Hard Core Romance or Why Fifty Shades of Grey Became a Best-Seller,” presented by Eva Illouz

The Gender Studies Program and the Center for Feminist Research present the Streisand Professor Lecture for 2013-2014: “Hard Core Romance or Why Fifty Shades of Grey Became a Best-Seller,” presented by Eva Illouz. The lecture will be held Monday, January 27, 2014, in TCC 227 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED: gender@usc.edu.


Maymester Information Session

Dear Student,

The Gender Studies Program and Prof. Karen Tongson are offering a Maymester course in 2014: SWMS 499, Food Culture and Food Politics in the Land of Plenty. We are holding an information session about the Maymester course next Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in THH 420; refreshments will be served.

Please see the attached flyer about the information session for details.

The Maymester course itself is scheduled to be held May 12-June 6, 2014.

To RSVP for the information session, please write to gender@usc.edu. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!

Take care,

Jeanne Weiss

Student Services Advisor

Gender Studies Program

USC Dornsife College

Tel: 213/740-2792

Fax: 213/740-6168


New Maymester for Spring 2014: SWMS 499, Food Culture and Food Politics in the Land of Plenty

Announcing a new Maymester for Spring 2014: SWMS 499, Food Culture and Food Politics in the Land of Plenty! Please see the flyer for more information.


Fall 2013 Career Fair


The Fall 2013 Career Fair is here!  Each year, more than 400 organizations seeking to employ USC students from diverse disciplines attend our career fairs. All students are encouraged to attend and explore the wide variety of internship and full-time employment opportunities that are represented:

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trousdale Parkway

Part-time, Full-Time, and Internship positions available from over 150 companies.  Log-in to connect SC for more information.

Dress to impress!  Bring your resume.



Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professions in an informational setting.

All Explore@4 panels take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (w/exception)

Fall 2013  Career Panels:

9.9 Careers in technology for Non-Techies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.10 Language Careers @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.11 TIS Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Panel – @ Davidson Conference Center (7:00 – 9:00pm)

9.12 Economics and Math Careers @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

9.24 Health Careers without an MD @ Tutor Campus Center 227

9.25 Careers for Foodies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.26 Consulting @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

For more information: careers.usc.edu

Louise Kerckhoff Prize 2012-2013

The Louise Kerckhoff Prize has been established for the purpose of awarding annual prizes for the best graduate and undergraduate papers in Gender Studies. Prizes of $200 for graduate students and $100 for undergraduates will be awarded; up to two awards will be made in each category.

Papers may have been written for classes in any school or department but should deal with subjects that are the focus of the USC Gender Studies Program: women’s studies, men’s studies, gay/lesbian studies, or the theoretical study of gender. Papers may have been written for course work or as part of a thesis or dissertation.

Undergraduates: If the paper was written for a class, consult the professor regarding revisions before submitting it for prize consideration. Carefully proofread the paper. The paper should be no more than 20 pages in length. All papers should have been written during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Graduate Students: A chapter from a thesis or dissertation (either in progress of approved within the last 12 months) may be submitted. It should be no longer than 30 pages and should be accompanied by a one- to three-page abstract of the full thesis or dissertation. Do not send the full thesis or dissertation. All submissions should come from the 2012-2013 academic year.

To submit a paper:

–Please send the paper to jeannew@usc.edu as a .pdf document.

–Include author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

–If the paper was written for a class, the name and number of the class and the name and department of the instructor should be included.

–If the paper is part of a thesis or dissertation, the name of the department, the faculty advisor, and the graduate committee members should be included.

–A letter from a faculty member assessing the value of the paper would be helpful but is not required. (Letters should be sent to jeannew@usc.edu.)

Questions? Please contact Jeanne in the Gender Studies office, jeannew@usc.edu; tel: 213/740-2792.

Deadline: May 24, 2013


The Invisible Men Screening


The Campus Conversation Series: USC Women Who Have Served


Grace Ford Salvatori Community Service Tuition Scholarships

The Salvatori Community Scholars program provides support to advanced graduate students who are doing community-based research whose experiences with community-based organizations can lead to new opportunities for service-learning students at USC.

Scholar(s) work with JEP’s Associate Director for Research and Academic Affairs, USC faculty, and one or more community organizations to develop service-learning projects for undergraduate USC students. Projects are to be jointly determined by the needs of the community, the academic goals of the service-learning course, and the abilities and interests of the Scholar, and might include participatory action research or direct service activities. All projects must involve undergraduate students in work that builds their knowledge and skills while supporting the Scholar in a community-centered project. Ideally, the service-learning project will closely correspond to the scholarly activities of the Salvatori Community Scholar.

Check out the link for more information and how to apply! http://dornsife.usc.edu/salvatori-community-scholars

Meet, Greet and Grab a Bite to Eat!

Thursday, March 14, 2013. 11:30 am- 1:30 pm @ TCC 352


Writing With a Vengeance: The Legacies of Tania Modleski’s Loving With a Vengeance & The Women Who Knew Too Much

Thursday, February 21, 2013. 3:15 pm- 4:15 pm @ THH 420

Few scholars manage to trouble the critical currents in their own field of study and in far-flung disciplines as well. Yet beginning in 1982, with the publication of her brilliant Loving With a Vengeance, Tania Modleski upended many of the working assumptions of feminist film criticism, and in ways that reverberated among the disciplines of Literary Studies, Sociology, History, Gender Studies, American Studies, Communication, and Media Studies. Analyzing cultural texts at the very bottom of our cultural escalator–Harlequin romances, TV soaps, and gothic novels–Modleski explored reasons for their massive and longstanding popularity among women, and did so without recourse to the then-popular notion of false consciousness. In her 1988 book, The Women Who Knew Too Much, a revisionist study of the work of director Alfred Hitchcock, Modleski challenged prevailing views, both pro and con, about the director’s work and complicated feminist understandings of female spectatorship.

In order to mark two anniversaries–the 30th anniversary of the publication of Loving With a Vengeance and the 25th anniversary of the publication of The Women Who Knew Too Much–the University of Southern California’s Center for Feminist Research, Gender Studies Program and English Department will sponsor “Writing With a Vengeance,” a symposium that will both celebrate and critically appraise the legacies of Modleski’s two landmark texts. “Writing With a Vengeance” features Lynn Spigel, who holds the Frances Willard Professorship of Screen Cultures at Northwestern University; Victoria Johnson, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine; Kara Keeling, Associate Professor of Critical Studies and American Studies at USC; and, our honored colleague, Tania Modleski, the Florence R. Scott Professor of English at USC.

RSVP to gender@usc.edu