FGSS and LGBT 21-22 anniversary events

We are excited to be celebrating in this coming academic year our 50th anniversary as a program, with the theme “Trans*forming the Future.” In 1972, the Program in Women’s Studies was established in the College of Arts and Sciences and became the first such program to offer a major and minor in women’s studies in the Ivy League. We are the second oldest program in the country! In 2002, we changed our name to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and we are still the only program in the Ivy League with the word “feminist” in the title. We will also celebrate this year the 30th anniversary of our LGBT Studies program.


Watch recorded event: Refuge, Asylum, Detention: A Feminist and Queer Lens


84 million people and counting have been forcibly displaced by war and violence worldwide. The majority are stranded with insecure legal status in refugee camps and urban peripheries in the global South. Those who seek refuge in the U.S., Europe, or Australia face ongoing violence and rights violations, including incarceration in camps and detention centers. Others are granted temporary protection that turns refuge into decades-long protracted insecurity.

In this discussion, we use feminist and queer lenses to analyze these movements and containments. We explore how gender and sexuality shape refuge, asylum, and detention; how feminist and queer standpoints illuminate the structures that produce and sustain global apartheid; and how refugees and their allies resist these forces.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cornell Migrations Initiative.


  • Elif Sari '21, Martha La McCain Postdoctoral Fellow, Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto
  • Prameela Kottapalli, Student in the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and College Scholar ('23) Programs, Cornell University
  • Saida Hodzic, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Cornell University

Watch recorded event: Trans-Generational A Dialogue on the Evolving Meanings of Gender and Sexuality

4:30 - 6:00 PM

In this webinar, four generations of trailblazing scholars and students from Cornell’s Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS) program will tackle how evolving characterizations of gender shape and affect the pursuit of social justice. Our intergenerational panel will consider these crucial questions: What do sexuality and gender mean today, for whom, and under what conditions? How have these meanings shifted over time and space? And what are the implications — for academia as well as activism — of how we define feminism and queer studies?

Guest Speakers:

  • Biddy Martin, founding member of the Cornell LGBT studies program, former provost at Cornell, and currently president of Amherst College
  • Ezra Young ‘09, visiting assistant professor at Cornell Law School, and founding board member of the National Trans Bar Association
  • Naiara Bezerra-Gastesi ‘21, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies major
  • Ximena Sanchez ‘22, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies minor and author of "Transpropaganda"

The discussion will be moderated by Durba Ghosh, professor of history at Cornell and former director of FGSS.

The event will be hosted on the Ithaca Cornell University campus in room 401, Physical Sciences Building. In-person participation is invited; virtual attendance is also welcome. Registration is required.

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Feminist Theatre Performance

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Feminist Theatre Performance

“THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL (AND PERFORMABLE)” discussing feminist and lesbian performance of the Women’s Liberation Movement era.

September 30
7:00-8:30 PM

Panelists: Sue Perlgut, founder of It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre, Roberta Sklar and Sondra Segal of the Women’s Experimental Theatre, Bobbi Ausubel of Caravan Theatre, Martha Boesing of At the Foot of the Mountain Theatre, and moderated by Dr. Sara Warner, Cornell University.

Registration here.

“THEATRE IN THE THIRD WAVE” discussing feminist and lesbian theater of the 1980s and 90s

October 14
7:00-8:30 PM [this date may be subject to change]

Panelists: Deb Margolin formerly of Split Britches, Carmelita Tropicana solo performer, and Moe Angelos of Five Lesbian Brothers, moderated by Dr. Jill Dolan, Dean of A&S, Princeton University


“PERFORMANCE IN THE POST-WAVE PRESENT” discussing contemporary feminist and lesbian theater

November 18
7:00-8:30 PM

Panelists: Brooke O’Harra Dyke Division of the Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, Tina Satter of Half Straddle, and Aladrian C. Wetzel and Christen Cromwell from Two Strikes Theatre Collective, moderated by Dr. Jessica Del Vecchio of James Madison University.

REGISTRATION is forthcoming.


5:00 PM
At the Cornell Club in Manhattan

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Feminism at Work book cover

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Feminism at Work book cover

On this occasion, Professor Juffer will launch her forthcoming book Millennial Feminism at Work: Bridging Theory and Practice, a collection of essays to be released by Cornell University Press on November 15. This collection was inspired by the FGSS alumni panel of March 2019 and includes essays by three Cornell alumni as well as 14 other millennial feminists discussing how they have brought together feminism and work.

We hope you can begin planning how to join us in NYC. 
RSVP for the event

10:00 AM

We are thrilled to invite our FGSS alumni to a breakfast at the Cornell Club on Sunday, December 5th to help actualize our FGSS alumni association. As members of the FGSS community, we are all familiar with the importance of solidarity and allyship; with the launch of the association, we hope to provide support to members of our own FGSS community as we grow together!

During this breakfast we will brainstorm the features and functions of such an alumni association. Whether support will entail monthly book club gatherings via Zoom, mentorship programs between FGSS alumni and current FGSS students, creating an alumni social media presence, or real-time networking events, we are eager to see what we can achieve all together. Although times remain precarious, the lattice of support we hope to realize through this association will make us all the more strong.

Sam Naimi '16
Reut Odinak '16

RSVP for the events on December 4-5

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