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The Luther College Philosophy Department and Women & Gender Studies Program are pleased to announce a rescheduled Philosophy Colloquium with Dr. Robin James:

Monstrosity & Damage as Human Capital in 'Gaga Feminism'

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4 p.m.
CRH (in Luther's CFL)

Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge
In her paper, Dr. James will argue that overcoming and profiting from "damage" are key components of privileged feminine subjectivity in Neoliberalism. The “Look, I Overcame!” narrative demands that minorities turn their “damage” into human capital: I am [an abused woman/queer/disabled/anorexic/obese/etc.] and overcoming those difficulties earns me inclusion in some echelon of privilege. Dr. James uses works by Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and other contemporary musicians to demonstrate that "Gaga Feminism" doesn't treat all monsters equally, discarding some stereotypical black masculinities as "damaged goods."

Dr. James is a classically trained musician and feminist theorist, whose theoretical and creative research bridges philosophy, gender/sexuality studies, critical race theory, musicology, popular music studies, and sound studies. She is associate professor of Philosophy at the UNC Charlotte, where she is also affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. James’s book The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music was published in 2010. She also writes a fascinating blog that combines her many critical and creative interests. Click here to watch a video of Dr. James speaking on teen music and patriarchy.

This lecture has been made possible through the financial and logistical support of the Luther College Philosophy Department, WGST Program, the Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, and the Lecture and Fine Arts Fund.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

All the best,

Holly Moore

2012-13 Events

Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowed Events: Women, Faith, and Finance Seminar

Friday, April 12, 9:00 - 3:30 Hotel Winneshiek

Due to the generous funding of the Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, 15 Luther students will be able to attend this local and dynamic seminar for women on Friday, April 12, 9:00-3:30pm at the Hotel Winneshiek for free and receive a copy of True Treasures: Giving, Saving, and Spending According to Your Calling by Rachel McDonough (the keynote speaker).

This is an exciting collaborative women's philanthropy program!
Check it out at: http://www.luther.edu/wff/schedule/

Monstrosity & Damage as Human Capital in 'Gaga Feminism' by Dr. Robin James

April 17, 4:30pm, Olin 102 with reception following. [Dr. Robin James]

In her paper, Dr. James will argue that overcoming and profiting from "damage" are key components of privileged feminine subjectivity in Neoliberalism. The “Look, I Overcame!” narrative demands that minorities turn their “damage” into human capital: I am [an abused woman/queer/disabled/anorexic/obese/etc.] and overcoming those difficulties earns me inclusion in some echelon of privilege. Dr. James uses works by Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and other contemporary musicans to demonstrate that "Gaga Feminism" doesn't treat all monsters equally, discarding some stereotypical black masculinities as "damaged goods."

Dr. James is a classically trained musician and feminist theorist, whose theoretical and creative research bridges philosophy, gender/sexuality studies, critical race theory, musicology, popular music studies, and sound studies. She is associate professor of Philosophy at the UNC Charlotte, where she is also affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. James’s book The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music was published in 2010. She also writes a fascinating blog that combines her many critical and creative interests. Click here to watch a video of Dr. James speaking on teen music and patriarchy.
This lecture has been made possible through the financial and logistical support of the Philosophy Department, WGST Program, the Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, and the Lecture and Fine Arts Fund.

Sihler Endowed Event:

The community is invited to join Mary Preus and Tom Witt for “Singing Justice Together," Luther College’s 2013 Sihler Lecture, Sunday, April 21, 7:00 PM, Studio II in Luther’s Center for the Arts. This interactive program will explore connections between justice, faith, song and community. Mary Preus currently serves as music director at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN. Tom Witt is a keyboardist, worship leader, songleader and worship planner based in Minneapolis. Mary and Tom co-founded Bread for the Journey, an ensemble committed to presenting songs of faith, hope, justice and inclusion from the Christian church near and far. [Mary Preus and Tom Witt] 

Their work with Bread for the Journey has taken her around the nation and around the world to learn and teach global songs of faith and justice. "Singing Justice Together” is open to the community at no charge. Mary and Tom will also lead music for Earth Day Chapel, Monday, April 22, 10:30-10:50 AM, Center for Faith Life Main Hall. 


Council Practice at the Center for Women & Gender Equality facilitated by Amy Chicos on High Street (former Upward Bound House)

April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Council Practice is a non-hierarchical group communication method. A simple yet powerful process of inquiry and building community. With roots in many cultures, it is as timeless as people sitting in a circle and sharing. Council is a contemplative practice based on mindful awareness and deep listening. Differences are valued—much as diversity is the strength of an ecosystem. Council reveals how our differences and our shared humanity engender new possibilities for relating, creative insights, and new ways of being. (Adapted from Sherry Ellms, Nancy Jane, & John Davis, Naropa University)

Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group

Kristi Vreeman from Helping Services will be offering a support group for sexual assault survivors. Beginning 7pm on Wednesday evenings starting on April 17th.  Students who are interested should contact Kristi at 800 383-2988. Location: Center for Women & Gender Equality, High Street, Luther campus. 

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