Exciting UAF Summer Course Possibilities F2F or Online

Check out these trailers (yes, trailers for college courses, cool, eh!) for the Sociology of Pop Culture SOC 202 and the History of LGBT Communities HIST/WGS 424 courses offered this Summer 2015, through UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning. You can enroll in these courses and attend Face-2-Face on campus at UAF, *OR* online by webcam anywhere in the world you have an internet connection. Take for credit or for fun. So many options and possibilities this summer for those who have an interest in women, gender, sexualities, histories, and/or Pop Culture(s)! 



Emma & Adolph: In Their Own Words - May Day Weekend in Fairbanks

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Hear the "actual" words of Emma Goldman, spoken from the stage here in Fairbanks, at the "Emma & Adolph: In Their Own Words" performances, 7pm Friday, May 1st at Raven Landing (across from Noel Wien Library) AND 2pm Saturday, May 2nd at College Coffeehouse (College Street and University Avenue). 

Find out how the incident at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886 changed a young woman's life and created a revolutionary.

Plus, you can check out this feature from the Anchorage Press  for more details about the author and the play.


Miss Representation * Documentary Film and Discussion * Tuesday, April 21st 6:00 p.m.

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Join UAF Women's Center for a screening of the award winning documentary, Miss Representation!

Tuesday, April 21st 6:00 p.m.
Arctic Java in the UAF Wood Center

Miss Representation explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. 

The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews, to give an inside look at the media and its message. The film’s motto, “You can't be what you can't see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them. The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business.

For more information call the UAF Women's Center at 907.474.6360, LIKE the UAF Women's Center on Facebook, visit our website, or swing in and see us (Room 130 Wood Center, across from the Pub)!


Speaking of Sex @ UAF Thursday, April 16th

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Speaking of Sex . . . is coming to UAF!
Thursday, April 16th
7:00-9:00 p.m.
MBS Hess Rec

Communicating frankly about sex is difficult! GTC's Dramatic Dialogues innovative Intervention Theater program combines short dramatic scenes, moderated talk-backs, and real life scenarios to cut through the rhetoric to get at the real issues.

Speaking of Sex . . . provides a safe forum to question or comment on the complicated webs of sexual communication and miscommunication. GTC's trained professionals solicit responses from students, challenge students to think past their initial responses, to look more deeply at the complexities, and to ask, "Is this really what I believe?" Speaking of Sex encourages students to teach and learn from each other.

For more information call the UAF Women's Center at 907.474.6360, visit our website, or swing in and see us (Room 130 Wood Center, across from the Pub)!


Wonder Women * Documentary Film and Discussion * Tuesday, April 7th 6:00 p.m.

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Join the UAF Women's Center for a screening of "Wonder Women!"

Tuesday, April 7th 6:00 p.m.
Arctic Java in the UAF Wood Center

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

For more information call the UAF Women's Center at 907.474.6360, visit our website, or swing in and see us (Room 130 Wood Center, across from the Pub)!

Dr. Zoë Marie Jones on (re)Presenting Woman

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Art (re)Presenting Woman adorned the gallery space in Arctic Java, UAF Wood Center throughout March, Women's History and Culture Month. 

Dr. Zoë Marie Jones, Assistant Professor, Art History, shared the following words to open the show, to acknowledge the student artists, and to celebrate their contributions to the artistic presentation, representation, and (re)Presentation of Woman.  

As most of you know this exhibition is in celebration of Women’s History Month, an event that seeks to recognize the contribution of women both in contemporary times and throughout history. As an art historian I am very aware of the difficulty that women and women’s issues have faced (and continue to face) in the field of art. Although much work has been done to recuperate the feminine role in our traditional canon of art, it remains an under-recognized area of study. Much of this is due to the unavoidable fact that in many cultures a woman’s ability to contribute to culture was extremely limited. Unfortunately this still continues to be a problem, albeit somewhat mitigated. In today's world the challenge has expanded to include larger gender identity issues, a topic that is far from being satisfactorily explored.

The theme of this exhibit is (re)Presenting Women. Historically women were very much marginalized in the arts. Obstacles ranged from a lack of educational opportunities, restricted movement and travel, and a general bias against the female psyche. Often women’s creative endeavors were deemed craft instead of high art and even the few women who managed to break into the male art world were constrained by a lack of models, poor access to materials and difficulties in acquiring adequate training. As a result, well into the 20th century the majority of female artists were known for their self-portraits, portraits of other women, and for paintings of domestic settings. Woman as subjects in paintings is another problematic field. Early depictions of female subjects showed them as passive or subservient or else as allegories referring to either their purity (ie. the Virgin Mary) or supposed degeneracy (ie. Eve). This dichotomy also existed through the early 20th century as women were consistently either depicted as either a pure soul or a temptress. In the late twentieth century there were a number of female (and sometimes male) artists that challenged these archetypes in often militant and blatantly confrontational ways. This was a necessary step in the re-cooperation of the female image and our current artistic culture is indebted to these pioneers.

In conclusion I would like to acknowledge all of the artists who have submitted art for this exhibition. You represent a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and gender spectrums and your participation in this event reinforces the view that artists interested in gender equality can come from all walks of life. Thank you for your contribution.

Dr. Zoë Marie Jones


Celebration of Women & Music

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You are invited to our culmination event for Women's History & Culture Month hosted by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for the UAF Women's Center with support from Women's and Gender Studies.

Celebration of Women & Music
Saturday, March 28th, 7:00 p.m.
Margaret Murie Building Lobby

This event will honor Dr. Suzanne Summerville, former Professor of Music at UAF, for her work in advancing the role of Women in Music, Music in Alaska, and contributions to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Musical performances by UAF faculty and students, as well as community members will honor Dr. Summerville's accomplishments and will honor women participating in musical ventures of all genres, from classical to the eclectic.  Celebrate with us, enjoy music, desserts, commemoration and conversation at this festive gathering, free and open to the public.


Solving the Equation Watch Party March 26

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Solving the Equation Watch Party
Thursday, March 26th, 10 am
UAF Women's Center, Room 130 Wood Center

Join the UAF Women's Center as we connect to AAUW's launch event for Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing live from the new Samsung headquarters in Silicon Valley. This report delves into the research about the dearth of women in STEM fields — and what employers, educators, and parents can do about it.

A panel of experts from industry and academia, moderated by leading gender-in-science researcher Londa Schiebinger, will discuss the report’s findings and what these findings mean for anyone who cares about tapping the innovative solutions that half our population offers.


Atomic Mom * Documentary Film and Discussion * Tuesday, March 24th 6:00pm

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Join the UAF Women's Center for the screening of "Atomic Mom"!

Tuesday, March 24th 6:00pm
Arctic Java in the UAF Wood Center

Atomic Mom weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship within an obscure moment in American history. Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker’s mother, undergoes a crisis of conscience about her work in the military during the early 1950’s Atomic Testing Program. Pauline becomes a whistle-blower, having been cowed by the silencing of the U.S. military for decades. In reconciling her own mother’s past, her daughter, filmmaker M.T. Silvia, meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor, resolving her own history in Japan. The film follows these mothers, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they attempt to understand the other.

For more information call the UAF Women's Center at 907.474.6360, visit our website, or swing in and see us (Room 130 Wood Center, across from the Pub)!


F-Word Dialogues * Thursday, March 12th 1:00pm

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Join us in the UAF Women's Center (Room 130 Wood Center) Thursday March 12th from 1-2pm for a conversation about controversial words that begin with the letter F, such as: feminist, f*ck, Facebook, fat, FWBs, femme, faggot . . .

Any F words that you would like to add to the list? 

Speaking of F words, how about Full Figured? Leonard Nimoy's Full Body Project photo shoot from 2007 challenged modern standards of beauty with engaging photos of women of all shapes and sizes who clearly love their curves. The Full Body Project might facilitate further thinking on F word choices like fat / full figured. (Be aware that the Full Body Project includes nudity. You might want to consider which venues you choose for viewing the Pull Body Project)


Watermarks * Documentary Film and Discussion * Tuesday, March 10th 6:00pm

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"Watermarks" is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("The Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes.

Join us for the documentary that tells of their journeys:

Tuesday, March 10th 6:00pm
Arctic Java in the UAF Wood Center

In the 1930s Hakoah's best-known triumphs came from its women swimmers who dominated national competitions in Austria. When they refused to represent Austria in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, they were stripped of their medals. After the Anschluss, in 1938, the Nazis shut down the club but the swimmers all managed to flee the country just before the war broke out thanks to a Hakoah escape operation.

Now, Sixty-five years later, director Yaron Zilberman meets the members of the swimming team in their homes around the world and arranges for them to have a reunion in their old swimming pool in Vienna. 

The journey evokes memories of youth and femininity as well as strengthening lifelong bonds. The documentary is told by the swimmers, now in their eighties, it's a story about a group of young girls with a passion to be the best. It is the saga of seven outstanding athletes who still swim daily as they age with grace. Above all, it is a celebration of life.


CELEBRATE * (re)Presenting Woman * Art in Arctic Java throughout March

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You are cordially invited to (re)Presenting Woman, a student art exhibit in celebration of Women’s History & Culture Month. Drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, collages, and metal sculpture which present, represent, (re)Present, and (re)imagine the concept of “Woman” will hang in the Arctic Java coffee shop gallery area in UAF’s Wood Center throughout the month of March.

Join us to get a good start on celebrating Women’s History and Culture Month at our (re)Presenting Woman First Friday opening March 6th from 5:30-7:00pm, Arctic Java gallery area, Wood Center, UAF.

Click on over to our UAF Women’s Center Facebook page, “Like” our page and RSVP for our (re)Presenting Woman event. Celebrate Women's History and Culture Month & celebrate our talented students at our (re)Presenting Woman art show in Arctic Java, UAF Wood Center.


Brave Miss World Documentary * Friday, Feb. 27th Schaible Auditorium

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Join the UAF Women's Center and the Farthest North Jewish Film Festival for a special screening of the award-winning documentary

Friday, February 27th, 7pm
Schaible Auditorium, Bunnell Building, UAF

This film speaks to one of the most critical issues of our times. Former Miss Israel and Miss World, Linor Abargil, was the victim of a violent stabbing and rape weeks before winning the Miss World crown. Brave Miss World documents Linor's fight to convict her attacker; her own struggle to heal when her serial rapist comes up for parole, her stability is shattered, and she reaches out to the rapist's previous victims to convince the parole board to keep him behind bars. Ultimately, Linor’s refusal to be silenced triumphs, as she journeys from teenage rape survivor ... to Miss World ... to speaking out as an activist and an empowered lawyer.

The UAF Women's Center recognizes the importance of facilitating conversations about sexual violence that focus on the ways in which UAF and the Fairbanks community can support survivors while promoting an end to sexual assault and violence. Join us at this BRAVE MISS WORLD film screening and join the discussion about what we can do to free UAF, Fairbanks, and the world of sexual assault and violence.

FREE admission for Students 
Suggested Donation $10 for non-students

Visit for further information on the film and for a preview.


The Life and Legend of Sojourner Truth * Documentary Film and Discussion * Tue Feb 24 6:30pm

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Sojourner Truth was perhaps the most famous African-American woman in 19th century America. For over forty years she traveled the country as a forceful and passionate advocate for the dispossessed, using her quick wit and fearless tongue to fight for human rights.
Join us for the documentary that tells her story:
"Life and Legend of Sojourner Truth"
Tuesday, February 24th 6:30pm
Arctic Java in UAF Wood Center

As with many historic American figures of the 19th century, Sojourner Truth’s story is incomplete and somewhat mythical, a fact compounded by her having been born a slave. This detailed program traces the lifelong odyssey of a woman who literally walked out of bondage, changed her name in 1843, and traveled the country as an abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. Along the way she would meet Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and be further cast into fable by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Interviews with scholars and dramatic readings from Truth’s speeches and autobiography conjure more clearly a picture of this truly heroic woman.

Watch her arguably most famed speech, "Ain't I a Woman" (1851) performed by actress Kerry Washington here. The reading was performed as part of the Voices of a People's History of the United States in Los Angeles, California (October 2005).


AAUW @ UAF Wood Center Sat Feb 21

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Students, faculty, staff, community, join the Women's Center and AAUW (American Association of University Women) for a program on: The Evolution of Title IX
Saturday, February 21st 11:00 AM
Meet in the Women's Center, Room 130, UAF Wood Center

In addition to the "Evolution of Title IX" program by Ana Richards, Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity, and Keith Mallard, UAF Chief of Police,
this gathering will provide a special opportunity to learn about the many benefits of AAUW!
++You learn a lot inside and outside of the classroom. But college doesn't reach you everything you need to know. That's where AAUW comes in. AAUW has leadership programs and resources to prepare you for the real world, and to help you change the world for the better. The Women's Center is an AAUW college/university partner member, which means students can become an AAUW E-student member for FREE+++

Here are our top six reasons to join.

1. You can make an impact on your campus and in your community.
2. You gain access to a network of leaders, mentors, and friends.
3. You develop leadership skills.
4. You can find your voice.
5. You join a legacy of women who have changed and will change the world.
6. Enjoy the perks!

Learn more about AAUW online and join us for this AAUW & UAF Women's Center event. Meet local AAUW members and learn about the Evolution of Title IX.


Submissions for (re)Presenting Woman accepted Feb 23 through 25

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One week remains on our call to students to submit your art portraying Woman, (inclusively defined) for our (re)Presenting Woman art exhibit. Have you picked out the work you will submit? All 2-dimensional forms are welcome, including but not limited to drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, collages, flat sculpture.

Artwork will hang in Arctic Java, Wood Center, UAF throughout the Month of March, and will be featured @ our First Friday event March 6, 2015.

Submit your ready-to-hang entries to UAF Women's Center February 23rd  through 25th.

 Here are the guidelines for submission for Arctic Java exhibits:
  • All artwork much have a finished appearance suitable for display
  • All work must be wired and ready for hanging. Two-dimensional artwork must be framed and wired
  • Art will be displayed for one month
  • A title card may be displayed with each piece if the artist desires.
  • Artists may provide a bio or artist statement to display.
  • Artist must remove art on the final day of the show.
Looking forward to your artwork submissions (re)Presenting Woman!


Call to Artists for (re)Presenting Woman Exhibition

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UAF students, you are cordially invited to submit your works of art (drawing, paintings, prints, photographs, collages, or other ready-to-hang entries) for inclusion in our "(re)Presenting Woman" exhibition which will hang in the Arctic Java coffee shop at UAF throughout the month of March. 

Our "(re)Presenting Woman" theme, in honor of Women's History and Culture Month, seeks to gather presentations, representations, (re)Presentations, reflections, and or (re)imaging/imaginings of the concept "Woman."

Submit ready-to-hang entries to UAF Women's Center (Room 130 Wood Center) between February 23 and February 25th.

Selected artworks will be exhibited in the Arctic Java coffee shop in the Wood Center throughout March.


Girls on Ice * Apply by Jan 31st

A mountaineering adventure and learning experience for young women

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Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. The other team sleeps under the midnight sun exploring an Alaskan glacier.

“Girls on Ice is not a reward for past good grades or academic achievement, it is an inspiration for future success.” 

Apply by:

January 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Alaska time 

Alaska program: June 19 – 30, 2015

North Cascades program: July 13 – 24, 2015

To be eligible, girls must be at least 16 years old by June 19, and no older than 18 on July 24

Visit for more information and/or to apply