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April 26 ♦ Spring 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


Upcoming Campus Events

Rana Hogarth 
Rana Hogarth 
LAS Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

April 29, 2021, 4:00pm CST

Slavery, Science, and the Eugenic Impulse: Re-Examining Charles B. Davenport’s Race-Crossing Studies

Presented by Rana Hogarth (Associate Professor, Department of History)

Race mixing—particularly between Blacks and whites—alarmed American eugenicists in the early 20th century. Charles B. Davenport, one of the nation’s leading eugenicists, was so preoccupied by race mixing that he published two studies on people of Black and white ancestry—a class of people he concluded was “badly put together” and “ineffective.” These two studies serve as points of entry for examining early 20th-century efforts to define people of African descent as inherently unfit.

During this presentation, Rana Hogarth will draw attention to the ways anti-Blackness and slavery-era ideas about race informed scientific knowledge production. Rana Hogarth will demonstrate how early 20th century attempts to measure, objectify, and pathologize mixed race individuals with Black and white ancestry rendered Blackness an unfavorable trait in white eugenic discourses and beyond.

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WGGP Co-sponsored Events

Dr. Ruby Mendenhall 

Women in Science - May Lecture
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ruby Mendenhall

May 11, 2021 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise. The lecture series seeks to highlight the important innovations and contributions of women in the sciences at the University of Illinois, and center the importance of documenting women scientists and engineers to create a diverse and inclusive archival record.

May 11th guest speaker Dr. Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work. Dr. Mendenhall will speak about her interdisciplinary work that focuses on issues of social inequality and economic mobility.

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Women In History Wednesday

Jane Loeb 
Jane Loeb 

Jane Loeb joined the Psychology Department in 1968, and retired as Professor of Educational Psychology and Psychology. She also served in several administrative positions during her time at Illinois, including Director of Admissions and Records (1972-81), Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1981-88), and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education (1988-94). Jane was influential in breaking the glass ceiling for female faculty members at the University.

This series is displayed every Wednesday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Faculty Affiliate News

Melissa Rae Goodnight 
Melissa Rae Goodnight 
New Faculty Affiliate: Dr. Melissa Goodnight

Melissa Rae Goodnight
is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and LAS Global Studies at UIUC. She studies issues of validity, representation, equity, and social justice in the use of different methodologies and theories (e.g., feminist, critical race, and culturally responsive) for conducting evaluation/research in the U.S. and Global South. Much of her recent scholarship has been based on extensive fieldwork in India. Dr. Goodnight teaches courses in qualitative and ethnographic research and evaluation. She is currently researching gender issues in educational fieldwork in rural India.

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To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.

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The Fall 2021 GRID Elective Course List is now available on the WGGP Courses page.

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LER 199 Poster 
Fall 2021 Course Offering: LER 199 - Women Workers in the 21st Century

In Fall 2021, the Labor Education Program is offering a course called Women Workers in the 21st Century - LER 199. It is an introductory course exploring the evolution of the social, political, and economic construction of the woman worker globally. The course will be delivered synchronusly online on Tuesday and Thursday at 2-3:30PM.


WGGP Programs

WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2020, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

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Poster for Certificate in Global Health. See information page. 
Certificate in Global Health 
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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