Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies (SGIS)
UVM offers a rich and steadily expanding assortment of courses that address LGBT and queer topics in a variety of departments. Since 2003, these courses have been collectively identified as the Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGST) . There is now a minor offered in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies (SGIS).
SGIS classes offer students an opportunity for structured study of sexuality and gender identity in cultural contexts; they create an intellectual framework to help students build connections among courses on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in various disciplines; and they contribute to the University's mission by increasing the visibility, understanding and recognition of diversity on campus.
For the minor's requirements, see this page:
Women's and Gender Studies houses the minor and compiles each semester's list of participating courses, as well as staffing the introductory class. For more information, call Mary Driscoll at 656-4282.
UVM's first prize for outstanding undergraduate coursework in LGBT studies was created in spring 2004 and first awarded in 2005. Named for Owen Daniel-McCarter '04 in recognition of his dedication to LGBT concerns at UVM, this award honors outstanding scholarly and creative coursework on LGBT/queer topics by undergraduates. Its goal is to acknowledge the importance of sexuality and gender identity issues in students' academic and intellectual lives.
The 2012 winner was Amanda Calendine for her paper entitled "Location Matters: Urban and Rural Manifestations of Identity Building for the Lesbian and Gay Community from the 1940s up to the Stonewall Riots."
The 2011 winner was Max Lieb for a YouTube Channel created for "Trans/Gender Community and Politics". An honorable mention went to Jessica Bullock for a paper entitled "The Queer Child: Existing In and Out of Time."
The 2010 winner was Jillian Brelsford for her paper entitled "Librarians, Queerness, and Kids".
The 2009 winner was Kimberly April Meekins Shane for her honors thesis entitled "Pleasures of the Bitten Peach: An Exploration of Gender & Sexuality in Late Imperial China".
The 2008 winner was John Davis for his essay, "Universalized Sexuality in Zami".
The 2007 winner was Lindsey Carfagna for her essay "Valuing Equity in Corporate America".Honorable mention went to Ashley Mark for "An Essentialist Approach to the Origins of Sexuality and Its Implications".
The 2006 winner was
The 2005 winners were Jakob VanLammeren for his film "To Live in a Body of Duplicity" and Eric Siegel for his essay "Our Darkness is Our Light: Helen Keller and the Nature of the Real".
Eligible work will address LGBT/queer issues and/or consider sexuality and gender from an anti-normative perspective. This work may take any form, including but not limited to scholarly essays, creative writing, visual art, and film created and submitted to fulfill course requirements for a UVM undergraduate class. Submissions will be solicited from students in April; the winner is be chosen by a committee comprised of UVM faculty members representing at least three different departments. The winner is presented at the LGBTQA Awards Ceremony in May.
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