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A Chocolate Tasting (plus some cocoa politics) with Kristy Leissle

Submitted by Catherine Richardson on September 21, 2018 - 2:49pm

Dear Friends,

As we begin the 2018-19 school year, I am pleased to announce that GWSS will be celebrating two important milestones in the history of women studies at the University of Washington: the 50th anniversary of the department at the UW (1970) and the 20th anniversary of our Ph.D. program (1999).   Please join us as we host a series of events that will serve as both celebrations and fund raisers. The fund raisers will help support the 50th anniversary, which will take place on April 9, 2021, and a new GWSS scholarship for first generation graduate students. These events will feature GWSS graduate students, alumna, and faculty. 

As many of you might already know, GWSS students and faculty have reached out to multiple communities at the local and global scales, working tirelessly as feminist scholar/intellectuals/teachers to change hearts, minds and public policy; to push for new possibilities and ways of thinking to achieve social justice and equity through a variety of platforms. Our work, both collaboratively and individually, grapples with longstanding issues – violence, poverty, migration, indigenous rights, prison abolition, globalizing economies, body politics, the environment, and so much more.  Our multi-talented GWSS graduate students at UW, Seattle are the future of feminist studies as a field – they work at the cutting edge of these debates as scholars and activists on the ground.   Please help our graduate students to survive and thrive!

Please join us for our kick-off event on Monday, October 8, 3:30-5 in the Peterson Room, 4th Floor of Suzzallo Library and will feature Dr. Kristy Leissle, who earned her Ph.D. in Women Studies at UW in 2009.  Dr. Leissle’s work focuses on the politics of globalization of the cocoa industry.  Her book, Cocoa published in 2017, explores gender and labor in cocoa production in Africa. Please join us for a talk, discussion and chocolate tasting!

We are grateful for your continued support of the GWSS Department at UW-Seattle and the future of graduate student scholarship!


Shirley J. Yee, GWSS Chair