This week is the last week of classes.
I've finished up both of my classes. The Hazel Dick Leonard seminar was quite a success, and with the input of our class I hope the seminar is even better next year.
We also had our last session of Feminism and Literature. The professor thanked us for a great semester, and we enjoyed wine and snacks as each of us presented our final projects. I made two mixed berry pies for the occasion. They turned out soggy, but were still tasty and went over well.
I've grown really fond of the little mini-syllabus I've designed as my final project for the class. It's on Anne McCaffrey's book The Ship Who Sang, and I've incorporated accompanying readings on disability and socialist feminism. It would be totally remiss to create even an imaginary syllabus about a book featuring a cyborg protagonist and omit Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," so of course I included that as one of the texts.
Drafting my final project made me remember how disability was really missing from both my undergraduate and graduate classes on feminism and feminist theory. My undergraduate classes at Wellesley were so determinately intersectional, and yet disability only came up briefly in a class on feminist bioethics. The absence of disability within the area of gender studies is a shame and definite weakness, and something that, if I do end up working within the academy, I would like to work on changing.
The Gender/Cultural Studies Colloquium, at which those of us who are graduating will present on our theses and capstone projects, is this coming Tuesday. It's going to be a long day; the event will run from 11:00 am into the early evening. If you are interested, you are welcome to come and support the graduating GCS students.