• Congratulations to Women’s Studies May 2014 Graduates
  • Faculty Last Lecture with Dr. Cameron Lippard
  • PRIVATE VIOLENCE featuring Kit Gruelle receives national exposure

Musical Democracy by Dr. Nancy Love, Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty

Music has helped propel social causes ever since the civil rights, peace and feminist movements, but when it comes to the white power movement, music is used to promote hatred and violence.

White power music, or hate music, is a research focus of Professor Nancy S. Love from Appalachian State University’s Department of Government and Justice Studies. She is the author of the book “Musical Democracy,” which focuses on the use of music in progressive movements, such as the feminist movement and civil rights movement.

She also is co-editor of “Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics,” which includes a chapter that she authored titled “Playing with Hate: White Power Music and the Undoing of Democracy.” She currently is working on her next book, “Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy.”

Read more about Dr. Love's work here.

Women's Studies Faculty and Students Attend SEWSA 2014

Women’s Studies Program faculty and students attended and presented at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) meetings at UNC-Wilmington, March 27-29, 2014:

Martha McCaughey (SOC):  “Somatic Awareness, Self-Defense, and Asana:  Teaching Girls About Agency and the Body”

Elaine O’Quinn (ENG): “Advocating for Girls Through Literacy”

Sushmita Chatterjee (WS, CGG): “Gender and Bollywood Cinema:  What is ‘New’ About the ‘New Woman’?”

Maggie McFadden (WS, CGG):  “Memoir of a SEWSA Founding Mother Still Resurrecting Forgotten Women:  Muriel Lester (1885-1968), Feminist Pacifist, Settlement House Founder, Gandhi Compatriot”

Samantha Thompson and Meghann Murphy (WS graduate certificate program /GJS):  “Chipping the Glass Ceiling:  The Rise of Women in Governing Structures”

C.C. Hendricks (ENG/WS graduate certificate program):  “Diane de Prima:  Recovering the Beatiful Truth

Beth Hauser (ENG): “Madness in Twentieth Century Women’s Writing:  Resistance Against a Patriarchal Society”

Victoria Lozano (ENG): “‘There is a Place Set for You at Our Table If You Will Choose to Join Us’: An Invitational Rhetorical Analysis of Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing.”

Congratulations to all the presenters and attendees!

Director's Corner

Welcome to Women’s Studies at Appalachian State University,  founded in 1976 by a group of passionate female faculty members, the oldest Women’s Studies Program in the Univ. of North Carolina system and the second oldest in the state (after Bennett College).  We continue to do what we’ve always done:  “generating, supporting, and sharing research on women, gender, and sexuality” through our degrees and courses (B.A. in Women’s Studies, minors in Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Girls’ Studies, and the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, our programs, especially for Women’s History Month (March), and our participation in regional and national Women’s Studies conferences. Our strength is in our Affiliated Women’s Studies Faculty:  67 strong, from nineteen departments and five colleges, who teach and research gender-related topics.  Many of our faculty have received teaching or research awards, both in the state and internationally.  Come by and see us in the Living Learning Academic Center, and look at our Facebook page.

I look forward to meeting and talking with you sometime this semester,

Maggie McFadden

Interim Director, Women’s Studies

Professor Emerita, Women’s Studies

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