Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies
Established in 2012, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies is a resource for students, alumni, and faculty of Western New England University School of Law, the legal community, and the general public.
The Center serves as a focal point for work in a broad number of areas relating to gender and sexuality, ranging from civil rights issues affecting women and sexual minorities to feminist and queer theory. The Center works to engage with the legal community, with the University, and with members of the School of Law on core issues of gender and sexuality across a broad spectrum of law, including criminal law, immigration, employment, family law, health law, discrimination, prisoners’ rights, legislation, leadership and business, and international and comparative law.
Lectures, Events, and Student Projects
- The Center hosts lectures that focus on issues related to gender and sexuality.
- The Center presents events open to the law community and general public including Film for Thought: Gender and Sexuality Film Series.
- The Center will facilitate student projects related to gender and sexuality.
The Center develops interdisciplinary symposia to encourage dialogue about specific areas of law and their intersection with gender and sexuality issues, inviting leading experts beyond our campus to share their expertise. Such discussions are designed to inspire future faculty and student scholarship.
A Nationally Recognized Faculty
Western New England University School of Law is uniquely positioned to launch such a center. The School has attracted to its faculty some of the leading minds in gender and sexuality studies, including internationally renowned GLAD Attorney Jennifer Levi, who has litigated many important transgender and same-sex marriage cases, and Professor Erin Buzuvis, who is a Title IX scholar and college athletics discrimination expert. They have joined longtime faculty members Professor Anne Goldstein, who wrote a series of foundational gay rights articles following the Bowers v. Hardwick decision, and Professor Taylor Flynn, who has written much-cited scholarly articles in the areas of sexual orientation and recently served as Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Section of AALS. Associate Professor Giovanna Shay brings unique insight into the issues of incarceration and gender and sexuality as a former Soros Justice Fellow at the ACLU National Prison Project.
Their ongoing research and legal representation of sexual minorities and transgender individuals will continue to build on the body of legal scholarship and break new ground in all facets of law.
Leveraging the expertise of these and other faculty members, Western New England introduced a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2011. The Center also works with faculty to develop coursework beyond the concentration to incorporate issues of gender justice and LGBT rights into the general curriculum in order to provide all students with a foundation on how these issues affect various practice areas.
To learn more about programs or events sponsored by the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies, contact Professor Erin Buzuvis at 413-796-1405 or email@example.com.
Read about LGBT life at the Western New England University School of Law.
Details about fall events will be announced as they become available.
Join Professor Jennifer Levi for 10 days over wintersession,
December 2013 - January 2014, to study
"Comparative Law: Gender in U.S., Israeli, and Jewish Law"
Spring 2013 Events
"Using U.S. Courts to Protect Human Rights Abroad: A Community Discussion of Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively."
A presentation by Attorney Pam Spees, Center for Constitutional Rights, about a lawsuit alleging that local pastor Scott Lively’s political activities in support of anti-gay legislation in Uganda constitutes persecution under international human rights law. The case is the first to rely on the federal Alien Tort Statute to seek accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
"Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: Reflecting on the Oral Arguments.”
Excerpts from the gay marriage oral arguments, as well as the virtual presence of Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned scholar of Constitutional Law, who presented his analysis and took questions.
“Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: A Public Discussion”
A panel of experts from the law school discussing the complex and exciting issues in the two marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term: Hollingsworth v. Perry (California's Proposition 8) and United States v. Windsor (the Defense of Marriage Act).
“Telling Amy’s Story”
a documentary about domestic violence presented by Detective Deirdri Fishel of State College, PA.
Hosted in conjunction with Hampden County District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni L'89.
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