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IRWGS 2018 Essay Prize Winners

Congratulations to Edward Alexander Crouse (CC ’18 and History major), winner of the 23rd annual IRWGS Women’s and Gender Studies Award for “Sylvia on Trial: Sedition, Censorship and Civil Liberties in 1921,” Sadie Yudkin (BC ’18 and Ethnomusicology major), winner of the 11th annual IRWGS Queer Studies Award for “The Future is Here, It’s Queer: Contemporary New York City Music Scenes as Queer Theory in Practice and Praxis,” and Clara Beccaro (CC’ 19 and Women and Gender Studies major) winner of the 1st annual Feminist to the Core Essay Award for “(M)adam and (St)eve: Queer Theory in Paradise Lost”. We interviewed the
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In Memoriam: Marcellus Blount

Former students and professional colleagues are mourning the death of Dr. Marcellus Blount, a well-known scholar of African-American literary and cultural studies who taught at Columbia University since 1985. News of Blount’s passing shocked the literary and academic worlds, including colleagues and students who remembered him as brilliant, revolutionary and compassionate. His scholarship in African-American studies reimagined poetry, pop culture and gender and sexuality studies, particularly Black masculinity. Read more here: Academics Remember Renowned Literary Scholar Marcellus Blount  
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Feminist to the Core: La Bohéme

Erica Richardson, English and Comparative Literature, PhD candidate and 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow How does the microphone create new sounds of intimacy out of the traditional opera? How can a singer’s voice and body express the excesses of a female character’s interiority in performance? What happens when we turn to feminist artists to provide an intellectual critique of the opera? Does the adaptation of opera into musical reframe gender norms? These questions and more were explored in the IRWGS and Department of Music Feminist to the Core program addressing Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohéme (1896). Suzanne Cusick, Professor of Music at
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