Women and Gender Studies Department {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Women and Gender Studies Department

Memorial Service
January 4, 2015, 1:00 pm
550 24th Street, Oakland 94612

In Memory of Chinosole

We note with sadness the recent death of our colleague, Associate Professor Emeritus, Chinosole.
Chinosole was a groundbreaking scholar-activist of the African Diaspora with an emphasis on Black feminist theory and literature and autobiography, and the prison industrial complex.
In her long career, she taught in a wide range of locations, always with an emphasis of literature of the African diaspora, feminist pedagogies, social justice, and narratives of liberation. She taught Black literature at the end of the segregation era in the US South, worked in Zambia to assist that newly independent nation to assume control of the teaching of English in its high schools, and taught Women Studies and Black studies at a range of US universities. Chinosole was always at the forefront of institutional changes for social justice. A supporter of the SF State strike of 1968, shortly thereaftershe became one of the first Black Studies professors at SFSU and in 1970 she served as the first acting director of what is now the College of Ethnic Studies. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon in 1986, having joined the SFSU Women Studies faculty in 1985, where she taught a range of courses and was a beloved teacher and advisor. From 1990- 1992, she served as Chair of Women Studies and continued to teach in WOMS until her retirement in 2003. In 2011-12, she was a visiting research fellow at the University of Victoria, where – after studying autobiography for much of her career – she was at work on her own autobiography.
Chinosole is the author of African Diaspora and Autobiographics: Skeins of Self and Skin (2001 Peter Lang Publishers) and the editor of Schooling the Generations in the Politics of Prison (1996, Afrikan/Black Prison Education Fund). She wrote about and collaborated with scholars and activists such asAudre Lorde, Assata Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Sharon Elise, and Evelyn Williams.
A Bay Area memorial gathering will be held on January 4, 2015. For more information about the memorial, please contact Jennifer Beach ferbeach@yahoo.com

New Faculty

As you return to campus, you will see some new faces around the department. This fall we welcome Assistant Professor Martha Kenney to San Francisco. We are also happy to have new lecturers joining us as well: Julie Cosenza, Aiden Gleisberg, and Kristen Loutensock.


Current students should be sure to meet with their advisor in the first few weeks of the semester to discuss your courses and degree program. Office hours are posted in HUM 315, and on the department website. For Fall 2014 advising, please see the following faculty.

MA students:


Undergraduate WGS majors and minors:


Events and Activities

WGS is offering a range of exciting courses this fall, and we are planning additional events and activities.
Current students may want to get involved with on-campus groups, including Feminism in Action. (FIA). FIA holds biweekly meetings and can be reached via email fiasfsu@gmail.com or on Facebook.
We particularly want to call your attention to the WGS Fall Lecture Series, back after a few years’ hiatus. Almost every Thursday at 12:35 pm, WGS will host a public lecture on a topic of interest to feminist students, scholars, and community members. These lectures are open to the public and we urge you to join us!

Stay Connected

To stay up to date with department events, including the lecture series, please stop by HUM 316 (Monday – Thursday, 9:00 – 5:00) or click onto the department Facebook page. Friends of the department can also email us and ask to be added to our email list for event announcements.
We look forward to learning and working with you this semester!

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