Photo credit: Sean Carter Photography

Spirits were high in the Michigan League Koessler Room on Monday, May 6, as Women's Studies faculty, graduate students, and staff gathered to celebrate the end of another academic year at the department's annual Spring Symposium. 

The afternoon began with a welcome from Department Chair Elizabeth Wingrove, before Director of Graduate Studies Abby Stewart took the microphone to honor graduate students completing their doctoral studies. Faculty advisors presented brief remarks on the achievements of the following students:

  • Alessio Ponzio (Women's Studies and History)
  • Jennifer Rubin (Women's Studies and Psychology)
  • Jennifer Frederick (Women's Studies and Psychology)
  • Özge Savas (Women's Studies and Psychology)
  • Joseph Gamble (Women's Studies and English)
  • Charisse Willis (Women's Studies and English) 

Women's Studies faculty then took the stage to give brief vignettes about their ongoing research, discussing topics from gendered rhetoric in abolitionist research to the experiences of transgender Latina sex workers in Chicagoland. Each set of presentations was followed by a lively discussion between panelists and the audience. 

Abby Stewart also recognized student award winners, first awarding the McGuigan Prize for best essays on women and gender to two students: 

  • Tugçe Kayaal (Doctoral Candidate in Middle East Studies, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate
  • Anna Wozny (Doctoral Student in Sociology)

Four students were also recognized for receiving Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards: 

  • Sara Chadwick (Women's Studies and Sociology)
  • Joseph Gamble (Women's Studies and English)
  • Alessio Ponzio (Women's Studies and History)
  • Zach Schudson (Women's Studies and Psychology)

The day ended by honoring retiring Women's Studies Professor Susan Siegfried. Professor Emerita Dena Goodman gave a tribute to Professor Siegfried recognizing her significant contributions to both Women's Studies and History of Art. 

Click here to view a program from the ceremony and see below for images from the event (high resolution versions also available on our Facebook page). All images courtesy of Sean Carter Photography.