The West Virginia University Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will host the second Women’s and Gender Studies Fair on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first floor of the Mountainlair.

This semester’s topics range from women in the media, gender and work, violence against women, gender and politics, and gender and health. Students enrolled in many of the introductory level women’s and gender studies courses worked in groups to create projects that range from posters to exhibits to video public service announcements. First held in April 2012, the fair is held biannually at the end of each fall and spring semester.

Brian R. Jara, senior lecturer in women’s and gender studies, is coordinating the event.

“The fair is a chance to help educate the WVU and surrounding community about the many ways in which women’s and gender studies affects all of our daily lives,” Jara said. “When you see the wide range of topics you cannot deny that women’s and gender studies, and feminism in particular, are timely, relevant and vitally important.”

With nearly 100 faculty associates teaching and conducting research in women’s and gender studies in 15 colleges and schools across campus, including athletic coaching education, biology, community health promotion, disability studies, family and consumer sciences, geography, journalism, public health and resource management and law, the center serves as a hub for supporting and connecting interdisciplinary scholarship across the University.

For more information, contact Brian Jara at or visit the Center’s website at

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies supports teaching, research and advocacy that is based on feminist perspectives and centered on analyses of gender and its intersection with race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age and ability.



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