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Statement by Chancellor Carruthers on DACA

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Poster Design by Laura Anh Williams


Poster Design by M. Catherine Jonet


We would like to congratulate fall 2017 IDS/Gender & Sexuality Studies graduate, Alexa Johnston who has been named our departmental star.

The Deportation of Innocence (film screening)

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Select Scenes from Mosque Alert

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Four Hijabs Short Film Presentation

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2017 Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

April 24

6-8 pm

CMI Theater-Milton Hall 171

Free to Public


Held annually in April, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival features short films (under 15 min.) by student and professional filmmakers, domestic and international that address pressing social issues and create thought-provoking depictions of identity and difference. The festival defines “feminist border arts” as a practice that constantly reconfigures boundaries and challenges the limits of conventional representation. These films are perspectives from the edge; they are visions from the margins that create new ways of seeing. They revive the promise of cinema, the possibility of film.

The festival showcases live-action narratives, animation, and documentaries that explore gender and identity, sexuality, race, class, transnationality, migration, refugees and displaced persons, dis/ability, the environment, as well as other categories of identity and difference.

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The call for entries for the inaugural festival received 273 entries in total. Now, in its second year, the festival has received over 3,000 entries from more than 50 countries. The films selected for the festival are determined through each film’s distinct contribution to the festival’s mission and the film’s artistic impact. Many films in this festival make their New Mexico, Southwestern, and even U.S. debut. Other films have been featured in prominent festivals like Sundance, Outfest, and more.

The festival is founded and organized by Dr. M. Catherine Jonet and sponsored by Gender & Sexuality Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies Department at NMSU. Dr. Jonet is a film studies scholar and self-taught digital filmmaker.

Due to the high number of outstanding entries for 2017, the festival will be segmented into three sections. Films selected as finalists for the juried and audience awards will be featured in the festival’s major event on Monday, April 24 at the CMI Theater-Milton Hall 171 on the campus of New Mexico State University. Other selected films will be featured in a showcase earlier in April through Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies while additional films will be available for viewing online for a short period of time in late April-early May.


Women’s Studies Changes Name to Gender & Sexuality Studies

In an effort to reflect national and international trends and the changes within the academic discipline, New Mexico State University’s women’s studies program, part of the department of interdisciplinary studies in the College of Arts and Sciences is now known as gender and sexuality studies.

Two faculty members in the department – Manal Hamzeh, associate professor and Laura Anh Williams, assistant professor – initiated the move last spring citing the shifts and developments within the larger field of study.

“Our curriculum has always worked toward inclusivity and this name change merely reflects this sense of involvement,” Williams said. “Women’s studies is defined by commitments to social justice and the concept of intersectionality, the study of how categories of identity and difference like gender, sexuality, race and nation are interconnected and overlapping; gender and sexuality studies engages with and further interrogates these commitments.”

“The name change will hopefully signal the inclusive approach of the department that welcomes students identifying with all genders,” said Hamzeh. “That is, gender and sexuality studies is not about and for women only. It is for all students on this campus.”

The name change, which was unanimously supported by faculty in the department, began its journey through various committees last spring and was ratified by the NMSU faculty senate in January of this year. The program is the core academic unit of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Read more information about the name change here.