Fourth Annual Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

March 8-9 at New Mexico State University. #FBAFF19: Short Film from Around the World.

Free & Open to the Public.

Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

See for more information and full schedule.

MARCH 8: Video Art Showcase 10-5pm Williams Annex 107

Invited Filmmaker Showcase 6-9pm CMI Digital Media Theater Milton 171

MARCH 9: Festival Screenings 10-5pm CMI Digital Media Theater Milton 171

Awards Finalists and Audience Voting 6-9pm CMI Digital Media Theater Milton 171

Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Creative Media Institute, and the University Art Gallery. #FBAFF19 is supported by New Mexico Humanities Council, Community Foundation of Southern NM, Devasthali Family Foundation Fund, and Southwest & Border Cultures Institute.

Past Events

New Departmental Courses for Spring 2019!

Women in Leadership Salon with Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
The United State of Women Organization, in partnership with the USOW Galvanize New Mexico Host Committee and New Mexico State University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the Gender Studies Program will host a Women’s Leadership Salon, with local New Mexico leaders and former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett on October 1, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the NMSU College of Health and Social Services (H&SS) Auditorium.
Valerie Jarrett served as the senior advisor to President of the United States Barack Obama and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs from 2009 to 2017.
The United State of Women, a nonprofit located in Washington, DC takes the lead on hosting this Galvanize Program in cities across the country as a way to connect women to each other in their communities to learn from one another and tackle important issues in their surrounding areas.
Patti Wojahn, Interdisciplinary Studies Department Head of Gender & Sexuality Studies at NMSU notes, “We in the Las Cruces region are fortunate to be selected as a host site to hear from an internationally known leader, Valerie Jarrett, a woman who has served as a role model and leader for women’s equality across decades at a time when women continue to encounter barriers, personally and professionally in our nation.”

For tickets to this salon event click here (

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.