Spring 2013



Temple's Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is pleased to offer its second Inside-Out Prison Exchange course in Spring 2013. 

Last year we offered our first Inside-Out course by a trained Inside-Out instructor* at the State Correctional Institute at Chester, a men's state prison in Chester, PA.  The course was called Understanding Gender and the U.S. Criminal Justice System, and it brougth together 15 Temple (outside) students with 13 SCI Chester (inside) students at the prison once a week for engaging and thoughtful conversation. 

We will offer a similar course in the spring at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, with incarcerated women and Temple students.  This course will focus on the autobiographical works of women who have been active in important social organizing efforts in U.S. history.  It will run every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the spring semester (students must also be available for transportation time and for processing in to the prison). Please contact Patricia Way at for more information.

Faculty for Inside-Out courses are trained and supported by the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Center, which is headquartered at Temple University (

Spring 2012



Performance by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, sista docta














Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Ph.D. is an artist/scholar who is currently writing a collaborative ethnography on the use of a jazz aesthetic in theatre.

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas. She received the Best Actress Award from the Washington Theatre Festival and the Austin Circle of Theatre Critics. She served as the Associate Director (2001-2008) and Director (2008-2011) of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Her interactive performance “Sista Docta” has also been presented at the Black Women in the Academy Conference II, Spelman College, Brown University, University Rhode Island and Northwestern University.












ZUMBA WORKSHOPS - The program sponsored two Zumba Workshops conducted by, Zumba expert and fitness instructor, Erica Green.  These workshops were free and open to the university. Our mission with these workshops is to illuminate the interrelationship between physical exercise and intellectual stimulation.


CONVIVIAL PIZZA LUNCHEON - Women’s Studies majors and minors as well as LGBTQ minors were invited to gather in the Women’s Studies lounge.

RECEPTION FOR MAJORS AND MINORS – Faculty and staff celebrated all students majoring and minoring in Women’s Studies during the last days before the final examination period.

Invited Speaker:  Kathryn Taylor, 2011 Women’s Studies graduate, delivered comments at the majors and minors reception; addressing how her degree in Women’s Studies influences the ways in which she interviews perspective candidates for jobs at Pierce College. 





Siobhan Brooks-King with 2012 Audre Lorde Prize winner, Elizabeth Pride


Margaux Cowden with the first Certificate of Exellence recipient, Joel Nellis


Fall 2012

New Faculty

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Aisha Simmons









Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and lecturer. Her Ford Foundation-funded, internationally acclaimed film NO! The Rape Documentary explores the international reality of heterosexual rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia. Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple says, “If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would save itself it must complete the work this film [NO!] begins.” Ms. Simmons’s writings on cinematic activism, gender-based violence, queer identity, intersectionality, and spirituality are featured on blogs and in several anthologies and journals.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Ms. Simmons will be joining Temple University as an adjunct faculty member in the Women's Studies program. She will be teaching “Gay and Lesbian Lives,” “Sexual Difference in the Cinema,” and “Black Lesbian Writers.” 


Fall 2010

We welcome our new core faculty members Siobhan Brooks and Margaux Cowden. We are also delighted to celebrate the publication of Professor Brooks’ new book: Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Sripping Industry. And we look forward to celebrating as well the publication of our former faculty member Whitney Strub’s book Perversion for Profit.


More on Evelyn Wilson


Evelyn Wilson was born in 1915 to Hungarian immigrant parents and grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She graduated from Hunter College in 1936 and in 1940 married the painter Ben Wilson, her companion for 65 years. The couple had one child, Joanne, in 1942. A sculptor who has exhibited widely in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, Wilson has work in many public and private collections and has received numerous awards. For many years she divided her time between sculpture and as an executive in the perfume and cosmetics industries, for which several of her inventions were patented. The work that appears in this issue came from a book of memoirs and sculptures, Prince of Whales, compiled as a gift by her daughter Joanne Wilson Jaffe, who is herself a sculptor. Their work can be viewed Online at the Gallery of Functional Art. The Women’s Studies program has a collection of Evelyn Wilson’s works. They will become a permanent part of the Women’s Studies Lounge.



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