The Feminist Studies Program aims to raise critical feminist questions about established intellectual traditions and to open new areas of research and speculation. With its roots in the women's liberation movement, Feminist Studies seeks not only to interpret women's experience, but to change women's condition. Feminist Studies is committed to acknowledging the diversity of women's lives and to examining how race, class, sexuality, national, and transnational locations shape our intellectual frameworks and activist agendas, often in overlapping or contradictory ways. Faculty in all schools of the college contribute to planning and teaching courses that range across anthropology; economics; film, video and media studies; history; creative writing; law; literature; philosophy; politics; psychology; science, sociology; theatre; urban studies; and visual arts. Through programmatic ties and shared perspectives, Feminist Studies strives to challenge the disciplinary boundaries that confine us, posing questions and opening up ways of seeing unthinkable within those boundaries.
The Feminist Studies Program encourages women students to think and plan for their distinctive needs during their undergraduate careers, and for the special challenges they will confront as women after graduation. We emphasize future possibilities in women's public and private lives. Students can concentrate in Feminist Studies or they can incorporate Feminist Studies into concentrations in any of the five Schools. Feminist Studies courses are available at all three Divisional levels. The Feminist Studies Program also addresses the condition of women faculty at Hampshire, working to ensure gender equity as an institutional principle.
A core group of interested students and faculty sponsor lectures, workshops, and performances by feminist scholars, writers, artists, and musicians throughout the year. Hampshire boasts a Women in Science Program and a Reproductive Rights, Population, and Development Program that encourages students to integrate their academic and activist commitments. The Five College community supports a broad range of other activities and resources. Faculty women from the five institutions have formed the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, which devotes its energy to developing a feminist intellectual community in the Valley through sponsoring seminars, speakers, and other events and activities. For more information, call Margaret Cerullo at 413.559.5514.