Biweekly FMST Update 03/06/14

  • FMST Office locatIon: 416 Humanities 1
  • Link to 2013-14 course lists
  • Got something to say?  Contact your Student Rep
  • Career Planning - April Goral

  • Living Writers Series - Mar. 6
  • The 1928 Play, Machinal: The Decision Isn't Yours - Feb. 28 to Mar. 9
  • UCDC - Apply by March 7
  • The Vagina Monologues - Mar. 7-9
  • Crown College Social Fiction Conference - Mar. 7-8
  • Women's History Celebration - Mar. 8
  • In Celebration of The Muse - Mar. 8
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Candidates - Mar. 10, 14, & 17
  • Women in U.S. Labor Movement: Local Insights into Current Concerns, Trends & Challenges - Mar. 18
  • 10th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference - Mar. 29-31

  • Jobs for graduating seniors - meeting - Mar. 6
  • UCSC Organizing and Social Change Workshop - Mar. 11
  • City on a Hill Press Outreach & Hiring Opportunities - Apply Now!
  • Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!
  • International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now
  • UCSC Queer Happenings Calendar


FMST Office location: 416 Humanities 1
The FMST Office moved to 416 Humanities 1 (4th floor) and is open Mon-Thur 9am-noon and 1-4pm.  To schedule an advising appointment, contact Nicolette at or 831/459-2461 or Melanie Wylie at or 831/459-2757.  

Link to 2013-14 course lists

Your student representative attends FMST Executive Committee meetings to voice your comments, questions, and concerns.  Please feel free to contact Lorena Garcia-Zemeno, undergraduate student representative, or Sandra Harvey, graduate student representative, anytime.

Career Planning
April Goral is the Humanities and Arts Career Adviser at the UCSC Career Center. She is available to assist students in developing career interests, finding a part-time job, or discussing possible careers after graduation. To schedule an appointment with her, sign up on SlugQuest at


Living Writers Series - Mar. 6
All readings will take place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Winter 2014 lineup includes:

March 6: Novelist Molly Antopol teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. She recently received an award from the National Book Award association for her debut novel, The UnAmericans. Her writing has appeared on NPR’s This American Life and in many publications, including One Story, Ecotone, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, Esquire and Mississippi Review Prize Stories. She currently lives in San Francisco and is at work on a new novel, The After Party.


The 1928 Play, Machinal: The Decision Isn't Yours - Feb. 28 to Mar. 9
Play by Sophie Treadwell, directed by Kirsten Brandt
7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm - Talk-backs on Saturdays
February 28-March 9 at Mainstage Theater, UCSC

The play -- a stylized expressionist drama in nine episodes -- was written by Sophie Treadwell (1885-1970), now considered one of the most accomplished writers and dramatists of the early 20th century. Educated at UC Berkeley, Treadwell pursued writing and theater. She was a war correspondent in Europe during World War I, and was granted an exclusive interview with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution.

"Machinal" opened on Broadway in 1928 (starring Clark Gable!) and is based on the infamous murder trail of Ruth Snyder, a Long Island woman who was convicted and executed in the electric chair at the age of 33 for the murder of her husband. A production is currently running on Broadway.

The play looks at the life women were expected to lead in the 1920s and the social and economic limitations they were faced with -- all against a backdrop of an impersonal, industrial, male-dominated world.

Machinal, the play

Note: Discounts are available for Thursday and Sunday performances: BUY 1-GET-1. And UCSC undergrads get 1 FREE TICKET to performances of all Theater Arts Department productions during the academic year.


UCDC - Apply by March 7
WASHINGTON D.C. IN FALL OR WINTER! The UCDC (quarter in Washington, D.C.) Program supervises and supports students who pursue internships and academic study in the nation’s capital. The application deadline for Fall 2014 or Winter 2015 is Friday, March 7, at 4:00 p.m. Applications may be submitted to Marianna Santana at Merrill College, Room 10. For more information, please see

Vagina Monologues - Mar. 7-9
Friday-Sunday, 3/7-3/9, 8:00pm, Merrill Cultural Center
Come out and hear powerful womyn speak about their lives, struggles, and triumphs. A night where you'll cry, laugh, and leave inspired. Tickets: Quarry Plaza table, 3/3-3/7
Crown College Social Fiction Conference - Mar. 7-8
Friday-Saturday, 3/7: 5:00-8:00pm. 3/8: 10:00am-5:00pm, Crown/Merrill Dining Hall
Mostly peer-led workshops creating a safe and fun place for students to explore social issues like homophobia, racism, and misogyny through science fiction and fantasy media.
Crown Social Fiction Conference  What is Social Fiction?  
The Social Fiction Conference provides a unique venue for analyzing issues of Social Justice. We examine and develop an understanding of how issues of social justice are embedded in society by examining the fictitious societies found in the Science Fiction, Gaming, and Fantasy genre and exploring their real life corollaries.

    • Target students' interests and talk about issues of social justice.
    • Create an opportunity for collaboration between students, staff and faculty.
    • Create a unique opportunity to engage Crown students in the community.
    • Link academic and co-curricular programs.
    • Contribute to the core mission of the institution by providing co-curricular opportunities to engage with academic themes.
    • Provide workshops in a wide range of topical areas such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability and religion.
    • Talk about Social Justice within the context of the Crown College theme.
    • Produce an innovative program to highlight the Crown theme and commitment to Social Justice.
Learning Objectives
    • Raise consciousness around issues of social justice.
    • Give students practical strategies to incorporate raising awareness of social justice in their own lives.
    • Give students the opportunity to build relationships and become familiar with other resources on campus.
    • Present an opportunity for students to learn tangible skills pertaining to research and presentation skills to put together a University level workshop.
    • Give students the skills to plan and execute a University wide conference.
    • Build awareness of a range of perspectives on individual, institutional, and cultural oppression and privilege.
    • Through the workshops, increase students' ability to critically analyze media literacy.
    • Through the overall theme, develop students' sense of individual and collective responsibility.
Target Audience
Our hope is to have the UCSC undergraduate students work closely with faculty, staff, and community members to make this conference a collective and collaborative effort. The target audience for the Social Fiction Conference is UCSC undergraduate students, but the conference is open to anyone that has an interest in our topics. Last year we had people from all over California, and representatives from several Universities.
Celebrate Women's History Month - Mar. 8
Saturday, March 8, Noon - 3:00 pm at Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St. Santa Cruz
Free Event. Everyone Welcome!

MARIE KAGAJU LAUGHARN, Santa Cruz Women’s Commission, Fifth District, Speaker.

INTERNATIONAL SOUP KITCHEN: $7. for all the soup and bread you want, all day.
SILENT AUCTION: Proceeds benefit the United Nations Association & Unicef.
*If you have items to donate, please contact Pat Arnold.

Co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Women’s Commission.
For More Information Contact:  UNA Store: 903 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz   E-Mail:  Phone: (831) 426-3101)
In Celebration of The Muse - Mar. 8
Saturday, March 8 at 7:30pm at Forum 450 at Cabrillo College
IN CELEBRATION OF THE MUSE. The 32nd annual In Celebration of the Muse, a reading featuring Santa Cruz women writers, will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Erica Schilling Forum 450, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Readers include Debra Spencer, Joan Zimmerman, Laura Davis, Liz Rapis Picco, Robin Lysne, Jo-Ann Birch, Becky Hall, Sarah Rabkin, Helene Simkin Jara, Wilma Marcus Chandler, Rosie King, Ellen Treen, Kate Aver Avraham, Joanie Maro, Patricia Zylius, Adela Najarro, Dina El Dessouky, Barbara Bloom, Magdalena Montagne, Neli Moody, and Clifford Henderson. Advance tickets are available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and at Poetry Santa Cruz events.


Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Candidates - Mar. 10, 14 & 17

Anne Cong-Huyen
Monday, March 10th at  12:30-2:00pm in Humanities 1, Rm 210
“Stay” in L.A.: Temporary Workers and Precarious Duration in Los Angeles
The global city of Los Angeles has long been notorious for its conflicting representational history. At once paradise and apocalypse, utopia and slum, sunshine and noir, Los Angeles persists as a destination for workers from the global south who congregate searching for the opportunities of the hemispheric north. With such a history, it is important to ask: why is it necessary to view Los Angeles as a global city? What draws populations the world over to Los Angeles despite the uncertainty? And how do individuals or communities challenge the precarity of their temporariness? This talk will address these questions, and read the imagined city in the context of the diverse temporary populations that all struggle to endure or stay. Dr. Cong-Huyen focuses on gendered and racialized high-tech workers and day laborers as they appear in news media, literature, and digital media. These two populations seem to occupy opposite ends of the economic and social spectrum, but are both linked by the temporary and racialized nature of their work. She argues that for these workers permanence and endurance are fashioned through labor marked by obsolescence (e.g. maintaining technology, tending gardens). The precariousness of these subjective experiences endure in the production of cultural texts, which document and give voice to populations whose representations are often not their own.
Anne Cong-Huyen is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her current book-in-progress offers a multi-cited, comparative textual analysis of temporary migration and labor to the global cities of Dubai, Los Angeles, and Ho Chi Minh City. Her larger research focuses on the literature and media of migration and labor, Asian American studies, globalization and neoliberalism, and transnationalism. She is especially invested in the ways gender, race, class, and nationality affect how the temporary and the precarious are experienced in global urban spaces. Her work appears in The Journal of e-Media Studies, and is forthcoming in Humanities and the Digital (MIT Press). She has previously published on comics in the Asian American literature class. She is also active as a founding member of the #transformDH collective which seeks to incorporate critical cultural studies into diverse digital humanities activities. She can be found on Twitter as @anitaconchita.
Maile Arvin
Friday, March 14th at 12:00-1:30 in Humanities 1, Rm 210
This talk examines the history of the construction of the “Part Hawaiian,” a racial identity with a genealogy in eugenic science of the early twentieth century. Maile Arvin analyzes the ideological work scientific representations of Native Hawaiians, as divided into “Pure” and “Part” categories, continue to do for settler colonialism in Hawaii. Under the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, which remains in force with few revisions today, Native Hawaiians are required to prove that they have “not less than one half part” Native Hawaiian blood to be eligible for a homestead, the lease of a small parcel of land once belonging to the Hawaiian monarchy. Arvin argues that eugenics, as understood in the Hawaiian context as a liberal project of “racial uplift” and “regeneration,” contributed to thinking about Native Hawaiians as “almost white.” Thus placed in proximity to whiteness, the “Part Hawaiian” figure would encourage the U.S. public to understand Native Hawaiians as assimilable and “almost American.” Arvin looks at both the history of this construction and a contemporary lawsuit regarding blood quantum, Day v. Apoliona, in which five Native Hawaiian men sought to enact stricter blood quantum laws in order to prevent their benefits from being “diluted.”

Maile Arvin is a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Santa Cruz, in the department of History of Art and Visual Culture. She earned her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at San Diego in June 2013. She is Native Hawaiian.  Winner of the 2013 Ralph Henry Gabriel prize from the American Studies Association, her dissertation, titled, "Pacifically Possessed: Scientific Production and Native Hawaiian Critique of the 'Almost White' Polynesian Race," examines the history of the Polynesian race as constructed in scientific literature. Her work offers important contributions in theorizing race and indigeneity to multiple fields, including American Studies, Science Studies, Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Studies, Asian and Pacific Islander Studies, Settler Colonial Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, especially around notions of whiteness, racial mixing, resistance, and complicity. 
Information forthcoming on the Humanities Division website
Nick Mitchell
Monday, March 17th at 12:00-1:30 in Humanities 1, Rm 210
Curricular Objects: 'Women of Color,' Feminist Antiracisms, and the Consolidation of Women's Studies
In this paper, Nick Mitchell offers a genealogy of the category "women of color" as a way of thinking the institutional relationship between black studies and women's studies that emerged in the 1970s. Drawing a (provisional) distinction between the category's use for political organizing and coalition building, and its uses in naming and consolidating a body of knowledge for academic institutions, he argues that attention to "women of color" as the outcome of institutional machinations reveals processes often obscured when the self-consciously political connotations of the term are emphasized. In thinking about the institutional emergence of "women of color" as a category with no guaranteed relationship to the political desires that gave it its origin, this talk attempts to reopen questions about the relationship between university-sanctioned knowledges and the political.

Nick Mitchell received his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2011; he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled "Disciplinary Matters: Black Studies, Women's Studies, and the Neoliberal University," examining the entangled institutional histories of black studies and women's studies since their emergence as university sanctioned entities in the late 1960s and early 70s.
Women in U.S. Labor Movement: Local Insights into Current Concerns, Trends & Challenges"  - Mar. 18
Tuesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm at The Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St., Live Oak, SC.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) welcomes local women activists to talk about their experiences in representing unions in Santa Cruz County:

Allison Guevara is a professional union organizer and UCSC union rep working to expand worker family rights. She currently works with University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT), representing lecturers and librarians at UC.  She leads the UCSC campus union coalition, University Labor United, and is active with the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, and the California Work and Family Coalition.

Casey Carlson SCCS - Soquel High union rep. for teachers and works on the Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers as a political organizer and representative to the Monterey Central Labor Council. She also serves as the co-chair of the State Special Education Committee, California Federation of Teachers.

Nora Hochman has 22 years as a union organizer and rep. for various unions. Of most concern to Nora is the continued shrinking of labor unions both in size and clout and the threat to opportunities for women's leadership as a result of continued attacks on unions.

WILPF honors women’s work and the dilemmas mothers face about being attentive parents, devoted workers and union activists.   There will be a union song sing-along as well as the passing of the “Peace Doll” to the next worthy recipient.

This community program is free. Donations are welcome. For more information, please call 831-428-5096

*Program is dedicated to Frances Perkins, first US Secretary of Labor, who witnessed the infamous Triangle Shirt Fire that changed history for many workers.

WILPF Santa Cruz Branch • P.O. Box 61, Santa Cruz CA 95063 • 831-428-5096 •


10th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference - Mar. 29-31

The Early Bird gets the worm - and in this case, it's a valuable discount to the feminist event of the year!

Our Early Bird registration rates for the 10th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference are $25 for individuals and $20 per person for groups of five or more. We're also offering lodging rates in the conference hotel for attendees at $129/night for a double, triple or even quadruple room. Get these discounts fast -- they end Feb. 1!

Our 10th annual NYFLC conference takes place in Arlington, Va. (right outside of Washington, D.C.) from March 29-31, 2014. Bringing feminists together to the nation's capital, NYFLC will feature speeches by top feminist leaders and politicians. We'll strategize to end the War on Women, stop campus sexual violence, protect LGBTQI rights and much more.

Check out our updated conference website for information on fundraising, lodging, and planning your stay. You can also RSVP to the conference on Facebook to find friends, arrange carpools, and connect with other attendees. And don't forget to use the hashtag #NYFLC2014 when you talk about the conference on social media outlets!

If you have any questions, concerns, or unique needs, or know you'll be registering a group, don't hesitate to contact us at or call 703-522-2214 and ask for a campus organizer.  Register today and secure the Early Bird discount! We can't wait to see you in March.

For equality,  FMF Campus Team: Adriana, Brooke, Carmen, Edwith, Kristy, Maddie and duVergne


Jobs for graduating seniors - meeting - Mar. 6

Fund for the Public Interest info session on Thursday, March 6 at 4:30-6:00pm in the Career Center

We’re looking for smart, socially conscious students who work well in a team and are eager to make a real impact on some of the most critical issues facing our society. The Fund for the Public Interest (aka “the Fund”) helps some of the top progressive organizations in the country work on issues like clean energy, equal rights, and pushing our country in a new direction. And we’re hiring!

Specifically, we’re hiring Citizen Outreach Directors to run our grassroots campaign offices across the country next fall – working on behalf of groups like US PIRG, Environment America, and the Human Rights Campaign.  We are looking for smart, motivated students who want to lead the way in working for the change our country needs.

I will be on campus holding an information session on Thursday, March 6 from 4:30-6:30 in the Career Center (above the Baytree Bookstore) and I will be interviewing students all day on Friday, March 7. If you are interested, please contact me at 510-508-2299 or

Cindy Vegetabile  Citizen Outreach Director Fund for the Public Interest
Downtown Berkeley Campaign Office 510-508-2299


UCSC Organizing and Social Change Workshop - Mar. 11

Tuesday, March 11 at 6:00pm in Soc Sci 2, room 141

Community Studies alum Zack Deutsch-Gross will be present a workshop next Tuesday (3/11/14), and I think it's a great opportunity for students to learn organizing skills from someone who's doing organizing as part of his work with Green Corps.  Please contact Zack if you have any questions.
Join UCSC students, Green Corps, and the Community Studies Department for the event of the quarter!
Learn to plan and carry out strategic efforts to make social change. This workshop will focus on skills that are highly applicable for all campus, community or political organizing and social justice minded students who want to grow their skills and learn how to run strategic campaigns!
Questions? Contact
Green Corps is the nation’s premiere environmental organizer training program, called a “West Point for organizers” by the Utne Reader and likened to the Highlander Folk School by climate activist Bill McKibben, with a track record of producing concrete grassroots victories and high caliber organizers and advocates.  For more information,

Zack Deutsch-Gross, Field Organizer-Oakland County, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Cell: (415) 637-0101,  104 W 4Th St #306, Royal Oak, MI
City on a Hill Press Outreach & Hiring Opportunities - Apply Now!

City on a Hill Press, UCSC’s student-run weekly newspaper of record, is currently hiring for reporters, illustrators, fact checkers and photographers. We would like to encourage your department to spread the word about this opportunity, which includes internships and class credit, to work with our paper. If you think any students within your department would be interested in joining our community, please direct them to our hiring web page:

We are now accepting applications for Spring Quarter 2014. We are currently looking for first, second and third year students who plan to make a long-term commitment to the paper.

City on a Hill Press has been serving its community for almost 50 years and strives to examine issues that affect the student body, as well as the larger Santa Cruz population. With over 40 students on staff, City on a Hill Press offers a dynamic pre-professional work environment that encourages student-led discussion, collaboration and decision making in the steady process of publishing a weekly newspaper.  

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to respond to this email or contact:

Jon Vorpe, Managing Editor, City on a Hill Press
Cell: 530.219.9730


Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!

Barrios Unidos is a multicultural, non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz, California. Our mission is to prevent and curtail violence among youth and incarcerated individuals by providing them with life-enhancing alternatives.

Barrios Unidos has a variety of programs that aim towards promoting non-violence such as the Prison Project, Juvenile Transitional Program, Kids' Club and  within the County Jail. You can visit our website  for more specific information on each program.

Barrios Unidos is currently looking for interns or volunteers. We ask for students to commit to a minimum of one quarter, but preferably for six months. This can also be used as an independent/ field study.

If there are any questions please contact Reyna Ruiz,  Programs Director at If you have specific questions about The Prison Project contact Cynthia Gutierrez, Prison Project Coordinator, at


International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania, Costa Rica
Work in the shelter; do community education; help women become economically independent
so they can leave abusive relationships; and/or help develop counseling programs for women, men and kids.

SEX TRAFFICKING: Nepal & Mongolia
Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation
is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, exceeding the drug trade.
We have two new placements working to abolish sex slavery. Come help!

FAMILY PLANNING: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania
For women that have 10 kids, they will tell you that contraception is life changing.
If families had fewer kids, they would have fewer mouths to feed and be less poor.
Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation believes this is one of most important goals in world for women.
Now there is a groundswell in Africa and they are asking for help with this.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS & LEGAL EMPOWERMENT: Uganda, Cameroon, Morocco, Tanzania:                           
Many places women do not know their rights and consciousness raising is essential.
In Tanzania, the work revolves around implementing the new laws that protect women, esp GBV.

MICRO-FINANCE: Costa Rica, Tanzania, Uganda
Micro-finance has helped women all over the world lift out of poverty.
Spanish, a background in Business, Finance or Entrepreneurship are helpful in Costa Rica.
Tz & Ug you simply must be able to help women find their economic talents & remove obstacles to their success.

"INCOME GENERATION": many places in Africa, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Sri Lanka
Do you have craft or small cottage industry skills that you could teach uneducated women earn more income?
e.g. Soap-making? Quilting? Wine making? We have a special call for people with a background in fashion merchandizing.

Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) took kids as child soldiers and made girls sex slaves of LRA commanders.
The war is over and now these women have been urged to collect their stories into a book (for income generation.)

This is the first org that we know of in Africa that is addressing sexual abuse.
A background in Social Work or Psychology is helpful so you can counsel these girls and youth.

Women prostitute themselves because they are poor and have few choices.
Help empower these women personally & economically so they can pick other life styles.

The altiplano of Bolivia is very high and dry. Women forage for hours each day to find firewood for cooking food.
Some of the these new technologies have been life helping women not have to forage endlessly.

Interested? Please read NGOabroad website
and send answered Questionnaire and resume to:

These are volunteer opportunities.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



To join the UCSC Queer Happenings calendar, produced by The Lionel Cantu GLBTI Resource Center, send an email to