The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection with race and class. Students may choose from three areas of concentration within the BA program: General Concentration, Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality, Concentration in Gender and International Development. A minor in Women's Studies and a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality are also available. The Center offers master's and doctoral students the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with (other) degree programs. Graduate students may choose a thesis or non-thesis Master of Arts degree.For more information on specific programs, please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate pages. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link. To view our upcoming events for Spring of 2014, please click on this link.

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Women! An Evening of Improv

Friday, July 11th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
200 Ustler Hall
Tickets: $10*

Gainesville’s popular improv company, “Much Ado about Doris,” presents an evening of comedy, all centered on the topic Women!

With its blend of short and long improv skits and acting games that often involve volunteers from the house, parodies and satires on topics suggested by the audience, “Much Ado about Doris” is an unusual company in that its members range from college students, citizens from all walks in the community, to a woman over eighty.  No less appropriate is the fact that this evening of comedy is a benefit helping needy students majoring in Women’s Studies and celebrating one of Gainesville’s leading citizens after whom both the Community Cultural Center and the improv company are named. Please click on this link for an event flyer.

*All proceeds benefit the UF Center for Women's Studies and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center.

Judith Page, Director

Dr. Judith Page

Judith W. Page, Director of the Center, is a Professor of English at the University of Florida and has been an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the Center for Jewish Studies. A PhD from the University of Chicago, she has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the NEH as well as a Skirball Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2003), and, most recently, a Visiting Fellowship at the Chawton House Library in the UK (2008), a repository of texts and manuscripts pertaining to early British women writers.

Dr. Page has had a long engagement with Women’s Studies, having served as founding director of the program at Millsaps College, where she taught and held several administrative positions before coming to the University of Florida. She is the author of numerous articles and reviews, and her books include Wordsworth and the Cultivation of Women, Imperfect Sympathies: Jews and Judaism in British Romantic Literature and Culture, and Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England's Disciples of Flora, 1780-1870 (Cambridge UP, 2011) co-authored with art historian Elise L. Smith. Analyzing women's literature, botanical writings, and visual arts, as well as horticultural and educational texts, this book argues that gardens broadly defined provided women with a new language and authority to negotiate between domestic space and the larger world.

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall

Built in 1919, the structure fell into disuse in 1979 but was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was granted protection under the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donation from sociology alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler in 2000 allowed for the vacant gym to be transformed into a 14,700 square-foot academic treasure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in July, 2006.

Ustler Hall, a beautifully renovated, freestanding three-story building, includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a two-story atrium, and faculty and administrative offices for the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. This building is the first one on the UF campus renamed to honor a woman. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

For more information on renting the Atrium at Ustler Hall please contact Donna Tuckey or call 273-0382. To review the rules and rates, click on this link.