Join us in celebrating the FGS graduating class of 2022!
My name is Sage Reynolds (she/her), and I am a transfer student originally from Colorado Springs. After taking Feminist Theory with Dr. Lewis and producing a feminist magazine, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my CC academic career to the FGS major. This journey has been a challenging one yet extremely rewarding. FGS has provided me with a worldview and perspective that I will carry with me throughout my life! This Summer, I continued my FGS journey; I traveled to Copenhagen and took a class on Prostitution and the Sex Trade. Now, I am beginning my thesis work, which seeks to broaden our understanding of what constitutes a comprehensive sex education by arguing that pop culture and media studies have significant, accessible pedagogical possibilities. If you are debating whether or not to major or minor in FGS, do it, you won’t regret it!!
Avia Hailey She/her/hers. I call Colorado Springs home but I’m from Binghamton NY. I was first introduced to FGS through my FYE with Dr. Lewis. The class was so phenomenal that I was hooked from there. I went to Berlin the summer after freshman year, and then I kept taking all the course and before I knows it I was a major. Being an FGS student changed myself. It taught me how to grow, reflect, and love myself. It also taught me how to value the communities I’m apart of and give back in intentional ways. All the lessons and people I’ve met because of FGS are invaluable. My capstone project is going to be about looking at the ways language specifically poetry, can empowered marginalized communities. This summer I got married 😊 and I worked my first full-time job. This year I’m excited to make lasting memories with the people I call home. I am grateful for Dr. Lewis and all the advise and loves she’s given to me in order to help me become who I am today. I am also eternally grateful for my partner who pushes me to be my best and loves me unconditionally.
As an artist or at least someone who enjoys the arts, I value and promote the arts being accessible to everyone, especially Black and Brown people. Our communities have always had art. But in the formalization of fine art culture and spaces, we often ignored or flat out denied access. And that does sit right with me as many great artists never get to see their first gallery opening because they look, or sound like me.
Hello! My name is Sakina. My path into FGS has seemed like one that was almost accidental, but at the same time, very destined. I didn’t plan to major in FGS (and I’m pretty sure I got bamboozled into it, but that is another conversation) but as I have come to understand the things I find to be important, I don’t think there is any other place on campus where I would be able to learn and engage with topics that interest and excite me. All things considered, I’ve found a home in this community, and I don’t think I would be as happy about being a CC student without the love and support of everyone here. I’m super excited to spend this last year in person and look forward to spending time with people who haven’t gotten to see because of the pandemic, as well as meeting new people! ❤
My name is Eileen Huang(she/her/hers). I am from Chaozhou in Southern China. I became a FGS major after taking Feminist Theory with Dr.Lewis in my first year. Upon becoming a FGS major, to me, taking classes focused on transnational feminism has taught me ways to pursue and critically engage with intellectual traditions of transnational feminists. During these past three years as a major, I have been very grateful for all the guidance, and tremendous care and support I received from the FGS community, from all the professors and my peers. My capstone project will be focusing on the identities, embodied knowledge and representation in the mundane everyday Chao embroidery practice carried out by the embroidery artisans, XiuNiangs. I will be looking into the relationship between the Chinese state’s representation of Chao embroidery as a “good tradition” and the situated and embodied practices of XiuNiangs.
There has been an open letter, including a petition with demands dispersed amongst the CC community regarding student concerns over the Antiracism Implementation plan. In particular, this letter addresses the treatment of the Butler Center and elimination of Dr. Paul Buckley’s position.
Below we are including the link to the open letter and the petition as an act of solidarity and support from Triota cabinet and the entire Monthly Rag creative team:
Sage Reynolds, Content Creator
Anya Quesnel, Content Creator
Eileen Huang, FGS ’22, Editor Apprentice
Zivia Berkowitz, FGS ’21, Administrator
Mekael Daniel, FGS ’20, Vice President
Judy Fisher, FGS ’20, Vice President of Triota, Editor
Members of the CC community can find the letter below and sign petition:
I have to start by saying that the five-year anniversary of the course started out with a bang for a few reasons:
- It’s the first time the course has been full. In fact, we exceeded the maximum enrollment limit of 16 by one student;
- two of my students were able to secure funding to come conduct research—Judy Fisher, Feminist & Gender Studies Major ’20, 2019-2020 Triota President, 2018-2019 Shannon McGee Prize winner, and Fall 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin alum came to conduct transnational studies of American Indigeneity; and Mekael Daniel, Feminist & Gender Studies Major ’20 and 2019-2020 Triota Vice President came to conduct transnational studies of Blackness;
- and we were joined by my niece-cousin-boo from Memphis, TN, Kelsey Nichole Mattox, who turned 18 and graduated from high school recently. So, her presence was especially meaningful. In fact, she had never gotten on an airplane until she traveled here, excitedly letting us know, “I decided to go all the way!”
Judy and Mekael arrived the same day I did, and we trekked to Radebeul (near Dresden) to attend the Karl May Festival so Judy could observe, think about, and examine Native American participation in predominantly white festival culture in Germany, as well as white Native American hobbyism. Imagine the raised-eyebrows of every single one of my friends and comrades in Berlin when I told the about this—haha. Judy and Mekael also went to the Great Indian Meeting at the El Dorado theme park in Templin the following weekend to continue Judy’s work. Shoutout to my colleague, Dr. Santiago Ivan Guerra (Associate Professor of Southwest Studies at Colorado College), for introducing Judy to the significance of hobbyism in Germany, illustrating the collective efforts necessary for critical theory work.
Also, it’s worth pointing out that it’s been a while since the #FemGeniusesinBerlin were so full of #BlackGirlMagic (2015 was the last time, to be exact), and I couldn’t have been more excited about that. One adorable and powerful manifestation of that was Avi(a) leading several rounds of “Deep Truth, Truth,” a game that allowed her to bond with her classmates, especially her roommates, but also with Dana and I one day during lunch. “Deep Truth, Truth” starts with someone asking another person if they’d like to share a deep truth or what one might refer to as a “regular” truth. A “regular truth” could be anything from sharing your favorite color to a song that you hate; however, a “deep truth” is usually something that one might not share in a group like this, because lots of us don’t know each other well enough to be comfortable with that kind of vulnerability. Then, once the person being questioned decides what kind of truth they want to share, the questioner asks a question. After the question is answered, the person being questioned then gets to ask another person in the group a question. I got to ask and answer twice (one truth and one deep truth), and learned a lot about the students that day. Neat stuff.
In “short,” the 2019 #FemGeniusesinBerlin were such a great bunch even though we most certainly hit a few snags along the way. Here are some (definitely not all) of the most memorable moments:
- The weather hitting 90F degrees, something I’m pretty sure never happened in years past, and doing so several days each week.
- Bella’s cube bear.
- Mekael, Judy, and I being photographed by a stranger (with consent) at the Karl May Festival and finding the very poorly-filtered but very cute photograph on social media (posted with consent).
- Lauren’s RBF and fierce modeling skills.
- Avia’s phone fan and ridiculous pranks.
- Zander playing Captain Save ‘Em, and gettin’ hollered at all along the way.
- Eileen’s “hey.”
- Nicole being almost entirely silent then shakin’ up the space with the loudest, most hilarious laugh you ever did hear.
- Vang asking to sit on our roof (which would most certainly result in his untimely death), asking about transporting beer back to the U.S., telling us he got “hemmed up by 12” (which turned out to mean he was approached by some ticket-checkers on the subway and allowed to continue his trip with a mere warning…side eye), telling folks about sex stores, and gettin’ hollered at for almost every single thing all along the entire way.
- Discussing the advantages and risks of comparative analysis.
- Mimi’s sneakin’ in and slam-dunking the graffiti workshop brainstorming session.
- Miles’ hair flips, especially because they don’t even have a lot of hair, and lessons in lipstick.
- Caroline “showing off” her knowledge of the German language (see below).
- Matt trolling the entire class almost the entire time and then agreeing to draw a troll during our graffiti workshop.
- DeAira Cooper, 2015 #FemGeniusesinBerlin alum, coming to visit.
- Dr. W. Christopher Johnson, Assistant Professor of History and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto and husband of our Course Associate Dana Asbury, coming for a visit and joining us for a few sessions.
I could go on and on and on. I will never forget this group. Such a great summer through it all, which led to my new phrases: Must be June. Must be Berlin.
“Jewish Berlin Tour” by Nizhooni Hurd
“Topography of Terror” by Zander Jobin-Leeds
“Jasmin Eding” by Avia Hailey
“German Colonialism Walking Tour” by Mimi Norton de Matos
“Each One Teach One e.V.” by Maysie Poland
“RAA Berlin” by Nicole Berlanga
“RomaniPhen e.V.” by Samuel Vang
“Pořajmos Walking Tour” by Cam Kaplan
“Synchronicity with Sharon Dodua Otoo” by Maggie O’Brien
“Rebellious Berlin Walking Tour” by Bella Staal
“FHXB Museum” by Lauren Hough
“The Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted under Nazism” by Cameron Bacher
“Queer Berlin Walking Tour” by Miles Marshall
“Schwules* Museum” by Eileen Huang
“Trans*sexworks” by Zivia Berkowitz
“Graffiti Workshop with Berlin Massive” by Mekael Daniel
“Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art” by Caroline Livaditis
“Street Art and Graffiti Walking Tour” by Matt FitzGibbon
To read and/or listen to the finales and view the indices and slideshows for previous FemGeniuses in Berlin, click here.
“We recognize the radical potentiality of queerness. What better place to start these movements than music, an incredibly accessible art form that carries meaning and connects people? I love queerness, and I love music that represents queerness in all its rainbow glory. I, and the rest of the MUSIQ+ team, couldn’t be more excited for you to dive into the world of queer music. You’re here, and whether or not you’re queer, welcome to MUSIQ+!”
—Miles Marshall, Editor
Click here to read MUSIQ+! Also, scroll down for audio footage of the team’s fascinating interview with Selena the Chapel!