Navigating Gender: Perception and Stereotypes

This seminar seeks to invite reflection regarding gender perceptions. Students examine the meaning and social constructs of gender as well as the bias and stereotypes that can occur within society. What messages does society give us about gender? What stereotypes surround gender identities? What words about gender are sometimes offensive, and what harm might be caused when they are used? These and other questions are explored.

Faculty: Cheri Buxman - Fine Arts

Dates Offered

December 7, 2018
January 11, 2019
March 15, 2019
April 5, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to:  In the Hidden Brain podcast episode “Lost in Translation” Shankar Vedantam describes how the languages we speak shape the way we think. Included in the episode is a section the impact of gendered forms of words.

  • Documentaries: This PBS series Outside the Box includes profiles of middle and high school students whose interests and identities are breaking down stereotypes.

  • Movie Night: The science fiction movie Arrival “champions education, compassion, and curiosity and has a strong female lead character.” Interactions between the scientists and the aliens provide thoughtful depictions of encounters with the unfamiliar.

Why Study Gender?

By providing a structured and supported environment within which to discuss gender stereotypes, this seminar encourages students to become more sensitive regarding contemporary issues and gender injustices. A particular focus on the use of language is included. Competencies developed during this seminar include leadership, communication, and cultural competency.