The Women’s Studies Department is staging a revolution on campus – one that can be held over a piping hot cup of tea. On Thursday, Dec. 6, the faculty invites students from across campus to join “Tea and Revolution,” at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center.
The roundtable discussion seeks to build community and generate space on campus for dialogue. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, members of the Women’s Studies Department view this as the perfect opportunity to launch a conversation and new event series.
“We set a goal of having more casual settings for conversation, for really having communication with each other,” says Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies Michelle Baron. “Students will be able to see themselves as a part of the larger intellectual community on campus, as well as gain a view of the activism and feminism present at the Colleges.”
Baron and Women’s Studies colleagues Professor Betty Bayer and Assistant Professor Jessica Hayes-Conroy chose the concept of a sit-down tea because it follows the lines of feminist history – a dedicated time to get together and talk about important issues.
“It’s a way to take things they are learning in class and translate them to campus,” says Baron. “This tea is a way to cultivate further discussion at the Colleges.”
Chosen through suggestions made by students and faculty, this tea’s theme of revolution asks students to share their views on the relationship between scholarship and activism.
“We’re hoping to increase the participation of prospective students – those considering declaring Women’s Studies as their major or minor,” explains Baron. “We want to get them excited about the program; it’s a great way to put a toe in the water, so to speak, before registering for a class.”
The department hopes to have at least three more teas in the spring semester, and is currently working to generate other forums for discussion of feminist and activist issues on campus. Tea and dessert will be served; all are welcome.