A [Powerful] Partnership

A [Powerful] Partnership

For the first time, Ohio State's Police Division is being led by two women: Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt and Deputy Chief Tracy Hahn, both of whom have degrees in criminal justice from the Department of Sociology. 

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Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt and Deputy Chief Tracy Hahn

[RESEARCH] & [CREATIVE INQUIRY]

Depictions of girlhood in 90s [POP CULTURE]

The image of the teenage girl was central to 1990s pop culture (think “Clueless,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “10 Things I Hate About You”). And in turn — between “Full House” and “Boy Meets World” reruns — teenage girls played an active part in constructing the feminist and cultural narratives of the era, argues Rachel Miller, a PhD candidate in the Department of English and recent recipient of Ohio State's Presidential Fellowship.

Miller’s dissertation “The Girls’ Room: Bedroom Culture and the Ephemeral Archive in the 1990s,” focuses on the specific space of girls’ bedrooms, which she notes were often used to archive cultural material and as “a platform for media production.” Her research involves tracking down old comics and zines (self-published magazines), which she considers alongside depictions of girlhood in 90s film, art and literature.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies [WGSS]

Shannon Winnubst, chair of the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, describes the department's history, interdisciplinary research and outreach in honor of Women's History Month.

International Women’s Day [Americanized]

On March 8, some Americans will send greeting cards to the important women in their lives to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” Little do most of them know about the radical origins of the holiday they are marking, says Birgitte Søland, professor of history at The Ohio State University.

The first “Woman’s Day” celebration took place in Chicago on May 3, 1908, and was led by the U.S. Socialist Party. About 1,500 women gathered on a day officially dedicated to “the female workers’ causes” to demand economic and political equality. “Today, International Women’s Day seems to be more like Mother’s Day, where people send greeting cards, flowers or gifts,” Søland said. “It is another transformation of a holiday that has undergone vast changes.”

Søland wrote about the surprising history of the holiday for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, a publication of the Ohio State and Miami University history departments.

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Story from Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and Ohio State News.

Using art to offer insights on [FEMALE EXPERIENCES]

After a national search, Carmen Winant, a Columbus-based visual artist and writer whose work has been celebrated across the world, has been named the first Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. Winant joined the faculty last August.

Formerly an assistant professor of history of art and visual culture at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), Winant uses her collages, installations and writings to offer critical insights on female experiences. Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally — most recently at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where her installation “My Birth” is currently on view as part of MoMA’s "Being: New Photography 2018" exhibit. Winant’s work has also been covered extensively by the press, including in The New Yorker and Vogue.

“I am thrilled to join the Department of Art at Ohio State and to honor the legacy of Roy Lichtenstein, a pioneering artist and former Ohio State student and faculty member,” Winant said. "The department’s dedicated and inspiring commitment to teaching makes it an ideal home for me. Moreover, Lichtenstein’s creative practice — based in experimentation, rigor and appropriative strategies — has influenced my own work as an artist and a critical writer.”

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Image courtesy of Carmen Winant's website

[REBUILDING] after 9/11

[REBUILDING] after 9/11

Distinguished University Professor and renowned multimedia artist Ann Hamilton is the mastermind behind a giant marble mosaic filling the walls New York City's WTC Cortlandt Street subway station, which reopened Sept. 8 for the first time since it was destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

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The [adventures] of theatre alumna Eleanor Gobrecht

Eleanor Gobrecht’s life has always been about the journey — not necessarily the destination.

That mindset was etched into Eleanor’s soul during her time at Ohio State and has led her to epic adventures the world over. Between sailing across the South Pacific, teaching English in Japan and cruising through the western United States in a motorhome, Eleanor has always been on the move.

Now, at 88 years old, Eleanor — who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona — continues to enjoy life and reminisce on her experiences. And though she graduated from Ohio State with a master’s degree in theater arts 66 years ago, the impact the university had on her still resonates.

"My experience at Ohio State was one of the contributors to the fact that I am open to everybody,” she said. “I’m wanting to know as many people as I can and understand them.”

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The [legacy] of late professor and female physicist Bunny Clark

“Bunny, as in rabbit.” A common response when introducing herself, Bunny Clark wasn’t just out of the ordinary when it came to her uncommon first name. Clark, before becoming a well-known and respected professor in the Department of Physics — renowned for her research in theoretical physics — also stood out as a woman in a field previously led by men.

“Physics was not supposed to be women's work,” Clark said in her 2001 commencement address to Ohio State graduates. "However, I figured that intelligence was not linked to the Y chromosome.”

Outside of the incredible work and research she completed throughout her long career, Clark’s main passion was mentoring students and faculty in all stages of their education and careers — whether aiding financially, or providing one-on-one mentorship, Clark never turned down the opportunity to help others.

Years before her retirement, Clark and her husband, Tom, established the Bunny and Thomas Clark Scholarship Endowment Fund, which awarded scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on women and minorities.

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