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Florence in Words

A Brief Visit to Taiwan

Misnamed: I didn’t “visit.” I attended and spoke at three-day conference in Taipei, joined a one-day bus tour, and went to a museum, the morning of my last day. Still, I learned two lessons. First, and something I really knew but ignored: never travel half-way around the world, where the time difference is 12 or 13 hours, for less than two weeks.  Read More 
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Correction

Sorry for an error involving the University of Washington, whose department is called Gender, Women and Sexuality Department. It was Eileen Boris, the chair of the department of Feminist Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who told me that she had petitioned to have the name of her department changed to Feminist Studies because of the request of male Affiliated Faculty. Read More 
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What's in a Name?

On my recent trip to the west coast, in part I was the guest of four “women’s studies programs,” though I must say at once that none of them are “programs,” and none of them call themselves “women’s studies.” Indeed, they are each departments, though they began life in the 1970s as programs. What is the difference? Does it matter what a university unit is called? And who cares? Read More 
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