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Upcoming Events

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is pleased to present regular events that serve the UAH campus and North Alabama community.

 

Film Screening, Geek Girls, September 25

 

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The UAH Women's and Gender Studies Program and the College of Engineering present a new documentary film by Gina Hara. Geek Girls will screen on Tuesday, September 25, 7 PM, in Wilson Hall room 168.

About the film: Nerdy women - the “hidden half” of fan culture - open up about their lives in the world of conventions, video games, and other rife-with-misogyny pop culture touchstones. While geek communities have recently risen to prominence, very little attention is paid to geek women. Filmmaker Gina Hara, struggling with her own geek identity, explores the issue with a cast of women who live geek life up to the hilt: A feminist geek blogger, a convention-trotting cosplayer, a professional gamer, a video-game designer, and a NASA engineer. Through their personal experiences in the rich cultural explosion of nerdom, Geek Girls shows both the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of being ostracized. These women, striving in their respective professions and passions, face the cyberbullying, harassment, and sexism that permeate the culture and the industry at large. A rich conversation-starter for any class on Pop Culture and Feminism.

The film screening is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program.

 

For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies Program Office at 256.824.6190 or wgs@uah.edu.