Department of Women’s and Gender Studies to present Gender Out of Bounds talk Nov. 29

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will present GENDER OUT OF BOUNDS: “In a Cruel Voice:  Willful Misattribution and the Mechanics of Hate” on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the CME Great Room in Lee Hall. Dr. Melinda Brennan, assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, will speak.

Description: “In our current moment of institutionalized patriarchal white supremacist fantasy, the US federal government speaks to its citizenry in a cruel voice, encouraging human suffering inflicted on those who lose within a hierarchy of humanity. Central to these practices is what I call ‘willful misattribution’ – not that vulnerabilities overlap, of course they do, but that vulnerabilities are sloppily overlapped in a conscious activity of misattribution and conflation serving a desire to not be wrong / wronged. Islamophobia, and an unstable constellation of foreignness, brownness, Otherness, marks governmental discourse that inflicts itself across “Muslim,” “Black,” “Mexican” – hidden under a dishonest mask of ignorance.”

For more information about Gender Out of Bounds presentations, contact Charlene Christie at or the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at 436-2014.