Center for Study of Gender and Sexuality and Center for Study of Race, Politics and Culture return to newly renovated space

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) will celebrate their return to a newly renovated space at 5733 S. University Ave. with an Oct. 16 open house event.

The open house will welcome students, faculty and staff to the home of both centers, which features renovated office space for staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars; seminar rooms for classes and events; and a first floor community room that can be used for art exhibitions and other public events.

The open house will take place at 4 p.m. and feature remarks by Michael C. Dawson, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College and Director of the CSRPC, and Linda Zerilli, the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and the College and Director of CSGS.

“The renovated building will provide much needed space for center programming as well as a home away from home for graduate and undergraduate students. We welcome new student initiatives and encourage students to be in touch with both centers with programming ideas,” Dawson and Zerilli wrote. “Above all, the location of our beautiful building at 5733 South University puts us on the quad and at the center of University life, which is where we want to be.”

CSGS is a major center for research and graduate training in gender and sexuality studies at the University of Chicago. Since its founding in 1996, CSGS has been committed to teaching, research and active engagement at the University, while also reaching out to public areas where gender and sexuality come together with other political, artistic and intellectual concerns. This year, CSGS is offering a new Core course, “Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations,” which introduces undergraduates to fundamental concepts in feminist, gender and queer theory.

CSRPC is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to promoting engaged scholarship and debate around the topics of race and ethnicity. The work of CSRPC faculty affiliates ranges from an examination of processes of racialization among dominant groups to the study of racialized minorities within the United States and Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Asian Pacific and Europe. Among its other public programming, CSRPC co-sponsors the artist-in-residence program at the University’s Arts Incubator in Washington Park.