Texas Tech University and Alamo Drafthouse Kick Off Sexism/Cinema Series

The series features several films that analyze how sexism is embedded, endorsed or challenged in films.

The Texas Tech Women’s Studies Program, International Film Series, Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) office, Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are hosting the fifth semester of Sexism|Cinema Series.

The series is a set of films screened at the Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock throughout the semester. The series intends to have people critically examine how sex and gender are portrayed in film. Dana Weiser, assistant professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies, said the films selected have female protagonists, and experts will lead a short discussion after each film.

The series begins Wednesday (Feb. 1) with Mad Max: Fury Road and concludes with Tangerine May 3. The other films for the spring 2017 semester are Working Girl and Pariah. All of the viewings will be at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Tickets are $3.

“We select films that portray diverse ethnicities, classes, sexualities and cultures so we can examine multiple, intersecting identities,” Weiser said. “We also try to select films that range from small, independent films to large blockbusters.”


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Women's Studies Program

Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.

Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.

The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.

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