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Women's and Gender Studies and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival launch F2F: Faculty to Faculty Salons on Wed. September 30

Contributed by Patricia Zimmermann on 09/15/20 

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Women's and Gender Studies (WGST)and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) announce the launch of a new on-going collaboration, F2F: Faculty to Faculty Salons, beginning on September 30 at 7:30.

The first F2F salon features Dr. Katarzyna Bartoszynska, Assistant Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, who will be interviewed by Dr. Claire Gleitman, Professor of English and Coordinator of the WGST Program. 

Dr. Bartoszynska is a specialist in British, Irish, and Polish Literature of the Long 18th Century.  She is jointly appointed in English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Ithaca College. Her book, Estranging the Novel: Poland, Ireland, and the Theories of World Literature, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in Summer 2021.

Bartoszynska’s work has appeared in such journals as Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature StudiesThe New Hibernia Review, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts. She has given presentations on her work in Poland, Denmark, Ireland and the United States. She is fascinated by the novel form and the various theories connected to it; world literature studies; and ways of understanding gender and sexuality and, more recently, motherhood. She holds a BA from Reed College, and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. This is her first year at Ithaca College.

Claire Gleitman is a Professor of dramatic literature in the English department at Ithaca College, as well as the Coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies program. She has published widely on plays by modern and contemporary American, British, German and Irish authors, and she is currently completing a book titled The Guy Ain't Right: Anxious Masculinity in Arthur Miller and Beyond.  Her recent essay, "Happy Days is here again: Encountering Beckett in Extremis," appeared this September in the online journal Ideas and Futures.  She is the faculty co-sponsor and primary director for the Ithaca College play reading series On the Verge. 

Employing the master class model, these engaging participatory salons feature senior faculty members interviewing early and mid-career WGST-affiliated faculty members about their research and their journeys to becoming scholars. Each semester will feature four salons with different faculty interviewers and interviewees.

The purpose of the salons is to showcase our feminist, anti-racist, decolonialist faculty on the Ithaca College campus, with a focus on their scholarship.  We are inviting students to enter into the discipline of Women's and Gender Studies by listening to the faculty discussing their work and current debates and controversies in their disciplines.

The 75-minute salons will employ a master class model of guided conversation and then engagement with questions from attendees. They will wrap up with takeaways from participants both live and in the chat.

During the pandemic, “F2F” has emerged as an acronym for face-to-face or embodied instruction or meetings. Our salons will expand “F2F” to unfold other meanings and possibilities, such as Feminist to Feminist, Field to Field, Festival to Festival, Friend to Friend.

Current students, faculty, and staff at Ithaca College can secure the Zoom link for the first salon by contacting Dr. Claire Gleitman, Director of WGST, at

Please note that the Zoom link to salons will NOT published on Intercom or any public announcement. It can be obtained via Sakai class sites from participating faculty members’ classes and by directly contacting Dr. Gleitman for the link to the first salon.  

For further information, contact Dr. Claire Gleitman, or Dr. Patricia Zimmermann,


















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