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 Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1937

Thesis Seminar in Women's and Gender History

This class meets Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00T p.m., in th
e Women's History Lounge in the North Building.

Click here for the schedule of classes and assignments.


Reading, Writing, and Discussion:

Our reading this term consists entirely of thesis work. Each student will submit a detailed outline, the first draft of one chapter, and a draft of the whole thesis. These should be emailed to the entire seminar (including PM) by the due dates listed in the schedule below.

Each installment of thesis work will be read and discussed by a small group. See the class schedule for details. In addition, members each group will write comments on one another's work. The comments are due when we meet to discuss the work.  So that group meetings can end on time, we'll devote a maximum of 30 minutes to each student's work.

Class discussions and written comments should focus on the authors' research, interpretations of findings, and organization of arguments. For our purposes, stylistic issues matter only insofar as they affect the arguments' clarity and powers of persuasion. For assistance with diction, syntax, grammar, punctuation and related issues, consult with one of the College's writing assistants.

When you send out material to be assessed by your small group, include a cover sheet that indicates the specific issues your readers should address. Be prepared to moderate discussions of your own work. When you read and comment on colleagues' work, keep in mind the issues they have asked you to address.

WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED ON TIME, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. IF IT'S NOT ENTIRELY READY BY THE DEADLINE, SUBMIT AS MUCH AS YOU HAVE AND WE'LL DISCUSS THAT. DON'T SEND OUT A REVISED VERSION AT THE LAST MINUTE; NO ONE WILL READ IT.

The draft chapter and the draft of the whole thesis must be fully and correctly documented; work that does not meet this requirement is unacceptable.  For guidelines, see Mary Lynn Rampolla, Pocket Guide to Writing in History. If you cannot find the necessary information in Rampolla's handbook, see Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers or consult a librarian.  Of course, complete and correct documentation is essential to the final draft.

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Conferences:
Every student will have three hour-long conferences, to discuss writing assignments and, at the end of the term, one 30-minute conferences to discuss the final draft after it has been submitted to the Graduate Studies Office and to review the thesis year. Click here for the schedule of meetings.


Final drafts ready for submission to the Office of Graduate Studies must be handed in to PM in hard-copy form before they're filed with Graduate Studies. The deadline for her thesis advisees 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29. The deadline for other members of the seminar is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Before PM receives the final drafts, they must be proofread, edited, and-in the case of the drafts due May 2-approved in writing by the thesis adviser. Regarding procedures for submitting theses to Graduate Studies (no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9), see the guidelines distributed by Alba Coronel. PLEASE NOTE THAT GRADUATE STUDIES NOW REQUIRES THAT THE THESIS BE FILED DIGITALLY, NOT AS A HARD COPY. .

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Regarding small groups, due dates, and group meetings:

Group 1: Hank Broege, Jackie Collens and Mercedes Townsend
Group 2: Anita Botello Santoyo, Ceighley Cribb and Camila Martínez

Due dates and discussion dates for Group 1:
Detailed outlines are due on January 21; to be discussed by the group on January 28.
Draft chapters are due on February 18; to be discussed by the group on February 25.
Full-length drafts are due on March 24 (yes, during Spring Break); to be discussed by the group on March 31.

Due dates and discussion dates for Group 2:
Detailed outlines are due on January 28; to be discussed by the group on February 7.
Draft chapters are due on February 25; to be discussed by the group on March 6.
Full-length drafts are due on March 31; to be discussed by the group on April 10.

Thesis advisees:
Almost-final drafts are due on April 11 (Jackie Collens) and April 18 (Anita Botello Santoyo).
Hard copies of final drafts are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday April 29.

Students for whom PM is the second reader:
Hard copies of final drafts are due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Before these drafts are submitted, they must be approved in writing by thesis advisers, who may signal n the hard copy or send PM an email.

All students:
On May 2, email the final draft to the whole seminar.
Final drafts, approved by PM and the other faculty reader(s), are due at the Office of Graduate Studies on Monday, May 9, by 5:00 p.m. They must be submitted in digital form.

IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND A MEETING OF THE SMALL GROUP TO WHICH YOU DO NOT BELONG, WE WILL WELCOME YOUR PARTICIPATION IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO DISCUSS THE WORK OF EVERY MEMBER OF THAT GROUP.

THE WOMEN'S HISTORY PROGRAM ENCOURAGES YOU TO MEET WITH ONE ANOTHER TO DISCUSS RESEARCH METHODS, THE WRITING PROCESS, AND OTHER TOPICS OF MUTUAL INTEREST. IF YOU ORGANIZE THE GATHERINGS, THE PROGRAM WILL FUND REFRESHMENTS.

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C L A S S    S C H E D U L E

1/21
1/28
2/7
2/18
2/25
3/6
3/24
3/31
4/10
4/11-22
4/29
5/2
5/9
5/12

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Thursday, January 21
No class meeting

Hank Broege, Jackie Collens and Mercedes Townsend email the detailed outline and cover sheet to the whole seminar.

 

Thursday, January 28
Discussion of Outlines - Group 1

Hank Broege, Jackie Collens and Mercedes Townsend meet with PM to discuss detailed outlines and give groupmates written comments on their work, with copies to PM.

Anita Botello Santoyo, Ceighley Cribb and Camila Martínez email the detailed outline and cover sheet to the whole seminar.

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Sunday, February 7
Discussion of Outlines - Group 2

Anita Botello Santoyo, Ceighley Cribb and Camila Martínez meet with PM to discuss detailed outlines and give groupmates written comments on their work, with copies to PM.



Thursday, February 18
No class meeting

Hank Broege, Jackie Collens and Mercedes Townsend email the draft of one chapter and a cover sheet to the whole seminar.

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Thursday, February 25
Discussion of Draft Chapters - Group 1

Hank Broege, Jackie Collens and Mercedes Townsend meet with PM to discuss draft chapters and give groupmates written comments on their work, with copies to PM.

Anita Botello Santoyo, Ceighley Cribb and Camila Martínez email the draft of one chapter and a cover sheet to the whole seminar.



Sunday, March 6
Discussion of Draft Chapters - Group 2

Anita Botello Santoyo, Ceighley Cribb and Camila Martínez meet with PM to discuss detailed outlines and give groupmates written comments on their work, with copies to PM.

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BEFORE SPRING BREAK, YOUR THESIS ADVISER SHOULD RECEIVE ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS.

 

 

Thursday, March 24
No class meeting

Hank Broege, Jackie Collens and Mercedes Townsend email a draft of the whole thesis and a cover sheet to the whole seminar.

 

 

Thursday, March 31
Discussion of Draft Theses - Group 1

Hank Broege, Jackie Collens and Mercedes Townsend meet with PM to discuss draft theses and give groupmates written comments on their work, with copies to PM.

Anita Botello Santoyo, Ceighley Cribb and Camila Martínez email a draft of the whole thesis and a cover sheet to the whole seminar.

 

 

Sunday, April 10
Discussion of Draft Theses - Group 2

Anita Botello Santoyo, Ceighley Cribb and Camila Martínez meet with PM to discuss draft theses and give groupmates written comments on their work, with copies to PM.

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Monday, April 11-Friday, April 22
No class meeting

THESIS ADVISERS SHOULD RECEIVE ADDITIONAL DRAFTS.

No later than Monday, 4/11, Jackie Collens emails PM an almost-final draft.

No later than Monday, 4/18, Anita Botello Santoyo emails PM an almost-final draft.

Cynia Barnwell, Samantha Gordon, Natasha Sanchez, and Susan Shook email full-length drafts and cover sheets to the whole seminar.



Monday, April 25-Friday, April 29
No class meeting

THESIS ADVISERS SHOULD RECEIVE FINAL DRAFTS.

No later than 4:00 p.m on April 29, Anita Botello Santoyo and Jackie Collens give PM hard copies of their final drafts, thoroughly proofread, copyedited, and documented in accordance with historiographical conventions.

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Monday, May 2
No class meeting

All students email final drafts to the whole seminar.
No later than 4:00 p.m., Hank Broege, Ceighley Cribb, Camila Martínez and Mercedes Townsend give PM hard copies of their final drafts, thoroughly proofread, copyedited, documented in accordance with historiographical conventions, and approved in writing by their thesis advisers.



Monday, May 9
Finished Thesis to Graduate Studies
File final drafts with the Office of Graduate Studies no later than 5:00 p.m. Regarding layout of the manuscript, filing fees, copyright forms, etc., see the guidelines distributed by Alba Coronel. Please note that Graduate Studies requires that theses be filed in digital form, not as hard copies.

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Thursday, May 12
Celebrations!

In the late afternoon, we'll have a reception at which students will briefly present their thesis work. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Time and place t.b.a. (Watch for an email from Tara James.)

Immediately following the presentations, the thesis seminar will celebrate with a private dinner. Time and place t.b.a.,

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