Gender, women’s and sexuality studies major, Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2017-18 Frances Holland Black Scholarship
Appalachian State University
“Overall, this opportunity helped me develop feminist perspectives and communicate them to conference attendees through speaking to, meeting and learning from others, and helped me develop my own confidence in these spaces.”
Sope Kahn on participating in the 2018 SEWSA Conference
BOONE, N.C. — Sope Kahn, a junior from Chapel Hill majoring in gender, women’s and sexuality studies in the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies at Appalachian State University, has been recognized with the university’s 2017-18 Frances Holland Black Scholarship.
The scholarship, which honors Frances Holland Black (1894-1992), was established by Black’s children and friends as a means of continuing her efforts to champion equality and freedom. Funds from this endowment are used to create opportunities for women students, individually or collectively, to develop feminist perspectives on equality and freedom for all and to create opportunities for their expression.
This past March, Kahn participated in the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) Conference in Clemson, South Carolina. Kahn submitted two proposals to the conference, both of which were accepted, and the proposal “Bringing Personal Stories to the Public Sphere through Art and Activism: An Examination of Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s ‘The Mushroom at the End of the World’” was included in the conference.
“This opportunity gave me important academic experience and aided my development as a GWS student,” Kahn said.
The SEWSA Conference gives students the opportunity to gain important academic, research and presentation experience. The conference is designed for students to meet other professors, students and writers in the field discussing issues of importance and developing methods and solutions. The conference also serves as an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback from individuals from a variety of backgrounds and connect to others in the discipline.
When reflecting on their experience at the SEWSA conference, Kahn stated, “Overall, this opportunity helped me develop feminist perspectives and communicate them to conference attendees through speaking to, meeting and learning from others, and helped me develop my own confidence in these spaces.”
Kahn said they also received the help and support of countless faculty members, including Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, associate professor of gender, women’s and sexuality studies; Dr. Ellen Lamont, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Sociology; and Dr. Teresa Roach, former lecturer in the university’s Department of Sociology.
About the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies
The Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies offers degrees in global studies, interdisciplinary studies, and gender, women’s and sexuality studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement in cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at https://cgg.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.