Dear Professor Chapkis,
I just wanted to let you know - in your capacity as the Director of Women and Gender Studies - that in my opinion the Women and Gender Studies program here at USM is by far the most visible, active, and positive communal force I have experienced in my two years at USM. Though I have no affiliation to the program, I think it would be irresponsible not to acknowledge and recognize all those professors and students involved for their intense and focused efforts to bring diverse and profound speakers and events to campus. To date I have attended the following events: a talk by Kenyan environmentalist Helida Oyieke, a panel discussion titled "Disability, Identity, Community: Feminist Perspectives" composed of USM's own James Melanson, Prof. Kate Wininger, and Prof. of ASL and Deaf Studies Brenda Schertz, a panel performance and discussion titled "Women in Hip Hop", and a talk titled "Sexual Encounters of the Comic Kind" with Katie Diamond and Lyndon Cudlitz. All were eye and brain opening, packed with people and free to the public.
Please keep up the great work!