On Sunday, June 12, 2016, I attended the graduation ceremony for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. The ceremony was held on a small lawn outside of the Lokey Science Complex, between Huestis and Deschutes Halls. What was prediced to be a cloudy day ended up being bright, sunny, and a little too warm for wearing regalia. But the ceremony was small, friendly, celebratory, and generously brief. Though I have only been at UO for a year, I did get to see a handful of students from my classes this past year walk across the stage and say a few words about why it was important to be a WGS major and graduate. I am proud and happy to have been a part of their education and their lives, however small. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and best of luck in the years to come!
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Dr. Edmond Y. Chang is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University. His areas of research include technoculture, race/gender/sexuality, video games, RPGs, and LARP, feminist media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, and 20/21C American literature. He earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on queer American literature, speculative literature of color, virtual worlds, games, and writing. Recent publications include “Drawing the Oankali: Imagining Race, Gender, and the Posthuman in Octavia Butler’s Dawn” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler, “Playing as Making” in Disrupting Digital Humanities, and “Queergaming” in Queer Game Studies. He is completing his first book on algorithmic queerness and digital games tentatively entitled Queerness Cannot Be Designed. View all posts by edmondchang