Dr. Sue Hendler, former Head of the Department of Women’s Studies, passed away September 14th, 2009 in Kingston after a long and courageous fight against breast cancer. Sue was a Co-coordinator of Women’s Studies in the 1990s and then served as Director/Head for five crucial years from 1999 until 2004. She will be remembered for the many important policy changes that she initiated and implemented while leading the Department, including drafting the first proposal for what has become our MA Program in Gender Studies, overseeing growth both in course offerings and the enrolment of concentrators, and recognizing the need to convert the Institute into a Department. Under her wise leadership the LGBT, now Sexual and Gender Diversity, Certificate Program was created and began to flourish. More permanent faculty members were hired and Sue guided the Department through its first Internal Academic Review. Sue was politically savvy, wise, and a very hard worker on behalf of the interests of all members of the Department. Those of us here now owe her enormous gratitude for the efforts that she devoted to ensuring Women’s Studies would flourish.
Dying in Public: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer edited by Christine Overall
Christine Overall, who is a cross-appointed faculty member in Gender Studies, has edited a book of the writings of Sue Hendler, the former Head of the Department, about her struggle with metastatic breast cancer. Link to Dr. Overall's book which is also available at Novel Idea and the Campus Bookstore.