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Women's and Gender Studies Events

Upcoming Events

WGS Fall Reception

Thursday, December 3, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
643 College Hall
Refreshments will be provided.

Faculty and Graduate Student Socials

Upcoming Socials:
October 15 at 6 p.m. @ The Red Ring
November 19 at 6 p.m. @ The Red Ring

Past Events

Women's History Month Keynote Speaker - Robert Ellsberg

"Blessed Among All Women: The Subversive Power of Female Saints"

Robert Ellsberg is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Orbis Books
Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom

The history of Christianity is marked by the stories of countless holy women who struggled hard to assert their full humanity and to follow where God was calling them, even when this challenged the prevailing options of the time. While the church has recognized many women saints, their stories--almost always written by men-have tended to emphasize "feminine virtues" of purity, humble service, obedience, or patient endurance. Seldom have women been recognized for questioning authority; for defying restrictive codes and models of behavior; for audacity and wit in surmounting the obstacles placed in their paths. Yet these are qualities that mark the lives of so many holy women. Robert Ellsberg, author of "Blessed Among All Women," will share the stories of some of these women and reflect on their challenge for the church and the world today.

Violence and Embodiment

Duquesne Women in Philosophy 2015 Conference
Keynote speaker: Ann Murphy, University of New Mexico
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Thomas J. Murrin Room (Rockwell Hall 505)

"Defining and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"

A presentation by Sean Weaver
Friday, March 20, 2015
4:00 p.m.
553 College Hall

"Modern Day Saints on the Battlefield: The Power and Resilience of Sudanese Women"

A lecture by Dr. Godriver Odhiambo, Assistant Professor of History at Le Moyne College
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom
Reception to follow.

This presentation will acknowledge the roles played by women in the African liberation struggles, and especially the resilience of south Sudanese women. Although history in most cases ignores the role of women, Dr. Godriver Wanga-Odhiambo will show how Sudanese women played different roles during the civil war, which spanned more than 55 years. They not only served as combatants in the battle front, but also as auxiliary soldiers who sacrificed their time serving Sudan People's Liberation Army in the forest undertaking different assignments. While liberation struggles have ended in Africa, other ugly war zones have emerged, forcing "new modern day Saints" to continue fighting individually, in an effort to deconstruct these "new war zones" by struggling against the "invincible enemies" in social and political spheres that inhibit women.

"Who are our Saints? Building a National Pantheon in the Modern Museum"

A lecture by Dr. Alima Bucciantini, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Duquesne University
Friday, March 13, 2015
4:00 p.m.
553 College Hall

"Divine Textualization: The Writing of María"

A lecture by Dr. Boncho Dragiyski
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Duquense University

Friday, February 20, 2015
4:00 p.m.
553 College Hall

Faculty and Graduate Student Social

A celebration of Dr. Laura Engel's recent book, Actresses, Accessories, and Austen: Much Ado About Muffs

Friday, February 13, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Red Ring
The event is BYO (buy your own), but WGS will provide cake.

Pop-Up Museum: Saints

Who are your saints? Are they holy? Are they secular? We are creating a temporary Museum of Saints at the NiteSpot, and we need you! Bring anything you have that makes you think about saints, holy, secular, or in between, and you can help make a museum.

Dr. Alima Bucciantini will be on hand to help you be the curator of your own museum pieces! She will offer assistance in labeling and effectively displaying your items (labeling and displaying supplies will be provided). Or, just come and see the objects others have brought!

Thursday, January 29, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
NiteSpot, 1st Floor Duquesne Union

"Blood, Milk, and Tears: Holy Bodies in the Middle Ages"

A lecture by Dr. Sarah Miller,
Associate Professor and Chair, Classics Department,
Duquesne University
Friday, January 23, 2015
4:00 p.m.
553 College Hall

Faculty and Graduate Student Social

A celebration of Dr. Elisabeth Vasko's recent book, Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders

Friday, January 16
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Red Ring
The event is BYO (buy your own), but WGS will provide cake.

Lisa Tetrault - "The Myth of Seneca Falls: A Making of a Feminist Holy Trinity"

Dr. Tetrault is Associate Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University
Friday, October 17, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Women's History Month 2014 - "Gender and the Archives"

"Subjectivity in Question" Conference

Dr. Lisa Guenther- Keynote Speaker
"Subjectivity Behind Bars: Social Death and Natal Resistance"
Vanderbilt University, Department of Philosophy
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Silverman Phenomenology Center, Gumberg Library
co-sponsored with Duquesne Women in Philosophy

Heather Love - "Reading the Social: Erving Goffman and Sexuality Studies"

University of Pennsylvania, R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor, Associate Chair of the English Department
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
644 College Hall
Open to the public
Co-sponsored with English Department

The Devil Himself: A Gilded Age Tale of Honor, Vengeance, and InsanityA talk by Andrew Porwancher

Thursday, April 18, 2013
4 - 5 P.M.
502 Rockwell Hall
Andrew Porwancher is Assistant Professor of Classics & Letters, University of Oklahoma, and Alistair Horne Fellow in Modern History, Oxford University, 2013-14
Co-sponsored by The Center for Women's and Gender Studies and the History Department

Women's History Month 2013 - "Women and the Arts"