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Women's and Gender Studies Events

Upcoming Events

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

"Words matter: A conversaton about gender-inclusive and non-sexist language"                                                                                                             Panelists will include: John Hadlock and Josie Rush (English), Dr. Alison Colbert (Nursing), Dr. Sarah MacMillan (Sociology)                                   and student leaders from the Gender Forum and Lambda: the Gender and Sexuality Alliance                                                                                         A reception will follow the panel discussion                                                                                                                                                                         October 25 from 4:30 - 6:30                                                                                                                                                                                                 Room 644 College Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                         This event sponsored by The Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the Gender Forum, and Lambda: the Gender and Sexuality Alliance

Past Events

"Race, Empire, and Colonial Masculinity during the South Africa War: 1899 - 1902"
John Mitcham
October 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 555 Fisher Hall 

"Must Survivors of Sexual Violence Disclose their Assaults? Title IX, Mandatory Reporting, and the Role of the Confidant"
Ann Cahill
November 2 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Simon Silverman Center

"Preserving the City: Seen and Unseen"
History Department Forum
November 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Blakey Center

"Gender, Race, and Politics"
Khadija T. Diggs, Esq.
November 15 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 204 School of Law (Hanley Hall)

"Writing Romance in the 21st Century"
Gwyn Cready
December 2 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Berger Gallery (College Hall 207)

"Women Making Change: Strategies for Empowerment Opportunity, and Success"
A Panel Discussion with Celeta Hickman, Jenn Van Dam, and Teneshya Wiliams
January 24 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
449 College Hall

"Gender and Hip Hop"
Amber Epps
February 7 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
714 Fisher Hall

"Computational Methods in Authorship Studies: Willa Cather as a Case Study"
Matt Lavin
February 22 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
554 Fisher Hall

"Critical Philosophies of Life"
Women in Philosophy Conference
March 24-24

Women's and Gender Studies Showcase
March 27
Africa Room

"The 'Big Women' of Colonial Nigeria: A Gendered Analysis of Wealth Accumulation and Moneylending"
Robin Chapdelaine
April 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
714 Fisher Hall

"Cross-Currents: Finding Fluidity in Identity, Discipline, and Media"
English Graduate Organization Conference
April 8

Fall Reception
December 2 from 5-7pm
Room 643 CH

"Digital Prosthesis: A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding the Problem of Non-Consensual Pornography"
P.J. Ray
January 14 from 4-6pm
Room 225 CH

Grad Student and Faculty Brown Bag Research Luncheon
January 20 from 12-1pm
Room 643 CH

"Body Histories" Pop-Up Museum
Alima Bucciantini
February 17 from 12-4pm
Student Union

"Imag(e)ining: Heroic Masculinity and its Failures in the Virginia Watercolors of Benjamin Henry Latrobe"
Julia Sienkewicz
February 23 from 6-8pm
Room 551 CH

"love and justice. creativity and courage; tamir rice, a broken taillight, and how to stay alive
when no one wants to look you in the eye."
Vanessa German
February 24 from 4:00-5:30 pm
Room 104 CH 
Open to the Public 

"Women's Bodies: The Road and The Map"
Jan Beatty
March 15 from 7-9pm
Genesius Theater

"Venuses in Prison and Colony: Abjection and Neoclassical Fashion in the 1790s"
Amelia Rauser
March 29 from 6pm-8pm
Africa Room

Snowflakes in the Cemetery
A Contemporary Ballet
April 30 7-9pm
Genesius Theater

"Gender Redesigner"
fAe Gibson
March 31 from 6-8pm
Pappert Hall

Spring Reception
April 21 from 2-4pm
Room 643 CH

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"