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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies


Upcoming WGST Events

March 23rd: Troubling the Public During Troubling Times with Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies is co-sponsoring the Department of African American Studies 26th Annual Robert Smalls Lecture with Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom. Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom writes bold, empirically-driven but emotionally resonate narratives about our most deeply held ideas: fairness, mobility, education, justice, and public life. She is an award-winning writer, sociologist, cultural critic, professor with the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life at UNC Chapel Hill, and MacArthur Fellow. Click here for the event flyer.

March 24th: Stigma, Sensitivity, and Surveys: Measuring Abortion Post-Dobbs with Dr. Laura Lindberg

The Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology WGS will co-host Dr. Laura Lindberg, Professor of Urban-Global Public Health at Rutgers University. Although an estimated one in five pregnancies in the United States end in induced abortion, stigma around abortion has made it a highly sensitive and thus difficult-to-measure behavior. As states respond to the Supreme Courts’ Dobbs decision, the roll-out of new laws creating further barriers to abortion is expected to magnify measurement challenges. Dr. Lindberg will present a body of recent research on abortion measurement and consider pathways forward post-Dobbs. This includes a series of quantitative analyses to identify the scope and correlates of abortion underreporting for three national fertility surveys in the United States and survey experiments to evaluate methodological approaches identified through formative mixed-methods research to improve the measurement of abortion in surveys. Click here for the event flyer.

Violence (In)Justice Lecture Series

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies continues to support the College of Arts and Science Theme Semester's Violence (In)Justice Lecture Series. The series aims to highlight experts on the intersections of violence (broadly defined), (in)justice, and inequality. In particular, our guest speakers emphasize the ways in which violence both reflects systemic inequalities, given its disproportionate effect on marginalized groups, and also reinforces inequalities experienced by women, people of color, and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community. Click to visit the CAS Theme Semester site to learn more about upcoming lectures.


Annual Lectures


Previous Events

  • January 18,2023: Post-Roe in the US: Lessons Learned Globally to Inform Local Action with Dr. Deborah Billings Event Flyer [pdf]
  • January 18-22, 2023: Girls Speak - Women's Well-Being Initiative Exhibition Event Flyer [pdf]
  • January 30, 2023 “Getting Zucked:” Examining Digital Violence and Injustice Online and IRL with Dr. Kishonna Gray. Part of the Violence (In)Justice Press Play Lecture Series.
  • February 6, 2023 Teaching Social Justice Seminar Event flyer [pdf]
  • August 25-September 29, 2022: Socially Engaged Ceramics (learn more on the SVAD website)
  • October 6, 2022: Travelling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance with Mia Bay Event Flyer [pdf]
  • October 6-27, 2022: Feminist Horror Film Series: Family Trouble: Parenthood, Gender, and the Monstrous-Feminine (learn more on the Honors College website)
  • October 12-26, 2022: Fall Literary Festival (learn more on the University Library website)
  • October 17, 2022: Adrenée Glover Freeman lecture with Dr. Aisha Durham Event Flyer [pdf]
  • February 10-13, 2022: The 2022 Comparative Literature Conference: Truth in the Late Foucault (learn more on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures website)
  • February 11, 2022 at 2PM: Writing workshop with Briallen Hopper Event Flyer [pdf]
  • February 12, 2022 at 4:30PM: Odd Birds Books reading with Briallen Hopper – Easy to Love: An alternative Valentine’s Day event celebrating friendship, queerness, spinsterhood, and family Event Flyer [pdf]
  • March 2, 2022 at 4:30PM: Programs of Life with Dr. Patrick R. Grzanka Event Flyer [pdf]
  • March 31, 2022 at 6PM: Dr. Mary Baskin Waters Lecture with Dr. Ruha Benjamin Event flyer [pdf]
  • April 4, 2022 at 4:30PM: Kashmir: The Personal is Political Event flyer [pdf]
  • Climates Theme Semester Violence (In)justice Lecture Series: Transgressed: Intimate Partner Violence in Transgender Lives Event Information
  • University Libraries' Fall Literary Festival event with Jacqueline Woodson, children's author Event Information
  • Climates Theme Semester Violence (In)justice Lecture Series: Intersectionality and Youth Violence Event Information
  • Climates Theme Semester Violence (In)justice Lecture Series: Racialized State Violence and the Paradox of Mothers’ (In)visibility Event Information
  • Religion, Sexuality and Freedom: a Talk with Dr. Emily Kazyak and Dr. Kelsy Burke  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • A Talk with Irish Poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin Event Flyer [pdf]
  • TC Tolbert, editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • Claudia Smith Brinson discusses Stories of Struggle: The Clash over Civil Rights in South Carolina  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • Matias Viegener joins Dr. Ed Madden's "Queer Times, Queer Lives" Event Flyer [pdf]
  • Joseph Valente and Margot Gayle Backus discuss their work The Child Sex Scandal and Modern Irish Literature  Event Flyer [pdf]
  •  WGST 298 welcomes Cooper Lee Bombardier to discuss Pass with Care  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • 27th Annual Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture with Sandra Rattley #UNLADYLIKE 2020
  • CAS Justice Theme Semester guest speaker Lewis Raven Wallace
  • The Challenges and Rewards of Social Justice Guided Teaching and Research and Activism with Dr. Lynn Weber
  • Rethinking Recognition: Overcoming Displacement and Reification in Cultural Politics with Georgia Warnke
  • Southern Truth Award Lecture with Dorothy Allison, part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
  • 26th Annual Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture with Valerie Smith
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