Women's & Gender Studies Events

Spring 2016

1/30: Spoken Word Night ft. Carlos Andres Gomez @ 8pm in Spruill Ballroom
Carlos Andres Gomes is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City. Carlos has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry," the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Central Park SummerStage, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Macy's Passport Show, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Omega Institute's Women & Power Conference, and on Broadway with Savion Glover. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood.

2/3: "The Spirituality of Hildegard of Bingen: 12th Century Wisdom for the Age of Instagram" @ 7pm in McAllister Hall 119 Auditorium. CE CREDIT
The lecture will be presented by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Professor of English and Scholar-in-Residence at Shorter University. This is the third installment of the Visions of Hildegard Series sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

2/8-2/25: LISTEN clothing drive for Lost and Found @ Krannert Lobby
Help LISTEN collecting clothing donations for Lost and Found, an organization in Atlanta that takes in LGBTQIA+ youth who have been kicked out of their homes. The collection boxes will be in Krannert Lobby from February 8th to February 25th.

2/10: "The Mask You Live In" Film Screening and Discussion @ 5pm in McAllister Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Join the Women's and Gender Studies Program for a screening of this film following boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Discussion led by Dr. Conradsen and some of the students from the Women's Studies Seminar class to follow. 

2/11: 50 First Dates Film Screening and Reflection @ 6pm in Evans Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Come and learn the Do's and Don'ts of Valentine's Day! Watch the film, enjoy some candy, and stay for a reflection on healthy relationships led by Dr. Bissonnette. This event is being presented by the Freshman Class Officers.

2/15: African American Read-In @ 7pm in the Memorial Library Lobby. CE CREDIT
Various students, faculty, staff, and community members will be reading passages about community activism as well as works by African American authors. Anyone is welcome to come participate and read a section of their favorite passage and experience music, food, and literature in celebration of Black culture. For more information, please contact MISP and/or the Memorial Library Staff. 

2/18: Economic Lecture: Dr Sarah Skwire, "Women need the state like a fish needs a bicycle" @ 7:30pm in McAllister Hall 119 Auditorium. CE CREDIT 
Dr. Skwire will give a campus lecture on the implications of markets and governments for feminism and the rights of women more generally. 

2/22: The Gender Worldwide Series Film Screening of "Paris is Burning" @ 6pm in Green 306. CE CREDIT 
This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion while also touching on issues of racism and poverty.

2/23: Buzz and Barbara Mote McCoy Southern Women Writers Lecture featuring Janisse Ray @ 7:30pm in the College Chapel. CE CREDIT
A writer, naturalist, and activist, Janisse Ray is the author of six books including the award-winning Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (1998), part memoir and part natural history of the longleaf pine ecosystem, and most recently The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. She lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability, and the politics of wholeness. Ray hold an MFA from the University of Montana, two honorary doctorates, and in 2015 was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. This is the first in a new annual lecture series featuring southern women writers and is made possible by the generosity of Barbara Mote McCoy (61C) and her husband, Buzz.

2/29: Bonner Scholar Panel Series: Mass Incarceration @ 7pm in Evans Auditorium. CE CREDIT
The US represents 5% of the global general population, yet incarcerates 23% of the global prisoner population. The average prison sentence is 8 years. This panel will explore how mass incarceration came about, some surprising statistics, government policies working to eliminate the issue, and more. Panelists include Dr. Conradsen, Dr. Bailey, Dr. Allred, and Dr. Perkins.

3/17: Bend it Like Beckham Film Screening and Discussion @ 7pm in Krannert 324.
As part of their commitment to promoting diversity awareness on campus, Robinwood Cottage is screening Bend it Like Beckham and leading a discussion focused on celebrating diversity and embracing difference. 

3/18: 2nd Annual Voices: Connecting the Stories of Women through Music, Art, and Literature @ 7pm in the Jewel Box. CE CREDIT 
Join us for the second annual Voices event! Listen to fellow Berry students, faculty, and staff perform slam poetry, read essays, poetry and/or short stories (of their own writing or of a female author that they admire), perform live music, and display their visual art to celebrate Women's History Month. Add your voice and artistic creation to portray the complexity and connectedness of women's lives. If you are interested in performing music, reading poetry or another form of literacy work, or displaying art that you have created for this event, please contact Maggie Crow at maggie.crow@vikings.berry.edu. Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, KCAB, and MISP. 

3/21: Sexual Health Panel @ 7pm in Evans Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Join the Bonner program and EMPOWER for an honest panel discussion tackling topics related to STDs, birth control, and more. Anonymous questions will be accepted and answered!

3/28: Lumen Lecture with Barbara Brown Taylor @ 7pm in Spruill Ballroom
Come be a part of the Spring edition of the Chaplain's Office Lumen Lecture Series. This semester's special guest will be Barbara Brown Taylor. She is a New York Times best-selling author, professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year aware from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured in TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Butman Professor of Religion & Philosophy and has been a guest lecturer at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale.

4/4: Salam Neighbor Film Screening and Discussion @ 6pm in Evans Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Join us for a screening and discussion of Salam Neighbor, a 2015 documentary following the first filmmakers permitted by the United Nations to register and set up a tent within a Syrian refugee camp. Filmmakers Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis to uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors. Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the History Department, MISP, and the Sociology and Anthropology Department. 

4/7: The Truth About Anorexia @ 7pm in Mcallister Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Come listen to Junior Sarah Beckwith share her personal story of battling anorexia and discuss the psychology and biology of eating disorders. As a psychology major and a Peer Educator, she will be debunking common myths believed about eating disorders and informing the audience about how eating disorders develop from a scientific perspective. She will also address students who struggle with eating disorders, or those know someone who does, by suggesting methods of treatment and intervention. 

4/12: Unequal Bake Sale and Equal Pay Day Information Table @ 11am - 1pm in Krannert Lobby
The wage gap is not a myth. In the past year, pay equality only improved by 0.3%, meaning women on average only make $0.78 for every dollar the average man makes, and pay disparity only worsens for women and men of color. To create awareness for the wage gap, Equal Pay Day is celebrated every year on the date marking how much longer the average woman would have to work in order to make the same salary as the average man. To learn the facts, visit Krannert Lobby during the symposium between 11am and 1pm. While you're there, check out the Unequal Bake Sale sponsored by EMPOWER. Homemade baked goods are $1 for men and $0.78 for women in order to make things just a little bit more equal for a day. If you can't make it, be on the lookout for our Equal Pay Day email flyer.

4/13: Hildegard of Bingen and Ermengarde of Brittany: Sisters in Spirit @ 7pm McAllister Hall 119 Auditorium. CE CREDIT
The lecture will be presented by Amy Livingstone, Professor of Medieval History at Wittenberg University. This is the fourth and final lecture of the Visions of Hildegard Series sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

4/16: Row Down the River @ 9am in Grizzard Park.
Join Sunshine Cottage for this event in support of the Hospitality House of Rome and the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. Registration will be $25 and will include a boat rental, a T-shirt, and lunch. Boats will be launching qt 9am from Grizzard Park (following a safety talk) and will be taking out at Heritage Park anywhere from 11am to 12pm, depending on water levels and experience. 

4/18: The Hunting Ground Film Screening and Discussion @ 5pm in Evans Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Join the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia for a special screening of the newly released documentary The Hunting Ground. The film delves into the horrors of sexual assault on college campuses, as well as the controversy surrounding college policies on sexual assault. Kim Davis, executive director of the SAC, will be leading a discussion following the film. 

4/20: Turn Your Back on Hate Rally Marshal Training @ 6pm in Richards Gym
In preparation for the upcoming Turn Your Back on Hate silent protest (details below) the organizers of the event are offering a free marshal training event for anyone interested in being a marshal at the protest or for anyone interested in attending the rally that wants some tips and practice on how to stay calm, silent, and powerful in protest. If you are planning on attending the silent protest, please consider attending this training so you can be as prepared as possible for the rally on Saturday.

4/23: Turn Your Back on Hate Silent Protest @ 1:30pm in Downtown Rome at the courthouse parking lot
On April 23rd, 9 (and counting) Neo Nazi groups are coming to Rome for their annual "White Rights" rally to try and spread their hateful ideology. Although the people of Rome cannot stop them from coming, a number of citizens came together in solidarity against the group and have planned a peaceful silent protest to show the Neo Nazi groups, as well as the Rome community, that we do not agree with their messages of hate. Please consider joining forces with this group to show that Berry College does not support hate and celebrates diversity. When the time comes to silently and peacefully leave, the group will travel to the entrance of Ridgeferry Park to make an entrance into the Rome Unity Festival being held as a secondary show of solidarity against the Neo Nazi Rally. For more information, visit the facebook page

Fall 2015

9/10: "Can I Kiss You?" with Mike Domitriz @ 4pm and 7:30pm in Krannert Ballroom. CE Credit

9/23: The Last Segregated Hour with Dr. Stephen Haynes @ 7:30pm in Krannert Ballroom E. CE Credit
Professor Haynes will discuss the kneel-in movement, which swept the American South between 1960 and 1965, in which racially mixed groups attempted to desegregate churches of many denominations.

9/29: Victoria Sweet @ 7:30pm in The Cage. CE Credit
Author of God's Hotel and the 2015 Conson Wilson Lecturer, Victoria Sweet will speak about her book, chosen as this year's common summer reading assignment for all incoming freshmen. God's Hotel is the story of the Laguna Honda Hospital, one of the last almshouses in the country, where technological advances and healthcare efficiencies are few, but time is plentiful.

10/7: Pray the Devil Back to Hell Film Screening @ 5pm in the McAllister Auditorium. CE Credit
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, this powerful documentary honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Co-sponsored by RISE and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Discussion led by Dr. Conradsen to follow

10/8: Charlotte Pence Poetry Reading @ 7:30pm in the College Chapel. CE Credit
Poet and critic Charlotte Pence holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Tennessee and is the author of a book of poems, Many Small Fires, as well as two chapbooks of poems and a textbook in writing. Charlotte Pence will read and discuss her poetry. A book sale and signing will immediately follow the reading. 

10/16: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes @ Rotary Park Plaza; Registration begins 11am, Walk begins 12pm
Join the Hospitality House, the Rome community, and the Women and Gender Studies Program for the 8th annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,"  an International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Bring a group, decorate high heels, wave signs and banners, and walk in your ladies' shoes of choice with peers and neighbors in solidarity against violence against women. 

10/20: Music, the Medicine of the Soul: Hildegard of Bingen's Music and Cosmology @ 7:30pm in the McAllister Auditorium. CE Credit
This is the first of a four-part lecture series, Visions of Hildegard of Bingen, sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Katherine Steiner, the presenter, earned her PhD in Musicology at Princeton University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled “Notre Dame in Scotland: W1 and Liturgical Reform in Medieval St. Andrews.” She held a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship until June 2015 at Valparaiso University. Her entry in the volume Music and Culture in the Age of the Late Capetians, (Cambridge University Press), “The Scribe of W1” is forthcoming. As a Mellon Research Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Dr. Steiner proposes to examine “a French outpost in medieval Scotland: the politics of cross-cultural liturgical music.”

10/27: Faye Gibbons Poetry Reading @ 4:30 in the Ford Living Room. CE Credit
Faye Gibbons is a published author and Berry alumna, with eight books for children and young adults to her name. A Question and Answer session will follow the reading. 

10/28: Joystick Warriors Film Screening @ 5pm in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
For years, there's been widespread speculation about the relationship between violent video games and violence in the real world. This film provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue. Co-Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Psychology Department. Discussion led by Dr. Bissonnette and Dr. Conradsen to follow.

11/10: Empty Bowls @ 5pm at the Rome Civic Center
Empty Bowls is an annual international project to fight hunger and is locally driven by area potters, artists, and community members with a passion to bring positive change to Rome and surrounding areas through arts and education. The public is invited to attend, including Berry College students, and attendees will enjoy a soup and salad dinner and receive a bowl made by a local potter. Tickets are on sale now for $20 at Harvest Moon and the Rome Visitors Center gift shop until November 3rd. Beginning November 4th, ticket prices will increase to $25. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hospitality House for Women. There is also a need for volunteers to help set up, serve food, and help with cleanup. All inquiries into participating as a volunteer should be directed to Dr. Conradsen via email

11/10: Hildegard in Context: Writing and Reform in the Twelfth Century @ 7pm in McAllister Auditorium. CE Credit
Presented by Lauren Whitney of the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This is the second of a four-part lecture series, Visions of Hildegard of Bingen, sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

11/11-11/12: Refugee Women's Network and Global Refugee Crisis Information Table in Krannert
In preparation for "Closer to Home: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Refugee Women's Network of Atlanta," the upcoming Refugee Crisis Panel on November 12th (more information below), a table will be set up in Krannert from 11am-1pm to provide information about the Refugee Women's Network and ways Berry students can get involved. Stop by at any time to pick up an information sheet, discuss the upcoming event, and if possible, make a small donation to support the efforts of the Refugee Women's Network. More information about the organization can be found here. 

11/12: Closer to Home: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Refugee Women's Network of Atlanta @ 5:30pm in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
In collaboration with the Refugee Women's Network of Decatur and MISP, the Women's and Gender Studies Program is hosting a special panel centered on the global refugee crisis. Considering the prevalence of the current political debates and the dire situation of Syrian refugees across the world, this panel will discuss many of the hot topic questions circulating throughout the media, and will also provide information for how Berry students can get involved. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Refugee Women's Network, so be sure to bring any spare change you are able to donate!

11/12 - 11/22: BCTC Presents: Women in Arms in the E. H. Young Theater. CE Credit
Women in Arms
draws extensively from the epic poems of the Ulster cycle of Irish myths. It features four females, who serve as an alternative view of women in Irish history - strong, autonomous, articulate, and witty, whose authority is not limited to the domestic arena. Rather than depicting them as passive witnesses to or victims of the major events and struggles of their cultural development, the characters, Nessa, Macha, Deirdre, and Maeve, and their actions determine the course of their peoples history.
Showtimes: Nov. 12-14 at 7:30pm, Nov. 15 at 2pm; Nov. 19-21 at 7:30pm and Nov. 22 at 2pm

12/2: Raised on Red Streets: The Children of Mumbai's Redlight District @ 5:30pm in Krannert 250. CE Credit
Join Olivia Paige for a presentation of her research conducted over the summer in the Redlight District of Mumbai. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation as well as provided refreshments.