Women's & Gender Studies Events

Fall 2016

9/22: "Can I Kiss You?" with Mike Domitriz @ 4PM and 7:30pm in Krannert Ballroom. CE Credit

9/27: LISTEN's Q & Gay @ 5:30PM in MacAllister Auditorium.
A panel of LGBTQ+ Berry College students will answer any and all questions related to the LGBTQ+ community, experiences, and life. The panel will be an open and judgment-free environment for all students, unhindered by any faculty or staff influence. An anonymous texting service will be used to submit questions.

9/27: Life: The Final Chapter @ 1 PM in Ford Dining Hall.  
This workshop, created by the Women’s Information Network, Inc. based here in Rome, will be an informational program focusing on the last chapter of life. Topics will include palliative and hospice care, financial decisions, spiritual discussions at the end of life, and coping with the end of life. The workshop is set to begin at 1pm and end around 5pm. Refreshments will be provided.

10/13: Artist Talk and Reception: Jess Jones @ 5 PM in Moon Building Gallery. CE Credit
Textile artist Jess Jones will talk about her Topoquilts, shown in the Moon Gallery group exhibition Topo, within the context of her larger practice. Jones has a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an MFA in textiles from East Tennessee State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Textiles at Georgia State University, as well as Affiliate Faculty with the Institute of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

10/19: African Film Series: Fifty @ 7 PM in Green Building, Room 326. CE Credit
Fifty captures a few pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers. Meet Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighborhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island in Lagos. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate rise triumphantly to the challenges of contemporary life faced by women everywhere and remain unbowed.

10/26: The Illusionists Film Screening @ 6 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit.
"Sex sells. What sells even more> Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children." EMPOWER and Peer Educators will be leading a discussion on the documentary and how students can have a positive body image. EMPOWER is the Berry's women and gender studies club and Peer Educators are trained to communicate with young people about well being and responsibility. 

10/27: Free to Traffic: The Relationship Between Open Markets and Human Trafficking @ 4:30 PM in Memorial Library Conference Room. CE Credit
Memorial Library is inaugurating an occasional series of faculty presentations on their ongoing research. Inspired by Cornell University's long-running and highly successful "Chats in the Stacks" series, each installment would allow a member of the Berry faculty to share their work with a wider, non-specialist audience of colleagues and students. The presentations will provide us all with an opportunity to learn more about the diverse, original research happening on our own campus. In this presentation, Dr. Heller will explore the dark and unsettling issue of human trafficking and gauge its paradoxical relationship to economic freedom.

11/1: Artist Talk and Reception: Carolyn DeMerritt @ 5 PM in Moon Building Gallery. CE Credit
Award winning photographer/videographer Carolyn DeMeritt will discuss her work in the Moon Gallery group exhibition, Embodiment. DeMeritt has been deeply involved in the creation of photographs and videos for the past 30 years. The recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Exhibition Support Grant, Carolyn DeMeritt’s work is many collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. A life-long resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, her black and white photographs represent the dialog she has with her subject.

11/3: Abigail Greenbaum Fiction Reading @ 7:30 PM in Berry College Chapel. CE Credit
Abigail Greenbaum’s stories and essays have appeared in The Louisville Review, Orion, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Grist, and other places, and have been featured on CNN.com and WABE Atlanta. Her short story "In Case of Emergency, Good Luck," won the Creative Loafing Atlanta fiction contest, and her creative nonfiction essay on boar hunting, "Notes from a Nonnative Daughter," appears in Ecotone. In addition to short stories and essays, she is also currently completing a novel which comes out of her unique experience on the road--she was a tour manager, and did touring production work with musicians such as Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan. She also holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Mississippi. She served for three years as a visiting assistant professor at Berry College and since 2014 has taught at Georgia Highlands College. Greenbaum will read and discuss her creative prose (fiction and creative nonfiction).

11/14: Tolerance vs. Acceptance (vs. Embracement) in a Pluralistic Community Panel @ 5 PM in Evans Auditorium.
So long as Berry remains Berry, we will be coping with the question of our identity. Our unsettled, evolving, and complex identity is one of our distinguishing strengths as a college. Our complicated identity also means that from time to time we will disagree about how we understand our collective identity and mutual obligations. Students, faculty, staff and administration are attempting to navigate how best to affirm our devotion to free expression within the context of a residential community that seeks to be an inviting home for all persons of every identity. And while many of us applaud Berry’s ongoing efforts to make Berry an inviting and welcoming home for all persons, most of us would also agree we have some distance to go.  According to the September 23, 2016 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, of some fifty-five colleges in the state of Georgia, Berry College has the second lowest percentage of minority students.  We need to do a better job of listening attentively and empathetically to all voices. This panel is sponsored by the Interfaith Council and Department of Religion and Philosophy.

11/14: We're Here, We're Queer People of Color Panel @ 7 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
The Berry College Bonner Scholars Program invites you to join them for a panel discussing the challenges faced by people of color who identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. In light of the recent events, including the election and subsequent violence, it's as important as ever to learn about the challenges that minorities face and how you can advocate on their behalf. Co-sponsored by LISTEN.

11/17: The Working Poor: The Reality of the Cycle @ 7 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
Our nation is struggling with the problem of poverty, and the misconceptions about some of the people involved are just as prevalent. By introducing the students of Berry to Rome's own role in the working poor cycle of poverty, we will promote discussion and leave a lasting impression. All in all, the research of our group and the personal expertise of our panelists will create an intellectual experience that aids in Berry's goal of getting students to experience it firsthand. Sponsored by the Berry College Bonner Scholars Program.

11/18: Rachel Eliza Griffiths Poetry Reading @ 3:30 PM in Berry College Chapel. CE Credit
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of four collections of poetry including Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press), Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose), and most recently, Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books). Her visual and literary work has appeared widely including The New York Times, Poets & Writers, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Guernica, Lit Hub, ESPNW, Apogee, Transition, and many others. Griffiths is the recipient of fellowships including Yaddo, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her forthcoming photography exhibition, American Stanzas: 2006 - 2016, presents a decade of Griffiths' archival portraits of the Cave Canem Foundation, and will open at Poets House this fall. Her video project, P.O.P, which gathers more than 100 contemporary poets in intimate interviews, is now featured online by the Academy of American Poets. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the Institute of American Indian Arts. In an event sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths will read and discuss her poetry. 

11/28: Mad Max: Fury Road Film Screening - Feminism in Popular Culture @ 7 PM in MacAllister Auditorium. CE Credit
Join us for a screening of the six-time Oscar Award winning film Mad Max: Fury Road, followed by a discussion on how films have begun to incorporate feminism into pop culture and its influence. This event is sponsored by the Men's Cultural House, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and EMPOWER.

Reoccurring Events

LISTEN Meetings @ 5:30 PM, Tuesdays in Krannert 324
Join Berry's LGBTQIA+ group for weekly discussions on relevant issues to the LGBTQIA+ community, ranging from international issues to ones on Berry's own campus.

Christianity and Social Justice Bible Study @ 5:30 PM, Tuesdays in Plumwood Cottage
Join the Mount Berry Church in this weekly bible study that focuses on the intersection of the Christian faith and social justice. Topics covered include race, gender, poverty, violence, etc.

EMPOWER Meetings @ 6 PM, Thursdays in the Library Classroom
Interested in feminism and women's issues such as sexual assault, equal pay, and reproductive rights? Join EMPOWER for weekly discussions on topics like these, and more.