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Women's & Gender Studies Events Spring 2014

January 28: Conson Wilson Lecture by Temple Grandin, 8:00pm, Cage Center (CE Credit)

Temple Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also created the "hug box", a device to calm autistic children. The subject of an award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin, in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category. 

February 3: Bystander Effect with the Berry College Peer Educators and the Sexual Assault Center, 6pm, Spruill Ballroom (CE Credit)

The Sexual Assault Center is working with the Berry College Peer Educators to put on an interactive program that teaches how to be an "active bystander" in situations where a peer may become a victim of sexual assault. This program will teach what it means to be an active bystander and how to know when it is appropriate to intervene in situations where peers and friends might become victimized.  

February 14: Sexual Health Valentines, 11am-1pm, Krannert Lobby

Join EMPOWER as they hand out sexual health valentines to educate students about sexual health on Valentine's Day!

February 17: "Social Enterprise: The Place Where Justice and Healing Meet" with Becca Stevens, 7:00pm, Krannert Ballroom, (CE information coming soon) 

The Bonner Center for Community Engagement was recently introduced to the story of Thistle Farms, Magdalene Community, and its founder Becca Stevens. Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets, and Thistle Farms is its social enterprise. Thistle Farms produces natural bath and body products. Purchases of these products directly benefit the women by whom they were made. Stevens and two members of the Magdalene community will come to Berry to speak. For more information, please visit their website at www.thistlefarms.org.

February 24-28: Love Your Body Week, 11am-1pm, Krannert Lobby

EMPOWER will be celebrating Love Your Body Week with various activities to promote loving one's body at any shape and size! Activities will include creating love your body pins, eating FREE baked goods, and learning about how to combat the media's messages of body-hate!

March 17: Film: Branded, 5:00-7:00pm, (location and CE Credit info coming soon)

Branded is the final installment in ESPN’s “Nine for IX” series celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal legislation that boosted women’s participation in sports. Branded explores the balance between marketing and sex appeal for female athletes. Co-sponsored by the Peer Educators. Discussion led by Dr. Susan Conradsen.

March 20: F Word Panel, 6:00pm, Krannert 324, CE Credit

Do you believe in equality but find yourself resisting the label of "feminist?" EMPOWER's annual panel about the myths and stereotypes of feminism includes a faculty panel that will share their stories of their struggles and triumphs being feminists. Topics will include information about why stereotypes about feminism have formed and how our society treats those who call themselves feminists.

March 20: "This is what a Feminist Looks Like" Day, 11am-1pm, Krannert Lobby

EMPOWER's annual day of showing our feminist pride! EMPOWER will sell t-shirts to be worn on this day to demonstrate the diversity of feminists and feminism!

March 25: Women's Healthcare Expo, 11am-1pm, Krannert Ballroom A/B (CE Credit coming soon)

This event, co-sponsored with the WNS 412 Seminar class and EMPOWER, is an expo open to all students that will display information and resources related to women's health and well-being. There will be representatives from campus and the community who will showcase "stations" with information on topics such as healthy body image, reproductive health/contraceptives, sexual health, nutrition, exercise health, counseling, self-defense, mental health, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault awareness. Students will be able to take resources/information from specific stations and ask questions of the representatives. 

March 21, 22, and 23: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, 3/21 and 3/22 at 7:30pm and 3/23 at 2:00pm, Krannert Underground, (CE Credit info coming soon)

Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail) and based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a series of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and the intersection of the two. Co-sponsored by the Theater department and WNS.

March 26: Film: Wonder Woman: The Untold Story of American Superheroines, 5:00-7:00pm, Evans Auditorium (CE Credit)

Wonder Woman: The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Woman looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Wonder Woman goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre. Discussion led by Dr. Susan Conradsen. 

April 4-5: The Vagina Monologues, Krannert Underground, (CE Credit info coming soon)

     April 4, 10:00pm

     April 5, 8:00pm

Come watch EMPOWER's annual rendition of Eve Ensler's monologues about celebrating women and their struggles. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sexloverapemenstruation, female genital mutilation, birth, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is that the vagina is a tool of female empowerment and is the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Each monologue will be read by a student or faculty member. 

April 8: Equal Pay Day (more information coming soon)

April 9: The Red Light Districts of India, 5:00-6:00pm, McAllister Auditorium (CE Credit info coming soon)

Sex trafficking is an issue all across the world. Come and hear Berry student Danielle Render speak on her experience working with women and children of the red light districts of Miraj, India. 

April 16: Film: Tough Guise 2, 5:00-7:00pm, McAllister (Science) Auditorium (CE Credit)

In this highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men's violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood. In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. Along the way, the film provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and US political culture. Discussion led by Dr. Susan Conradsen. 

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