Women's & Gender Studies Events Spring 2014
January 28: Conson Wilson Lecture by Temple Grandin, 8:00pm, College Chapel (CE Credit info coming soon)
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 12: Film: Branded, 5:00-7:00pm, Evans Auditorium (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.
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 11: Film: Wonder Woman: The Untold Story of American Superheroines, 5:00-7:00pm, Evans Auditorium (CE Credit info coming soon)
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.
March: F Word Panel (more information coming soon)
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: "This is what a Feminist Looks Like" Day (more information coming soon)
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: Women's Healthcare Expo (EMPOWER)
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.
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 sex, love, rape, menstruation, 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 16: Film: Tough Guise 2, 5:00-7:00pm, McAllister (Science) Auditorium (CE Credit info coming soon)
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.
Women's & Gender Studies Events Fall 2013
September 12: Can I Kiss You, 4:00pm & 7:30pm, Krannert Ballroom (CE Credit)
Mike Domitriz leads this discussion about respecting your partner and respecting their boundaries.
September 19: Geraldine Brooks lecture on Caleb's Crossing, 7:30pm, Cage Center (CE Credit)
Geraldine Brooks gives the Conoson Wilson Lecture on her novel Caleb's Crossing.
September 24: EMPOWER's first meeting, 6:00pm, Krannert Underground
Come join EMPOWER as they have their first meeting of the semester. Events for the year will be discussed along with the goals of the club for the year! We will also have a discussion about sexualization in music videos and how it transfers over to mainstream media culture and public television. Free coffee and cookies will be provided!
September 25: Film: The Invisible War, 5pm, Evans Auditorium (CE Credit)
This film documents the epidemic of sexual assault in the US military. Featuring interviews with veterans, the film forces viewers to confront the reality of victims’ lack of recourse in an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of perpetrators, and absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors, the unhindered advancement of perpetrators’ careers, and the forced expulsion of survivors from military service. Discussion led by Dr. Susan Conradsen.
October 10: Brian Hicks and the Trail of Tears: Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, the Cherokees and the Trail of Tears, 7:00pm, Krannert Center Ballroom E
Brian Hicks discusses the Trail of Tears on its 175th anniversary.
October 11: 6th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 12:00pm, Rotary Plaza, Downtown
The 6th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes raises awareness for domestic violence. Registration is from 11:00am to 12:00pm, and the walk starts at 12:00pm. You can pre-register here. The event is sponsored by the Hospitality House located in Rome, GA.
October 16: Love Your Body Day Social, 6:30pm, Krannert Underground
Social for EMPOWER members and other students at Berry to get together to make body-positive pins for Love Your Body Day!
October 17: Love Your Body Day, 11am-1pm, Krannert Lobby
Join EMPOWER as we celebrate the radical decision to love our bodies exactly the way they are-- lumps, bumps, and all! More details to come.
October 19: Bill Bowers: Beyond Words, 7:30pm, E. H. Young Theatre
Mime extraordinaire, Bill Bowers, returns to Berry for one night with his extraordinary one-man show. The Dallas Arts Examiner calls Beyond Words “one of the most poignant, fresh, absorbing, empathic, hilarious, and ingenious pieces I’ve ever seen. Bowers transforms the stage into a realm of revelation and transfiguring.”
October 23: Film: Ready to Fly, 5pm, Evans Auditorium (CE Credit)
This film is about leadership, sacrifice, and determination. The film follows 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van and the Women’s Ski Jumping USA team through their 15 year fight to make their Olympic dreams come true by calling out gender inequality in the Olympic Winter Games. This is a true story of a female hero who triumphs over obstacles to change the world for herself and for other women. Discussion led by Dr. Susan Conradsen.
October 29: Sexual Health Panel, 6:00pm, McAllister (Science) Auditorium (CE Credit)
EMPOWER's annual Sexual Health Panel. Come learn about safe sex, sexual health of males and females, STDs and prevention, and sex and relationships in a safe and non judgmental environment.
November 1: Dr. Robin Kowalski Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age George Scholar Discussion on Cyber Bullying, 5:00pm, Green 106 (CE Credit)
Dr. Kowalski from Clemson University will possibly give a presentation on cyber-bullying. The topic of the presentation is still tentative.
November 6: Film: Girl Rising, 6:00-8:00pm, Krannert Ballroom E (CE Credit)
The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change. Co-sponsored by EMPOWER, Women's & Gender Studies Program, KCAB, and BCVS.
November 7: Florence Reed: “Ecotourism, Voluntourism and Central America”, 11:00am, Evans Auditorium (CE Credit)
Reed is Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and founder of
Sustainable Harvest International, a non-profit organization dedicated to
working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable
land-use practices. She will speak on
recent trends in ecological and volunteer-based tourism in the region.
November 12 - Cultural Perceptions of Beauty Panel, 6:30pm, Evans Auditorium (CE Credit)
This student-led panel will explore the varying perceptions of beauty in our culture and how they are depicted in popular media. Specifically, student speakers will present research done in popular magazines like Cosmopolitan, Essence, and Teen Vogue that found images that contribute to our perceptions of beauty. Different categories will be explored such as hyper-masculinity, ultra-thin women, curvy women, women of color, beauty targeted towards teenagers, how beauty is seen in music videos, and how beauty is used in advertising. Topics will also include how our current technology contributes to how people "see" beauty.
November 12 - Empty Bowls, 5:30-7:30pm Rome Civic Center
Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement to help end hunger. It has raised awareness about the problem of hunger in our nation, as well as our community. Included in the ticket purchase of $20 are soup and sandwiches served in bowls donated by the local artists. Proceeds will benefit William S. Davies Homeless Shelter. For volunteer information, contact Dr. Susan Conradsen at email@example.com.
November 14: Diane Clancy Pushing the Bear: A Reading, 5:00pm, McAllister Auditorium (CE Credit)
Diane Clancy, Cherokee poet and author, will be reading from her work. This lecture is part of the “Remembering the Trail of Tears” series. Glancy is a Cherokee poet and author of numerous books of poetry including Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears.
November 14: Little Big Mountain and the Iron Horse Dancers, 7:00pm, Krannert Ballroom (CE Credit)
90 minutes of story-telling with sing and dance performers by Native American storytellers. Sponsored by MISP.