Women's & Gender Studies Events

FALL 2017

11/29 - Sexual Health Panel @ 7 PM in Evans Auditorium.

EMPOWER is holding a Sexual Health Panel in Evans Auditorium with 4 registered nurses to answer questions that students may have about sexual health and safety.  The questions are anonymous and all are welcome! 


1/24 - Black People/White People: A Theological Problem @ 11 AM in Evans 123.
The idea of race has played an integral role in shaping U.S. society and culture and has been crucial in maintaining social injustice at home and abroad. This talk explores some of the resources within Christian theology that can assist us in addressing the close connection between the idea of race and the rationalizations that legitimize harming black and brown bodies (e.g. "stand your ground" laws). Join the Berry's department of Religion and Philosophy with guest speaker Dr. Steven Battin (Notre Dame, Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow) for this event.

1/25 - Sexual Health Panel @ 6 PM in Krannert Ballroom C/D.
Join EMPOWER and Listen for an honest panel discussion tackling topics related to STDs, birth control, and more. Anonymous questions will be accepted and answered!

1/30 - Guest Speaker Series: Sarah Bessey @ 7 PM in Krannert Ballroom. CE Credit
Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women, will be discussing her new book Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith and the theological issues that come with being a woman. Sponsored by the Chaplain's Office and the Women's and Gender Studies Department. 

2/9 - Adult Entertainment Film Screening @ 7 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
Did you know that pornography is a $97 billion industry, with $12 billion of that business coming solely from the United States? Did you know that each month, pornography websites see more regular traffic than Netflix, Twitter, and Amazon combined? Forty million Americans watch porn regularly. One third of them are women. Have you ever been curious as to how exposure to porn affects the human brain as well as our capacity to form and maintain lasting, healthy relationships? Come to the Peer Educator's screening of "Adult Entertainment" for information on the porn industry and its affects on our society.

2/16 - "You Just Got Trumped!": White Perceptions and Realities of Reverse Racism in Post-Race America @ 5 PM in the Memorial Library Sandbox. CE Credit

2/23 - Sex Trafficking: An Awareness Event @ 7 PM in Krannert Ballroom. CE Credit
Join MBC Men's Ministry and Fight Club CIT as we learn about this epidemic from a panel of experts. 

2/24-26 - The Vagina Monologues. @ 8 PM in Krannert Underground. CE Credit.
Come out to the inspiring reading by fellow Berry students of what it is like to live with a vagina from a variety of perspectives and experiences. Sponsored by EMPOWER & The Berry College Theatre Company. $3 for tickets. All proceeds will go to Women of W.O.R.T.H.; a local organization that offers low cost gynecological and preventive care for women.

3/2 - Social Activism in the Hispanic Immigrant Community with Guest Speaker Robert Mendoza @ 7 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
Immigrant rights activist Roberto Mendoza will speak about grassroots organizing at the Berry College English as a Second Language Program. Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, the History Department, Sigma Delta Pi, Orgulio and LACSI.

3/2 - Swipe Right @ 7 PM in Krannert 217. CE Credit
Whether you met online or in class, first dates are awkward. Let's make sure they're safe. Tenia Shaw of the Northwest Georgia Sexual Assault Center will be speaking on safely navigating the ins and outs of millennial dating.

3/7 - Women in S.T.E.M.: Implicit Bias @ 5 PM in the Memorial Library Sandbox. CE Credit
Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa, professor and chair of psychology at the University of Michigan will speak on 'Women in STEM: Experiencing Stereotyping and Implicit Bias" as part of the Memorial Library Spring Colloquium Series.

3/22 - Iron Jawed Angels Film Screening @ 7 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
The history department presents Iron Jawed Angels a movie about defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. This film is part of the History Department’s WWI Film Series.

3/23 - Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie Film Screening @ 6 PM in Evans Auditorium. 

3/23 - Guest Speaker: Ms. Sequoia Ayala on Reproductive Justice in Latin America @ 4 PM. Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
This presentation will provide participants with a background on the reproductive justice movement in Latin America as well as the struggles facing Latina women in the United States in the current political climate. Ms. Ayala will highlight specific drivers of health inequities affecting Latin American women focusing on a case study of Chile and Colombia and on her own work in transforming the landscape of Latina women reproductive health and rights in the U.S. at the local, state, and federal, level. Sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures department and the Women's and Gender Studies department.

3/24 - 3rd Annual Voices: Connecting the Stories of Women through Music, Art, and Literature @ 5:30 PM in the Jewel Box. CE Credit
Join us for the third 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 Sabrina Ishrat at sabrina.ishrat@vikings.berry.edu. Submission deadline is March 2nd. Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, KCAB, and MISP.

3/27 - 13th Film Screening @ 6 PM in Krannert 324. CE Credit
In this Academy Award nominated and thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. There will be a discussion following the screening of the film. This event is sponsored by BSA and the Sociology department.

3/29 - Immigration: Facts, Fears, and Faith @ 7 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit Pending
Come join an open discussion about immigration presented from several perspectives: history of immigration in America, current events and legal issues, a Christian response to immigration & refugees, and the personal experience that Selina offers. Sponsored by Canterbury Club.

4/5 - Guest Speaker: Dr. Diane Langberg on Trauma and Abuse: Addressing the Impact and Exploring the Recovery @ 6:30 PM in McAllister Auditorium.***
Dr. Diane Langberg is globally recognized for her work with trauma victims. She has trained caregivers all over the world in response to trauma and the abuse of power. She also directs her own counseling practice with sixteen therapists with multiple specialties. Among Dr. Langberg's books are Counsel for Pastor's WivesCounseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse, On the Threshold of Hope and In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors, as well as a chapter in Reformed Means Missional that was adapted into the minibook Bring Christ to Abused Women. She also has written Suffering and the Heart of God. This event is sponsored by the Berry College Chaplain's Office.

4/10: What's Behind the Muslim Ban? On the History of Muslim Immigration to the U.S. @ 5 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
Dr. Florian Pohl, associate professor in religion at Emory University’s Oxford College, will be delivering a lecture on President Trump’s Travel Ban (initially issued as Executive Order 13769, and also referred to as the “Muslim Ban”). It will provide much-needed background information to Berry's campus on this topic.

4/17: Audre and Daisy Film Screening @ 6 PM in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
This documentary explores rape, trauma, power, and the high school experience in social media. This event is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia.

4/22: Row Down the River @ 9 AM in Heritage Park
Join Hope Cottage and Berry Police at Heritage Park from 9 AM to 1 PM for a day of kayaking or canoeing in order to help raise money for the Sexual Assault Center of North West Georgia and Hospitality House for Women. There is a minimum donation of $25 for the general public, and $20 for all students. Students who wish to rent one should sign up with Hope Cottage in Krannert during the week of March 20th-24th.

***This event was unfortunately cancelled due to inclement weather.

Outside the Berry Bubble

4/21: Jeans 4 Justice Walk in Downtown Rome @ 12 PM
Participants should meet outside the Rome City Auditorium. Registration begins at 11:30 AM, and the walk begins at noon. Registration is $5.

4/27: Take Back the Night | Speak Out @ 6 PM in the First Baptist Church Courtyard
Featuring Nicole Braddock Bromley as the special guest speaker. Bromley is the author of Hush and Breathe. A candlelight vigil will follow. This event is open to the general public.

4/29: Self Defense Class with Shannon Bond @ 10 AM in Krannert 324
This class will be from 10 AM to 2 PM, with a $5 registration fee. Spots are limited to 30 registrants. Go to the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia's Facebook page to register.

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

Women's Prayer and Share @ 6 PM, Mondays in Krannert 324
This semester, Women's Prayer and Share will be reading Amy Carroll's book, Breaking Up with Perfect: Kiss Perfection Good-Bye and Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “perfectionist,” this book promises to help you to live a life filled with joy, peace, and spiritual fulfillment. 

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.