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The Women’s Empowerment Movement in India
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Time: 4p
Piper Hall First Floor (LSC)
Anuradha Bhosale is a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in Kolhapur, India where more than 40,000 children are involved in daily labor for local industries. A former child-laborer herself at the age of six, she has spent the past 20 years fighting for the prevention of child exploitation, labor, trafficking, and female infanticide.

Mollie Letters
Thursday, April 24, 2014 Time: 7:30p
Piper Hall, First Floor
Mollie Letters is the third and final play in the triptych series of plays based on women in Catholicism  for more information please contact
Ann Shanahan


Women in Science Workshops

Cuneo Hall 316

The Women in Science and Math club (WISAM) will be hosting 7 Wikipedia workshops throughout the semester.  The workshops are open house events during which attendees will be writing, editing, and expanding Wikipedia articles about women scientists and mathematicians who have made great strides in their fields and yet have little to no recognition for their groundbreaking accomplishments. WISAM will supply all the reference materials and training necessary to write these Wikipedia articles. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops if possible.  Additionally, there will be opportunities to win free Wikipedia t-shirts and other Wikipedia merchandise (pens, pencils, etc.). Most importantly to college students, there will be free food. Please sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CmvzHlnSSM5SGJQtrDSlVgNFVrXxBNf4kyH5jhLMEYc/viewform



Coffee & Donuts: Female Faculty and Student Social (attachment)

Monday, April 14, 2014 Time: 1:30p

Mundelein Greenhouse (LSC)

Sponsored by Women in Math and Science and The Mathematics & Statistics Department


Library Workshop: Research After Graduation

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Time: 4p & Wednesday April 23, 2014 Time: 10a

Information Commons 120 (LSC)

Graduating? Worried you won't have access to research databases and journals? This workshop will cover what you need to know about how your library access changes upon graduation, how to access scholarly resources after you leave the university, and how to make sure you preserve the data you need to keep. Questions may be sent to Kristina Schwoebel (kschwoe@luc.edu).


Equal Pay Day Rally

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Time: 12p

Daley Center Plaza (Clark & Washington)

The average woman earns $0.77 to the average man’s $1.00. Equal Pay Day, April 8th, represents the day when a woman’s wage finally catches up to a man’s wage for equal work from December 31st of the previous year. 99 days later!



April 10-27, 2014

Collaboraction Room 300, Flatiron Arts Bldg 1579 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

(re)discover theatre is going at it again. This time they are breaking down gender roles with a hot new adaptation of Aristophanes’ anti-war sex farce Lysistrata. This production penetrates the absurdity of gender expectations by inserting a new and different mix of male and female actors on both sides of this 'blue balling' conflict. To spice things up, a male and female actor will alternate the roles of Lysistrata and the Magistrate every other night, giving a unique dual perspective on gender. Want to get in on the action? To ensure satisfaction, they are allowing audience members to pick their gender for the night as well. For more information visit http://rediscovertheatre.com/location/


Excerpts from Sins Invalid Come to Chicago!

Friday, April 11, 2014 Time: 6:30p

Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave 4th Floor

Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project of artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, we develop and present provocative work where normative paradigms of "normal" and "sexy" are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities.


The Family of Woman Film Festival

April 11-13, 2014

1122 Central Ave. Wilmette, IL 60091

The Wilmette Theatre (www.wilmettetheatre.com) will be hosting "The Family of Woman Film Festival," April 11-13th, featuring three documentaries: “A Walk to Beautiful,” “Salaam Dunk,” and “The Invisible War.” Each film raises awareness of important issues facing women here and abroad and were chosen for screening at the theatre by the Festival’s founder, Peggy Elliott Goldwyn. For times and additional details and to purchase tickets ($10 p/film), please visit:www.wilmettetheatre.com


Lecture: "Plato's 'Gorgias':  Wanna Be a Tyrant?'"

Thursday, April 17, 2014 Time: 4:30p

Roosevelt University 430 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 (Room--720)

Professor Saxonhouse has published widely in the area of classical and early political thought and women in the history of political thought, including books on:  "Women in the History of Political Thought" (1985); "Fear of Diversity: The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought" (1992); "Athenian Democracy: Modern Mythmakers and Ancient Theorists"; and "Free Speech and Athenian Democracy". She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1988-89 and 2002-03), was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Michigan in 1998, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (1995-96 and 2000), and at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton (2002-03).  She continues to do research on gender in the political thought of Plato, Aristotle and the ancient playwrights.


Play: The Lake

Monday, April 21, 2014 Time: 6:30p

Northwestern University 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL, 60208, Harris Hall, Room 107

The Lake, a play that deals realistically with domestic violence and its impact on interpersonal relationships, will be performed free of charge on April 21st at Northwestern University at 6:30 PM.  The reading will be followed by a panel discussion and serves as the opening event for Northwestern’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week.  


Women’s Bureau regional White House Summit on Working Families Forum

Monday, April 28, 2014 Time: 9a

Metcalfe Federal Building at 77 W. Jackson Boulevard

The White House, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress will host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.  Leading up to the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Department of Labor will host forums across the United States to identify initiatives that benefit America’s working families, businesses and economy. These discussions will help inform the national Summit, which will build momentum around key policy goals and best practices to help both workers and businesses succeed.


Writing Opportunity: The Artifice

Do you want to write about Movies, TV, Arts, Anime, Comics, Games, Literature or other art forms? Do you want to get your foot in the door and enter the big-wide world of the online media and have your work read and shared by millions of readers? If so consider joining The Artifice team: http://www.the-artifice.com.  The Artifice is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms. The Artifice is collaboratively built and maintained by fellow writers. It is structured to let writers focus on the quality of the content while it deals with the exposure of it to an audience of millions.  Grab the opportunity and join the team of writers. Join now: http://the-artifice.com/write/

LGBT Studies Summer Institute in San Francisco (attachment)

Take your LGBT Studies on the road, and to the Bay! Join Prof. David Gramling (Department of German Studies) in a week-long mobile intensive seminar, where we will explore the culture, geography, and urban history of LGBT San Francisco. Meet with local community organizers and artists, learn about the legacy of political activism, visit historic sites, and follow in the footsteps of historical figures like Harvey Milk, Isadora Duncan, Margaret Cho, José Julio Sarria, Alan Ginsburg, the Compton’s Cafeteria “screaming queens”, Jewelle Gomez, Patrick Califia, Pomo Afro Homos, and other regular and extraordinary folks like you!

You’ll do assigned readings / viewings before you arrive in San Francisco, and write a cumulative research or creative project after you get back home, on a topic of your choice related to the course. For most of the week on-site, we will be out and about, walking and wheeling around the sidewalks, hills, and bridges of SF—getting to know the nooks and crannies of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, learning from local experts, historians, and speakers as we go. Delicious food, breathtaking views, endless art and music. With the new friends you meet there, this will be the “study a-bay” trip you’ll never forget! Please contact Cherie Parks (cheriem@email.arizona.edu) for registration and tuition information.


Loyola Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocate Position

The Wellness Center is leading a second cycle of a 3-year grant project through the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women entitled Reducing Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking at Loyola University Chicago: A Comprehensive Prevention and Response Program. A major goal of this project is to increase the reporting rates of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking on campus. As more students come forward, it will be necessary to increase our ability to respond to them as immediately as possible. Graduate students in social science, social services, higher education, and other related fields are being sought as volunteer advocates to help increase our response to survivors of sexual assault at LUC.  Advocates will be trained in the summer of 2014 and serve as advocates during 2014/2015 and the 2015/2016 academic school year (if you are a first year student). Questions and applications can be sent to Stephanie Atella, MPH, CHES, grant project director, at satella@luc.edu. If you would like to volunteer but have concerns about the training schedule, please also contact Stephanie.


New Leadership Illinois Program

NEW Leadership Illinois is an all-expenses paid, bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. NEW Leadership Illinois challenges Chicago’s brightest students to think critically and creatively about public policy and encourages them to make a commitment to public leadership early in their careers. The program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government. For more information please visit igpa.uillinois.edu/pe/new-leadership


Feminist Camp

June 1-7, 2014

This years feminist camp will feature five immersive days of meetings and workshops across New York City highlighting diverse forms of feminism in action as well as one day dedicated to feminist workplaces and careers, which includes practical advice and a half-day internship.  There will be one session dedicated to developing an activist or academic action plan to leverage your Feminist Camp experience in your home communities.  For more information please visit Feminist Camp


Feminist Intensive Summer Camp

June 23-25, 2014

This intensive camp will feature two immersive days of meetings and workshops across New York City highlighting both cutting-edge and historically significant feminist work as well as one independent study day tailored to each camper’s interests.  There is an opportunity to extend through the end of the week through internship placements and other projects.  For more information and to register visit Feminist Intensive



Workshop: Predicaments of Binaries, Boundaries, and Classifications in Sexuality Studies

April 24-25, 2014

Northwestern University, Evanston

This interdisciplinary workshop probes the utility and consequences of sexual classification as a scholarly and popular practice. By grappling with the persistence and potency of categories, the social dynamics of sexual boundary-making, and the entrenched appeal of explanatory dualisms, we seek to illuminate the histories, politics, and futures of classification and its practical implications for the lives of those classified.  This event is free and open to the public.  To RSVP, please email: sexualities@northwestern.edu For more information visit http://www.sexualities.northwestern.edu


Call for Papers: Globalization: The End of Hegemony

12th Annual Global Studies Association Conference

Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus

June 6-8, 2014

Please send a 100-word abstract in the body of an email with the subject line GSA Conference Abstract to Jerry Harris at gharris234@comcast.net. Include your name, affiliation, and active email address.  All abstracts with a globalization theme will be considered.  Deadline for Abstracts is May 5, 2014.  For more information on the conference please visit http://www.net4dem.org/mayglobal

Call for Proposals: Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference & UW Systems LGBTQ Conference

October 17 -19 2014

University Center - UW River Falls
Seeking proposals on the broadly defined theme of 'Gendered Planet:  Ethics, Ecology, and Equity' from across the disciplines addressing research, scholarship, program development, pedagogy, curriculum, creative work and/or community activism in the fields of Ecofeminism, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, LGBTQ Studies, and Sexuality Studies, especially as they as they intersect with such areas as: Ethnic Studies, Disability Studies, International Studies, Poverty Studies, Peace Studies, and Environmental and/or Sustainability Studies, and other inter-disciplines.  

Participants are encouraged to draw upon the range of perspectives on gender and social justice to examine the present and future for our planet.  Considering intersections of issues that include (but are not limited to)  human oppression, animal exploitation, ecological degradation, as we promote ethical responses, solutions, and mindful decisions that create greater equity and sustainability for our humanity, animals, and earth.  For more information visit http://www.womensstudiesconsortium.org/


White Privilege Conference

March 26-29, 2014

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Madison, Wisconsin


American Men’s Studies Association Conference

March 27-29, 2014

University of Washington, Tacoma

This year’s conference theme, “Considering Culture: Masculinities in International and Regional Contexts,” reflects the continued deepening of the critical study of men and masculinities within and across cultural boundaries. With this theme, AMSA hopes to focus the lens of men’s studies on communities outside the bounds of mainstream discourse. For more information please visit http://mensstudies.org


Call for Papers: International Conference on Men and Masculinity

Initiative for Critical Studies of Masculinities (ICSM) cordially invites proposals for the first international conference on men and masculinities to take place in Turkey, in collaboration with Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, Ankara University Women’s Studies Centre (KASAUM) and Izmir University Women’s Studies Centre (KCAUM). The conference aims to discuss theories, narratives, experiences, discourses, and activisms related to transformations of and challenges to men and masculinities with a particular focus on the Global Southern and Eastern European contexts.  Submissions are due on March 30, 2014.  For more information please visit http://icsmsymposium.org


Gender Matters Conference (Sponsored by Governors State University and DePaul University)

April 11-12, 2014

DePaul University's College of Communication (14 E. Jackson Boulevard)

Gender Matters is an academic conference highlighting research on gender, women, and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. Conference planners seek to bring together students, activists, and researchers to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society. This year’s theme, Continuities & Instabilities, focuses our attention on the ways gender and sexuality stay the same and change over time and in relation to cultural shifts at the macro level, as well as how they are (re)constructed moment to moment through unstable micro-practices. Please direct inquiries to: gendermatters@govst.edu.Women’s Studies Section 55th Annual Conference


BDSM/Kink/Fetish Studies Conference

April 16- 19, 2014

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association is hosting a panel discussion and interested in any and all topics about or related to the study of BDSM, sexual kink, or sexual fetishes in all genres, all media, all countries, all kinds, and all eras. All representations of BDSM, Kink, and fetishes in popular culture (fiction, stage, screen—large or small, commercial, advertising, music, song, dance, online, real life, etc.), from anywhere and any-when, are welcome topics of discussion. They also welcome any academic discussion of the real-life practice of BDSM, sexual kink, or sexual fetishes, as well as the lived experiences of people identifying as kinky.  For more information please visit http://pcaaca.org/grants/


Call for Papers: Regulating Intimacy Graduate Symposium

Indiana University, Bloomington

The theme of the 2014 inaugural Regulating
symposium is “Beyond Sex” to directly address the causes and consequences of a traditional understanding of intimacy. We strive to shift academic conversations beyond sex
toward considerations of alternate intimacies and destabilize hierarchies that privilege erotic and romantic closeness over platonic relationships and deem particular configurations improper, insignificant, or unnatural. Who can be intimate with whom or what? Where is intimacy established-- in the bedroom, classroom, or public spaces, in the body, the mind, or the ether? How do alternative definitions of intimacy challenge or develop our understandings of
human interaction, social scripts, and power and privilege?  Submission deadline is
April 30th.  For more information visit http://regulatingintimacy.wordpress.com/


Call for Papers: “Gender Issues in the Hispanic World”

This edited volume seeks to highlight some of the contemporary debates on Gender issues of the Hispanic community of the 21st Century from various fields—the social sciences, journalism, the humanities, and the arts—whose work offers insightful and innovative ways to understand the issues of gender currently experienced in Latin America.  Promoting gender equality has been a pivotal to its goal of accelerating the process of economic and social development in Latin America and Spain. Possible chapters might address: gender in sports, gender and violence, gender and music, gender in films, gender and language, gender’s educational, sexual and reproductive rights, etc.


Chapters should be written in English and no longer than 8,000 words including endnotes and bibliography. Submissions should follow MLA formatting style. Please submit abstracts or full text and CV by May 1, 2014 to: Dr. Tania Gomez tgomez@csbsju.edu; Dr. Patricia Bolanos: pbolanos@csbsju.edu; or Dr. Christina Hennessy: Chennessy@csbsju.edu


Women & Economic Security Conference

May 14-16, 2014

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

This 3-day interdisciplinary, multi-sector conference will focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. National researchers and practitioners will join U-M faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome.  To register visit contactcew@umich.edu


Call for Papers: Histories of Domestic Labor: Resistance and Organization

Empirical, interpretative, and creative essays are welcome that address national, comparative, and transnational efforts to improve the conditions of paid domestic work, with particular attention to changing patterns of resistance and action.  In particular, both case studies and broad theoretical and interpretative work from all periods and places are sought, including ancient societies, colonial contexts, under slavery and industrialization, and in different political and economic systems, including Communism, post-colonialism, and Neo-liberalism that address individual and collective strategies of resistance and forms of organizing. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2014





Women's Studies & Gender Studies · 6430 N. Kenmore Avenue, Cuneo Hall 310, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.2177 · Fax: 773.508.8492 · E-mail: wsgsprogram@luc.edu

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