IRWG hosts a wide variety of lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and other events to stimulate conversations and share new scholarship related to women, gender, and sexuality. Our events appeal to a university audience as well as the general public, and are always free of charge. We feature speakers from a variety of academic disciplines, from U-M as well as from other world-class institutions.

Many events are sponsored by our faculty-led programs, while others are part of ongoing series such as Gender: New Works, New Questions, or major endowed lectures, including the biennial Vivian R. Shaw lecture.

The Lane Hall Gallery features a regular schedule of art exhibitions presented by IRWG and the Department of Women’s Studies. Exhibitions feature works in a variety of media, by artists from near and far who are united in their exploration of topical issues and themes that hold meaning for the study of women and gender.

If you need accommodations to get the most out of an IRWG event, please contact our events planner Heidi Bennett at or 734-647-6394.


Upcoming Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Sexual Harassment in Engineering
October 1, 2018 - 3:30pm

This panel will discuss the impact of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in engineering.

Sexual Harassment in Science
October 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

This panel will discuss the impact of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the sciences.

Sexual Harassment in Medicine
November 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

This panel will discuss the impact of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the medical field.

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Imperialist Metabolism: The Anti-Colonial and Microbial Occupations of Anicka Yi
April 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

In this lecture, Rachel Lee, Professor of English and Gender Studies at UCLA, attends to the anti-colonial critique threaded through key pieces of Korean-born, NY based artist Anicka Yi—winner of the 2016-17 Hugo Boss Award.

cartoon image of cast members from "Orange is the New Black" with text in large white font reading "Digital Queers: LGBTQ Representations in Contemporary Television" Digital Queers: LGBTQ Representations in Contemporary Television
April 10, 2018 - 4:00pm

This symposium brings together global scholars, activists, and media producers who address contemporary representations of LGBTQ people on television.

color photo of Elizabeth Chiarello Shared Technology, Competing Logics: How Healthcare Providers And Law Enforcement Agents Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs To Combat Opioid Abuse
March 27, 2018 - 3:00pm

Liz Chiarello's research uses the contemporary U.S. opioid crisis as a case for examining how efforts to address a shared social problem have transformed the fields of healthcare and criminal justice.

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
March 26, 2018 - 4:00pm

In this public lecture, Professor C. Riley Snorton (Cornell University) attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.

Reading Against the Grain: Locating Settler Colonialism in Japanese American Oral Histories
March 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

In this presentation, Karen Leong, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University, will discuss how she is reading oral histories of Japanese Americans in Arizona against the grain, as artifacts of U.S. settler colonialism.

Past Events By Semester

You can also browse our past events by semester/term.

Winter & Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Winter & Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Who's your dream team?


"It was incredible to sit on a panel and hear my dream team of scholars from each field—Professors Karyn Lacy from Sociology, Gayle Rubin from Women's Studies and Anthropology, and Charles Hiroshi Garrett from Musicology—engage my book from their differing disciplinary perspectives. . .What a brilliant format and series for discussing new work in gender and sexuality studies.”

– Nadine Hubbs (Women’s Studies, Music), author of Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music