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 partnerships with other units and departments.

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.

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Upcoming Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
photo of Justice Anita Earls UM Suffrage 2020 Event: Talk by Judge Anita Earls, “Movements to Expand the Franchise and Perfect our Democracy: A Legal Perspective”
September 29, 2020 - 2:00pm

Please join us as we commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment and welcome Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Anita Earls.

Race and Gender in Protest and Politics: From BLM to the 2020 Election
October 2, 2020 - 1:00pm

How can we interpret the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-police brutality protests, and resulting backlash through an intersectional feminist lens?

IRWG Grantwriting Workshop: The Power of the Project Summary
October 9, 2020 - 10:00am

This two-part workshop will help you achieve your proposal writing goals by providing grant writing best practices, grant writing techniques, as well as some brief feedback on your proposal Specific Aims/Project Objectives.

photo of people waiting in line to vote; credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images Continuing Challenges to Suffrage in Michigan in 2020: Who Still Can’t Vote?
October 12, 2020 - 4:00pm

Panel discussions on voting rights with Michigan leaders.

book cover, "Separated" Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid
October 29, 2020 - 4:00pm

Panel discussion of Dr. William Lopez's recent book about a daylong act of collaborative immigration enforcement in Washtenaw County, and its rippling effects on families and communities.

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Faculty Book Proposal Workshop
September 25, 2020 - 10:00am

Jocelyn will discuss the components of a book proposal, how to approach them, and how not being able to meet editors at conferences due to COVID-19 is changing the publishing landscape.

image of a laptop screen with text "Creating Climates Resistant to Sexual Harassment for a Remote Context" Creating Climates Resistant to Sexual Harassment for a Remote Context
September 21, 2020 - 12:00pm

Online workshop from the Initiative on Gender Based Violence & Sexual Harassment at IRWG. Presenters: Sara Armstrong & Christine Bean (CRLT)

logo of a hand holding a megaphone with text: "CEW+ Advocacy Symposium Kick-off Event: Creating Change through Introspection, Dialogue, and Action, September 10, 2020" POSTPONED: CEW+ Advocacy Symposium Kick-off Event: Creating Change through Introspection, Dialogue, and Action
September 10, 2020 - 2:30pm


Grant Writing Next Steps: A Proposal Workshop For Faculty
August 13, 2020 - 10:00am

Two-part workshop for faculty, with grant writing best practices, techniques, and brief feedback on your proposal Specific Aims/Project Objectives.

A Century of Chinese Feminisms: Theorizing and Organizing / 中国女权一百年:从过去到未来
August 5, 2020 - 9:00pm

This online event will feature five panelists who will discuss Chinese feminist movements.

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