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
Book cover from "PearlStitch" by Petra Kuppers Gender: New Works, New Questions Panel, featuring "PearlStitch" by Petra Kuppers
November 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

This panel of U-M faculty members will discuss Petra Kuppers’ recent poetry collection, PearlStitch (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016) as part of IRWG's Gender: New Works, New Questions series.

image from the cover of Ritchie's book, photo of a person of color holding a protest sign that reads "Black Women, Girls, & Trans Folks Get Locked up and Shot Down, too." Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
January 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

A timely examination of the ways Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.

Book cover with faces of Clarence Thomas, Ronald Reagan, and William F. Buckley, Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism
January 23, 2018 - 3:00pm

How has the modern conservative movement thrived in spite of the lack of harmony among its constituent members? What, and who, holds together its large corporate interests, small-government libertarians, social and racial traditionalists, and evangelical Christians?

Trans Health Activism in Detroit: Moving Forward Together
January 26, 2018 - 2:00pm

This panel will discuss the work being done as part of that movement at the Ruth Ellis Center, a youth social services agency that serves LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and residential instability. 

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Making A Difference: Women, Art and Activism in South Africa Today
November 17, 2017 - 2:00pm

This lecture argues that while the conventional political terrain in South Africa appears to be stalling on delivering the fruits of a democratic process, a new space for effective political activism on the ground has been opened up by women makers and artists. 

Symposium image with hand and megaphone Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium: Finding Your Voice
November 15, 2017 - 8:00am

The symposium, hosted by the Center for the Education of Women, includes presentations by local and national advocacy experts who have taken varied approaches to advocacy in ways that best leverage their current context (power, privilege, and identity).

photo of Z Nicolazzo Trans Awareness Week Keynote Speech
November 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

Trans* Awareness Week keynote lecture by Dr. Z Nicolazzo, author of the book Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion.

color photo of Lynn Comella Sex Toys and Social Entrepreneurship: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Queer Capitalism
November 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella draws from her recently published book about the history of feminist and queer-run sex-toy stores to discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of queer capitalism.

abstract art from book cover The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability
November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

Colonialism, Race & Sexualities Initative (CRSI) event featuring Jasbir K. Puar, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

Past Events By Semester

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

Winter & Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Winter & Spring 2015

Fall 2014

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"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