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.


Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
photo of Sally Engle Merry The Seductions of Quantification: Bureaucracy and the Politics of Measurement
April 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

STS Speaker Series, featuring Sally Engle Merry (Anthropology, New York University)

photo of gender nonconforming person in front of painted wall 7th Annual UM-Pakistan Conference / Gender & Sexuality
April 7, 2017 - 9:30am

Daylong conference presented by the Center for South Asian Studies and the Pakistan Students' Association.

photos of Grace Hong and Chandan Reddy Stranger Affinities
March 31, 2017 - 11:00am

Mini symposium on Women of Color Feminism and Queer of Color Critique with talks by Grace Hong and Chandan Reddy, followed by Q&A with the audience.

Poster with speaker photos and title" Sterilization and Social Justice: Past and Present, Thursday, March 30, 12-5pm, 1014 Tisch Hall" Sterilization and Social Justice: Past and Present
March 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

This one-day mini-conference will convene a group of interdisciplinary scholars who study historical and contemporary patterns of sterilization and are concerned about social and reproductive justice.

color photo of Alison Wylie What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology
March 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Feminist Science Studies lecture by Alison Wylie, Professor of Philosophy at the Universities of Washington (Seattle) and Durham (UK).

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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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