Events

 

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 heidiab@umich.edu or 734-647-6394.

Upcoming Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus
February 6, 2020 - 4:00pm

The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life? And what can be done to prevent it?

Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men
February 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

Héctor Carrillo brings us into the lives of Mexican gay men who have left their home country to pursue greater sexual autonomy and sexual freedom in the United States.

Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan
February 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

Interweaving the narratives of multiple family members, including parents and siblings of her queer and trans informants, Amy Brainer analyzes the strategies that families use to navigate their internal differences. In Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Brainer looks across generational cohorts for clues about how larger social, cultural, and political shifts have materialized in people’s everyday lives.

Ovidian Transversions: ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650
February 24, 2020 - 4:00pm

Panel discussion of “Ovidian Transversions: ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650,” Edited by Valerie Traub, Patricia Badir, Peggy McCracken. As a whole, the volume addresses gender and transgender, sexuality and gallantry, anatomy and alchemy, fable and history, youth and pedagogy, language and climate change. 

Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid
March 12, 2020 - 3:00pm

William Lopez, Emily Fredericks, and Matthew Lassiter discuss Lopez's recent book detailing the strain that immigration raids conducted by ICE and local law enforcement placed on one Latino community—and the families and friends left behind.

This event is part of IRWG's Gender: New Works, New Questions series, which spotlights recent publications by U-M faculty members and allows for deeper discussion by an interdisciplinary panel.

 

“Let Woman Choose Her Sphere" - UM Concert Band Celebrates the Centenary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment
March 17, 2020 - 6:30pm

UM's Concert Band will perform a concert featuring all compositions by women, including a premier performance of a composition by Valerie Coleman, commissioned specifically for this concert to celebrate the centenary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.

photo of Dr. Deirdre Cooper-Owens The Mothers of Gynecology: Examining U.S. Slavery and the Making of a Field
March 24, 2020 - 4:00pm

Black Feminist Health Studies lecture by Deirdre Cooper Owens, the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LGQRI lecture by Andrea Bolivar
March 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

Andrea Bolivar is a cultural anthropologist whose current project, “‘Somos una Fantasia’: Race, Violence, and Potentiality in Transgender Latina Sexual Economies of Labor” examines the experiences of sex working transgender Latinas in the Chicago metropolitan area. Her project interrogates how transgender Latinas are racialized and sexualized in sexual economies of labor, and in the U.S. nation more broadly.

School of Nursing UM Nursing Global Reproductive and Sexual Health Summer Institute
May 7, 2020 - 9:00am

Offered by the University of Michigan School of Nursing, with faculty from across the health sciences, this third annual UMSN Summer Institute is designed to help participants gain a broad insight into contemporary issues in reproductive and sexual health.

purple and yellow graphic with silhouette of women with her fist raised in the air Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP)
November 19, 2020 - 9:00am

The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. 

purple and yellow graphic with silhouette of women with her fist raised in the air Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP)
November 20, 2020 - 9:00am

The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. 

purple and yellow graphic with silhouette of women with her fist raised in the air Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP)
November 21, 2020 - 9:00am

The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. 

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Exhibit Opening & Reception: New York City’s Vanished Cafeterias
January 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

The streets of New York City were filled with hundreds of cafeterias, self-service eating establishments, during the early to mid-20th Century. Marcia Bricker Halperin documented Dubrow’s and other cafeterias in their waning days, drawn to the memorable faces and the liveliness and sorrow of urban life in that vanished world.

Kibitz & Nosh: NYC’s Vanished Cafeterias
January 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

The streets of New York City were filled with hundreds of cafeterias, self-service eating establishments, during the early to mid-20th Century. Marcia Bricker Halperin documented Dubrow’s and other cafeterias in their waning days, drawn to the memorable faces and the liveliness and sorrow of urban life in that vanished world.

Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women--A Performative Reading
January 15, 2020 - 4:00pm

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies Diasporic Dialogues with E. Patrick Johnson (Carlos Montezuma Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies, Northwestern University)

graphic with photos of Katherine Behar and art exhibit with moving office chairs. Text reads "Anonymous Autonomous" "Anonymous Autonomous" Work in Progress Community Demo
December 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

Anonymous Autonomous is a robotic art installation being developed by Katherine Behar, Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan, together with a team of U-M students. As the Fall 2019 semester draws to a close, we invite the U-M community to meet the team and see the work in progress with live demos of the robots and experimentation in the Duderstadt Center Gallery.

book cover, "The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac" The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac: The Politics of Sexual Privacy in Northern California
December 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Prof. Clayton Howard chronicles the rise of sexual privacy as a fulcrum of American cultural politics, focusing on the history of gay rights in the San Francisco Bay Area from World War II to the dawn of the culture wars in the 1970s and exploring how government policies shaped the cultural politics of the moderate suburbs.

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