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
Narrating Black Girls' Lives Keynote: "A Serial Biography of the Wayward"
February 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

Saidiya Hartman's keynote on the lives of young black women in the early twentieth century.

photo of 8 women wearing large wool masks Exhibit Opening & Reception: "she was here, once"
February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join artist Nastassja Swift to celebrate the official opening of her solo exhibition, she was here, once, in the Lane Hall Gallery

Narrating Black Girls' Lives: Conference Roundtables
February 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Over the course of the day, we hope to spark an interdisciplinary and transnational conversation about the methods and ethics of telling the stories of girls and young women of the African diaspora

Gender: New Works, New Questions- Branding Humanity: Competing Narratives of Rights, Violence, and Global Citizenship by Amal Hassan Fadlalla
March 13, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Save Darfur movement gained an international following, garnering widespread international attention to this remote Sudanese territory. Based on interviews with Sudanese social actors, activists, and their allies in the United States, the Sudan, and online, Branding Humanity (Stanford Press, 2018) by Amal Hassan Fadlalla traces the global story of violence and the remaking of Sudan identities.

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Screening of Heather Booth: Changing the World
March 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions will bring an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism.

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Symposium
March 14, 2019 - 9:00am

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions will bring an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism.

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: #MeToo Panel and Performance from Alicia Svigals
March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions will bring an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism.

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Symposium
March 15, 2019 - 8:45am

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions will bring an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism.

Jewish Communal Leadership Program’s Annual Communal Conversation Event: The Jewish Future is Feminist
March 15, 2019 - 8:45am

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions will bring an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism.

CLIFF 2019: Cartographies of Silence, 23rd Annual Comparative Literature Intra-student Faculty Forum
March 15, 2019 - 9:00am

Cartographies of Silence: A Conference for Readers and Writers  23rd Annual CLIFF Conference with Keynote Speaker Irena Klepfisz. 

photo of Talitha LeFlouria “Surffring and Bleeding As Though You Was Killing Hogs”: Mass Incarceration and Black Women’s Health
March 19, 2019 - 4:00pm

Public lecture by Prof. Talitha LeFlouria (UVA) on the medical lives of black women in America's jails and prisons.

book cover: "Punishing Disease" Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness
March 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

LGQRI lecture by Trevor Hoppe, exploring how HIV was transformed from sickness to badness under the criminal law and investigating the consequences of inflicting penalties on people living with disease.  

Gender: New Works, New Questions- The War on Sex
March 22, 2019 - 2:00pm

This state-of-the-art collection tells a different story: while progress has been made in marriage equality, reproductive rights, access to birth control, and other areas, government and civil society are waging a war on stigmatized sex by means of law, surveillance, and social control. The contributors document the history and operation of sex offender registries and the criminalization of HIV, as well as highly punitive measures against sex work that do more to harm women than to combat human trafficking. 

black square with text in red and purple: "WoMan: Gender Expression Race" WoMan: Gender Expression & Race
March 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

Documentary and open dialogue about Masculine of Center (MoC) lesbians and how gender impacts our experience, wellbeing, and relationships. 

Critical Visualities 3: 2019 conference of the Visual Culture Workshop
March 28, 2019 - 10:00am

The Visual Culture Workshop (VCW) convenes the third annual Critical Visualities Conference in order to ask the timely questions: “What are the political dimensions of the affective charge between art and its audience? Between the critic and the art she engages? How does it feel to look ‘critically’ now?”

Critical Visualities 3: 2019 conference of the Visual Culture Workshop
March 29, 2019 - 9:30am

The Visual Culture Workshop (VCW) convenes the third annual Critical Visualities Conference in order to ask the timely questions: “What are the political dimensions of the affective charge between art and its audience? Between the critic and the art she engages? How does it feel to look ‘critically’ now?”

book cover: Dying of Whiteness Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland
April 4, 2019 - 3:00pm

Physician Jonathan Metzl reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences--even for the white voters they promise to help.

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Three Sisters, a play by Carolyn Dunn
February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

In this brand new tragicomedy by Carolyn Dunn, three sisters, long estranged from family, community, and one another, return home to the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation lands in Louisiana at the behest of their dying aunt as she makes preparations for her final journey home. Family tensions, simmering secrets, death and grieving all intersect with the loss of tradition, culture, spiritual formation, and love.

Panel Discussion with the Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange
February 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

This panel discussion will address social issues which persist on Native American reservations including domestic violence and suicide, and features Colleen Medicine, Rebecca Parish, Tomantha Sylvester, Micaela Ironshell-Dominguez, Sara Rademacher, Carolyn Dunn & Anita Gonzalez.

Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange Residency | Carolyn Dunn Public Talk
February 18, 2019 - 4:30pm

Scholar, poet and playwright Dr. Carolyn Dunn will lecture on the aesthetics of Native and Indigenous Theater.

Public Talk by Playwright and Poet Dr. Carolyn Dunn
February 18, 2019 - 4:30pm

This talk will examine how Indigenous artists must be able to define for themselves how tribal, communal and Indigenous worldviews inform the political, cultural and spiritual context of Native American and Indigenous performance.

drawing of a woman's face against a blue background Juliana Huxtable: Live in Performance
February 6, 2019 - 5:00pm

Performance by artist/writer/performer/musician Juliana Huxtable, exploring the intersections of race, gender, queerness, technology, and identity.

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