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 Yamani Hernandez Navigating a Post-Roe America: Insights, lessons, and reflections after a decade leading in the reproductive justice movement
October 20, 2022 - 4:00pm

This talk will examine the realities of reproductive health care for women before the end of Roe, where we are now, in the post-Roe era, and what strategies we need to employ going forward in anticipation of the erosion of even more rights.

Money Talks Series
October 21, 2022 - 12:00pm

Join Rebecca Shea Irvine on Zoom to learn about IRWG's internal funding opportunities for U-M faculty research.

photo of Carl Charles Holding the Levees as the Waters Rise: LGBTQ Legal Advocacy in the Current Crisis
October 26, 2022 - 4:00pm

Carl Charles, Senior Attorney for Lambda Legal, will discuss current developments in LGBTQ legal advocacy and engage with audience members on questions, concerns, and ways to get involved.

Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters by Petra Kuppers
November 16, 2022 - 4:00pm

Gender: New Works, New Questions panel discussion

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
IRWG Fall Reception
October 4, 2022 - 4:00pm

Fall reception for IRWG affiliates and community members.

"Money Talks": Internal Money for Your Research: Where It Is, How to Find It, and How to Talk About It
September 30, 2022 - 2:00pm

A presentation for new and junior faculty at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Exposed Bodies: Feminist Activism and Performing Arts since and Beyond the Chilean Revolt. Dialogues with Cheril Linett at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, sponsored by  @UMRLL . September 28 and 29, 2022, 5:00-7:00 pm, RLL Commons, MLB. Exposed Bodies: Feminist Activism and Performing Arts since and Beyond the Chilean Revolt
September 28, 2022 - 5:00pm

Dialogues with Cheril Linett sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures.

newspaper and archival clippings from U-M's problem pregnancy counseling services in 1969-73 Before Roe: The History (and Future) of Abortion Access for University of Michigan Students
September 28, 2022 - 4:00pm

Join U-M scholars and leaders for a conversation about the history of reproductive healthcare and access at the University of Michigan in the mid-20th century, when abortion was illegal, and lessons for the current post-Roe moment.

2022 IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Symposium
September 23, 2022 - 10:00am

This symposium features interdisciplinary, feminist scholarship from U-M graduate students. 

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