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.

Upcoming Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Richard Rodriguez The Stars Down Below: Sex, Labor, and the Fantasy of Hollywood
October 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

This talk will examine the politics of fantasy in relation to representations of Latino male sexuality in contemporary independent and queer cinema.

photo of Victoria Gonzalez-Rivera Writing Western Nicaragua's Colonial and Post-Colonial LGBTQ Histories
October 22, 2019 - 4:00pm

Dr. González-Rivera's research on western Nicaragua's pre-1979 LGBTQ histories reveals a complex story.

group photo of COS fellows on steps of Lane Hall 2019 Community of Scholars Symposium
October 25, 2019 - 9:00am

Interdisciplinary presentations by graduate students from the Community of Scholars summer program.

book cover, "Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate" Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination
November 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Gender: New Works, New Questions panel discussion with Professors Alexandra Stern, Gayle Rubin, and Lisa Nakamura.

Transformismo masculino: Drag King Performance in Post-Socialist Cuba
November 4, 2019 - 4:00pm

LGQRI lecture by Professor Matthew Leslie Santana

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.

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
book cover, Chicana Movidas Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era
October 11, 2019 - 3:00pm

Join us in honor of Latinx Heritage Month for a panel discussion on Chicana organizing, activism, and leadership in the movement years.

National Coming Out Week / LGBTQ History Month Keynote by River Coello
October 8, 2019 - 6:30pm

Please join us as we welcome River Coello to campus as our keynote speaker for National Coming Out Week 2019 and LGBTQ History Month 2019.

photo of Emma Perez "Beyond the Decolonial Turn: The Imaginary as Will to Feel"
October 7, 2019 - 4:00pm

As a deconstructive tool, does the decolonial necessarily expose colonial powers, structures, laws, and institutions?

Feminist Futures: Art, Design & Activism Series Kick-off Party + Participatory Performance & Reading
October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join us for the official kick-off party for the Feminist Futures: Art, Design & Activism Event Series. The afternoon will include participatory readings of texts and poetry on feminism, queerness and gender written by Gloria Anzaldúa, Zach Blas, Lucy Lippard, Audre Lorde, Fred Moten, and Wu Tsang.

film poster Gone to the Village: Royal Funerary Rites for Asantehemaa Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II
October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

Gone to the Village is a unique and powerful documentary, beautifully filmed, of the elaborate funerary rites for the Queen Mother of the Asante in Ghana.

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