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
Gender: New Works, New Questions event Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement by Naomi André
January 22, 2019 - 4:00pm

Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore this music's resonance with today's listeners. Interacting with creators and performers, as well as with the works themselves, André reveals how black opera unearths suppressed truths.

color photo of Cherry Smiley Telling Stories About Male Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada
February 20, 2019 - 4:00pm

Grounded in feminist and Indigenous ways of knowing and focusing on film and images, this presentation will examine historical and contemporary representations of Indigenous women and girls, the intersections between these representations and sexualized male violence, and suggest ways in which researchers can address these issues in their own work.

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.

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. 

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
book cover with image of robots "Robo sapiens japanicus: Robots, Gender, Family, and the Japanese Nation" by Jennifer Robertson
December 5, 2018 - 3:00pm

Panel of U-M faculty discuss Jennifer Robertson's ethnography and sociocultural history of governmental and academic discourse of human-robot relations in Japan.

image of a megaphone with text "Let your voice be heard: Share your thoughts with the Department of Eduction" Title IX Comment Writing Event
December 3, 2018 - 5:00pm

Join students and professors as we mobilize and write responses to the Department of Education's new sexual violence regulations, and make our voices heard. Dinner and support will be provided.

Reyna Ortiz event flyer Trans Awareness Week 2018 Keynote Speaker: Reyna Ortiz
November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

Reyna Ortiz will share her knowledge and experiences as a Latinx trans woman, activist, and educator who works to empower Trans and gender non-conforming people in her community. 

white circle overlaid on grid paper background with text reading "Sexual Harassment in the Academy: 2018 Panel Discussion Series" Sexual Harassment in Medicine
November 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

This panel will discuss the impact of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the medical field.

Xihong Lin Women in Big Data at Michigan Symposium
November 12, 2018 - 8:30am

This day-long symposium will highlight women data science researchers at U-M, provide resources and support for women pursuing careers in data science, a poster session, lunch time round table discussions, a faculty panel, and ample time for networking.

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