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 major endowed lectures, including the biennial Vivian R. Shaw lecture.

The Lane Hall Gallery features a regular schedule of art exhibitions presented by IRWG and the Department of Women’s Studies. Exhibitions feature works in a variety of media, by artists from near and far who are united in their exploration of topical issues and themes that hold meaning for the study of women and gender.

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
Event poster Interrogating the Histories and Futures of “Diversity’’ Symposium
October 17, 2017 - 9:00am

The symposium will investigate the concept, history and institutional implications of the discourse and practice of “diversity” as an emerging globalized form of inclusion.

color photo of Tim Retzloff Maize, Blue, and Lavender: Revisiting U-M's LGBTQ Past
October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tim Retzloff discusses LGBTQ history at U-M.

color photo of David Johnson The Lavender Scare: Federal Anti-Gay Purges during the Cold War
October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

David K. Johnson discusses his book The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (University of Chicago Press, 2004).

abstract art from book cover The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability
November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

Colonialism, Race & Sexualities Initative (CRSI) event featuring Jasbir K. Puar, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

color photo of Lynn Comella Sex Toys and Social Entrepreneurship: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Queer Capitalism
November 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella draws from her recently published book about the history of feminist and queer-run sex-toy stores to discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of queer capitalism.

photo of Z Nicolazzo Trans Awareness Week Keynote Speech
November 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

Trans* Awareness Week keynote lecture by Dr. Z Nicolazzo, author of the book Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion.

Symposium image with hand and megaphone Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium: Finding Your Voice
November 15, 2017 - 8:00am

The symposium, hosted by the Center for the Education of Women, includes presentations by local and national advocacy experts who have taken varied approaches to advocacy in ways that best leverage their current context (power, privilege, and identity).

Making A Difference: Women, Art and Activism in South Africa Today
November 17, 2017 - 2:00pm

This lecture argues that while the conventional political terrain in South Africa appears to be stalling on delivering the fruits of a democratic process, a new space for effective political activism on the ground has been opened up by women makers and artists. 

Book cover from "PearlStitch" by Petra Kuppers Gender: New Works, New Questions Panel, featuring "PearlStitch" by Petra Kuppers
November 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

This panel of U-M faculty members will discuss Petra Kuppers’ recent poetry collection, PearlStitch (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016) as part of IRWG's Gender: New Works, New Questions series.

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
Event poster Interrogating the Histories and Futures of “Diversity’’ Symposium
October 16, 2017 - 9:00am

The symposium will investigate the concept, history and institutional implications of the discourse and practice of “diversity” as an emerging globalized form of inclusion.

color photo of Ellen Rowe standing behind a grand piano Ellen Rowe Octet: “Momentum-Portraits of Women in Motion”
October 13, 2017 - 7:30pm

Faculty Discussion/Recital. “Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion” is a collection of musical portraits by jazz composer and pianist Ellen Rowe of women heroes of hers in the areas of music, sports, social justice, environmental advocacy and politics.

Event poster Meocupo/Eye Occupy: A Student Drag Cabaret with Mickey Negrón
October 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Performance showcase by students from the American Culture 103 First Year Seminar on “Drag in America” and visiting artist Mickey Negrón

Migritude Poster Migritude Workshop
October 12, 2017 - 9:30am

While the interdisciplinary history of migration studies makes it an ideal topic for research and scholarship across departments and programs, this workshop will focus on how literary and cultural studies in the postcolonial context of the global South have engaged with experiences of migration.

Event poster Estrategias para descolonizar un extraño cuerpo isleño/Strategies for Decolonizing a Strange Island Body
October 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

In this bilingual (English/Spanish) performative talk, Mickey Negrón will discuss his transition from theatre to performance, or how a queer fairy assumes scenic (performative) and politically empowering positions.

Past Events By Semester

You can also browse our past events by semester/term.

Winter & Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Winter & Spring 2015

Fall 2014

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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