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 or 734-647-6394.


Upcoming Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
image of a hummingbird with text "The Hummingbird Global Writers' Circle" The Hummingbird Global Writers' Circle presents Writing Gender
August 21, 2017 - 3:00pm

Community literary circle meeting with readings on the theme “Writing Gender.” Featured authors include Linda Gregerson, Laura Hulthen Thomas, Mike Ferro, and Debotri Dhar, who will read from their poetry and fiction and share tips. 

photo of large group of protesters carrying a rainbow banner with the word "unite" "Punks" @ 20: Revisiting Cathy Cohen’s Queer Coalitional Vision
September 18, 2017 - 2:00pm

LGQRI symposium in tribute to and reconsideration of Cathy Cohen’s 1997 article “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens."

Community of Scholars Symposium
September 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Annual symposium showcasing graduate student fellows from the 2017 IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars program.

color rendering of a cell with text "Feminism and the Biological Sciences: New Directions" Feminism and the Biological Sciences: New Directions
September 25, 2017 - 12:30pm

This symposium explores the intersections of feminist and biological and biomedical research, focusing on sex and gender within neuroscience, epigenetics, immunology, and epidemiology. 

The Lavender Scare
October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
photo of Sally Engle Merry The Seductions of Quantification: Bureaucracy and the Politics of Measurement
April 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

STS Speaker Series, featuring Sally Engle Merry (Anthropology, New York University)

photo of gender nonconforming person in front of painted wall 7th Annual UM-Pakistan Conference / Gender & Sexuality
April 7, 2017 - 9:30am

Daylong conference presented by the Center for South Asian Studies and the Pakistan Students' Association.

photos of Grace Hong and Chandan Reddy Stranger Affinities
March 31, 2017 - 11:00am

Mini symposium on Women of Color Feminism and Queer of Color Critique with talks by Grace Hong and Chandan Reddy, followed by Q&A with the audience.

Poster with speaker photos and title" Sterilization and Social Justice: Past and Present, Thursday, March 30, 12-5pm, 1014 Tisch Hall" Sterilization and Social Justice: Past and Present
March 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

This one-day mini-conference will convene a group of interdisciplinary scholars who study historical and contemporary patterns of sterilization and are concerned about social and reproductive justice.

color photo of Alison Wylie What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology
March 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Feminist Science Studies lecture by Alison Wylie, Professor of Philosophy at the Universities of Washington (Seattle) and Durham (UK).

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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"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