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Spring 2017 Gender & Women’s Studies Colloquium Series
4th Thursday of the month at 3:30pm in 3401 Sterling Hall, unless otherwise indicated
Susan Schweik, English, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, March 30, 4:00 pm 7191 HC White
“Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don't Know It.”
Ellen Samuels
, English and Gender & Women’s Studies, 2016 Feminist Scholar
Thursday, April 27, 3:00 pm Pyle Center
“Yvonne and Yvette McCarther: Race, Sex, Class, Conjoinment”
All lectures are wheelchair accessible, free, and open to the public. For ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please contact Dace Zeps at dazeps@wisc.edu.
The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (FemSem)
Meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).
March 16, 2017 - Silke Roth
March 23rd: No meeting (Spring Break)
March 30th: Pamela Neumann
April 6th: Morgan Matthews
April 13th: Hae Yun Choo
April 20th: Di Wang
April 27th: Ann Orloff
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Women's Bureau presents
"Bias, Barriers and Breakthroughs”
A Panel Discussion Exploring Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls in STEM
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. This event will be streamed live at www.dol.gov/live
On March 14th, the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor will host a moderated discussion on the critical contributions of women and girls to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovation in the United States. The panelists will address both the recruitment, retention and advancement challenges for women and girls pursuing STEM careers and courses of study, as well as the key strategies and promising practices being deployed to ensure success in leveraging the full spectrum of talent available to employers and institutions engaged in advancing STEM technologies and innovations.
Dr. Aprille Ericsson
, Capture Manager, NASA
Lisa Ransom, Senior Policy Advisor, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Dr. Jessie DeAro, Lead Program Director, National Science Foundation ADVANCE
Dr. Bernadette Hence, Program Manager, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program, U.S. Department of Education
Divorce in China: Women's Sisyphean Quest for Freedom
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 12:00pm, Law School, Lubar Commons Room 7200
Lunch provided on first-come, first-served basis. Hosted by Professor Kathryn Hendley.
Ethan Michelson, Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University
The legal right to freedom from unhappy marriage enshrined in China’s first body of law, the 1950 Marriage Law, and the enduring difficulty actualizing this right represent a pervasive source of tension in Chinese society, as salient today as 60 years ago. While uncontested divorce has become more readily accessible and commonly realized through simple administrative procedures outside the court system, a contested divorce litigation system in which first-time petitions are routinely denied, even when plaintiffs present evidence of physical abuse, exacts a devastating personal and financial toll on people seeking their freedom. Margaret Woo invokes the famous novel, Waiting, to illustrate the ubiquity of Chinese people frustrated by a “legal system that substantively provides for the freedom of divorce but procedurally prohibits it through its layers of bureaucratic mediation.” Findings from an analysis of over 100,000 divorce cases between the years 2009 and 2015 from all 181 courts in China’s most populous province, Henan, paint a poignant picture of women, far more often than men, seeking and getting denied relief from overwhelmed judges tasked with balancing contradictory pressures to deliver justice, to preserve social harmony and stability by preserving families, and to process efficiently a crushing docket of cases.
LGBTQ Grad Student Mixer with Faculty and Staff
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm, University Club: 803 State St.
Come relax and network as a break from midterms by spending time with other LGBTQ grad students, faculty, and staff. All are welcome! This event is hosted by the Graduate School Multicultural Graduate Network (MGN) and the LGBT Campus Center and is generously funded by the Office of the Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer, and supported by the Committee for GLBTQ People in the University. Event on Facebook
Demystifying Sexual Violence: Definitions, Facts, Solutions
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Room 107 Psychology Building
Join the Muslim Student Association and CWC: Faithfully Feminist for a talk with guests Nadiah Mohajir and Sahar Pirzada from HEART Women & Girls. HEART Women & Girls is an organization that promotes sexual health and sexual violence awareness in Muslim communities through health education, advocacy, research and training.
For any accommodations, please email Emily at cwc.familyresource@gmail.com
Professionalisation and Precariousness: perspectives on the sustainability of activism in everyday life
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 12:30 to 2pm, Social Sciences 2435
Silke Roth
Sustainable activism requires both elasticity and rigor, the ability to learn and compromise as well as the willingness to stick to values and convictions. In this paper I argue that activism and professionalisation are not necessarily mutually exclusive but that the ability to move from one to another form of activism is important for the sustainability of activism at the individual, organisational and movement levels. Acknowledging the diversity of activism also highlights that activism and everyday life can be intertwined and that family, community and work can in fact motivate and be sites of activism. The shift from one sphere and form of activism to another is important at the individual level in order to prevent burnout. Furthermore such shifts allow for different tactics, a division of labour and coalition building at the organisational and movement levels. I introduce some key figures in social movements who represent different forms of activism and professionalism. They connect different spheres of activism, take on different roles in and provide access to various resources to social movements. These key figures illustrate biographical consequences of activism as well as boundary crossing between different spheres and activities. Finally, I introduce the case study of a women's cooperative to show how activism and professionalism intersect.
Zika and Pregnancy: The Latest Insights
Healthy Women Community Talk from the UW Department of Ob-Gyn
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m., 750 University Row, Madison WI 53705
Join us to get the latest facts on the Zika virus, learn how Zika is spreading, where outbreaks are occurring, and how to protect yourself. UW Ob-Gyn's Dr. Katie Antony will discuss symptoms of Zika virus, effects on pregnancies, precautions for men and women, and answer audience questions.
Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don't Know It
Thursday, March 30, 4:00 pm 7191 HC White
Susan Schweik, English, University of California, Berkeley
“Dull Babies Made Normal By Feeble-Minded Girls’ Care: Increase of as Much as 40 Points in IQ Reported,” a science magazine headline trumpeted in 1939, describing an experiment led by psychologist Harold Skeels in which orphanage toddlers were transferred to the State Institution for “the Mentally Defective” in Glenwood, Iowa to be nurtured by women incarcerated there.  Other “contrast” children left behind in the orphanage did worse by any measure. By 1940, this experiment came under scathing scholarly attack. But by the late 1960s, Harold Skeels’ work, which depended on these women, was credited as key inspiration for the development of Special Education and the notion of learning disability. This talk explores how that the systematic forgetting of what actually happened at Glenwood eroded the effectiveness of the various projects Skeels was praised for inspiring. Raising the children in tandem with the low-wage women workers who were their attendants, the women of Glenwood developed a radically interdependent kinship model that profoundly (but very briefly, and under conditions of domination) called the usual terms and stratifications of “intelligence,” “normal,” “cure,” “care,” and of “research” itself into question. 
Persepolis (2007)
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 p.m., The Marquee Cinema, Union South
France/USA | 96 min | PG-13 | 35mm | Dir. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is the autobiographical tale of Marjane, sharing her experiences as a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Through the eyes of this precocious and outspoken nine year old we see a peoples’ hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power – forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Though she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable, as bombs fall on Tehran during the Iran/Iraq war and those close to her fall foul of the regime... Based on Marjane’s four graphic novels, this striking animation covers her childhood in Iran, her escape to an education in Vienna and then a bittersweet return to her native country. "While so many films about coming of age involve manufactured dilemmas, here is one about a woman who indeed does come of age, and magnificently." - Roger Ebert This event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.
Jenny Hval w/ Samantha Glass
Friday, March 31, 2017, 9 p.m., The Sett, Union South
We are very pleased to announce Jenny Hval will be bringing her beautiful, intimate, and vimpiric music to The Sett on Friday, March 31st. Joining the bill is Madison legend Samantha Glass.Hval is an avant-garde multidisciplinary Norwegian artist who boldly confronts gender, politics, and blood in work. Praised by The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR and countless others, Hval's latest work, "Blood Bitch", is an engrossing experimental pop album that is just as comforting as it is obscure. "Blood Bitch" is the sixth album to be released by Hval and followed up 2015's excellent "Apocolypse, girl".https://jennyhval.bandcamp.com/Opening for Jenny Hval is Samantha Glass, a "curious Wisconsin resident" who excels in "bisexual electronics". Samantha Glass constructs complex and haunting experimental compositions. https://samanthaglasswi.bandcamp.com
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Interdisciplinary Sexuality Seminar
The Interdisciplinary Sexuality Seminar (ISS) focuses on the scientific exploration of human sexual behavior and sexual identities. This research cluster offers an interdisciplinary environment for students, faculty and researchers interested in sex and sexuality to present their work and participate in an open dialogue about sex research. We welcome all scientific methodologies, from qualitative to quantitative research methods and both theoretical and applied orientations. Our speakers have included researchers from CAIR, faculty and graduate students from sociology, psychology and women’s studies and visiting scholars. Unless otherwise noted the Seminar will be held in Sewell Social Sciences Building, room 8108, Havens Center, 3:30 to 5 PM
Friday, March 31st: Kathryn Flynn, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Patient Care & Outcomes Research
Medical College of Wisconsin
“My Experience on the FDA’s Advisory Committee for the Review of Flibanserin (“Female Viagra”)”
Friday April 28th: Lindsey Houghton, MS, LPC, SAC-IT
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
“The Costs of Self-Labeling for Survivors of Sexual Assault: A Meta-Analysis”
“Sight Unseen” LGBTQ photography exhibit
Friday, April 7, 2017, 6:00-9:00PM, Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave
Parking: Free parking behind the Masonic Center, accessible from E Johnson St.
Tickets: $30 (includes open wine bar, small bites, talk backs by artists). A silent auction of Natalie's and Kyle's framed photography will be held.
"Sight Unseen" brings together the works of photographers Natalie Kirk and Kyle Krueger, both with Wisconsin roots, in a joint exhibit that visually explores gender biases as well as LGBTQ sexual violence. Their frank and compelling photographs give voice to what society normally shuns as taboo or ignores due to discomfort.
Natalie's work prompts us to reexamine gender expectations by photographing men in traditionally feminine clothing and poses. In Kyle's pieces we are invited to explore the often ignored world of LGBTQ sexual violence, bringing attention to this serious issue and offering a venue for amplifying the voices of survivors.
"Sight Unseen" is proudly sponsored by LeDame Footwear and StageQ. Proceeds from the event will go directly to StageQ to help underwrite current and future theater in support of the Madison LGBTQ community - with the goal of furthering visibility and critical conversations.
The event is part of a broader StageQ program focusing on LGBTQ Visibility. In addition to the photography exhibit, StageQ will be bringing the play “Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne to the Bartell Theatre under the direction of John Siewert. The work, set in Washington DC in the 1950s, looks at the issue of government persecution and blacklisting of LGBT people during the McCarthy era. Two couples – one gay and one lesbian – seem to have an ideal arrangement pretending to be heterosexual until two of them working at the State Department are tasked with rooting out sexual deviants from among their ranks. “Perfect Arrangement” opens April 7 and runs through May 6.
Dick Wagner, local historian, activist and civic leader, will be leading talk-back sessions that explore the McCarthy era history in Wisconsin.    
Hidden Figures (2016)
Friday, April 07, 2017, 6 p.m., The Marquee Cinema, Union South
USA | 127 min | PG-13 | DCP | Dir. Theodore Melfi HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. (Rotten Tomatoes) "'Hidden Figures' is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts." - Peter Debruge (Variety) This event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.
Queering Bioethics: Ethical Issues in LGBTQ Health Care
9th Annual Bioethics Symposium
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 1-5:30 p.m., Auditorium 1306, Health Sciences Learning Center
Join the country’s leading experts for discussion about the historic and current ethical issues around LGBTQ health care including: surrogacy and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), health care for transgender individuals, the history of LGBTQ health care, health disparities, and justice for LGBTQ people in health care. The day will wrap up with a panel discussion on Transition-Related Care for Transgender Youth.
StageQ’s New Play “Perfect Arrangement” Takes On Government Persecution of LGBTQ People
Event Details:
When: April 21 – May 6
Where: Bartell Theatre, 113 E Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703
Tickets: $15 (Thursdays and matinees), $20 (Friday and Saturday evenings). Available online at www.stageq.com or by calling the Bartell Theatre Box Office at 608-661-9696
StageQ’s production of the “Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne, which opens in the Bartell Theatre on April 21, takes a hard look at the issue of government persecution and blacklisting of LGBT people during the McCarthy era. The work, directed by John Siewart, is part of a broader initiative by StageQ to open community dialogue on LGBTQ visibility. Two couples – one gay and one lesbian – seem to have an ideal arrangement posing as heterosexual couples by swapping partners publicly. Madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Their perfect lives begins to unravel when Bob and Norma, who work at the State Department are tasked with rooting out sexual deviants from among their ranks. “Perfect Arrangement” opens April 21 and runs through May 6.
To open broader conversation about LGBTQ visibility, StageQ will be hosting talk back sessions and a photography exhibit. Dick Wagner, local historian, activist and civic leader, will be leading talk-back sessions on April 22, 27 and 30 that explore the McCarthy era history in Wisconsin.
The photography exhibit "Sight Unseen," co-sponsored by LeDame Footwear, brings together the works of Natalie Kirk and Kyle Krueger, both with Wisconsin roots, in a joint exhibit that visually explores gender biases as well as LGBTQ sexual violence. This exclusive exhibit and reception will be held April 7 at the Madison Masonic Center and will include a silent auction fundraiser to benefit StageQ. A selection of photos from exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Bartell Theatre during the run of “Perfect Arrangement.”
Book Talk: To Offer Compassion: A History of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:00pm, A Room of One’s Own
D. A. Dirks is a senior academic planner with the University of Wisconsin System Administration. Patricia A. Relf is a freelance writer.
As religious leaders spoke out on issues of civil rights, peace, or poverty, CCS members were also called to action by the suffering of women who had approached them for help. Overwhelmingly male, white, affluent, and middle-aged, these mainline Protestant and Jewish clergy were nonetheless outspoken advocates for the rights of women, particularly poor women. To Offer Compassion is a detailed history of this unique and largely forgotten movement, drawing on extensive interviews with original participants and on primary documents from the CCS's operations.



Feminism on Tap
Feminism on Tap is a monthly happy hour rotating hosts and venues and is a collaboration of the These monthly events are hosted by the Wisconsin Women's Network, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, 9to5 Wisconsin, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, Wisconsin NOW, Emerge Wisconsin, and Zonta Club of Madison. For more information about Feminism on Tap and upcoming FoT events, like us on Facebook! It's an opportunity for women's rights advocates and other community members to mingle, support each other, develop ideas for collaboration, and discuss local efforts to advance women and girls in Wisconsin.
(In)Formation League Read!
1st Sunday of the month, 4:00 pm, Gib's, 1380 Williamson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Peace and Justice Book Circle
1st Thursday of every month, 6:00-8:00pm, at the Goodman South Madison Library
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Branch. Next book: La Rose, by Louise Erdrich
League of Women Voters of Dane County
1st Wednesday of every month, 6:00pm Social Hour, Program at 7:00pm, The Capitol Lakes Grand Hall*, 333 West Main St., Madison
Madison NOW
2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30--6:30 pm at Madison Central Library
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Branch
2nd Wednesday of every month. 6:30-8:00pm, Barrique’s on Atwood
Madison PFLAG Meeting
3rd Sunday of every month from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Friends Meeting House, 1704 Roberts Court
The first half of the meeting is educational in nature with a speaker and/or short films to facilitate further discussion. The second half is open support group sharing. Sharing is not required but those who choose to speak may do so with the knowledge that anything said will remain completely confidential. For our mutual benefit, we welcome and encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to attend our meetings.
Madison Feminist Book Club
4th Sunday of every month from 2pm, location and books vary. Check here for next book and location.
FTM GenderQueer
4th Monday of the month from 6:00-8:00pm, OutReach, 2701 International Lane #101
Peer-led, non-professional, social/support group for people who identify as FTM, genderqueer, transsexual men, drag kings, butch, intersex men, and anyone else assigned female at birth who identifies as masculine. Significant others, friends, families, and allies are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings. Diversity in gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, and anything else that makes up a person is welcomed. CONTACT INFO: Email MadisonFTM-owner@yahoogroups.com
AAUW, Monona-Madison Branch
4th Tuesday of every month
7:00pm, Monona Community Center, 1101 Nichols Rd
LGBT Books to Prisoners Project
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm and every other Saturday, 10:00am-1:00pm
Social Justice Center Incubator, 1202 Williamson St, near the Willie St. Co-op
Open mic night (for queer-identified folks and allies)
The 4th Wednesday of every month
7:30pm-9:30pm, Dutch's Auto Repair (202 Regas Rd.)
Sign up by 7:15 to be assured a spot in the lineup. Additional volunteer performers will be taken if time permits.
**Hosted by members of LGBTQ Narratives**
OutThere: Social group for LGBT youth
1st & 3rd Sundays at OutReach: 800 Williamson St.
OutThere is the young adult social group at OutReach LGBT Community Center. It meets on the first and third Sundays of each month to watch movies, play games, or go to events throughout Madison.
OutThere is a welcoming group with OutReach's dedication to promoting equality and quality of life for LGBT+ people. Join up! OutThere on Facebook

Each Wednesday – 7pm WORT, 89.9 FM Tune in to locally produced LGBT show "Queery." - Queery features local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news & information that affecting Madison's LGBT community in a news magazine format. The first show of every month is music

Each Sunday - 11am WORT-FM, 89.9 FM “Her Turn” - News and information by and about women in a magazine format. Includes shorter news stories and in-depth features produced by the Her Turn Women's Collective. The last show of each month is a call-in program.

Followed by “Her Infinite Variety” at 11:30am – Featuring Women Artists, Musicians, singers and song writers.

NOTE: Feminist news program "Her Turn" is looking for volunteers to join the collective and help produce weekly, 30 minute broadcasts covering local and global issues, by and about womyn-identified individuals. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and Her Turn is always looking for new members. No previous radio experience required! Click here for more information.



WISELI Workshop and Research Coordinator, UW-Madison
The Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is working to diversify the faculty at UW-Madison and promote an inclusive climate. WISELI is a research center that implements programs and conducts research to promote these goals. We are looking for a Workshop and Research Coordinator to support workshops and grant programs, and the research and evaluation studies that accompany their development, implementation, and dissemination throughout the UW-Madison campus and beyond. Questions about the position can be directed to:
Jason Jankoski
Phone: 608-890-0921
Email: jason.jankoski@wisc.edu
Assistant Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UW-Eau Claire
The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is searching for a new Assistant Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).  The Assistant Chancellor for EDI is a senior administrator, serving on the Chancellor’s executive leadership team and representing the university to the UW System and the community.
The new Assistant Chancellor for EDI will have the opportunity to oversee the continued implementation of UW-Eau Claire’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Implementation Plan and actively engage faculty, staff, and students across the University in reaching its goals. The complete position announcement can be found here.
We invite interested candidates to apply. Please share with anyone whom you think may be interested in this position. To submit nominations, please contact Ms. Jillian Anderson, Search Committee Support, via email andeji@uwec.edu or telephone 715-836-5951.



Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies, University of Gothenburg
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Cultural Sciences, Gothenburg (Sweden)
First day of employment: 2017-08-01 or as soon as possible
The research project Spaces of resistance. A study of gender and sexualities in times of transformation now invites applications for a position as Postdoctoral fellow, appointed to conduct research within the project, individually as well as in collaboration with other members in the research team. The applicant shall have experience from working with ethnographic fieldwork and have knowledge about feminist, post-/decolonial or postsocialist theory.
In order to carry out ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey, the applicant shall have good knowledge in the Turkish language and society. Applicants with knowledge about women’s and LGBT-movements, cisnormativity, trans- or intersex, historically or today, are particularly welcome to apply.
The applicant shall have a PhD in gender studies or a PhD with gender perspective in a closely related subject area. The position of Postdoctor aims at providing junior scholars an opportunity to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency. The applicant shall therefore have been awarded their PhD not more than 3 years prior to the deadline of the call for this position.
Application closing date March 24.
Information in English
Information in Swedish
For information about the Department of Cultural Sciences, Gender Studies, or the research project Spaces of Resistance, please check the website of the Department: www.kultur.gu.se
We look forward to receiving your application!




Call For Papers
Radical Democracy VI, May 5-6, 2017
The New School for Social Research, New York City
Keynote: Dilip Gaonkar, Closing Plenary: Yasmin Nair

The Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research embraces the occasion of the 6th Annual Radical Democracy Conference to ask what’s the matter? As a springboard into the material, practical, historical, lived, aesthetic, discursive and theoretical manifestations of Radical Democracy, and the constellation of claims with which it is associated. As preceding conferences have done, RD#6 will consider the theory and practice of radical democracy in its historical and contemporary settings.

This year’s theme is galvanized by an attention to the mattering happening all around us, and the ways these matters make radical claims upon the demos — popular sovereignty, demagoguery and tyranny, fascism and anti-fascist uprisings, racial justice, freedom struggles, declarations of defiance, resistance to oppression and colonial violence, and ongoing grassroots organizing; from Palestine to Ferguson, Syria to Delhi, Charlotte to DC, London to New York, Tepoztlán to Rojava, Oaxaca to Athens, Dhaka to Rio de Janeiro; people rise up in defense of water, land and democratic sovereignty; create migrant spaces of refuge, and enact critical multi-species with-standings around the world. As always we urge submissions of panel and paper abstracts that take up the theme of Radical Democracy in all its global resonances.

Possible considerations include: What are the stakes of thinking and practicing RD in light of the increasing number of anti-democratic, nationalist and crypto-fascist demagogues around the globe? What does RD mean in the era of Trump, Erdogan, Le Pen, and the Brexit? What is the relationship between RD and #BLM? Where does RD occur? What are its physical and virtual spaces? Is it a commons? An Undercommons? How do we make or find RD? Where is it between the classroom and the street? When does it manifest? Radical Democracy in a state of emergency? Between autonomy and austerity? Who enacts it, and how? Who is a citizen? What are the media of RD? What are the boundaries between democracy and art? What are its representations and how does RD stretch the limits of representation? What are the aesthetic registers of democracy, of radical politics? What vibrates between POP and AGIT-PROP?

In addition to graduate student participation in panels, we invited guest speakers participate in plenaries and talks over the course of the two days.

Our keynote speaker is Dilip Gaonkar. Gaonkar is a Professor of Communications at Northwestern University, director of the Center for Global Culture and Communication and author of Cultures of Democracy, among numerous other the books. RD#6 will benefit from Dr. Gaonkar’s extensive and rigorous scholarship around crowds, publish, and constructions of democracy. A closing plenary will host Yasmin Nair a Chicago-based writer, political activist and scholar of postcolonial, affect and queer theorist. In her many articles, Nair offers powerful attacks against the structures of state violence, imperialism, and neoliberalism, colonialism, racism and sexism.

For individual paper proposals, please submit a short abstract (max. 400 words) that includes institutional affiliation, academic level and contact information. Complete panel proposals with up to four papers are strongly encouraged. Please submit your panel or paper abstracts by March 19, 2017 to radicaldemocracy@newschool.edu. Full conference papers are due by April 21, 2017.
2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe
Saturday, 7th October 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
In September 2016 in Edinburgh, we welcomed over 100 activists, practitioners, artists and scholars to critically debate contemporary Black feminist and womanist theories and practices in Europe. Our first event demonstrated the possibilities of building solidarity across race, class, gender, sexuality and legal status. However, the symposium also highlighted the inter-generational tensions between veteran and newer activists and scholars about how to build and sustain inclusive and democratic Black feminist spaces for education and action. 
For our second symposium, we seek to expand and deepen our debates about the theory and practice of Black feminism and womanism in Europe but also spotlight the very real conflicts between different types of women who identify as Black feminists and womanists. Our aim is to examine how we might build community, collective strategies for survival and a politics for social justice in an unstable European context wracked by a variety of crises linked to austerity measures, racist and xenophobic public discourses about migration and the rise of far right political parties and groups.
We seek activist narratives, academic papers, practice-based reflections and art/music/film contributions related, but not limited, to:
* Theorising European Black feminism and womanism
* Gendering racial capitalism
* Building Black feminist and womanist activist spaces
* Black feminism and sex work
* Women of colour and the European racial contract
* Developing transnational, intersectional and intergenerational coalitions 
* Queering European Black feminism and womanism
* Race, gender and affective relations
* Gendering migration experiences
* Women of colour and digital diasporas
* Black feminism and Black Lives Matter in Europe
* Black feminism and trans* women’s rights
* Women of colour and anti-fascist resistance
Please send titles and abstracts of no more than 300 words, which include your name, affiliation and contact details to: woceuropeconference@gmail.com by Monday 3rd April 2017.


2017 Wisconsin Women's Health Advocacy Summit
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 8am - 4pm at the Monona Terrace in Madison
There's nothing like it! You don't want to miss this amazing convening that unites advocates, providers, survivors, policy makers and women’s health supporters for a full day of networking, education, engagement and empowerment - all to help us collectively raise the status of Wisconsin women’s health!
Safe Healthy Strong 2017
March 22 - 23, 2017, Milwaukee, WI
EMBODY, the education and training branch of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, is excited to present its sixth annual education conference, Safe Healthy Strong 2017. Safe Healthy Strong (SHS) is a regional conference intended for anyone who is working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of people in the communities they serve. It is designed to provide support and capacity-building for individuals at all levels of their professional development.
Symposium on Gender and Sexualities in Southeast Asia
April 1, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Room 206, Ingraham Hall. We are happy to announce that our speakers this year will be Cindy I-Fen Cheng, Carla Jones, and Tamara Loos. A keynote will be given by Michael Peletz.
The symposium will consist of two lectures in the morning and two lectures in the afternoon, followed by a roundtable panel in the afternoon. The purpose of both the talks and the round table is to foster open discussion with the audience about questions related to gender and sexuality in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Transnational US/Southeast Asia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. We hope to have a group of up to 40 people (undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty from UW-Madison) participate in the symposium. While our focus is on gender and sexuality in Southeast Asia, we look forward to a discussion that includes perspectives of those across fields and regions. We will be providing breakfast in the morning and a lunch catered by Lao Laan Xang.
In the coming months, we will have forthcoming abstracts of talks and details regarding the schedule. For now, we ask that you consider attending our event and encourage anyone who would be interested to attend.
2017 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being
TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION: Equity, Sustainability, Empowerment
April 27-29, 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pyle Center
Thursday, April 27th
Dr. Vandana Shiva offers a Keynote and Soffa Lecture at 4:00 PM
Friday-Saturday, April 28th
Over 90 concurrent Session by over 200 presenters
Five Plenaries:
Transformative Transnational Feminism: Theory and Praxis for the Future of Feminism
Democracy, Gender and Transformative Education in Europe: The Case of Spain
African American Women Beyond the Stereotypes: Mental health, Resilience, and Sustainability
Social Transformations to End Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex (STREETS): Survivor and Educator Perspectives on Human Trafficking Education
Multiple Ways of Knowing: Insights Grounded in Indigenous Experiences
And much, much more. See full program and registration information here: https://womenstudies.wisc.edu/WSC/annualconf/agenda.html
Due to several other events happening in Madison the same weekend you should reserve your hotel room TODAY. See lodging and registration information here: https://womenstudies.wisc.edu/WSC/annualconf/details.html
Plan on joining us in April 2017 to celebrate the:
The 20th Anniversary of the UW System Women and Science Program
The 40th Anniversary of the Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian
The 40th Wisconsin Women and Gender Studies Conference
Registration now!
3rd World Conference on Women’s Studies – WCWS 2017
Building Resilience: Dialogue, Collaboration and Partnerships across Our Differences
May 4 - 6, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka
UW System Women and Science Program Spring Conference
Monday, May 15, 2017
Registration is open.
Check out http://was.uwosh.edu/spring-conference for more information on the current schedule and list of presenters!
National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
May 31–June 3, 2017 • University of Maryland, College Park
2017 AAUW National Convention
June 14–17, Washington DC
Join 1,000 AAUW members and supporters from across the country as we speak truth to power on Capitol Hill, hone our leadership skills at hands-on workshops, and take our nation’s capital by storm.
Register now!
Women, Gender and Sexuality network for the Social Science History Association (SSHA)
November 2-5, 2017, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The “Women, Gender and Sexuality” network for the Social Science History Association (SSHA) are looking forward to the 42nd annual meeting which is scheduled to take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on November 2-5, 2017. The conference theme is “Changing Social Connections in Time and Space.” You can find more information at http://www.ssha.org.
2017 NWSA Annual Conference: 40 YEARS AFTER COMBAHEE:
Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives
November 16-19, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland


New WI Women’s History Research Project
Help Trace the History of WI Women in Local Government
Public input sought! The Women's Council has launched A Seat at the Political Table, new project to create an historical timeline tracing women’s political firsts as local elected officeholders in communities across Wisconsin. Wisconsin is home to about 2,350 locally elected government bodies – from School Boards to County Boards, from City Mayors to County Clerks. Indeed, the vast number of women holding elected office in Wisconsin are found in local government. The women who first gained a seat at the political table, and brought their voice to the deliberations and decisions of these jurisdictions, are largely lost to our collective history. A Seat at the Political Table extend our existing work on the history of women in state government to include women’s political firsts in local government – but these stories have proven much harder to identify. That’s why we need your help! Any other Wisconsin local women’s “firsts” or political milestones you want to tell us about? We’d love to hear about those too. Submission must include a contact for follow-up. For more information visit us at: www.womenscouncil.wi.
Submit a story or a tip by email to:  womenscouncil@wisconsin.gov
Calling All Artists
Advocates For Diverse Abilities’ Disability Art Show
April 16-23rd
We want to showcase your work!
Any ability and type of art is welcome! We want to hear your stories and your experiences with disability. Submissions are due to the email below by March 19th through video/picture of artwork.
Contact: Acheh Fonkem at 920-809-8015 or fonkem@wisc.edu
Announcing the 2017 Bowl-A-Thon!
Sunday April 23 from 2:30-5pm
We'll celebrate our movement to ensure abortion access with a Bowl-A-Thon in Madison. Register now as a fundraiser to join us at the bowling alley! Get ready to lace up your bowling shoes and head to the alley to fund abortion and have a kickass time doing so! Join in now at bit.ly/bowlwmf
GWS Donation Station for Open Seat
The department of Gender and Women’s Studies is happy to announce that we are now a recognized donation station for Open Seat, the food pantry for students on campus. The bin for donations is located in 3405 Sterling Hall (one of the TA offices) and donations can be dropped off at any time when the room is open. Similarly, students are welcome to take food from the bin if needed. The donations remaining in the box will be collected and taken to the main pantry location (Room 4209 in the Student Activity Center) every few weeks.
Please circulate this information with your students and note that some suggested donations include: menstrual products, hygiene products, beverages, condiments/sauces, baking products, cereal, oatmeal, granola, etc. Thank you for helping to make our department and our university a more welcoming and accessible place for all students!
For more information, please contact either Nicole Rudisill at krudisill@wisc.edu or Kim Gromek at thepantry@asm.wisc.edu.
Nominations Being Accepted for the 2017 Balzan Prize
The 2017 Prizes will be awarded in the fields of: Collective Memory; Gender Studies; Immunological Approaches in Cancer Therapy; and The Sun’s Planetary System and Exoplanets.  Each prize is worth 750,000 Swiss francs.  Nominations are due on March 15, 2017.  More information can be found at http://www.balzan.org/en/subject-areas-and-nominations. There are no restrictions on numbers of nominations from an individual university so feel free to submit nominations directly from your department.
Sign up now: QUELP 2017!
Spring semester: Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Red Gym: LGBTCC, Registration open!
Still looking for a spring semester class? Consider QUELP! This is a powerful deep dive into building community and an intersectional framework.
The Queer Emerging Leaders Program is a spring semester program for UW undergrads about identity and community leadership. Build connections related to LGBTQ organizing! Explore your own personal narratives and the power of collaborative work!
Academic credit available!
Can count towards your Leadership Certificate!
Contact uwquelp@gmail.com for more, see the QUELP page, or register now at the form!
Free Assault-Prevention Rides from YW Transit
The YWCA Madison and United Way of Dane County issued a press release offering their support for the young woman who was assaulted on a Madison bike path, and to remind Dane County residents that they offer free nighttime rides in the Madison area specifically to prevent sexual assaults. To schedule a free ride, residents can call 608-316-6888.
Sexual Assault Survivor Drop In Support Group
Organization/Host: Dane County Rape Crisis Center
Wednesdays January 25- May 3 (excluding March 22)
5:30PM-7PM at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, See Board in Lobby for Room
If you have been affected by sexual assault and would like a confidential space to talk to others with similar experiences, please stop by.  Group is open to female identifying adults (age 18+).
Questions? Call Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour helpline: 608-251-7273 OR check our website: www.danecountryrcc.org
UHS EVOC Open Access Hours
UHS EVOC Open Access hours are held on Mondays from 1-4pm and Thursdays from 9am-12pm. Drop-in to receive quick, compassionate information about options and rights for survivors and support people. See their website for more information: Victim Advocacy and Survivor Services
LGBT Campus Center Spring programs
We will keep updating you throughout the semester, but here are some reminders about our other programs that are always live and ready for you to jump in. Don't miss out:
- Crossroads community for TQPOC (contact: Matthew Lewis)
- Discussion groups (below) (contact: Tiffany Lee)
- Mentor Program (contact: Leigh Wilson)
- Volunteer Program (contact: Jess Draws)
- Ten Percent Society (contact: Cory Sprinkel)
Want to chat about any of these or more? Stop by the CC or ask at lgbt@studentlife.wisc.edu.
LGBT Mental Health & Healthy Relationships

Save the time: Tuesday Talk

Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm, Red Gym: TBD
The LGBTCC is pleased to partner with Shannon Juniper Niemeko, counselor and trans health specialist at Mental Health Services, for some dedicated face time with all of you. We have the main CC space, a small conference room, art supplies, and other possibilities for this drop-in time! More details to come, or let us know what kinds of space would make the most sense for you.
Questions? Contact Katherine at katherine.charekbriggs@wisc.edu.

LGBTQ Support & Empowerment Groups

Tuesdays | 12:15-1:45pm
Wednesdays | 3:15-4:30pm
Fridays | 11:00am-12 noon
333 E. Campus Mall, 7th floor
This group, facilitated by Alyssa Levy-Hussen, our LGBTQ Health Ambassador (with postdocs Todd on Tuesdays and Jocelyn on Wednesdays) is for students who are navigating sexual and/or gender identity development and acceptance. Students who identify as LGBTQ+ or any other personally meaningful term are all welcome to this group. Focus is on establishing positive connections with others and exploring the process of integrating one’s sexual and gender identities in authentic, self-affirming ways.
To join, drop by the C&CS reception desk any time 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday for an Access Consultation, and let the counselor know that you are interested in joining a group. For more information, call 608-265-5600 (option 2).

Let's Talk at the Red Gym

Mondays, 11:00am-1:00pm, Red Gym: Mezzanine C
Let’s Talk is a program that provides drop-in consultations across campus for UW-Madison students.
No topic is off limits. Common concerns include:
* stress
* sadness
* worry
* relationships
* academic performance
* family problems
* financial struggles
Just walk in for an informal, friendly, and confidential consultation! The Monday sessions are facilitated by LeAnna Rice and Alyssa Levy-Hussen, our LGBTQ Health Ambassador.
Let's Talk page
LGBT Discussion groups
Join your friends and peers for the following drop-in discussion groups on identity and community! These groups are not meant as counseling or therapy, and are not open for observation. Most are still being scheduled for the semester, but contact Tiffany Lee at tiffany.s.lee@wisc.edu for more information.

Queer Students of Faith
Join in this weekly discussion and support group to experience a safe space to learn, share experiences, find spiritual support, and grow as a queer person of faith. Students of all faith traditions are welcome!
Tuesdays, 6:00pm, The Crossing: 1127 University Ave.
Email: Manny at manny@crossingministries.org

rooted is a discussion group intended for those who self-identify as LGBTQ people of color. We hope to provide a space to discuss your experiences with multiple intersecting identities and find support and fellowship with folks who've shared similar experiences. Come speak to the barriers you encounter because of your identities and share what you love about yourself and your communities.
Email: Sheltreese McCoy at sheltreese.mccoy@wisc.edu

Queer Sobriety and More
In partnership with Live Free Student Wellness and Recovery, the LGBT CC will be holding space for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals to come together and talk about issues related to substance use, sobriety, and recovery-positive spaces. New folks always welcome, drop by and no pressure.
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, LGBTCC
2/7 | 2/21 | 3/7 | 3/21 | 4/4 | 4/18 | 5/2
Email: Tiffany Lee at tiffany.s.lee@wisc.edu

Fluid Sexualities

This is an open discussion group intended for those who are bisexual, pansexual, fluid or similarly-identified. The purpose is to provide space to discuss your experiences with your sexuality and to find support with others who have similar experiences. Come speak to the barriers you encounter because of your identity and share what you love about yourself, your community and your identity.
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm, LGBTCC
1/19 | 2/2 | 2/16 | 3/2 | 3/16 | 3/30 | 4/13 | 4/27 | 5/11

Gender Explorers
This open discussion group is a space for participants who identify across the gender identity/expression and trans spectrums to come together and explore concepts and constructs of gender in their own lives. This group is open to all members of the UW campus community.
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, LGBTCC
1/17 | 1/31 | 2/14 | 2/28 | 3/14 | 3/28 | 4/11 | 4/25 | 5/9

WorldWide Rainbow
This open discussion group is a space for international or exchange students who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum. You can discuss your experiences as an international LGBTQ student on campus, as well as find community, support, and comfort in your identities. Come share and exchange your stories, perspectives, and culture.
Fridays, 6:00-8:00pm, LGBTCC
1/20 | 2/3 | 2/16 | 3/3 | 3/17 | 3/31 | 4/14 | 4/28

The Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Center for Research on Gender and Women invite students, alumni, faculty, and friends to make a donation to support our on-going efforts to advance women and gender issues within our teaching and research mission.

Please visit the Department and Center websites to learn more about making a donation.


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Janet Hyde, Director
Center for Research on Gender & Women
University of Wisconsin-Madison
3409 Sterling Hall, 475 North Charter Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Phone: 608-263-2053
Fax: 608-265-2409
Email: jshyde@wisc.edu