Women's and Gender Studies Colloquium Series

Women's and Gender Studies sponsors a colloquium series in which local and national scholars present their research. Because of the personalized nature of our program, students have an opportunity to interact with these scholars both formally and informally. In addition, Women's and Gender Studies cooperates with other departments and groups to co-sponsor poetry readings, films, concerts, panel discussions and art exhibits of women’s work. Recent visitors and performers include Janet Kourany, Michael Kimmel, Londa Schiebinger, Lise Eliot, Sarah Schulman, Obioma Nnaemeka, tatiana de la tierra, Patricia Hill Collins, Janice Gould, Jean Fagin Yellen, Mahnaz Afkhami, Toi Derricotte, Darlene Clark Hine, Beth Brant, Manjira Datta, Gloria Steinem, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Nomy Lamm, Leslie Feinberg, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the Guerrilla Girls.

Fall 2014 Series

Friday, October 3, 3:30pm
"'AIDS Knows No Borders’: Activist Rhetoric Against the Ban on HIV+ Immigration"
Dr. Karma Chavez (Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

This lecture will examine AIDS activist rhetoric used to challenge US immigration law during the 1990 and 1992 International AIDS Conferences. Their strategies offer insight into the function of rhetoric in building transnational coalitions, as well as into the unique characteristics of AIDS activist rhetoric during a time when for most, AIDS was a death sentence.

Karma R. Chávez is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013). Karma is also a member of the radical queer collective Against Equality, an organizer for LGBT Books to Prisoners, and a host of the radio program, "A Public Affair" on Madison's community radio station, 89.9 FM WORT.

Monday, October 27, 3:30pm
"Women's Studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln: A Brief Digital History"
Danielle Rue (WGS Major, UNL)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Danielle Rue, a Women’s and Gender Studies major at UNL, will present her website/digital history project that explores the early years of the UNL's Women's Studies program in the 1960s and 1970s as well as UNL's general attitude towards issues of race, gender, and sexuality during that period.

Monday, November 10, 3:30pm
"If Everyone Cared: Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activism and Child Welfare, 1960-1980"
Margaret Jacobs (History, UNL)
Bailey Library 229 Andrews Hall

Jacob’s presentation follows the transnational trails of two Indigenous women activists from the United States and Australia as they uncovered the ubiquity and trauma of Indigenous child removal in their nations and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s.  These and other Indigenous women activists made child welfare a central issue in Indigenous movements for self-determination in the late twentieth century.

Spring 2014 Series

Monday, February 3, 3:30pm
"Saving the Muslim Woman"
Basuli Deb (English & Women’s and Gender Studies, UNL)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

On November 17, 2001, then first lady Laura Bush addressed the nation via the president’s weekly radio speech, becoming the first presidential wife to do so. Emphasizing, “The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women," she reminded other nations of their global responsibility, by virtue of a “common humanity,” to ally with the US War on Terror. She appealed to the world to kick off a global endeavor against the violence on Muslim women and children in Afghanistan upheld by the al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

In Basuli Deb's talk transnational feminism confronts imperialist feminism as she traces what “Saving the Muslim Woman” came to mean as the war unfolded in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Friday, March 14, 7:00pm
"'Travelling Bodyes': Theorizing Subaltern Women’s Movements in(to) Protoimperialist England, c. 1560-1580"
Bernadette Andrea (English, University of Texas at San Antonio)
The Center for Great Plains Studies

Dr. Andrea will discuss early modern discourses of empire and cross cultural exchange between women of the West and the Islamic world. Her talk is the keynote address of the 2014 James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities.


Tuesday, March 18, 3:30pm
"The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: The Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Literature"
Venetria K. Patton (English & African American Studies, Purdue University)
Andrews Hall, Bailey Library (Room 229)

Patton will discuss the treatment of the ancestor figure in African American women’s writing, investigating how they draw on African cosmology and the interrelationship of ancestors, elders, and children to promote healing within the African American community.


Fall 2013 Series
"LGBTQ Perspectives on Health and Well-Being"

Monday, September 16, 3:30pm
“Spotlight on Graduate Student Research:LGBTQ Health and Well-Being”
Nebraska Union Heritage Room

This event will showcase graduate student research from across the university. Panelists will discuss their common interest in LGBT health and well-being from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

“Gender-Inclusive Language Best Practices,” Amy Vanderpool (Counseling Psychology)
Using research within the realms of linguistics and LGBTQ+ community wellness, Vanderpool will discuss how the language we use as a community shapes our collective understanding of what gender identity and expression (can and do) mean, particularly as it pertains to "non-binary" or "gender non-conforming" identities.

“Disclosure, Concealment, and Well-being in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals,”  Peter Meidlinger (Clinical Psychology)
Peter Medlinger’s work reconceptualizes the measurement of processes of concealment and disclosure of sexual orientation as they relate to understanding stress processes among lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals, and examines their relationships with well-being and mental health.

“‘No Matter What:’ A Dialogic Analysis of  Turning Points and Interaction in Parent/LGBT Child Relationships,” Amy Arellano, Allison Bonander, and Christina Ivey (Communication Studies)
Arellano, Bonander, and Ivey will examine the turning points in parent-child relationships after a child has ‘come out’, the discursive struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children and their parents, and how parents of LGBT children interact and navigate changes in individual, dyadic, and familial identity after their child acknowledges his or her non-heterosexual identity


Monday, October 7, 3:30pm
"In the Shadow of Sexuality:  LGBT African American Elders and Social Support"
Mignon Moore (Sociology, UCLA)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Moore will discuss her work on the physical and mental health of lesbian and gay elders in New York and Los Angeles as they are affected by sexual identity, social support, community institutions, and medical care. She also examines the experiences of Black LGBT people as they entered into gay sexuality prior to and throughout the 1960s and '70s as well as their current experiences with their racial communities as they age.


Monday, October 28, 3:30pm
"Socio, Political, and Medical Impacts on transgender Health: National Patterns and Local Experience"
Jay Irwin, (Sociology, University of Nebraska at Omaha) and Christopher Fisher, (College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Transgender identities and related issues continue to gain prominence in the media and public discourse. As more and more transgender persons "come out," there is a need for a deeper understanding of social issues like policies of health care companies, legal documentation, as well as health disparities. Join Drs. Jay Irwin and Christopher Fisher from the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative for a presentation and discussion of the poignant social and health issues faced by transgender persons.


Spring 2013 Series
"Science & Gender Matters"

Friday, March 1, 4:30pm
“But What Happens When the Scientists Are Women?”
Janet Kourany (Feminist Philosopher of Science, University of Notre Dame)
Sheldon Museum of Art
This talk is the keynote speech for the No Limits Conference

When it comes to the issue of women as scientists, the persistent concern has been that the science will be less sound if women are allowed to conduct it because women are not as analytically gifted as men. Kourany challenges us to move beyond this assumption in a variety of ways. First, there has been a pattern of achievement by women entering the sciences, revolutionizing their fields as well as uncovering the biases. Yet Kourany also points to the complexity of women’s participation. Not only were there (and still are) women scientists who conduct research in the same old ways, but there are also male scientists who are on board for change.


Saturday, March 2, 2:30pm
"Applying Gender to Psychology Research: Helping Students Create New Knowledge"
Panel of Students from Professor Sarah Gervais' Research Group
Nebraska Union Auditorium

In this roundtable discussion, a panel of students will describe their experiences working with Professor Sarah Gervais’ research team, which applies gender analysis to psychology research. They will begin by sharing details about their individual projects, which include such topics as objectification, obesity stigma, and self-sexualization. The roundtable will then proceed to an informal Q & A, in which audience members can participate. In this open conversation, students may discuss things like: how they like this research, their most interesting discoveries, how they first got involved with the project, and the opportunities and challenges that come from research.


Tuesday, April 16, 3:30pm
"Gender, Race, and the Missing Link: Science and the Transatlantic Debate on 'The Negro Question'"
Jeannette Eileen Jones (History and Ethnic Studies, UNL)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Dr. Jones will explore the transformation of evolutionary thought pre and post-Darwin on transatlantic debates over the enslavement, emancipation, and enfranchisement of the “Negro.” She will focus on the gendering and racialization of the so-called “Missing Link”—the unknown intermediary figure that linked humanity to other mammals in the evolutionary chain. This figure was often linked to African women and apes in popular imagination and popular science.


Fall 2012 Series
"Reproductive Issues: Past and Present"

Thursday, September 27, 3:30pm
“Whose Business Is It Anyway? Or, How the American Birth Control League Waged Battle Against Commercial Birth Control Clinics in the 1930s”
Rose Holz (Women's and Gender Studies Program, UNL)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Drawing upon her recent book on the history of Planned Parenthood, Holz will describe the birth control clinic movement in the 1930s, which witnessed the emergence not just of the more commonly described charity clinics but also commercial ones. What Holz reveals is an unexpected story ― about the breadth of the clinic movement and the charity movement’s efforts to contain it.

Professor Rose Holz is a historian and the Associate Director of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.


Thursday, October 25, 3:30pm
"Surgical Sterilization, Regret, and Race: Contemporary Patterns"
Julia McQuillan (UNL, Sociology) and Karina Shreffler (Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Surgical sterilization is a relatively permanent form of contraception that has been overused on Black, Latina, and Native American women in the United States in the past. McQuillian and Shreffler will explore if sterilization is still more common and more consequential among Black, Latina, and Native American women compared to White women in the United States, and if the patterns are the same for all marginalized groups. McQuillan and Shreffler argue that their findings suggest that stratified reproduction has not ended in the United States and that the patterns and consequence of sterilization continue to vary by race.

Julia McQuillan is Chair of the Sociology department at UNL. Karina Shreffler is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University.


Monday, November 12, 3:30pm
"'This Giving Birth:' The Politics of Pregnancy and Childbirth in African American Women's History and Literature"
Kathleen Lacey (English and Women's and Gender Studies, UNL)
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

American Black women’s pregnant bodies have historically been used and abused for profit, experimentation, and population control. Linking this history to African American women’s literature, Kathleen Lacey will explore the ways Black women authors reveal the complicated and nuanced experiences of being Black while pregnant.

The Daily Nebraska featured an article about the  "'This Giving Birth':The Politics of Pregnancy and Childbirth in African American Women's History and Literature." You can read the article on the Daily Nebraskan website.