Annual lecture
Annual lecture

Explore Feminism. Embrace Intersections. Embody Change.

Women’s and Gender Studies sponsors an annual lecture that features local and national scholars and activists who present their work on cutting edge themes in women, gender, and sexuality.

In addition, we cooperate with other UNL departments, programs, and centers to co-sponsor speakers, workshops, films, panel discussions, and other creative work. These events are free and open to students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community.

"Engaging Human Rights to Organize for Reproductive Justice"

Professor Zakiya Luna
Swanson Auditorium, Nebraska Union
Monday, October 9, 2023
6:00 P.M.


Save the date for WGS’s 2023 Annual Lecture with Professor Zakiya Luna! Luna is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar at Washington University in Saint Louis. Her research, teaching, and community work focus on social movements, reproduction, human rights and intersectionality. Her research on the reproductive justice movement includes the book Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice (NYU Press, 2020), which was included on the Oprah Daily list “The 12 Books You Need to Read Post the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade Smackdown.” She is coeditor of Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis (Routledge) with Whitney Laster Pirtle. Her other writing includes contributions to Ms. and Refinery 29. Professor Luna earned a joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan, where she also earned a Master of Social Work. She was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley affiliated with the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society. She was hosted by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. In addition, she was the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Human Rights Postdoc at University of Wisconsin, a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow and member of inaugural cohort (2019) of Society of Family Planning Changemakers in Family Planning. More recently, she was named the 2023 Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award by Sociologists for Women in Society.

Past Colloquia

Past guests include: Kamilah Willingham, Katharine Donato, Jeannette Jones, Zakiya Luna, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Lara Freidenfelds, Shireen Ghorbani, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Roxane Gay, Jaclyn Friedman, Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Sarah Deer, Karma R. Chávez, Janet Kourany, 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, the Guerrilla Girls, and others.

Past Colloquia