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.
2022 Annual Lecture
Wednesday, September 21
7:00 p.m. at the City Campus Union Auditorium
Kamilah Willingham is a writer, national activist, and civil rights advocate. Kamilah’s work is grounded in advancing the rights of survivors of sexual violence in prisons, schools, and beyond, highlighting the culture of silence and inequity that dominates social and systemic responses to gender-based violence. In 2016 Kamilah spearheaded the viral social media campaign, #JustSaySorry. This campaign encouraged survivors of campus sexual assaults and gender-based violence to petition for an apology from their institutions, calling attention to the resilience of survivors and the failures of schools to submit to basic measures of accountability.
Kamilah investigates the consequences of patriarchy and misogyny, at the intersections of race and sex, and illustrates how our culture, norms and institutions are complicit in this abuse. Kamilah has trained a variety of stakeholders, from prison guards to campus officials, on their responsibilities to prevent and address sexual violence among their ranks and within their environments. Through this work, Kamilah invites audiences to explore healing from trauma as a path to resistance and revolution. Through her nuanced and personal perspective Kamilah helps audiences imagine alternative systems for healing and reconciliation outside of our justice system.
To learn more about our Annual Lecture Speaker, please see her website:
Past guests include: 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.