Colloquium Series
Colloquium Series

Innovative presentations from renowned scholars

Women's & 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. Past visitors and performers include Roxane Gay, Jaclyn Friedman, 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.

Spring 2019 Series

Shireen Ghorbani

Shireen Ghorbani

No Limits Keynote Address "We Are The Leaders"

Ghorbani is a former candidate for the US House of Representatives. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which showcased the grassroots movement of women newly inspired to run for office. In her talk, she will share lessons learned from a pathway to politics that followed lines of academia and activism. At the intersection of authenticity, rage, and deep desire to do better, Ghorbani offers a call to action and an invitation to, in the words of Grace Lee Boggs, reckon with the notion that “we are the leaders we've been waiting for.”

Friday, March 8, 2019
11:00 AM, Nebraska Union,

Lara Freidenfelds

Lara Freidenfelds

"Perfect Pregnancies & Mourned Miscarriages: A History of Modern Childbearing"

Freidenfelds is a historian of sex, reproduction, and women's health in America. In her talk, Freidenfelds offers a far-reaching look at the rise of our current childbearing culture from its earliest glimmers in the Revolutionary era to today. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
3:30PM, Sheldon Art Museum,

Fall 2018 Series

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Roxane Gay

Author of "Bad Feminist" & "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" & UNL English Alumna will read from her book and host a book signing.

Thursday, October 4,
7:00PM, Nebraska Union,
Centennial Room

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Jaclyn Friedman

Writer, Educator, & Activist will present "How to Have Sex without Getting Hurt or Being a Jerk"

Monday, October 8,
7:30PM, Nebraska Union,

Spring 2018 Series

Student Panel poster

A roundtable discussion that will feature four Global Studies undergraduates with a strong interest in women, gender, and feminism. 

Thursday, February 15,    3:30-5pm                   City Union, Regency B 

Community panel poster

A roundtable discussion that will feature individuals working with immigrant/refugee communities here in surrounding community.  

Monday, March 26, 3:30-5pm
City Union, Regency B 

Faculty panel poster

A Roundtable Discussion with Professors Isabel Velazquez (Modern Languages and Literatures), Luis Othoniel Rosa Rodriguez (Modern Languages and Literatures & Ethnic Studies), and Angel Maldonado (Communication Studies)

Thursday, April 12, 3:30-5pm
City Union,Colonial B 

Fall 2017 Series

Between Allah and Me poster

Between Allah And Me (And Everyone Else) (2015) dir. Kyoko Yokoma

Film Screening & Discussion with Professors Loukia Sarroub, Abla Hasan, Claire Nicholas & PhD Candidate Samirah Alotaibi

Monday, September 18 6-8pm
Mary Riepma Ross Theater

Annette Lynch

Annette Lynch

"The Rise Of Pop Culture Porn Chic: Media, Fashion, and Emerging Paths to Gender Justice on a College Campus"
Wednesday, October 4, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Red Cloud A, Willa Cather Dining Complex

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Gender Appearance & Representation: A Roundtable Discussion

"With Professors Kwakiutl Dreher, Christin Mamiya, and Sandra Starkey"
Thursday, November 9, 3:30pm
Andrews Hall, Bailey Library

Spring 2017 Series

Dr. Carla Pfeffer

Queering Families:
The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men

Queering Families
Friday, February 17,
12:30PM, Nebraska Union,
Colonial A

Navigating Transmasculine LIfe at UNL:

A Brownbag Conversation Featuring Current & Former Students


Marc Woodman, UNL Alum

Jaye Stenz, PhD Candidate

Thomas Lewis, UNL Undergraduate


Dr. Elliot Tebbe, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, UNL

Friday, March 31,
12-2PM, Nebraska Union,
Colonial A

Spring 2017 Full Series Poster

Spring 2016 Series

Meenakshi Gigi Durham

Pleasure & Danger:
Sex, Violence, and Ethics in the Age of Digital Media

Meenakshi Gigi Durham
Friday, March 11,
5PM, Nebraska Union,
Union Auditorium

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Katrina Jagodinsky

Legal Codes & Talking Trees:
Indigenous Women's Sovereignty in the Sonoran & Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946

Legal Codes and Talking Trees cover
Tuesday, April 5,
3:30-5:00PM, Nebraska Union,
Colonial Rooms

Spring 2016 Full Series Poster

Fall 2015 Series

Cati Connell

School's Out:
Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom

Cati Connell
Friday, October 2,
12:30PM, Nebraska Union,
Georgian Suite

Alice Kang

Muslim Women's Activism and
Legislative Reform in Niger

Alice Kang
Wednesday, October 28,
3:30-5:00PM, Nebraska Union,
Colonial Rooms

Fall 2015 Full Series Poster

Spring 2015 Series

Alexandra Wettlaufer

Painting Women: Gender, Representation,
and Artistic Identity

Thursday, January 22
5:00PM, Bailey Library, 229 Andrews Hall

Patrice McMahon

Women and Conflict: The Contributions of American Foundations

Thursday, February 26
3:30-5:00PM, Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Brenda Flanagan

Women Survival and Subversive Strategies under Socialism

Thursday, March 19
6:30-8:00PM, Gaughan Multicultural Center (Room Posted)


The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

Monday, April 20
5:00PM, Nebraska Union Auditorium

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Fall 2014 Series

Karma Chavez

Karma R. Chavez

"AIDS Knows No Borders": Activist Rhetoric Against the US Ban on HIV+ Immigration

Friday, October 3, 3:30pm
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Danielle Rue

Danielle Rue

"Women's Studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln: A Brief Digital History"

Monday, October 27, 3:30pm
Nebraska Union (Room Posted)

Margaret Jacobs

Margaret Jacobs

"If Everyone Cared: Transnational Indigenous Women's Activism and Child Welfare, 1960-1980"

Monday, November 10, 3:30pm
Andrews Hall, Bailey Library