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Women's and Gender Studies

Jennifer Joy presents "Get Inspired: Four Brilliant Women Scientists from the History of Science"

Marie Curie wasn’t the only female scientist in history. This presentation explores four brilliant and important women scientists: Lise Meitner, who discovered nuclear fission; Chien-Shiung Wu, who overturned a major law in physics; Barbara McClintock, who was the Einstein of genetics; and Shirley Ann Jackson, whose public policy work in nuclear-power-plant oversight impacted the United States and the world. These amazing women show what can be accomplished when passion and intelligence meet determination to overcome all obstacles. Sponsored by the Women in Physics Club and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.  Free and open to the public.

Film Screening: "I am a Girl"

There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, "I am a Girl," a feature-length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century. As a day on earth transpires from dawn to dusk and into the night, we meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humor. This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Graduate Student Association, College of Education Diversity Committee, Center for Multicultural Education, Rod Library and Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Free and open to the public.

Film Screening: "Celebrating Colors," Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

This film unearths the story of black women's political marginalization, between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism which was largely white and middle class, showing how each failed to recognize black women's overlapping racial and gender identities. A panel discussion will follow the film. This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Teaching Alliance, #WeCanDoBetter campaign and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Free and open to the public.

Women's History Month Keynote Address: "Can I Play, Too? Gender Equity in the Age of #Gamergate"

This panel aims to engage the audience in conversations about the ethics of gender-based discrimination and harassment in video gaming culture and social media; to discuss responsible Internet usage; and to confront personal biases. Through these conversations, aided and inspired by learning about the experiences of the panelists (professionals in the videogame industry including Brianna Wu, one of the original  targets of #gamergate; Maddy Myers; Samantha Kalman; and Patrick Klepek), we aim to challenge the audience to reflect on their relationships with media and social media; to become more critical consumers of media; and to examine their own roles in creating a more inclusive and respectful community--both at UNI and online.

Sponsored by: Women’s & Gender Studies Program; Departments of Communication Studies, Computer Science, Math, and Psychology; and a Reaching for Higher Ground grant.

Film Screening: What I Want my Words to do to you

This film offers a look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler, consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women delve into and expose their most terrifying realities as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability.

V-Men Workshop

This workshop will explore the issue of violence against women and girls from a masculine perspective, addressing the root causes of violence and the ways men can be active participants in ending it. The workshop is for men-identified participants only. No registration is required.

Film Screening: I AM ELEVEN

Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from around the world. I AM ELEVEN weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age. These young minds provide us with a powerful insight into the future of our world. As straight up and personal as the ’7 Up’ series, and with the comedy and honesty of ‘Spellbound’, this documentary enables us to explore an age where these ‘not quite kids, not quite teenagers’ briefly linger, between the frank openness and sometimes naivety of childhood, and the sharp and surprisingly brave wisdom and knowing of adulthood. As much as it is a story about them, it is a story with them, of what it is like to be eleven today. The film is 94 minutes long and is appropriate for middle and upper elementary school students. Tickets are $10. 

This event is sponsored by the Educational Psychology and Foundation's Development Team, the COE Diversity Committee, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Day of Solidarity

Faculty and staff representatives from the College of Education and the Women and Gender Studies Program will sponsor a Day of Solidarity gathering. This gathering is for all faculty, staff and students who desire to stand in support of students and others who were victimized by the racist, sexist, homophobic and other offensive comments anonymously posted to the social media site Yik Yak. We invite all who are ready and willing to stand up against oppressive language and actions to wear black on Nov. 6.
T-shirts to wear for the event can be purchased by emailing kerri.clopton@uni.edu with your size by Wednesday, Oct. 29. The cost of the shirt will be approximately $8. The shirts will say "We Can Do Better" (front) and "Panther Pride (noun): the feelng one gets from being a part of a diverse edcuational community that respects, supports, encourages and values the contributions of all its members while pushing all to rise out of their ignorance" (back).
For more information contact Stephanie Logan, Kerri Clopton or Catherine MacGillivray.

CROW Forum

The recipient of the Women's and Gender Studies Outstanding Graduate Paper on Gender award will present their paper and be presented with their award.

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