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Calendar of Events - Check back often for updates!

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Everyone is invited to join Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and numerous other sponsors for Women's History Month! This year our theme focuses on women, gender, sexuality and incarceration issues. All events are open to the public and (unless otherwise noted) are free. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request; call (815) 753-6515 (one week's notice is preferred). For further information, call the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at (815) 753-1038 or email wgs@niu.eduCheck back often for updates!

Monday, March 2

Sentenced: “Orange is the New Black” Identity Series, Part 1
10:00 a.m. 
Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (corner of Lincoln Hwy. & Normal Rd.)

You’ve got time to join the staff of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center as we explore the dynamics of identity through the Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black.” Attend one, two, or all three sessions where we’ll look through the eyes of Taystee, Sophia, Piper and others and discuss their stories, relationships and the impact of incarceration. Sponsors: Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

 

Celebrate with Barbie  
5:00 p.m. 
Reavis Hall, Room 211

It’s Barbie’s 56th birthday, and as this icon of emphatic femininity ages, we take a close look at her and give her a variety of contemporary makeovers. Come for a screening of Professor Randy Caspersen’s Altered Barbie film, remarks by Professor Kerry Ferris, and a Q&A with birthday cake for all! Sponsors: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Tuesday, March 3

“This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Sticker Day! 
ALL DAY
Everywhere! (Pick up stickers in Reavis 103 or the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center)

Join us for our 11th annual celebration of “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Sticker Day! This event aims to break damaging stereotypes that cast all feminists as female, white, middle-class, or politically radical, and to open up the definitions of the word “feminist” to more complicated meanings. Pick up a free sticker and wear it with pride. Buttons are also available for $1. Sponsors: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Women’s Rights Alliance, and Gender & Sexuality Resource Center. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STICKER DAY!

Wednesday, March 4

International Women’s Day Lunch 
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
Adams Hall, Chandelier Room

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. for $15 per person. Seating is limited, and reservations are required by Friday, February 20. Those interested in attending the talk only are invited to arrive around 12:10 p.m. The speaker this year is Tereza Lee (www.terezalee.com). The fee for the lunch is $15.00. Make your reservation online at www.niu.edu/international/InternationalWomenLunch or contact Pamela Rosenberg at prosenberg@niu.edu or (815) 753-9530. Sponsors: Division of International Affairs; Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; Asian American Center; Gender & Sexuality Resource Center; Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Latino Resource Center; Colleges of Law and Education; Student Association; PCSW; Latino Law School Association; and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb Social Justice Committee.

Sentenced: “Orange is the New Black” Identity Series, Part 2 
6:00 p.m. 
Holmes Student Center, Sky Room

Join the staff of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center for the second part of this series exploring the dynamics of identity through the Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black.” Sponsors: Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Thursday, March 5

Sentenced: “Orange is the New Black” Identity Series, Part 3 
6:00 p.m. 
Holmes Student Center, Sky Room

Join the staff of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center for the third part of this series exploring the dynamics of identity through the Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black.” Sponsors: Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Tuesday, March 17

The Vagina Seminars! 
Open from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 
Holmes Student Center, Glass Gallery

Join the Women’s Rights Alliance for an informative event about women’s bodies and health. Stop in any time between 3:00-5:00 p.m. to learn about a variety of topics, including alternative menstrual products, safe sex practices, and more! Sponsors: Women’s Rights Alliance and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Tuesday, March 24

Caring for Incarcerated People & Their Families (panel) 
7:00 p.m. 
Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

We’re #1…and, it’s nothing to be proud of! The U.S. currently holds the highest incarceration rate per capita of all western nations. Incarceration reaches beyond the prisoner and affects families, as well. Join us for a panel discussion and learn what you can do to help prisoners and their families. Sponsors: DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace & Justice; Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Center for Black Studies; Unitarian Universalist Church of DeKalb; Departments of History and Sociology; NIU Women’s Rights Alliance. 

Wednesday, March 25

Why WGSS Matters: The Importance of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies 
4:00 p.m. 
Reavis Hall, Room 103 (conference room)

As NIU is currently experiencing a curriculum change, the students of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies believe that it is imperative to communicate the importance of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies as the university level. Sponsors: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Thursday, March 26

Mother Jones and the Radical Critique of Prisons in the Early 20th Century 
12:00 p.m. 
Graham Hall, Room 342

NIU History Professor Rosemary Fuerer will discuss early 20th century labor activist Mother Jones's work  against mass incarceration. Sponsors: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Department of History.

Thursday, April 2

Combatting Gender Inequalities in the Legal System (seminar) 
2:00 p.m. 
Reavis 103 (conference room)

Learn about the prison and re-entry experiences of women who have been wrongfully convicted and what can be done to change the legal system. The discussion will be moderated by Judy Royal and Andrea Lewis of Northwestern University School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Women’s Project. Sponsors: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Graduate Colloquium Committee.

Defending the Wrongfully Convicted (lecture) 
4:00 p.m. 
Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

Judy Royal and Andrea Lewis of Northwestern University School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Women’s Project will discuss some of the factors that contribute to the wrongful convictions of women. In addition to giving a brief overview of some of their cases, they will also discuss potential areas for future exploration of this topic. Sponsors: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Graduate Colloquium Committee.