News & Events - NIU - Women and Gender Studies

Calendar of Events - Check back often for updates!

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National Equality Day Celebration
Tuesday, August 26 ~ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ~ North side of Reavis Hall

Play games & win prizes ~ Register to vote ~ Learn about the history of women's suffrage ~ Eat snacks from the suffrage era. [Rain location: Reavis Hall, Room 103)

Welcome Back Open House
Wednesday & Thursday, August 27 & 28 ~ 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ~ Reavis 103

Grab a snack ~ Learn about our program's undergradaute minors and certificates, and graduate certificates ~ Find out how you can get involved!

Join the Women's Rights Alliance (WRA)
First meeting: Tuesday, September 2 ~ 5 p.m. ~ Reavis 103

The WRA is open to anyone who wants to work towards gender & sex equality at NIU and beyond. Meetings take place on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday every month. Contact niuwra@gmail.com and/or friend niuwra on Facebook.

Feminist & Queer Artist Trading Card Workshops
Wednesday, September 3, October 1, November 5 & December 3; AND Thursday, September 11, October 9, November 13 ~ 4:30-6 p.m. ~ Reavis 103

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are small works of original art that anyone can make! We will provide cards, collage materials, markers, and other fun materials for you to use. Feel free to bring your own materials as well. Exhibit your creations in our ATC show in Spring 2015!

WOMS & LGBT Studies Graduate Student Meeting(s)
Monday, September 8 ~ Noon or 4:30 p.m. ~ Reavis 103

We need your help! Graduate students in Women's Studies & LGBT Studies are invited to assist us in bringing in graduate colloquium speakers. This is your money, so please attend one of these meetings to determine how we spend it. Without your input, this money will go unspent (and we may lose future funding)! Snacks will be served at both meetings.

Gender & STEM Symposium
Friday, September 19 ~ 1-4:30 p.m. ~ Swen Parson 188

This symposium is for anyone interested in gender imbalances, push-pull factors, attrition rates, gaps in achievement, and other gendered issues in STEM!

Pizza Party!
Tuesday, September 23 ~ 4-5:30 p.m. ~ Reavis 103

Grab a slice after the Exploring Majors Fair! We'll have pizza, soda, games and information about our programs.

Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians & Queered Masculinity
Thursday, September 25 ~ 12:00 p.m. ~ Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

Scott Balcerzak, Assistant Professor of Film & Literature, discusses Buffoon Men, his recent book on the complicated gender history of male comedians during the early sound era of Hollywood, 1930-1940. By understanding comedy in relation to documented cultural debates over masculinity, this talk will examine how the biggest comedy stars of the time comically rearranged or, at times, rejected heteronormativity.

Homecoming Week Alumni Talk with Genevieve Diesing
Tuesday, October 7 ~ 6 p.m. ~ Reavis 211

Welcome Genevieve Diesing back to campus! Genevieve is a Chicago-based freelance writer and media specialist. She will talk about how her experiences at NIU led her to a successful career and fulfilling life.

Take Back the Night @ NIU!
Tuesday, October 14 ~ 7 p.m. ~ Meet at MLK Commons

Shatter the silence, stop the violence! Join the Women's Rights Alliance; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and numerous other sponsors to march in protest of night-time violence.

Altered Barbie Workshop
Wednesday, October 22 ~ Noon-6 p.m. ~ Reavis 103

Is Barbie an icon? Inspiration? Or, perpetuator of unrealistic ideals? Here's your chance to reconstruct Barbie (or Ken) the way you want to see her (him). Use one of our dolls or bring your own. We'll have additional materials for you to use. We will display our altered dolls during an exhibit in Spring 2015.

Mean Girls, Manly Boys, & Anti-feminist Messages in Kid's T.V.
Tuesday, November 4 ~ 5 p.m. ~ Altgeld Hall, Room 315

WGS Director Kristen Myers presents this talk in conjunction with the NIU Art Museum's exhibit, Manly Men, Girly Girls & Everybody in Between (exhibit open August 26-November 15, 2014).

WGS Movie Night! Dallas Buyers Club
Thursday, December 4 ~ 7 p.m. ~ Reavis 211 (tentative)

Celebrate the end of the semester, and join us for a screening of Dallas Buyers Club, a story inspired by the true events of Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), who refused to accept his AIDS diagnosis as a death sentence. Well provide movie snacks!