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"Who's the Fool? Gay and Lesbian Representation in Will & Grace and Rosanne"
Thursday, February 20
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

Join us for a 3rd Thursday presentation by Dr. Jimmie Manning, Assistant Professor of Communication and Faculty Associate of LGBT Studies. This presentation makes an argument about comedic targets, or the "butt of the joke," as it plays out in two enduring cultural texts: the television programs Roseanne and Will & Grace.

NIU Women's Studies Blood Drive
Tuesday, February 25
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Douglas Hall, C/D Cafeteria

When you give...people live. Donate blood at our blood drive. Visit to schedule your donation. Walk-ins are also welcome! Photo id is required. All blood donors will receive a backpack from Heartland Blood Centers.

Fertile Ground Mosaic Opening Reception
Thursday, February 27
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Reavis Hall, Room 103

Join us to celebrate the completion of the Women’s Studies Mosaic Project! Mosaic project leader Danielle Dobies will be on-hand to answer questions. The opening will also feature a cello duet with Nissa Sampson (NIU alum) and Samantha Myers-Miller (DeKalb High School student), and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Everyone is welcome!


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“This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Sticker Day!
Tuesday, March 4
All Day

Stop by Reavis 103 to pick up a free sticker. Buttons are also available for$1. Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program; Women’s Rights Alliance; LGBT & Women’s Resource Center

Shifting Fault(lines) & Negotiating Pathways
Tuesday, March 4
12:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

Join us for an interactive talk that will explore the “place” of women of color in the feminist family, led by Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Katrina Caldwell. Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program; LGBT & Women’s Resource Center

Beyonce’s f-word
Wednesday, March 5
3:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Sky Room

What happens when a music icon claims an identity that is Controversial and misunderstood in popular culture? We will discuss Beyonce’s visual album and the way she demonstrates feminism as an artist. Sponsors: LGBT & Women’s Resource Center, and Women’s Studies Program

Women’s History Month Self-Defense Seminar
Monday, March 17
6:30 p.m.
Founders Library, Room 20

Lesley Rigg and Wayne Finley use their black belt karate skills to teach women how to protect themselves. Rigg and Finley are RADD-certified self-defense instructors. Sponsors: Founders Memorial  Library, Women's Studies Program, and NIU Women’s Rights Alliance

Exploring Civil Rights: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 19
6:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

This panel discussion will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The panel will include three distinguished NIU scholars: Dr. Laverne Gyant, Director of the Center for Black Studies; Dr. Dianne Rodgers, Associate Professor of Sociology; and Dr. Elvia Arriola, Professor of Law. Sponsors: Department of History and Women’s Studies Program

Queering a Human Rights Issue: LGBT on a Global Scale Thursday
March 20 12:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

This event will be rescheduled for fall 2014!

Did you know that in some countries homosexuality is not only illegal but is considered an offense punishable by death?  Join us for an enlightening presentation by Associate Professor of History Trude Jacobsen that will consider the state of LGBT rights across the globe. Sponsors: LGBT Studies and Women’s Studies Programs

Three Women Who Stand for Peace: International Civil Rights in the Age of Drones
Thursday, March 20 7:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Regency Room

Join us for a panel discussion with three amazing women who stand for peace: Two-time Nobel Prize nominee Kathy Kelly from voices for Creative Non-Violence; Medea Benjamin, founder and director of the women’s peace group Code Pink; and long time peace activist Ret. Col. Ann Wright. Sponsors: DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace & Justice; Women’s Studies Program; Amnesty International-NIU; NIU Women's Rights Alliance; NIU Department of History; Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice; Rockford Peace and Justice; Sauk Valley Peace & Justice; and First Congregational Church of DeKalb (Mission Ministry Committee).


Race, Gender and the Civil Rights Act-An Historical Perspective
Wednesday, April 2
6:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

Dr. Patricia Sullivan’s lecture will focus on the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act from an historical perspective, including how women became part of the act and the immediate effects of the Act’s passage. Sullivan’s lecture will be based in part on research from her book, Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement (New Press, 2009). Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.  Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee

Teaching Civil Rights (Graduate Colloquium Seminar)
Thursday, April 3 10:00 a.m.
Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

Dr. Sullivan’s seminar will focus on teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to being Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Sullivan is also co-director of the NEH Summer Institutes at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute on teaching the history of Civil Rights. Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee


Inocente (film screening & discussion)
Wednesday, April 9
7:00 p.m.

Faraday Hall. FW. 45. LaTourette Hall (formerly Faraday West).

Join us for a screening of this award-winning documentary film. "INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings." Also, check out the other films being screened during the 2014 Latino Film Festival! Sponsored by: Women's Studies & LGBT Studies and The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Graduate Colloquium Seminar with Executive Editor @ Politico
Thursday, April 10
3:30 p.m.
DuSable Hall, Room 268

Executive Editor of Politico Richard Berke will discuss maintaining one’s objectivity while doing research and reporting.  Skills learned at this seminar will be applicable to academic and journalistic research and writing. Prior to joining Politico, Berke was senior editor and director of video content development at The New York Times. Sponsors: LGBT Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee, Women’s Studies Program, Departments of Communication and Political Science; Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Coming Out in the News
Thursday, April 10
6:00 p.m.
DuSable Hall, Room 148

Richard Berke’s lecture will focus on the treatment of LGBT people and issues in the news media. More specifically, as a gay man who began working at the New York Times in 1986, he will discuss the evolution of coverage of LGBT issues and treatment of LGBT people in the news. Sponsors: LGBT Studies , Graduate Colloquium Committee, Women’s Studies , Depts. of Communication and Political Science; PCSOGI

"The Power and Shame of Coming Out"
Thursday, April 17
12:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

Coming out has been a powerful tool to create social change. Many attribute the rapid rate in the shift for marriage equality to the viability of Lesbian Gay Bisexual (LGB) folks on TV and in our families. The queer movement was built around the power of coming out, and for this reason we rarely examine the coming out narrative for fear of offending. When we hear the national narrative on coming out, rarely do we see the experiences of trans* and asexual folks represented. Often, these experiences are looked over. Because of this, the coming out process experienced by trans* and asexual people are often neglected or more problematically belittled.  This 3rd Thursday Presentation is by Romeo Jackson, Coordinator of the  LGBT Resource Center's Straight Talk Speaker's Bureau.

Eve Ensler's A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer: Writing to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19
7:15 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Come out for two performances of Eve Ensler's A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer: Writing to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls--A V-Day initiative. VDAY is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds from this year's performances will benefit Safe Passage: a domestic violence and sexual assault agency in DeKalb County. Tickets: $5 donation. For more information, contact or call 815-753-1038. Sponsors: NIU Women's Rights Alliance and Women's Studies Program.

Reconstructing Haiti: Current Condition, Lessons Learned and the Future: Combating Sexual Violence in Haiti: Lessons from the Field
Tuesday, April 22
12:00 p.m.  (reception to follow)
Holmes Student Center, Regency Room

This program will host Malya Villard-Appollon, the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year and co-founder of KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims). This Haitian grassroots organization provides women with physical and legal support in an effort to combat sexual violence. Malya wil speak about her advocacy work and how it has taken her to the courtroom, IDP camps, the UN base, and around the world to testify before the UN Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. State Department, and the IAHRC. For more information, please contact the NIU Anthropology Museum at 815-753-2520. Sponsors: NIU Anthropology Museum; Center for NGO Leadership & Development; Center for Black Studies; Center for Latino & Latin American Studies; Women's Studies Program; the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women; and the Illinois Humanities Council which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly.

Women’s Studies & LGBT Studies Honors Day Reception
Wednesday, April 23
4:30 p.m.
Reavis Hall, Room 103

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and recognize the contributions of Women’s Studies students, faculty and partners. Graduation cords will be handed out to all undergraduate WOMS & LGBT Studies students who are graduating in May. Refreshments will be served.