Upcoming Events: 2013-2014 Speaker Series "Talking Back to Violence"

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies sponsors and co-sponsors a variety of events throughout the year. Our 2013-2014 programming theme is "Talking Back to Violence."

A series on gender and sexuality-based violence is especially timely because this issue is part of the United Nations’ agenda, reflecting governments’ attention to such violations of human rights around the world. Our WGS series reinforces these efforts and, at the same time, encourages our administration to address gender and sexuality-based violence on campus in the strongest manner possible.


Oct. 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom
Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS).  A Long Walk Home, Inc. Performance
Sponsored by the Women's Center and WGS

A Long Walk Home’s website, describes SOARS as a “two hour performance about one woman’s journey to reclaim her body, sexuality, spirituality, and self-esteem after being sexual assaulted in college. Performed by a diverse cast of women and featuring photographs taken by her sister during the recovery process, SOARS uses modern dance, spoken-word, and music to educate the public about sexual violence and to ease the shame, guilt, and self-blame that rape victims too often feel with a story of hope and healing.”

Nov. 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. in CUB 260
Lecture, "The Female Body as Contested Landscape: Historic and Contemporary Religious Responses to Domestic Violence"
Dean Nancy Nienhuis, Dean of Students & Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Professor of Theology and Social Justice, Andover Newton Theological School

The lecture examines the various ways religious leaders, past and present, have dictated what appropriate female behavior and comportment consist of, and the impact of these beliefs on battered women. While domestic violence victims often turn to religious leaders for support during moments of crisis, too often what they find there makes the violence theirs to fix or actually blames them for it.  Yet research shows that informed responses from religious leaders can have significant positive effects on survivors and batterers. This lecture explores these dynamics and focuses on how to turn religious roadblocks into resources for empowerment and survival.



March 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. in CUB 260
Lecture, “Removing the Colonial Blinders”
Lee Maracle, University of Toronto

Lee Maracle currently teaches in Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto. Maracle says of her upcoming visit to Gettysburg: “Ending violence against Aboriginal women is an anti-colonial, feminist practice. Anti-colonial practice requires we pick up our original laws, actively pursue the violators and oppose sexist and patriarchal violence wherever it presents itself. We cannot end the violence without ending colonization.”  Co-sponsors: Sociology Dept., Women’s Center

April 16,  2014 at 7 p.m. in CUB 260
Lecture, "UN-Silencing Sex on Campus: Violence, Pleasure, and Beyond"
Stephanie Gilmore, Independent Scholar and Activist

Stephanie Gilmore, Independent Scholar and Activist. In this frank and interactive discussion, Gilmore will talk about the realities of sexual violence on college campuses as well as legal, political, and cultural strategies students are using to reject rape culture and embrace the pleasures of their own sexualities.  


Recent topics:

  • Migration
  • Expanding Identities: Genders and Sexualities
  • Gender and Just Sustainability
  • Women and Islam
  • Women, Power, & Politics
  • Women and Science
  • Gender and Just Sustainability