News and Events We sponsor events throughout the year on a variety of topics relating to women, gender and sexuality.

2017-2018 Events

  • Friday, September 8: Fall WGSS/LGBTQ Resource Center Barbecue outside the Red House. Join us in our new location for live music and good food as we kick off the new academic year on a note of inclusion and celebration.
  • October 26: Panel on the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the CGL Tea House. Please join Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty for a discussion of the latest round of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations in the news on Thursday, October 26 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm in the CGL Tea House. How can we make sense of the Harvey Weinstein scandal? How should we understand the near-constant revelations of workplace-based gender discrimination involving high-profile individuals? How can we work together to prevent sexual harassment and assault and foster a culture of consent and inclusivity? Panelists include Sarah Horowitz (History), Toni Locy (Journalism and Mass Communications) and Ellen Mayock (Romance Languages).
  • January 23: Sexual Misconduct Campus Climate Survey Discussion in Hillel 101. Wondering about the results of the campus climate survey from last spring? Join us Tuesday to discuss them with Title IX Coordinator Lauren Kozak. Refreshments will be served. This Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Forum is sponsored by WGSS and Student Affairs.
  • January 30: Title IX Poetry Reading in Hillel 101. Professors Stacey Vargas (VMI) and Ellen Mayock (W&L) will read poems based in Title IX issues. A discussion will follow addressing the current state of Title IX on our college campuses. This event is sponsored by WGSS and the Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation.
  • January 31: "A Sporting Chance" in Stackhouse. Documentary on Title IX followed by a panel discussion with Athletic Director Jan Hathorn, WGSS Professor Melina Bell and Title IX Coordinator Lauren Kozak.
  • February 1: Digital History and Queer Archives with Dr. Gregory Rosenthal (Roanoke College) in the IQ Center. In 2015, Dr. Gregory Rosenthal helped found the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, a community-based history initiative committed to telling the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations in our region. Since its inception, the History Project has used an array of digital tools to make queer history more widely accessible to diverse audiences and to place a spotlight on the rich queer history of this Appalachian region. Through community engagement, the History Project seeks to empower queer and trans individuals to tell their stories and take leadership roles in processes of research, interpretation, and historical storytelling. But digital tools have revealed themselves to be both an aid and a hindrance to this work. The internet has simultaneously brought LGBTQ+ peoples together in new and exciting ways while also arguably leading to the loss of physical queer spaces as well as engendering a divide between older and younger LGBTQ+ individuals. As we engage in queer historical research and interpretation in Southwest Virginia in the 2010s, how do we navigate the promises and pitfalls of the digital divide, and the limitations of digital technologies to truly tell our queer stories? This event is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Washington and Lee History Department.
  • February 1: Contact Presents: An Evening with Mia Hamm in Evans Dining Hall.
  • February 27, 7:00 p.m.: The Abortion Diaries and Motherhood by Choice, Followed by a Discussion with the Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund in Hillel 101. The Abortion Diaries gives voice to an important but silenced community: women who have had abortions. Over a million American women will have an abortion each year. The Abortion Diaries dispels the stigma of abortion by presenting the abortion stories of twelve diverse women. Motherhood by Choice distills key moments from each of the three films in the OSCAR-nominated, EMMY-winning 2 1/2 hour series CHOICE: From the Back alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond. Through first person stories, this documentary brings alive the history of the struggle for women's reproductive rights in the United States. Pizza provided, sponsored by WGSS and the Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund.
  • March 15, at 12:15 in Elrod 216: Lunch colloquium with Nina Donovan, author of the "Nasty Woman" poem that Ashley Judd recited at the Women's March
  • March 20 at 5:30pm in Hillel 101: Carol Lee Campbell will be speaking on "The Goddess Diaries: Monologues of Sexuality and Agency, Bridging Theory and Performance"
  • March 23, at 12:15 p.m. in Elrod Commons 216: Lunch colloquium with Carol Sanger, author of About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First Century America (Harvard U. Press 2017), will visit next week. Professor Sanger is the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a scholar of reproductive law and gender & law. The title of her talk is "An Introduction to About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America."