Event Archive

Over the years, the Gender and Women's Studies program has hosted a variety of events designed to engage students, faculty, and the public in an ongoing conversation about issues of gender, sex, race, and class. Listed below are some of the films, lectures, discussions, and exhibits hosted by our program.


September 26

Loosening the Gender Girdle: How Gender Affects You
6:30-8 p.m.
French Lounge, Student Union 270 

Join LGBTQ educator, activist and writer Robyn Ochs to discuss what it means to be “a man” and what it means to be “a woman.” What other options are there? We will look at the ways in which we are limited by a rigid and limited binary understanding of gender, and explore how the politics of gender tie together the feminist, queer and transgender movements. Please join us, and bring your gender with you. 

September 27

Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality
6:30-8 p.m.
BS Roberts Conference Room, North Hall, OSU-Tulsa 

Join LGBTQ educator, activist and writer Robyn Ochs to explore how we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences of sexuality. In this interactive program, we will explore the landscape of sexuality, conduct a thought-provoking anonymous survey of those present, and look together at the data. Where do we fall on various sexuality continua? How do we label? How old were we when we came to our identities and to our sexualities? How asexual/sexual are we? How well do our friends/family members understand our sexuality? This program will expand your perspective and change the way you think about labels.

Through December 16, 2017

OSU Museum of Art

A portfolio of prints, Femfolio features the work of 20 leading women artists who started the feminist art movement in the 1970s. Their works represent a variety of feminist voices and styles that counter stereotypical assumptions of feminine. Alongside other artists representing marginalized ethnic and social groups, women artists contributed to major aesthetic and intellectual developments from the late twentieth century onward.

Part of the OSU Museum of Art’s permanent collection, the portfolio was produced by the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

Artists: Emma Amos, Eleanor Antin, Nancy Azara, Betsy Damon, Mary Beth Edelson, Lauren Ewing, Harmony Hammond, Joyce Kozloff, Diane Neumaier, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Semmel, Sylvia Sleigh, Joan Snyder, Nancy Spero, May Stevens, Athena Tacha, June Wayne, Martha Wilson.


April 8

Difficult Dialogue Series: LGBT Issues in the Classroom
3:30-5 p.m.

202 Morrill Hall

Controversial topics often enter our classrooms, sometimes uninvited by the instructor.  When part of the planned curriculum, these topics are often avoided in class discussions.  Topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity can spark strong feelings on the part of students as well as faculty. The workshop will focus on our presenters’ experiences as students, staff and faculty members navigating classroom and sometimes out-of classroom discussions related to LGBT and/or Queer issues. They will also talk about their successful and unsuccessful strategies regarding how to handle the uninvited statements and how to encourage dialogue in these topics when part of the curriculum.  Audience experiences and participation is welcomed! Co-sponsored by: EQuAL & Gender and Women's Studies.


Dr. Hugh Crethar, Associate Professor in SAHEP-College of Education and the Jacques Flannery Community Counseling Endowed Professor and Counseling Program Coordinator (CACREP Accredited) at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Crethar is also currently the President Elect of  the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC).

Kenya Guidry is a senior majoring in Sociology at Oklahoma State University. She serves as the Sergeant at Arms for the Sexual Orientation Diversity Association.

Jen Macken is a Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Oklahoma State University.  She works primarily with women and LGBT students, and advises three student organizations addressing feminism and LGBT issues. 

Moderator and Facilitator: Dr. Sue C. Jacobs, Team Leader of the OSU Difficult Dialogues Program, Associate Professor in SAHEP-College of Education and the Ledbetter Lemon Counseling Psychology Diversity Professor.


September 19

The State of Women in Oklahoma
6-7 p.m.
Student Union Plaza 

Hosted by the National Organization for Women. State Senator Constance Johnson will come to speak in the Student Union Amphitheater about the state of women in Oklahoma.

September 24

Friends of the Forms Lecture: Transgender Politics and Questions of Surveillance
6 p.m.
302 Classroom Building

Dr. Toby Beauchamp, OSU English Department.

October 2
Sporting Chance: Title IX and Women's History
5:30-7 p.m.
035 Murray Hall

Over the last 40 years, opportunities for women and girls to participate in sports have expanded dramatically, and Title IX played a fundamental role in that transformation.  The events leading up to Title IX's passage in 1972, and the struggle ever since to figure out how to implement the law fairly, demonstrate the difficulties and rewards of putting abstract principles like equal opportunity and gender equity into concrete, everyday practice. Join historian Susan Ware for a public discussion of this milestone in the struggle for gender equity.

October 18
The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces

5-7 p.m.
Gardiner Art Gallery

This exhibition examines issues related to the practice of veiling in Islamic culture. It features 29 artists including videographers, filmmakers, and new media artists, as well as painters, sculptors, performance and installation artists. Each redefines the veil in its numerous manifestations and interpretations, and put the veil and veiling into context. This exhibition intends to engage received wisdom, particularly current cliches and stereotypes about Islamic practices, and to reflect on the great ubiquity, importance and profundity of the veil throughout human history and imagination. Curated by Jennifer Heath, this exhibition is a visual companion to Heath's edited volume "The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politics" (University of California Press).

On display Oct. 15 - Nov. 2; Gallery Talk Oct. 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Reception Oct. 18, 5 - 6 p.m.

Discussion: Oct. 18, 6 - 7 p.m.

Join a roundtable discussion led by faculty members from History, Gender and Women's Studies, and Art to examine the exhibition and the issues it raises about Islamic culture, gender and visual arts. All in the Gardiner Gallery and free and open to the public. The Veil is funded in part by Boulder Arts Commission, the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., Firyal Alsalabi and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

December 7
Terrorism TV

Lecture and Book Signing with author Stacy Takacs


January 21

Please join us on Friday, 21 January 2011, in Stillwater at the Wes Watkins Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University for a day-long regional workshop on reproductive and sexual health. We are bringing together Oklahoma experts with nationally known panelists and have developed a quick-paced agenda for the day. More information on the event, including a slideshow, can be found here.

January 24

American + The Pill. Co-sponsored with American Studies and the History Department, Elaine Tyler May will discuss the history of the pill in America. Contact Laura Belmonte for more details at laura.belmonte@okstate.edu
Location: Classroom Building 313
Time: 3.30-5 pm

January 25-27

Have You Heard from Johannesburg. Gender and Women’s Studies Reception. Seven stories from the Global Anti-Apartheid movement: a cinematic celebration of human rights presented by acclaimed producer and director Connie Field over three evenings. Co-sponsored by American Studies as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Lecture Series. Contact Laura Belmonte for more details at laura.belmonte@okstate.edu 
Location: Murray Hall Parlor
Time: 3-5 pm

Wednesday February 23. Critical Feminist Reading Group. This is the first meeting of the feminist reading theory group for faculty and graduate students. If you are interested in continuing discussion on current feminist theory, please join! Contact Rachel Lewis at rachel.a.lewis@okstate.edu for more information.             
Location: Bartlett Center 104
Time: 7-9 pm

Feb 9 - Mar 4. Jenny Rogers: "Perfect Surf" The artwork of Jenny ROgers focuses on the realm of film and photographic history, toying with the common currency of popular culture and our fascination with mythic representation

Location: Gardiner Art Gallery

Wednesday February 16. GWS Research Forum. GWS research forums present works-in progress by feminist scholars for friendly critical feedback. OSU's first Dissertation Fellow in Gender Studies, Rachel Lewis, will present a talk entitled "Reaffirming Pleasure, Embodying Erotic Justice: Oreet Ashery's Staying (2010) and the Cultural Production of Lesbian Migration."
Location: Bartlett 109
Time: 5.30 pm

Thursday February 17. Reception and Lecture for "Perfect Surf" Join us from 5-7 at the reception of the "Perfect Surf" and exhibition of the work of artist Jenny Rogers. Reception is from 5-6 and the artist will lecture from 6-7
Location: Gardiner Art Gallery
Time: 5-7 pm

Monday February 21. Harriet Washington Lecture. Harriet Washington will lecture of the discourses of medical practice and African Americans. This event is sponsored by Institutional Diversity. 
Location: Browsing Room in Library
Time: 2 pm

Wed Feb, 23. Critical Feminist Reading Group. This is the first meeting of the feminist reading theory group for faculty and graduate students. If you are interested in continuing a discussion on current feminist theory, please join! Contact Rachel Lewis at rache.a.lewis@okstate.edu for more details. 
Location: Bartlett 104
Time: 7-9 pm

March 25, 26. Vagina Monologues. The OSU chapter of National Organization of Women will be presenting its annual production of the Vagina Monologues. This is a campus favorite and always entertaining. Contact Amanda Renk at amanda. renk@okstate.edu for more information. 
Location: TBA
Time: 7 pm

April 1. OSU Cineculture: Dangerous Living. Ascreening of Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World, followed by a discussion with Rachel Lewis, Dissertation Fellow in GWS. Sponsored by Gender & Women's Studies and OSU CineCulture
Location: Willard 010
Time: 5:30 pm