Event Archive

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


Monday, April 8. Difficult Dialogue Series: LGBT Issues in the Classroom

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 202 Morrill Hall

Co-sponsored by: EQuAL & Gender and Women's Studies

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!


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.


Wednesday, September 19. "The State of Women in Oklahoma." 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.

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Student Union Plaza

Monday, September 24. FRIENDS OF THE FORMS LECTURE: “Transgender Politics and Questions of Surveillance” by Dr. Toby Beauchamp, OSU English Department.

Time:  6:00 PM

Location: Classroom Building 302

Tuesday, October 2nd. "A Sporting Chance: Title IX and Women's History" by Susan Ware. Over the last forty 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 -- ofputting 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.

Time: 5:30 - 7:00

Location: Murray Hall  035

Thursday, October 18th. The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces, October 18th 2012 5:00pm - 7:00pm at 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.

Friday, December 7th. Terrorism TV: Lecture and Book Signing with author Stacy Takacs


Fri 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.

Mon 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

Jan 25-Jan 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