Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Speaker Series

Through lectures, presentations, debates, round-tables, and formal and informal dialogues, the WGSS Speaker Series aims at providing an academic forum where conversations on WGSS-related topics can be held in a spirit of open inquiry and intellectual curiosity, with a sense of mutual respect and appreciation, and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The WGSS Speaker Series offers participants an opportunity to:

  • discuss topics, figures, and practices that address WGSS-related issues and concerns across times, places, cultures, and fields of study, work, and experiences;
  • present scholarly work and research (in progress or already completed) that intersect WGSS-related topics across a variety of fields of study and professions;
  • raise questions about a wide range of social problems and matters, especially those having to do with social and gender justice, equality, equity, and the elimination of structures of oppression;
  • help educate ourselves toward building societies and communities wherein all ways of living can flourish.

Tamar and Silvia sitting on a bench.

Through lectures, presentations, debates, round-tables, and formal and informal dialogues, the WGS Speaker Series aims at providing an academic forum where conversations on WGS-related topics can be held in a spirit of open inquiry and intellectual curiosity, with a sense of mutual respect and appreciation, and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The WGS Speaker Series offers participants an opportunity to:

  • discuss topics, figures, and practices that address WGS-related issues and concerns across times, places, cultures, and fields of study, work, and experiences;
  • present scholarly work and research (in progress or already completed) that intersect WGS-related topics across a variety of fields of study and professions;
  • raise questions about a wide range of social problems and matters, especially those having to do with social and gender justice, equality, equity, and the elimination of structures of oppression;
  • help educate ourselves toward building societies and communities wherein all ways of living can flourish.

Past Speakers

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Charles Petersen

Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department and Cornell Society of Fellows, Cornell University
GENEALOGY OF THE TECHBRO
November 2, 2022

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Roundtable

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, WOMEN’S RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS
October 18, 2022

Participants: Suzanne Bamonto (RIT, Department of Psychology); Deborah Blizzard (RIT, Department of Science, Technology, Society); Tamar Carroll (RIT, Department of History); Lauren Hall (RIT, Department of Political Science); Kelly Kamish (RIT, Campus Life—Women and Gender); Irina Mikhalevich (RIT, Department of Philosophy); Lisa Nolan(Willow Domestic Violence Center); Tiffany L. Panko (RIT, NTID Research Center on Culture and Language); Lindsay Phillips (RIT, Student Health Center).

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RIT Roundtable—Honoring bell hooks through Reflections and Stories

VISIONARY WORDS: LOVE, JUSTICE, AND FREEDOM
March 25, 2022

Participants: Ann Howard (Department of STS), Nickesia Gordon (School of Communication), Jennifer Kamish (Academic Advising, KGCOE), Katrina Overby (School of Communication), Adam Rosen-Carole (Department of Philosophy/WGSS Program), Laura Shackelford (Department of English/CES), Taj Smith (Division of Diversity and Inclusion/WGSS Program), RIT students.

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M. Nicole Horsley

Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Ithaca College
AFTERTASTE: WHOSE THROAT IS THIS? TO THE AFTERLIFE OF GLORIA, A MEDITATION ON TASTE, PLEASURE, AND PEDAGOGY
March 25, 2022

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Sarah LaChance Adams

Florida Blue Distinguished Professor, Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics University of Northern Florida
THE CRUEL OPTIMISM OF PICKUP ARTISTS: GENDER AND AGENCY IN SEDUCTION
February 18, 2022 (virtual)

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Lauren Hall

Associate Professor of Political Science, RIT
BIRTH, MEDICALIZATION, AND THE POLITICS OF A PANDEMIC
March 25, 2021 (virtual)

Jennifer Foley.

Jennifer Foley

Deputy Director for Collections and Engagement, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
THE ARTS OF ENGAGEMENT: CONNECTING WITH MUSEUM VISITORS
March 16, 2021 (virtual)

Mariana Ortega.

Mariana Ortega

Associate Professor of Philosophy and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University
TO(O) QUEER THE ARTIST: AN AESTHETICS OF SELF-MAKING
February 25, 2021 (virtual)

Robin Mitchell.

Robin Mitchell

Associate Professor of History, California State University—Channel Islands
VÉNUS NOIRE: BLACK WOMEN AND COLONIAL FANTASIES IN 19TH-CENTURY FRANCE—A CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR
February 9, 2021 (virtual)

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Devonya Havis

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Canisius College
PRACTICES OF FREEDOM UNDER CONDITIONS OF UNFREEDOM: ARTS OF REFUSAL
November 9, 2020

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Melissa Autumn White

Assistant Professor, Critical Sexuality and Queer Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
SPONSORED QUEER MIGRATION IN AN AGE OF APARTHEID
October 26, 2020

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Nathan R. Lee

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, RIT
THE NATIONAL GENDER GAP IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES: A NEW DATA INITIATIVE IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE
October 5, 2020

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Jennifer Foley

Director of Education and Community Engagement, Albright-Knox Art Gallery 
THE ART OF ENGAGEMENT: CONNECTING WITH MUSEUM VISITORS
April 9, 2020—Postponed due to Covid-19

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Stacy Nation-Knapper

Director, Year One Programs, RIT
“SHE WAS OF MIXED BLOOD, FAR ABOVE THE AVERAGE”: EXPLORING NARRATIVES OF FUR TRADE FAMILY IDENTITIES
March 24, 2020—Postponed due to Covid-19

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Deirdre Schlehofer

Associate Professor, Department of Cultural & Creative Studies, NTID, RIT
DISENTANGLING THE MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF DEAF WOMEN IN THE DEAF PRESIDENT NOW! MOVEMENT
February 20, 2020

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Laura Finley

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Barry College
CREATING CAMPUS-COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS TO EDUCATE ABOUT DATING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
October 17, 2019

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Lara Freidenfelds

Independent Scholar
MAKING BABIES, MAKING MISCARRIAGES: ULTRASOUND, HOME PREGNANCY TESTING, AND EARLY PREGNANCY LOSS
October 7, 2019

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Margaret Bailey

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Interim Director of Advance RIT, RIT
LESSONS LEARNED IN MANAGING CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION AT RIT: A GENDER EQUITY FOCUS
March 25, 2019