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Women’s Studies Center Events

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Various dates and times throughout fall quarter, please see event listing below


Various locations, please see event listing below


EWU Women's and Gender Studies

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All programs are free and open to the public. 

  • Ban [Calling Girls] Bossy Panel
    Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
    JFK Library Atrium
    It comes as no surprise to women and girls with leadership skills that they have been shut down and discouraged by being labeled pushy, overbearing, or something worse. When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a "leader." Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded "bossy." Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys-a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead. 

    This year to celebrate the International Day of the Girl, we are looking at girls becoming future leaders. Four women who have achieved leadership positions will talk about their own experiences and accomplishments navigating often male dominated roles. Our panelists are EWU president, Dr. Mary Cullinan; Judge Annette Plese, Spokane District/Municipal Court; Dr. Vickie Shields, Dean, CSBSSW; Dr. Suzanne Milton, Dean of EWU Library. Be encouraged and inspired by these extraordinary women!
  • "Odds Against Tomorrow" - Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Approaches to Community Health
    Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
    207 Monroe Hall
    Disparities in health have largely been unaddressed by public policy. Food insecurity, infant mortality, a mother's education, and poverty are major indicators for health status. Health equity refers to differences in a population's health that can be traced to unequal economic and social conditions that are systematic and avoidable. Some of the social factors that are the most important determinants of health are early childhood experiences, the quality of our social relationships, and the amount of control we have over our environment. What does the data indicate for Spokane women and families? Adrian E. Dominguez, MS,Epidemiologist II, Spokane Regional Health District, discusses Spokane neighborhoods and prevention mechanisms that lift populations out of poverty.
  • God Between the Waters: Centuries of Evangelization on the Shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
    Thursday, Nov. 4, 2014, 2 p.m.
    207 Monroe Hall
    Since the arrival of Spanish conquerors in the 16th century to the appearance of Pentecostal missionaries in the 20th, the indigenous Mayan people of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala have received religious and cultural instruction from outsiders. Come join professor Joseph Lenti, PhD, history and history graduate student Mike Edwards in a discussion about the historical and ongoing processes of proselytization and the local responses to conversion in the area.
  • Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research: Community Empowerment and Gender Equality through Fair Trade
    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 12-12:50 p.m.
    205 Monroe Hall
    Shea butter is oil from the nut of the wild Shea tree, an indigenous resource of West Africa. Shea Butter has been used for centuries in Africa as a healing salve and lotion for hair and skin care. Women produce shea butter by hand, passing on this traditional knowledge throughout generations from mother to daughter. American and European market popularity has compromised this important traditional craft. Join Jenny Hyde, MFA, Assistant Provesor, Art, as she speaks about working with Alaffia, a sustainable skin care company that promotes community empowerment and gender equality in West Africa through the fair trade of shea butter and other indigenous resources. Alaffia's fair trade effort outlines the importance of placing fair monetary value on the unique skills of African women, and how preserving traditional culture benefits everyone on a global level.
  • Corizon Journey to Guatemala
    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 12-12:50 p.m.
    207 Monroe Hall
    Deborah DuPey, founder and owner of Corazon Scarves, will present on the lives of Guatemalan weavers, current economic and social challenges for Guatemala, and highlight the Corazon Journey available to students in Spring of 2015. Corazon Scarves is an economic enterprise for Guatemalan women displaced during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
  • Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research: Spiritual Distress & Resilience throughout the Life Course in Healing from Interpersonal Trauma
    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 12-12:50 p.m.
    207 Monroe Hall
    Interpersonal trauma may lead to spiritual distress after a person's worldview is shattered. Religious and spiritual beliefs and practices can either promote or sabotage the healthy urge to cope and make meaning of violence and abuse. Drawing from feminist theology and a life course framework, Sharon Bowland, PhD, LCSW, MPS, Associate Professor, School of Social Work will present findings about the value of reducing negative religious/spiritual coping for survivors.
  • No Cinderella Story: Remembering Benderella, aka Ben S. Rae
    Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 12-12:50 p.m.
    207 Monroe Hall
    Tacoma, Washington, July 1977. Benderella hurriedly left the ball with her handsome prince. But instead of marrying her, Benderella's "prince" murdered her. In this presentation, part of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Laura S. Hodgman delves into the life of one regional, "developmentally disabled," victim of transphobia-a life full with family strife, state institutionalization, hustling, and friendship. 

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Contact: Carol Vines, 509.359.2898

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