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Gender and Women's Studies


Upcoming Events

Past Events

Winter 2015

January 13, 2015 @ 4pm: GWST Reception for Faculty and Students

All GWST majors, minors, affiliated and adjunct faculty are invited to an informal reception to kick off the new year. Director Dr. Hava Gordon will make a short presentation with items of interest to the program, and the rest of the time will be spent networking and building community. Please RSVP by completing the form below by Wednesday, January 7. The event is from 4-5:30pm and will be in the Garden Room of the Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women (1901 E. Asbury Ave).

Fall 2014

September 29, 2014: Dr. Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. Dr. Noguera has published over 200 research and scholarly articles, monographs, research reports and editorials on topics such as urban school reform, education policy, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society. Dr. Noguera's talk will highlight research-based strategies that can make our schools safe, equitable, and places where all students thrive. The event will be in the Boettcher Foundation Community Room, Craig Hall, 2148 South High Street. There will be a reception from 4-5pm, followed by Dr. Noguera's remarks from 5-6pm.

This event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. See the GSSW website for more information.

September 30, 2014 @ 4pm: Dr. M. Dores Cruz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology - Research Share

Please join us for Dr. Cruz's talk titled "The Dark Side of Development: Gender and Race at Play in Rural Mozambique". In the aftermath of the colonial and the civil wars that have engulfed the country since the 1960s, Mozambique has been hailed as a successful story of development policies. Recent mining interests and increasing international investment, expansion of a middle class and immigration of European youth has often been reported in international media as a sign of a developing and changing country. Yet the poverty level in rural areas has risen, HIV/AIDS is a major concern and access to a doctor is one of the lowest in the world. Dr. Cruz will discuss the socioeconomic contradictions of development practice in rural Mozambique, framed in historic and cultural contexts. Particular attention will be placed on how race and gender play an important role in the donor/practitioner and recipient dichotomy. Open discussion will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be provided. The event will be at 4pm in Sturm Hall 233.

October 27, 2014 @ noon: Dr. Subini Annamma, IRISE Post-Doctoral Fellow - Research Share

Please join us for Dr. Subini's talk titled "Incarceration Nation: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline". The school to prison pipeline is a contemporary circuit of imperialism, used as a tool to remove unwanted bodies from the public sphere. Young women of color are the fastest growing population to be swept into this circuit. Dr. Annamma will discuss issues of race and gender along with trends of mass criminalization and incarceration. The event will be at noon in Sturm Hall 286.

October 29, 2014 @ 6:30pm: Fall Reading Group @ Kaos Pizza

What does it mean to be a gender failure? Join us for an informal discussion about the book Gender Failure, a collaboration by award-winning writers, musicians and performers Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote. Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all. Free pizza will be provided.

November 5th, 2014 @ 6:30pm: Be a B.O.S.S. Training

Join CAPE and your fellow GWST students for this popular, peer-led bystander awareness training to prevent sexual assault. This event will be at 6:30pm in Sturm Hall 312.

Spring 2014

"I Need Feminism" Photo Campaign

DU students display in style the reasons why feminism is important and relevant in their lives. Check out the photos below to see why these students know they need feminism. 

Winter 2014

February 12, 2014 @ 6:30pm: Reading Group - The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

We are excited to announce that this quarter's reading group will be held in conjunction with the Colorado Women's College and DU's University College. Join us in the Anderson Academic Commons at 6:30pm for dinner and a lively discussion about an award winning novel. For more information, or to RSVP, please email

From the back cover of the book: For more than a half-century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything...or manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated solely by evil?

GWST reading group events are open to all faculty, staff and students who are interested in reading and talking more about gender-related issues. You don't need to be affiliated with the GWST program to participate - this is a great way for you to explore issues and get to know other people on campus with similar interests.

February 25, 2014 @ 4pm: "Sexing Militarization: Gender & Sexual Politics During Wartime, Past and Present" panel presentation and discussion

Join the GWST program as we celebrate AHSS week, a week of exciting events designed to showcase the best of DU's Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences division. At 4pm, a panel of GWST affiliated faculty will share their research on diverse dimensions of gender, sexuality, and militarism. Presentations will explore historical research on Latinas and the home front experience during WWII; the connections between marketing beauty, the rise of Avon, and the expansion of U.S. empire; and sexual politics in the military. Faculty presentations will be followed by a lively discussion.

Fall 2013

November 6, 2013: Dr. Christine Sheikh, Assistant Professor of Sociology - Research Share

Please join us for Christine's talk titled "Believing Men and Believing Women: Second-Generation Muslim American Gender Ideologies". Open discussion will follow the presentation, and light refreshments will be provided. The event will be at noon in Sturm Hall 286 (Humanities Institute Room).

September 25, 2013: Gender and Women's Studies Reading Group - The Feminine Mystique

We will be discussing Betty Friedan's classic book, The Feminine Mystique on Wednesday, September 25. Join us for an engaging discussion and dinner at Kaos Pizzeria (1439 S. Pearl St.), with dinner beginning at 6:30pm and the discussion beginning around 7pm. Pizza will be provided by the GWST program. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

From the back cover of the book: Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and that has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since then.

GWST reading group events are open to all faculty, staff and students (undergrad and grad) who are interested in reading and talking more about gender-related issues. You don't need to be affiliated with the GWST program to participate - this is a way for you to explore issues and get to know other people on campus with similar interests.