2012-2013--Women in Science Series

  • Lecture by:  Dr. Laura Grego,  “Security in Space: What Is It and How do We Move Forward?”.   Dr. Laura Grego focuses on the technology and policy implications of space weapons and is primarily concerned with safeguarding the secure and equitable use of space. She is the co-author of Securing the Skies and The Physics of Space Security, and her essay, “Security in Space” appeared in the Winter 2011-12 issue of Asian Perspective. She also is the author or co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed, published papers on a range of topics.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Marty Theatre

7:00 pm

  • Lecture by:  Dr. Kate Clancy, “The Importance of Public Anthropology to the Battle for Women's Health.”  Dr. Kate Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolutionary medicine of women’s reproductive physiology, and blogs about her field, the evolution of human behavior and issues for women in science.   Dr. Clancy blogs at “Scientific American”,

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

GCC 126

7:00 pm

  •  Lecture by:  Celine Costeau, “On Being a Women in the Field”.  Daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, she is featured in PBS’ successful television series, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Fluent in three languages, Cousteau has collaborated with her father's Ocean Futures Society promoting the educational program, "Ambassadors of the Environment," throughout her travels.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Location pending

7:00 pm

  •  Lecture by: Dr. Mary Wyer, “Women in Science:  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”.  Dr. Mary Wyer is Associate Professor in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies at North Carolina State University. She has worked with issues related to underrepresented groups in science and engineering since 1984. Her most recent project focuses on developing measures of students’ stereotypes of scientists and engineers. Dr. Wyer has published nine edited collections or special journal issues, three of these developed in collaboration with scientists/engineers and focusing on gender issues in STEM.

 Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Marty Theatre



2011-2012--Human Trafficking Series

Film: The Whistleblower--A policewoman risks her job and her own safety to uncover and bring to light a wide-scale, child sex-slave and human-trafficking scandal in post-war Bosnia.

Lecture by: Norma Ramos, "The Modern-Day Tragedy of Human Trafficking"--A lecture on the history of human trafficking with an emphasis on why/how girls and women are central to modern-day slavery.

Film: Call & Response--This film examines the issue of modern-day slavery and how we should respond when called to.

Lecture by: Katherine Kaufka Walts, "Child Trafficking in Illinois"--A public lecture focusing on human trafficking in Illinois.

Film:  Holly--Fictional film about an American man living in Cambodia and his attempts to save a young Vietnamese girl from sex trafficking.

Film:  Not for Sale (in collaboration with IAO)--The film both exposes the terrors of human trafficking and inspires hope through the stories and work of contemporary activists.

Workshop:  John Donoghue:Informal discussion on how to become a modern day abolitionist.

Film:  Biutiful (in collaboration with  Reel to Real)--The story of Uxbal, a single father who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt, and mortality amid the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.

Film:  Demand--An excellent film which centers around investigative footage of sex traffickers, pimps, and johns.  It tells the story of the "marketplace of exploitation" in four countries.

2010-2011--Women, Combat, and Citizenship Series:

Spring Lecture: “Serving in Silence," by Margarethe Cammermeyer--She spoke about her fight to win equality for gays and lesbians in the military

Film: "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story"--The true story of a decorated officer’s legal challenge to her involuntary discharge from the Army after she admitted that she was gay

Spring Lecture: “The Army Needs Girls as Well as Generals," by Beth Bailey--Professor of History at Temple University, Bailey discussed the restructuring of the Army in 1973 and America's consequent confrontation with the legacies of civil rights and black power, the women’s movement, and gay rights.

Fall Lecture: “Mothers at War," by Laura Browder--Browder is a filmmaker and Professor of American Studies at Richmond University

Film: "To See If I’m Smiling"--Profiles of six Israeli women who served in the West Bank

Film: "Lioness"--The story of the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat in Iraq.

Spring Panel Discussion: “Women in the Military”--Featuring Alexis Duhon, Mary Campbell, and Major Antwine Williams-Smith.


Spring Lecture:  Angela Davis

Davis, who once appeared on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List,” is now a professor of history of consciousness and feminist studies at the University of California Santa Cruz.  She also works with several advocacy groups, including Justice Now, which provides legal assistance to women in prison and engages in support for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant strategy for addressing social problems.


Spring Lecture: Barbara Martinez Jitner

Filmmaker and human rights activist who was the real life hero of the film "Bordertown," starring Jennifer Lopez, about the murdered factory workers in Juarez, Mexico.

Fall Lecture: Eleanor Clift

Columnist, political commentator, author and reporter, she is a contributing editor for Newsweek and is a regular political panelist on The McLaughlin Group.


Spring Lecture: Jean Kilbourne

Internationally recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. Her films, slide lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world.


Spring Lecture: Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Thousand Acres, as well as The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Moo, Horse Heaven, and Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, her first major work of non-fiction.  She is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Vogue, and Harper's.

Fall Lecture: Donna Brazile

Former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman in 2000, the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign, senior political strategist, founder and Managing Director of Brazile and Associates, LLC, Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and regular contributor to O Magazine


Spring Lecture: "The Courts & Women Today: Special Interests or Fundamental Human Rights?" by Gloria Feldt

Past National President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.

Spring Colloquium: Voting and Women

A panel discussion about how gender affects affect voting, issues that are of voting interest to women, and how political figures try to appeal to women voters.

Fall Colloquium, "It's Nobody's Fault & Everybody's Fault: The Social Implications of Hurricane Katrina," by Amy Wilson

Wilson is a New Orleans Social Worker and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Southeastern Louisiana University.


Spring Lecture: "An Evening with the Guerilla Girls: Your Social Conscience."

The Guerilla Girls present feminist art criticism as a fun and educational experience. Their popular posters highlight issues of sexual discrimination in the art world.

Fall Lecture: "Gender Talk: A Lecture on the Struggle for Equality in African American Communities," by Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Guy-Sheftall is a founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College.

Fall Lecture: "Stuck Between the China Cabinet and the Cabinet Briefing: The Role of the Modern First Lady," by Stacy Cordery.

Cordery is the bibliographer for the National First Ladies' Library in Canton, Ohio, and author of Theodore Roosevelt: In the Vanguard of the Modern. She is an associate professor and chair of the Department of History of Monmouth College.


Spring Lecture: "Trafficking of Women and Children: Modern Day Slavery," by Michelle Clarke

Clarke is the co-director of the Protection Project

Spring Colloquium: "Women and War: A Panel Discussion"

With Dr. Alison Bailey, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Illinois State University, Dr. Julie Webber, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Illinois State University, and Dr. Jackie Hogan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Bradley University.

Fall Colloquium: "A-ha Moments! How I Became a Feminist"

Guest Speakers: Patricia Benassi, Attorney at Law, Jerelyn Maher, Illinois 10th District Judge, Dr. Emily Gill, Professor of Political Science, Dr. Brad Brown, Assistant Professor of History, and Ben Cudia, Women's Studies Minor

Fall Lecture: "More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on Manhood and Violence against Women," by Jackson Katz

Katz is a nationally acclaimed activist who has worked with the US Marine Corps and NCAA Division I athletic teams in gender violence prevention programs.


Spring Lecture: "Feminism 101," by Gloria Steinem

Steinem is one of the most important voices in the modern feminist movement. After working as a journalist she went on to found the groundbreaking Ms. Magazine.

Fall Colloquium: "The 'F' Word: Constructing Feminism in the 21st Century"

with Julie Mierwa, Dr. Demetrice Worley, Dr. Emily Gill and Dr. Bob Fuller.


Spring Lecture: "Molly Ivins Can't Say That Can She?" by Molly Ivins

Ivins is a nationally syndicated columnist who often discusses issues of concern to women with humor and thoughtfulness.


Spring Lecture: Women and Islam, by Robin Wright

Wright is the senior diplomatic correspondent of the Los Angeles Times, specializing in the Middle East. She is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran and Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam.


Spring Lecture: Dorothy Allison

Allison is the best-selling author of the National Book Award Finalist: Bastard Out of Carolina, and other novels and stories focusing on women and survival in life.


Spring Lecture: "What Women Want," by Patricia Ireland

Ireland is the President of the National Organization for Women.


Spring Lecture: "The Shoulders We Stand On," by Louise Bernikow

Bernikow is the author of five books including The American Woman's Almanac: An Inspiring and Irreverent Women's History, and pioneer of Women's Studies.

Fall Lecture: "Women of Turkey," by Dr. Senel Aksu

Aksu is the Vice President of the International Council of Women, and has been recognized by the International Health Awareness Network for her distinguished and lifelong contribution to women's health education.


Spring Lecture: "Women and Mystery Writing," by Sara Paretsky

Paretsky is the author of the best-selling author of the V.I. Washawski murder series. She is also the recipient of the Silver Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers Association for her 1988 book Blood Shot.


Spring Lecture: "The F Word: A Fresh and Funny Look at Feminism"

This vaudevillian-style comedy revue looks at the history of feminism through humorous skits.


Spring Lecture: "Domestic Violence," Stacey Kabat

Kabat won the 1993 Best Documentary Academy Award for her shocking depiction of domestic violence in "Defending Our Lives."