Lectures

Feminist Lecture Series Fall 2017

Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department

Thursdays, 12:05-12:55, Stevenson Hall 1002
All Lectures Free and Open to All

8/31 Kim Tran, "From Amy Schumer to Cardi B: The New Feminism"

Kim Tran is a writer, publisher, and scholar. Ethnic Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley. As celebrities ranging from Taylor Swift to Ava Duvernay proclaim their feminism, Kim Tran examines what’s at stake.  In this moment, the movement itself seems simultaneously hyper visible yet hard to pin down as ever. Is it about equal pay? Is it even about women anymore? In this lecture, Kim Tran will talk intersectionality, pussy hats and most importantly what it all might mean for you.

9/14 Veronica Vences and Betzy Chavez, "A Catalyst for Change: La Luz Center of Sonoma County"

La Luz Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged families in Sonoma Valley with the resources needed to become economically self-sufficient. Their efforts focus on education, health and wellness, and financial security.
Speakers: Veronica Vences, Program Director and Betzy Chavez, Family Resource Center Director, from La Luz Center.

9/21 Stephanie Manieri, "Compassion, Safety, Support: Verity (Sonoma County’s rape crisis and counseling center)"

Verity provides a number of services, including a 24/7 sexual assault crisis line, walk in crisis counseling, crisis intervention, therapy for individuals and larger support groups, preventative education, and professional training. Verity’s growth over the past 43 years has encompassed this and more in order to best meet the community’s needs.
Speaker: Stephanie Manieri, bilingual sexual assault victim advocate.

9/28 Anita O’Shea, "St James Infirmary and the movement for Sex Worker Rights"

St. James Infirmary, based in San Francisco, is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. Among other services, they provide peer counseling, primary healthcare, STD testing, and transgender hormone therapy.
Speaker: Anita O’Shea. Executive Assistant, St. James Infirmary, a peer-based clinic for sex workers

10/12 Chihiro Wimbush and Nikiko Masumoto, "Changing Season: On the Masumoto Farm"

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chihiro Wimbush and Nikiko Masumoto (subject of the film “Changing Season: On the Masumoto Farm”) will be on-hand to discuss the making of the film, role of organic family farms in sustainable agriculture, and what it means to be a progressive queer female farmer in the Central Valley.

10/26 Rob Smith, "Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue"

Rob Smith is a Campus Life Advisor in Student Involvement working with Sport Clubs.  He obtained his BA in Communications and his MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from University of San Francisco. After working at Santa Clara University, he joined us at SSU.  Along with his main job at SSU, Rob co-facilitates the weekly group meeting It’s A Guy Thing and has taught University 238: Foundations of Leadership.

11/9 Tatyana Brown, "The Power of Poetry: Interrupting the System"

Slam poet, community educator, and artist Tatyana Brown teaches workshops everywhere from coffeeshops and bars to middle school classrooms to homeless shelters on critical analysis/writing for poetry, storytelling, performance, and the use of various forms of media (including shock-value comedy) as a tool to interrupt and dismantle systemic oppression.

11/30 Taína Asili, "Resistance, Rebellion, and Music"

Taína Asili, New York-based Puerto-Rican singer, songwriter, bandleader, and activist, performs social justice songs as a solo artist, and also with her eight-piece band, Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, bringing love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling listeners with the fervor for freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.

The Fall 2017 Feminist Lecture Series is made possible through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program. Questions? Contact Charlene Tung: tung@sonoma.edu

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Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department (WGS)

with generous support from SSU’s Instructionally Related Activities Funds.