Women's & Gender Studies Events

Fall 2015

9/10: "Can I Kiss You?" with Mike Domitriz @ 4pm and 7:30pm in Krannert Ballroom. CE Credit

9/23: The Last Segregated Hour with Dr. Stephen Haynes @ 7:30pm in Krannert Ballroom E. CE Credit
Professor Haynes will discuss the kneel-in movement, which swept the American South between 1960 and 1965, in which racially mixed groups attempted to desegregate churches of many denominations.

9/29: Victoria Sweet @ 7:30pm in The Cage. CE Credit
Author of God's Hotel and the 2015 Conson Wilson Lecturer, Victoria Sweet will speak about her book, chosen as this year's common summer reading assignment for all incoming freshmen. God's Hotel is the story of the Laguna Honda Hospital, one of the last almshouses in the country, where technological advances and healthcare efficiencies are few, but time is plentiful.

10/7: Pray the Devil Back to Hell Film Screening @ 5pm in the McAllister Auditorium. CE Credit
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, this powerful documentary honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Co-sponsored by RISE and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Discussion led by Dr. Conradsen to follow

10/8: Charlotte Pence Poetry Reading @ 7:30pm in the College Chapel. CE Credit
Poet and critic Charlotte Pence holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Tennessee and is the author of a book of poems, Many Small Fires, as well as two chapbooks of poems and a textbook in writing. Charlotte Pence will read and discuss her poetry. A book sale and signing will immediately follow the reading. 

10/16: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes @ Rotary Park Plaza; Registration begins 11am, Walk begins 12pm
Join the Hospitality House, the Rome community, and the Women and Gender Studies Program for the 8th annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,"  an International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Bring a group, decorate high heels, wave signs and banners, and walk in your ladies' shoes of choice with peers and neighbors in solidarity against violence against women. 

10/20: Music, the Medicine of the Soul: Hildegard of Bingen's Music and Cosmology @ 7:30pm in the McAllister Auditorium. CE Credit
This is the first of a four-part lecture series, Visions of Hildegard of Bingen, sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Katherine Steiner, the presenter, earned her PhD in Musicology at Princeton University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled “Notre Dame in Scotland: W1 and Liturgical Reform in Medieval St. Andrews.” She held a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship until June 2015 at Valparaiso University. Her entry in the volume Music and Culture in the Age of the Late Capetians, (Cambridge University Press), “The Scribe of W1” is forthcoming. As a Mellon Research Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Dr. Steiner proposes to examine “a French outpost in medieval Scotland: the politics of cross-cultural liturgical music.”

10/27: Faye Gibbons Poetry Reading @ 4:30 in the Ford Living Room. CE Credit
Faye Gibbons is a published author and Berry alumna, with eight books for children and young adults to her name. A Question and Answer session will follow the reading. 

10/28: Joystick Warriors Film Screening @ 5pm in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
For years, there's been widespread speculation about the relationship between violent video games and violence in the real world. This film provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue. Co-Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Psychology Department. Discussion led by Dr. Bissonnette and Dr. Conradsen to follow.

11/10: Empty Bowls @ 5pm at the Rome Civic Center
Empty Bowls is an annual international project to fight hunger and is locally driven by area potters, artists, and community members with a passion to bring positive change to Rome and surrounding areas through arts and education. The public is invited to attend, including Berry College students, and attendees will enjoy a soup and salad dinner and receive a bowl made by a local potter. Tickets are on sale now for $20 at Harvest Moon and the Rome Visitors Center gift shop until November 3rd. Beginning November 4th, ticket prices will increase to $25. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hospitality House for Women. There is also a need for volunteers to help set up, serve food, and help with cleanup. All inquiries into participating as a volunteer should be directed to Dr. Conradsen via email

11/10: Hildegard in Context: Writing and Reform in the Twelfth Century @ 7pm in McAllister Auditorium. CE Credit
Presented by Lauren Whitney of the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This is the second of a four-part lecture series, Visions of Hildegard of Bingen, sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

11/11-11/12: Refugee Women's Network and Global Refugee Crisis Information Table in Krannert
In preparation for "Closer to Home: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Refugee Women's Network of Atlanta," the upcoming Refugee Crisis Panel on November 12th (more information below), a table will be set up in Krannert from 11am-1pm to provide information about the Refugee Women's Network and ways Berry students can get involved. Stop by at any time to pick up an information sheet, discuss the upcoming event, and if possible, make a small donation to support the efforts of the Refugee Women's Network. More information about the organization can be found here. 

11/12: Closer to Home: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Refugee Women's Network of Atlanta @ 5:30pm in Evans Auditorium. CE Credit
In collaboration with the Refugee Women's Network of Decatur and MISP, the Women's and Gender Studies Program is hosting a special panel centered on the global refugee crisis. Considering the prevalence of the current political debates and the dire situation of Syrian refugees across the world, this panel will discuss many of the hot topic questions circulating throughout the media, and will also provide information for how Berry students can get involved. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Refugee Women's Network, so be sure to bring any spare change you are able to donate!

11/12 - 11/22: BCTC Presents: Women in Arms in the E. H. Young Theater. CE Credit
Women in Arms
draws extensively from the epic poems of the Ulster cycle of Irish myths. It features four females, who serve as an alternative view of women in Irish history - strong, autonomous, articulate, and witty, whose authority is not limited to the domestic arena. Rather than depicting them as passive witnesses to or victims of the major events and struggles of their cultural development, the characters, Nessa, Macha, Deirdre, and Maeve, and their actions determine the course of their peoples history.
Showtimes: Nov. 12-14 at 7:30pm, Nov. 15 at 2pm; Nov. 19-21 at 7:30pm and Nov. 22 at 2pm

12/2: Raised on Red Streets: The Children of Mumbai's Redlight District @ 5:30pm in Krannert 250. CE Credit
Join Olivia Paige for a presentation of her research conducted over the summer in the Redlight District of Mumbai. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation as well as provided refreshments.