Women's & Gender Studies Events

Spring 2016

1/30: Spoken Word Night ft. Carlos Andres Gomez @ 8pm in Spruill Ballroom
Carlos Andres Gomes is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City. Carlos has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry," the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Central Park SummerStage, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Macy's Passport Show, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Omega Institute's Women & Power Conference, and on Broadway with Savion Glover. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood.

2/3: "The Spirituality of Hildegard of Bingen: 12th Century Wisdom for the Age of Instagram" @ 7pm in McAllister Hall 119 Auditorium. CE CREDIT
The lecture will be presented by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Professor of English and Scholar-in-Residence at Shorter University. This is the third installment of the Visions of Hildegard Series sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

2/8-2/25: LISTEN clothing drive for Lost and Found @ Krannert Lobby
Help LISTEN collecting clothing donations for Lost and Found, an organization in Atlanta that takes in LGBTQIA+ youth who have been kicked out of their homes. The collection boxes will be in Krannert Lobby from February 8th to February 25th.

2/10: "The Mask You Live In" Film Screening and Discussion @ 5pm in McAllister Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Join the Women's and Gender Studies Program for a screening of this film following boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Discussion led by Dr. Conradsen and some of the students from the Women's Studies Seminar class to follow. 

2/11: 50 First Dates Film Screening and Reflection @ 6pm in Evans Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Come and learn the Do's and Don'ts of Valentine's Day! Watch the film, enjoy some candy, and stay for a reflection on healthy relationships led by Dr. Bissonnette. This event is being presented by the Freshman Class Officers.

2/15: African American Read-In @ 7pm in the Memorial Library Lobby. CE CREDIT
Various students, faculty, staff, and community members will be reading passages about community activism as well as works by African American authors. Anyone is welcome to come participate and read a section of their favorite passage and experience music, food, and literature in celebration of Black culture. For more information, please contact MISP and/or the Memorial Library Staff. 

3/17: Bend it Like Beckham Film Screening and Discussion @ 7pm in Krannert 324.
As part of their commitment to promoting diversity awareness on campus, Robinwood Cottage is screening Bend it Like Beckham and leading a discussion focused on celebrating diversity and embracing difference. 

3/18: 2nd Annual Voices: Connecting the Stories of Women through Music, Art, and Literature @ 7pm in the Jewel Box. CE CREDIT 
Join us for the second annual Voices event! Listen to fellow Berry students, faculty, and staff perform slam poetry, read essays, poetry and/or short stories (of their own writing or of a female author that they admire), perform live music, and display their visual art to celebrate Women's History Month. Add your voice and artistic creation to portray the complexity and connectedness of women's lives. If you are interested in performing music, reading poetry or another form of literacy work, or displaying art that you have created for this event, please contact Maggie Crow at maggie.crow@vikings.berry.edu. Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, KCAB, and MISP. 

3/21: Sexual Health Panel @ a time and location to be announced. CE CREDIT
The panel is a part of Bonner's Issue Based Group which is focusing on increasing sexual health efforts on campus. Representatives from Women of W/O.R.T.H and the Aids Resource Council will also be in attendance. Bonner will be in collaboration with EMPOWER and the Women's & Gender Studies Program to sponsor this event. 

4/4: Salam Neighbor Film Screening and Discussion @ 6pm in Evans Auditorium. CE CREDIT
Join us for a screening and discussion of Salam Neighbor, a 2015 documentary following the first filmmakers permitted by the United Nations to register and set up a tent within a Syrian refugee camp. Filmmakers Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis to uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors. Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the History Department, MISP, and the Sociology and Anthropology Department. 

4/8-4/9: Vagina Monologues @ 8pm both nights with a special matinee at 1pm on 4/9 in Krannert Underground. CE CREDIT
Come out to the inspiring reading of what it is like to live with a vagina from a variety of perspectives and experiences. Sponsored by EMPOWER & the Women's & Gender Studies Program. 

4/13: Hildegard of Bingen and Ermengarde of Brittany: Sisters in Spirit @ 7pm McAllister Hall 119 Auditorium. CE CREDIT
The lecture will be presented by Amy Livingstone, Professor of Medieval History at Wittenberg University. This is the fourth and final lecture of the Visions of Hildegard Series sponsored by the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

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.