CWUNewsNews featuring feminist performance artist Minita Gandhi, Thursday, October 25th 7PM McConnell Auditoriu, 23 Oct 2018 09:33:59<p>Muthaland has been called- “The bravest most socially relevant piece of theatre I’ve seen to date”</p><p>The Life of a young woman is forever changed on a trip to India where she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this powerful darkly comic performance about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality. Don’t miss this inspiring performance about a woman, who, no longer able to treat the topic of sexual violence as a “bad dream,” becomes empowered to share her experience with the world.</p><p>One night only!&nbsp;</p><p>McConnell Auditorium</p><p>Thursday, October 25, 7PM</p><p>Free and Open to the Public</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="font-family: -webkit-standard; width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;">Abortion, Freedom and Choice: Reproductive Rights in Washington, 10 Oct 2018 15:51:38<p>October 17th, 4-5:30 PM Black Hall 152</p><p>Elissa Goss, Political Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washingon presents a public lecture on the legal and political issues related to reproductive choice at the state and federal level. &nbsp;Please plan on attending to learn about the history of Roe v. Wade as a legal framework, &nbsp;and future challenges for future reproductive legal battles (TRAP laws etc).</p><p>Also addressed will be the impact of federal issues both politically and from a healthcare provider standpoint, strategies for action and the need to stay vigilant about these issues.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>#Metoo movement comes to CWU - Daily Record, 14 Feb 2018 16:19:33<p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here for Daily Record Article - #Metoo Movement comes to CWU</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Queers in the Country: Sexuality, Race, and Rural LGBTQ Lives - Feb 28th, 13 Feb 2018 13:46:39<p>Queers in the Country: Sexuality, Race, and Rural LGBTQ Lives<br>Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018<br>5:00 pm</p><p>Please join us on February 28 at 5 PM in Black Hall 151 for a presentation by Miriam Abelson, Assistant Professor of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University on the importance of studying sexualities and gender beyond just women.&nbsp; The talk will focus on her research on rural transgender men and masculinity, rural vs. urban transgender people's experiences of harassment and discrimination, and LGBTQ youth (both current youth and adults) in rural areas.</p><p>Students, faculty and staff are invited to help us celebrate our new major&nbsp; Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and our new name!!!</p><p>Pizza will be served</p></br></br>The Hunting Ground-Sexual Assault on College Campus: Film and discussion., 20 Sep 2017 15:10:21<p>&nbsp;</p><p>October 12, 2017</p><p>SURC Theater 6:00 PM</p><p>Please plan on attending a presentation of the film, The Hunting Ground, an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Following the film there will be a panel discussion about CWU policies where members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions about the recent proposed rule changes by the Department of Education to Title IX and CWU's response.</p>National Women's Studies Association EC Letter on Charlottesville, 19 Aug 2017 10:31:02<p>The National Women's Studies Association denounces the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend that terrorized that community and shocked the entire country. We further condemn the actions of James Alex Fields, Jr., who drove into a crowd of counter-protestors killing 32-year old Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others, and the stick-wielding vigilantes that viscously attacked and beat a young Black man, De’Andre Harris in a nearby parking structure.</p><p>White supremacy and fascism have always been intricately connected with misogyny, patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and settler-colonial logics. This fact is evidenced both by the make up of those who rallied last weekend—primarily young, white, able-bodied, cisgender men—and the messages promoted at the rally and by those supporting it, which included anti-woman and anti-LGBT slogans and statements. The NWSA believes that ending white supremacy is a primary feminist political objective. The Combahee River Collective, whose 40th anniversary we will honor at our annual conference in November, wrote in their famous Black Feminist Statement in 1977: “we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression and see as our particular task the development of an integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking.” That commitment remains just as vital today.</p><p>We praise cities such as Baltimore, where our convention will be held this year, for tearing down statues honoring leaders of the confederacy as an important symbolic gesture to denounce white supremacist monuments in the United States that pay homage to pro-slavery ideas and the defenders of slavery. However, symbolic gestures are not enough. The present legacy of white supremacy and the Confederate and U.S. commitment to the system of chattel slavery remains alive and well in the existence of the prison industrial complex. The 13th amendment of the U.S. constitution essentially allows legal slavery inside prisons. Those prisons are predominately populated by African Americans and other people of color, and a steady increase in the number of incarcerated women. Without material steps to end that system, white supremacy and the misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, class exploitation, and settler-colonial logics it engenders will continue. The NWSA sends condolences to the families and communities of the most recent victims of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and affirms its commitment to feminist values that see the end to white supremacy as a top priority.</p><p>We know that white supremacists seek to instill fear and leverage power using harassment, violence, and the threat of violence.&nbsp; We encourage NWSA members to join together and raise their voices in the wake of these threats even as we recognize that some of our members face greater risk than others in speaking out.&nbsp; We know that intersectional feminist analyses offer the frameworks our campuses and communities need to challenge white supremacist ideologies. We applaud our colleagues at University of Virginia and their courageous students who spoke truth in the face of violence when a hateful mob of fascists marched through their campus bearing torches, shouting Nazi slogans and attacking students.</p><p>We know that our members embrace our mission to promote a more just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential—one free from racist ideologies, systems of privilege or structures that oppress or exploit some for the advantage of others.&nbsp; Now more than ever we need to recommit ourselves to this vision and engage in meaningful actions that can advance our goals.</p><p>Barbara Ransby, President<br>Elora Halim Chowdhury, Vice President<br>Karma Chávez, Treasurer<br>Carrie Baker, Secretary<br>Vivian M. May, Past President</p><p style="text-align: center;">Our mailing address is:<br>National Women's Studies Association · 11 E Mount Royal Suite 100 · Baltimore, MD 21202 · USA</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) is now Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), 25 May 2017 16:27:34<p>Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) has changed its name to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and added a major to our program. &nbsp;Beginning in the Fall of 2017 student will be able to earn BA in WGSS.</p><p>For more information about the program, please email Judy Hennessy, Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies&nbsp;</p><p></p> Building Safety for Communities at the Margins: Exploring Alternatives to Criminalization and Transformative Justice., 26 Apr 2017 10:00:19<p>&nbsp;Priya Rai, Queer Network Program Coordinator &amp; Anti-Human Trafficking Organizer, for API Chaya &nbsp;presents a workshop on advocacy for victimes of human trafficking and sexual violence.</p><p>API Chaya, is a non- profit organization that supports Asian, South Asian,and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violenceand sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. They engage communities to change societal conditions that enable domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and all forms ofoppression, especially violence against women and the most vulnerable in our society.</p><p>5PM April 27th</p><p>Black Hall 152</p><p>Sponsored by Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Women's and Gender Studies</p>She Kills Monsters Finds Truth through Fantasy Games, 28 Nov 2016 09:21:10<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/women-gender/sites/" width="352" height="197"></p><p>She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen, is a comedic, yet poignant, journey into the world of fantasy role-playing games (RPGs). The Central Washington University Central Theatre Ensemble production begins December 1.</p><p>The play explores the gamut of relationships among women, as siblings, classmates, coworkers, lovers, and loved ones. Through role-playing, the characters are able to come to terms with excruciating losses, such as the death of a sister. And ultimately, they are able to face their own realities and their futures</p><p>According to the New York Times, "It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart." The Denver Post called it " . . . droll, witty and geeky in the best sense of the word . . ." Winner of the 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award, She Kills Monsters is directed by Central Washington University’s Patrick Dizney, professor of Theatre Arts. “It is a romp,” says Dizney. “The most fun you can have in a theatre!”</p><p>For patrons who may not be knowledgeable about the RPG culture and the vocabulary of Dungeons and Dragons, around which the play revolves, the production team has developed “A Visitors Guide to the World of the Play.” The material also includes information on the playwright and numerous awards the play has garnered. The material was developed by Robert Hanson, a master’s candidate in Theatre Production. The guide can be downloaded for free at</p><p>Local artist Brian Kooser has joined the production design team and has been working with CWU students in the creation of the special monster puppets. Kooser is well known for his larger-than-life characters that are seen throughout the region at parades and special events such as the Fremont Solstice Fair in Seattle and Ellensburg Buskers.</p><p>She Kills Monsters will be performed December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. A special talkback session with the cast will be hosted by CWU Women’s and Gender Studies immediately after the performance on December 1. On December 3, there will be two performances: one at 4:00 p.m., and a special 10:00 p.m. showing. Between the performances, a student club will host RPG game tables in the theatre lobby for novices as well as those skilled at RPGs. There will also be a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on December 4.</p><p>Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and students under 18 years old, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building.</p><p>This play is suitable for mature audiences.&nbsp; Some material is inappropriate for children under 17. The play includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>Photo: Monster puppet workshop. Photo by Scott Robinson</p><p>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>November 28, 2016</p></br></br>Bestselling Author Peggy Orenstein to Speak at CWU, 03 Nov 2016 09:15:50<p>New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein<a name="/women-gender/sites/ orenstein.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/women-gender/sites/" style="width: 100px; height: 66px;"></a></p><p>will talk about her newest book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, in the SURC Theatre on the Central Washington University campus. Her presentation will be followed by a book signing.</p><p>In her new book, Orenstein offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage—high school through college—and reveals how they are negotiating it. She writes about the generation gap between parents and their girls, including looking at how mothers and fathers often have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually and how they feel about it.</p><p>The book draws from in-depth interviews with more than 70 young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts. Orenstein examines the ways in which pornography and the sexual myths it creates have seeped into young people’s lives as well as the complicated terrain of hookup culture, why many girls scorn virginity, and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault.</p><p>Orenstein is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Elle, Parenting, and The New Yorker. She also contributes commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.</p><p>Her books include Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap, Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World, and a memoir, Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents.</p><p>Orenstein has been recognized for her “Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity” by the Council on Contemporary Families and her work has been honored by the National Women’s Political Caucus of California, the Commonwealth Club of California, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.</p><p>She is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.</p><p>Orenstein’s appearance is sponsored by the CWU Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and the Wildcat Shop.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p>