CWUNewsNews 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>The Hunting Ground Film-Sexual Assault on College Campus-Viewing, 29 Sep 2016 18:30:25<p>October 18, 2016</p><p>SURC Theater 6:00 PM</p><p>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. Original song 'Til it happens to you' by Lady Gaga, Written and Directed by Kirby Dick.</p><p><img alt="" src="/women-gender/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 225px;"></p>Songs of Justice Concert October 6, 2016, 22 Sep 2016 12:24:40<p>Women's and Gender Studies and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice are sponsoring an evening of songs about social justice featuring Naomi Wachira&nbsp;and La Cantina,&nbsp;Gema Aguilar, Sandra Aguilar, and Stephanie Hsu of La Cantina, &nbsp;on October 6 at 7:30 PM in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.&nbsp;</p><p>Naomi Wachira&nbsp;was recently named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by alt publication Seattle Weekly. A Kenyan artist at home in the Pacific Northwestern United States, &nbsp;Naomi is a voice for social change</p><p>La Cantina is an all female musical trio &nbsp;formed in 2014, with the mission of spreading themes of awareness, strength and social justice through music to inspire action, spark dialogue, give voice to the unheard, and build relationships and community.</p><p>&nbsp;The group is comprised of multi-cultural, multi-lingual and empowered women of color musicians who&nbsp;seek to advocate and to open others to Love-in- action, as well as to entertain for a larger social purpose, through their thought provoking and contagious music. &nbsp;La Cantina speak to: immigration, social justice, domestic violence, LGBTQ rights, and women’s empowerment through music.&nbsp; Seeking to engage a larger audience who might not know about social issues but can be influenced by exposure to La Cantina.</p><p><img alt="" src="/women-gender/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 253px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Why We Still Need Women & Gender Studies, 15 Jul 2016 08:59:56<p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>“Do Prisons Prevent Us from Achieving Gender and Racial Justice?”​ A Panel Discussion, 12 Apr 2016 08:23:56<p>Women's and Gender Studies as part of the Mass Incarceration and Social Justice Initative at CWU will host a presentation on race and masculinity in the prison system.</p><p>The prison produces and normalizes racialized gendered violence; it always has. The prison also manufactures and normalizes the racialized gendered identities that produce that violence. This conversation reflects on how racist and gender-normalizing violence produced by the prison occurs both inside and outside of prison walls, and how it contributes to our understandings of -- and assumptions about -- criminality, gender, and prison reform.<br>Participants are Natalie Cisneros (Seattle Univ.), Brady Heiner (Cal State-Fullerton), and Andrew Dilts (Loyola Marymount) and will be moderated by Cynthia Coe.</p><p>4 p.m. • Black Hall 150</p></br>Michael Messner : Women in Sports: Time for a Victory Lap?, 02 Mar 2016 17:26:11<p>In celebration of Women's History Month, &nbsp;The Women's and Gender Studies program at CWU&nbsp;will present a lecture by Michael Messner, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at USC, on the lack of&nbsp;&nbsp;coverage of women's sports by sports media. Professor Messner&nbsp;will discuss how televised sports news and highlight shows&nbsp;do&nbsp;not reflect the social changes taking place over the last 25 years in&nbsp;the growing&nbsp;interest and participation in women's sports.</p><p>April 19th at 5:30 PM in the SURC Ballroom</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Jessica Lynn To Speak on Trans* Issues, 03 Nov 2015 15:50:03<p>Jessica Lynn, a transgender woman, is a renowned public speaker that travels nationally to college campuses lecturing about the necessity for transgender awareness in our society. She is an advocate and professional speaker for Trans* Rights, and is also the president of Your True Gender, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on Trans* Issues.<br>4PM November 19th Black Hall 150</p></br>The Hunting Ground, 02 Oct 2015 14:08:02<p>Women's and Gender Studies will be showing the film, "The Hunting Ground,"&nbsp; on October 13, at 6:30 PM in&nbsp; the SURC Theater.</p><p>The film addresses the issue of sexual violence on college campuses through the&nbsp;story of survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice and the obstacles they faced.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Following the film there will be a </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">discussion and information for students,</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;including&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">student's</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">rights, and resources available at CWU.&nbsp;</span></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Among Nation's Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Universities, 22 May 2014 09:53:39<p>&nbsp;Central Washington University has been named one of&nbsp;the top&nbsp;&nbsp;50 LGBT-Friendly Universities in the nation by&nbsp;Campus Pride, a leading national nonprofit working to encourage safe campuses for LGBT students. &nbsp;For &nbsp;the entire story see&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>