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wooden door surrounded by plants and treesGenCen sponsors a variety of events ranging from film screenings to panel discussions to field trips. We've organized an archive of many past events, such as film screenings and various speaking events alongside our monthly talk series, the GJEC Brown Bag Series and the Colloquia Series. Below you can find the events sorted chronologically with links to the event's flyer and/or Facebook page. We have also provided the names of event speakers as well as the date of the event and other brief details.

Spring 2017

From Beaches to Bathtubs: Women and Children in American Water History, presented by Sara Fingal, Department of History/Lyman Briggs College. 

The Social Context of Water Access and Affordability in Michigan, presented by Jennifer Carrera, Department of Sociology

The water crises in Flint and Detroit bring light to ongoing struggles in Michigan for access to affordable clean water. This presentation shared the development of a community based participatory research project using citizen science methods in Detroit.


Fall 2016

Tapestries of Hope

Tapestries of Hope is a documentary shot in Zimbabwe that investigates the myth that if a man rapes a virgin he cures his AIDS. Director and writer Michealene Risley is an MSU alumna, award-winning filmmaker, director and human rights activist whose documentary film projects have addressed the health and survival of over half the world population. 


Encounters with Octopus People: Consciousness-Raising on Everyday Assaults

In an effort to create a space for members of our community to address some of their experiences, we are organized a consciousness-raising event. We aimed to enable each other to share our experiences of predatory encounters and “micro-assaults” so that we may better understand these moments from our own viewpoints, while also demonstrating how these are not isolated incidences, but in fact heartbreakingly common. With an emphasis on inter-generational amity, we hoped to raise awareness among the student body in particular. 

November 14

Patriarchy and Displacement:An Anarchist Perspective on Community Organizing

This talk and conversation will explore the marriage between patriarchy and displacement, honing in on our own power locally and collectively to counter disposability by building caring communities.

November 15

Audrie & Daisy film screening and discussion session

This film screening and discussion was facilitated by the GenCen and the Research Consortium. Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team volunteers were also there for assistance. 

November 17

“My Mom Planned Everything”: An Examination of How Latinas Made Rural Work Meet Urban Needs in Michigan, 1940s-70sPresented by Delia Fernandez, Department of History. 

November 18


Spring 2016

Colloquia Talk: Implementing Culturally Adapted Parenting Interventions with Low Income Latino/a Parents: Addressing Cultural and Gender Challenges
Rubén Parra Cardona, Human Development and Family Studies, Resource Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
April 29

Film Screening: Out in the Night
Discussion with Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson of the New Jersey 4
Part of "The Matter is Life: Black Women Women and Violence Film Series"
Co-sponsored by: MSU Film Collective, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, College of Arts and Letters, Comparative Black History, LGBT Resource Center, Department of English, African and African American Studies, and Film Studies
April 21

GJEC Brown Bag: A Gender Analysis of the Adaptation and Coping Strategies of Fisherfolk in the Face of a Seasonal Fishing Ban in Tamil Nadu
Julia Novak Colwell, PhD Candidate, MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
April 20

Spring Poetry Festival: Tarfia Faizullah
Afternoon talk with Tarfia Faizullah followed by an evening poetry reading
April 13

He Named Me Malala Film Screening
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
April 13

Sandra Kim Workshop: How To Engage in Intersectional Listening Versus Privileged Listening
Co-sponsored by: MSU Women's Resource Center, LBGT Resource Center, Diversity Programs Office ­ College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU Human Resources, MSU HealthTeam, College of Natural Science, History, Geography, Broad College of Business MBA Programs, Sociology, College of Human Medicine, Experience Architecture ­ College of Arts & Letters, Office of Diversity & Pluralism,­ CANR, Lyman Briggs, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Honors College.
April 13

Sandra Kim from Everyday Feminism
Sandra Kim, Founder & Publisher of Everyday Feminism
April 12

Taiwan Film Festival
Co-sponsored by: Asian Studies, GenCen, Linguistics & Languages, Film Studies, GSAH, The China Experience at MSU, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.
March 22, 107 S Kedzie, Spring Cactus; director Huang Yu-shan Q/A
March 23, 105 S Kedzie, Taste of Life; director Huang Yu-shan Q/A
March 28, B122 Wells, The Assassin; director Hou Hsiao-hsien
April 11, 107 S Kedzie, Murmur of Youth; director Lin Cheng-sheng Q/A
April 12, 109 S Kedzie, Betelnut Beauty; director Lin Cheng-sheng Q/A

Flint Water Crisis: Information, Outreach, Engagement 
University of Michigan-Flint
April 8

She, a Chinese
Lecture by feminist film scholar Patricia White
April 8
Movie screening of "She, a Chinese", Director: Xiaolu Guo and Transnational Authorship
April 7

Field Trip to Gigi's Cabaret
Women's Studies 492 (LGBTQ Minor Capstone) Class
April 2

Cathy A. Rakowski: "Challenges Faced by Women Vegetable Farmers in Tanzania as They Struggle to Support Families and Feed the Nation"
Cathy A. Rakowski, Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University
April 1

Eating the Life Sentence Elephant: One Bite at a Time
Lora Bex Lempert, Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan – Dearborn
March 28

GJEC Brown Bag: "Considering the Lives of Men, Women, Jaguars and Pumas in the Nation of Nature"
Jennifer R. Kelly, MSU Animal Studies
March 23

Queer Conversations Symposium
Co-sponsored by: The Queer Theory Playground in Rhetoric & Writing, The CAL office for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, The Writing Center, LBGT Resource Center
March 22

Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
Estelle Freedman, Stanford University
Co-sponsored by: MSU History Department, the College of Arts and Letters, Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
March 21

Colloquia Talk: Gender and Plot Ownership: Implications for Food Security and Women's Economic Empowerment: Lessons from Mali and Chad
Nathalie Me-Nsope, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, and Gender Specialist for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI)
March 18

Women as Miners: Social and economic implications of women's engagement in artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania
Rosemarie Nyigulila Mwaipopo, University of Dar es Salaam
March 18

Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice - Mapping a Detroit Story
Film Screening, discussion with filmaker dream hampton, and Workshop with activist Emani Love
Co-Sponsored by: Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, College of Arts and Letters, Comparative Black History, LGBT Resource Center, Department of English, African American and African Studies and Film Studies
March 16

She's Beautiful When She's Angry: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Moderator: Lisa M. Fine, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for Gender in Global Context, Michigan State University
Sheila Contreras, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of English, MSU
Penny Gardner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of First Year Writing
Alysa Hodgson, MSU Graduating Senior, Founder and Chair of Humans Uniting for Equal Society
Senator Gretchen Whitmer, Former Democratic Leader of the Michigan Senate
Co-sponsored by: The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
March 16

VDAY Lansing Presents: A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer
February 27

Colloquia Talk: Education Reform and Gender: What Gets "Disrupted" and What Stays the Same
Margaret Crocco, MSU College of Education
February 26

GJEC Brown Bag: "Decentralization, Gender Relations, and Access to Potable Water in Malawi's Peri-Urban Slums"
A Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Brown Bag Presentation by doctoral candidate Ellis Adjei Adams
February 18

Colloquia Talk: Shelving Justice: Understanding the Problem of Untested Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs) in Detroit
Rebecca Campbell, Department of Psychology
Co-Sponsored by: GenCen, MSU’s Sexual Assault Program, Department of Psychology, Women’s Resource Center
January 29

Gendered Dimensions of Ongoing ISIS-Related Conflict in the Middle East
Emine Evered, History
Jyotsna Singh, English
Stephanie Nawyn, Sociology
Mohammad Khalil, Muslim Studies
Russell Lucas, Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities
Co-Sponsored by: Muslim Studies
January 21

GJEC Brown Bag: "Exploring the Inclusivity of Mixed Research Methods for Quantifying the Importance of Forests"
A Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Brown Bag Presentation by recent GJEC graduate Dori Hopkins
January 20

Gender Responsiveness as Key To Unlocking Africa's Agricultural Potential
Special Presentation by Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg
January 14

Fall 2015

GJEC Brown Bag: Land Markets and Women's Land Access in Northwestern Tanzania
A Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Brown Bag Series presentation by Ayala Wineman, PhD Candidate, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU
December 9

The Flint Water Crisis: A Panel Discussion
Dr. Sara Fingal, History/Lyman Briggs, MSU
Melissa Mays, Water You Fighting For?
Bishop Bernadel Jefferson, Democracy Defense League
Dr. Jennifer Carrera, Sociology/Environmental Science and Policy Program, MSU
Dr. Susan Masten, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MSU
Nayyirah Shariff, Flint Community Organizer
Co-Sponsored by: Center for Gender in Global Context; Gender Justice and Environmental Change; Community Sustainability; Lyman Briggs; Environmental Science and Policy Program; and Project 60/50
November 18

GJEC Brown Bag: Affective Ecologies and Valuing Nature: Learning from Indigenous and Feminist Onto-Epistemologies
A Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Brown Bag Series presentation by Neera Mendiratta Singh, PhD, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto
November 13

Colloquia Talk: Acting Straight and Making Space Queer in the Postwar Suburbs of Detroit
Tim Retzloff, Department of History
November 6

A Conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich
Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
Michelle Kaminski, School of Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Amy DeRogatis, Department of Religious Studies
Co-Sponsored by: the Department of Political Science; James Madison College, Social Science Scholars Program; Center for Gender in Global Context; Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy; Lyman Briggs College; Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies; Human Development and Family Studies; Social Work; College of Arts and Letters; History; Sociology; Criminal Justice; Residential College in the Arts and Humanities; English; Women's Resource Center; and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
November 5

Colloquia Talk: Faithful Witnessing as Practice in Afro-Latinx Literature
Yomaira Figueroa, Department of English and the African American and African Studies Program
October 23

GJEC Brown Bag: Bearers of Maya Culture: The Role of Gender in the Commoditization of the Ch'orti' Maya in Copan, Honduras
A Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Brown Bag Series presentation by Fredy Rafael Rodriguez Mejia, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology
October 14

Film Screening: The Mask You Live In
Co-Sponsored by: MSU Women's Resource Center, WRC Men's Advisory Council, Employee Assistance Program, Health4U, MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), MSU Family Resource Center, MSU LBGT Resource Center, Good Girl Radio, MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and Project 60/50
October 13

"Give Me Sex Jesus" Documentary Screening
Documentary Screening and Q&A with Dr. Amy DeRogatis (MSU) and Dr. Sara Moslener (CMU)
October 12

Colloquia Talk: Junk Food Relationships: The Allure and Appeal of the Non-Nutritional Hookup Culture
Stephanie Amada, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
September 25

GJEC Brown Bag: Spaces of Conflict and Conservation: Shifting Relationships Between Humans and the Amazon River Dolphin in Brazil
A Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Brown Bag Series presentation by Cadi Fung, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography
September 23

Spring 2015

Stories of Survival: Women's Testimonies of State Terrorism in Argentina
Barbara Sutton, SUNY Albany
GPID Editor's Series
April 15

Black Trans Lives Matter: CeCe McDonald at MSU
Co-Sponsored by: West Circle PRIDE, Black Student Alliance, MSU Students United, African and African American Studies, LBGT Resource Center, MSU Women's Resource Center, Residence Halls Association, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, Diversity Services Office MSU College of Law, and the Graduate Employees Union
April 6

Gender, Women, and Sexuality: An Undergraduate Research Showcase
Keynote speaker: Amy Bonomi, Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department
April 3

Working for Justice: Legacies of Latina Activism in Southeastern Michigan
Marie Cotera, American Studies and Women's Studies Programs, University of Michigan
Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag Series
Co-Sponsored by: the Chicano/Latina Studies Program, the Julian Samora Research Institute, the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context, and the MSU Women's Resource Center
March 30

Colloquia Series: Round Table: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey
Participants include:
Emine Ö. Evered, PhD, Associate Professor of History
Michelle Kaminski, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Resources & Labor Relations
Stacy Hickox, J.D., Assistant Professor of Human Resources & Labor Relations
Hannah Brenner, J.D., Lecturer in Law, College of Law
March 20

Love, Sex and Greed: Reflecting Gender and Class in French Comic Opera
Marcie Ray, College of Music, Michigan State University
Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag Series
March 19

Marge Piercy presents "Made in Detroit"
MSU Libraries Michigan Writers Series
March 4
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GJEC Brown Bag: The Feminism of French Farming
A Gender, Justice & Environmental Change Brown Bag Series presentation by Alexis Annes, PhD, University of Toulouse, El Purpan, Toulouse, France and Wynne Wright, PhD, MSU Departments of Community Sustainability/Sociology
March 4

GJEC Brown Bag: Incorporating Gender in Food Systems Innovations: A Case Study of the Pigeon Pea Value Chain in Malawi
A Gender, Justice & Environmental Change (GJEC) Brown Bag Series presentation by Michelle Larkins, PhD Candidate, MSU Department of Community Sustainability and Natalie Me-Nsope, PhD, MSU Global Center for Food Systems Innovation
February 26

Colloquia Talk: Changing the World like Gandhi and Robin Hood: Medicine, Social Enterprise and Technology Choice
Dr. Logan Williams, Lyman Briggs
February 6

Michigan Writer Series: Robin Silbergleid
Cosponsored by the GenCen and the MSU Department of English
January 29

Colloquia Talk: Gender and Celebrity Persona: Mylene Farmer's Erotics of History
Daniel Smith, Theatre Studies
January 23

Roe v Wade: Then & Now: The Ongoing Fight to Protect Women's Reproductive Rights
Penny Gardner, Assistant Professor at MSU and President of the Lansing Association for Human Rights
Libby Bogdan-Lovis, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at MSU
Amanda West, Director of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic Michigan Senator
January 21

Fall 2014

Climate Change and Climate Denial In Everyday Life
Colonial Ecological Violence and Food Justice on the Klamath River
Dr. Kari Norgaard, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon
Peace and Justice Studies Annual Lecture
Co-Sponsored by: Peace and Justice Studies, College of Agriculture, AgBio Research and MSU Extension, Paul Thompson Distinguished Chair Funds, American Indian Studies Program, Environmental Science an Policy Program, Philosophy Department, Food Justice and Sovereignty Research Group
November 21

Film Screening: Vanishing Borders
Ricardo Lorenz, College of Music
Alexandra Hidalgo, Director and Producer
Tama Hamilton-Wray
Co-Sponsored by: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Women's Resource Center, Film Studies, and the College of Music
November 19

Creating Connections to Combat Human Trafficking: Global to Local Perspectives
Keynote Presentations by:
Bridgette Carr
Andy Soper
Jane White
Co-Sponsored by: Zonta Club of the Michigan Capitol Area, Greater Lansing Untied Nations Association, American Association of University Women, and the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.
November 15

Film Screening: Not My Life
Co-Sponsored by: the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Zonta Club of Michigan Capital Area, Greater Lansing United Nations Association, and the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
November 14

Colloquia Talk: Serving Paris, Serving the World: Gender, Domestics, and Migration
Dr. Leslie Page Moch, Department of History
November 14

Can a Plantation Be Fair? Fair Trade and Darjeeling Tea Production
Sarah Beskey, Anthropology and School of Natural Resources, MSU and Environment Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Michigan
Peace and Justice Studies Lecture Series
Co-Sponsored by: Peace and Justice Studies, Food Justice and Sovereignty Research Group, Asian Studies Center
November 14

Film Screening: Evolution of a Criminal
Panel on Youth and the Criminal Justice System in Michigan
Carl Taylor, MSU Department of Sociology
Kristen Staley, Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency
Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Project Director of "Kids Count in Michigan," Michigan League for Public Policy
Lois DeMott, Family Participation Program in Michigan
November 13

Protest, Power, and Perseverance: Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Dr. Freya Anderson Rivers, author of the memoir "Swallowed Tears" and first black woman to enroll at LSU in 1964
Jewell Debnam, PhD Candidate, MSU Department of History
Dr. Eva Evans, 24th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Former Chairman of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Carmen Benavides, Retired Lansing School District Principal
Co-Sponsored by: Women's Reource Center and the American Association of University Women
November 12

Tapestry as Testimony: Arpilleras of Chile, and Broken, an installation addressing human trafficking
Arpilleras Collector:
Eliana Loveluck
Sally Thielen
Susan Clinthorne
Co-Sponsored by: MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives, MSU History Department, Peace and Justice Studies
November 3-21

"Be One For Change": A Conversation with Sharon Love
Sharon Love, Founder of One Love Foundation
Katie Hood, CEO of One Love Foundation
Val O'Brien, MSU Police
Erica Schmittdiel, MSU Safe Place
Co-Sponsored by: One Love Foundation, MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, MSU Safe Place, MSU GenCen, MSU Women's Resource Center
November 3

Film Screening: America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth
Discussion with director: Darryl Roberts
Co-Sponsored by: MSU Sexual Assault Program, Women's Resource Center, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Office of the University Physician, Olin Health Education
October 27

Colloquia Talk: The Boy Problem: Educating Boys in Urban America, 1870-1970
Julia Grant, James Madison College
October 24

Decoupling Transnational Activism in Ghana: Movements, States, and Soft Repression
Kathleen Fallon, Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University
Co-Sponsored by: African Studies and the Department of Sociology
October 17

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
Robert Kolker
Co-Sponsored by: Women's Resource Center, School of Criminal Justice, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
October 10

Colloquia Talk: The Bible in the Bedroom: American Evangelicals, Sexuality, and Salvation
Amy DeRogatis, Department of Religious Studies
September 26

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