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Spring 2019 Events

March 2019

Social Justice Hangout

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00-2:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. The theme for this month will relate to Women’s History Month. More details will be posted soon.

Gender, Finance, and Power Panel

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:00-5:30pm, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Join the Department of Women’s Studies as we celebrate Women’s History Month with the Gender, Finance, and Power Panel discussion. The panel will explore the role of business, finance, and power and its relationship to gender in its multiple manifestations in the lives of women. Money, wealth, and assets are associated with power and white male gender in the U.S. Our panelists will discuss the intersections of finance and power, provide information on how to begin the accumulation of wealth early in life, and the role of entrepreneurship as a mechanism for asset building and strategies for successfully engaging in business development. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Cynthia Stevens of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and will include speakers Maura Schauss, CFP of Washington Wealth Advisors, Dr. Elizabeth Toth of the Department of Communication, Marva Jo Camp, Esq., vice-chair of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, and Dr. Helene Rodriguez McConnell of the SMC Business Group.

Undergraduate Movie Night

Thursday, March 28, 4:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Join the Department of Women’s Studies as we host an in-house movie night to watch Call Me by Your Name. Popcorn will be served during the movie, followed by dinner and discussion afterwards. The event is open to all students, so invite a friend!

April 2019

Social Justice Hangout

Tuesday, April 2, 1:00-3:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Prominent gender and sexuality scholar, Susan Stryker, uses “transgender” to refer to “people who move away from the gender they were assigned at birth” and “people who cross over (trans-) the boundaries constructed by their culture to define and contain that gender.” This social justice hangout will address questions such as: What does Stryker mean by “gender assigned at birth”? Why does she call gender “constructed”? What do the various acronyms mean? What’s the difference between gender, sex, and sexuality? Why are pronouns important? What does nonbinary mean? How do I avoid offensive language? What are current issues and concerns for trans gender communities. This Social Justice hangout provides an opportunity to get answers to some of the questions you might be afraid to ask, and to talk about current topics from a trans gender perspective. Lunch will be provided.

Duty to Speak: A Spoken Word Showcase

Wednesday, April 24 5:00-7:00pm, Ulrich Recital Hall–Afternoon Workshop: 2:00-3:15pm

Audre Lorde once said “I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain.” Hosted by DC-based, internationally-known spoken word artist, Charity Blackwell, “Duty to Speak: A Spoken Word Showcase” gives UMD students the opportunity to workshop and perform their original spoken word pieces with a professional poet and performer. Whether you’re new to spoken word or a seasoned wordsmith, join The Department of Women’s Studies for an enjoyable evening of food, entertainment, and speaking our truths.

Undergraduate Research Day

Tuesday, April 30, 12:00-3:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall

The Department of Women’s Studies invites undergraduate students to submit proposals to our Spring Undergraduate Research Day. The event gives students the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with their peers and other professors in the department. We encourage submissions of individual and group presentations, papers, spoken word, creative art pieces, and facilitated discussions. We value your work and achievements, and look forward to honoring your accomplishments at this event. Please complete this form to apply.