Spring 2017

Faculty Research Lunches
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Althouse 08/Denny 212

Join us and learn about exciting research by Dickinson Faculty and Staff in an informal setting. Lunch is provided and RSVP to wgrc@dickinson.edu is requested. Cosponsored by the WGRC and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.


Thursday, February 16: Sheela Jane Menon, Department of English


Thursday, March 23: Kimberly Thomas McNair, Department of Africana Studies


CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS: Wednesday, April 12: Ellen Gray, Department of Music. NEW LOCATION: Denny 212.


Dickinson Latina Discussion Group
Landis House Living Room
Tuesday, February 7: 5:30-6:45 pm
Tuesday, March 7: 6:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 11: 6:00-7:30 pm

Please join us for conversation and community. In partnership with student facilitators, the WGRC hosts a monthly Latina discussion group at Landis House. All Latina students are welcome to this space to share thoughts and experiences. Food will be provided. Please contact Donna Bickford or Jacqui Amezcua with any questions.


The Mask You Live In
Thursday, February 9
7:00 p.m.
Denny 317

This documentary premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large, and what we can do about it. Cosponsored by the WGRC, the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity, and the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center.



Love Your Body Week
February 20-25

Kickoff Soiree
Monday, February 20
Social Hall
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Come kick off Love Your Body week with a variety of campus organizations and celebrate with music, food, fun, and performances from student groups on campus.”


Yoga for Every Body
Tuesday, February 21
Dance Studio, HUB
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Our exceptional, local yoga instructor Michele Landis, owner of Simply Well Yoga, will conduct a yoga class for everyone--all levels, all bodies, all ages.  Mats are provided or bring your own!


Trans Salon
Tuesday, February 21
Allison Community Room
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Join us for an inclusive and affirming discussion about bodily experience and understanding through the lens of feminist, queer, and trans perspectives.


Pleasurable Sex
Tuesday, February 21
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Denny 317

Back by popular demand, this program will review pleasurable sex practices including safe sex, consent, use of toys and much more. Featuring Romance Enhancement Specialist Linda MacDonald.

Dickinson Rising: Live at the Library
Wednesday, February 22
Waidner-Spahr Library Lobby
12:00 p.m.

A multi-arts event as part of the global One Billion Rising revolution in solidarity against the exploitation of women.

Let’s Eat Dinner
Thursday, February 23
Social Hall
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Join us for dinner before Sonya Renee Taylor's Love Your Body Week keynote. RSVP required: http://evite.me/U2YDFDcxcd


Your Body is Not an Apology
Keynote Speaker: Sonya Renee Taylor
ATS Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

This performance by author/poet Sonya Renee Taylor uses popular education, performance poetry and media examples to introduce the concepts of body terrorism and radical self-love.


CANCELLED: "Fat Chance: The Line Between Health and Shame is Becoming Increasingly Thin" with Prof. Amy Farrell
Friday, February 24
Althouse 106
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Prof. Farrell will facilitate a discussion of her article, “Fat Chance: The Line Between Health and Shame is Becoming Increasingly Thin.” We ask you to read the short article before the discussion; please feel free to bring your lunch.

RESCHEDULED: 10 Tools for Radical Self Love: A Workshop with Sonya Renee Taylor
(Dickinson Community only. RSVP to clarkeforum@dickinson.edu required)
Friday, February 24
Althouse 106
12-1:30 p.m.

Can you re-imagine a relationship with your body and your life that is not adversarial? In this two-hour workshop, get practical tools and a step by step action plan that can dramatically shift your relationship with your body from enemy to gorgeous partner in creating your most unapologetic life of radical self-love! Food will be provided.

Love Your Body Week cosponsors include: Women's and Gender Resource Center; Clarke Forum; Psychology Club; PALS; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Psychology Department; Office of LGBTQ Services; Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity; President’s Commission on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; The Wellness Center; Waidner-Spahr Library; Department of Theatre & Dance; and Psi Chi.



Gender Week
February 27-March 4


Women in Leadership: Passing the Torch
Keynote by Kathy Ryan
Monday, February 27
Dana 101
7:00 p.m.

Kathy Ryan ’84 is the owner of Pinnacle Coaching Group LLC, which she founded after a twenty-plus year career in corporate Human Resources. She is also the author of If You Have to Say the Words: An Integrity-Based Approach for Tackling Tough Conversations and Maximizing Performance. Ryan will discuss her experiences as a leader, changes she has seen throughout her career and thoughts about what you can expect as you join the workforce. Cosponsored by the WGRC, Student Leadership and Campus Engagement, and the Department of International Business and Management.

A Clarke Forum event: Muslim Women and the Freedom to Choose
Dr. Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:00-8:30 p.m.
ATS Auditorium

What can we learn from public debates about Muslim women that hinge on a right – the “right to choose freely”- that has been enshrined in international feminist conventions and that animates the popular American imagination about such practices as veiling and arranged marriage?  Anthropologist Abu-Lughod will examine the everyday lives of young women in one Egyptian village to open up new ways of thinking about choice and to expose the politics of common fantasies about this right. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Morgan Lecture Fund. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Non-Profit Leadership: Lessons from the Community
Wednesday, March 1
Stern Great Room
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Local non-profit leaders Robin Scaer (Executive Director, YWCA Carlisle), Elaine Livas (Founder and former Executive Director, Project SHARE of Carlisle), Trinette Ream (Social Services Director, The Salvation Army), and Safronia Perry (Assistant Executive Director, Hope Station) will discuss their organizations and their experiences as leaders of local non-profits. Snacks will be provided. Cosponsored by the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice.


Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Thursday, March 2
Althouse 206
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Negotiate your highest possible salary and help close the wage gap. The American Association of University Women’s Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop empowers women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages:

  • Learn what the wage gap means to you
  • Determine your target salary & benefits
  • Develop a personal budget to determine your minimum acceptable salary
  • Practice salary negotiation skill-building exercises

Register in Handshake through Gateway by February 24. Registration is required for attendance and attendees are expected to stay for the entire workshop. Open to all students. Snacks will be provided. Hosted by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and cosponsored by the Career Center, the Office of Financial Aid and the Dickinson College AAUW chapter.


Dickinson’s Annual Women’s Retreat: Know Your Strengths
Friday evening, March 3 – Saturday evening, March 4
College Farm

All woman-identified and gender non-conforming students, faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome. The theme for this year’s retreat is Know Your Strengths. Please join us for conversation and community-building. Programming includes a farm activity, artistic expression, writing, reflection, movement, and Farm Pizza. All woman-identified and gender nonconforming students, faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome. Students are asked to commit to the full retreat; faculty and staff may choose any or all of the retreat to attend. All meals provided. Transportation is available. Please complete the online registration form at the WGRC’s OrgSync page or contact us at: dickinsonwomenretreat@gmail.com by February 23.



International Student Panel
Celebrating International Women's Day
Wednesday, March 8
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Stern Great Room

Come and hear from Dickinson's international students about gender issues in Brazil, China, India, Italy, Spain, and Tunisia. Appetizers will be provided. Cosponsored by the WGRC and Center for Global Study & Engagement.


Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric
(Film Screening & Discussion)
Thursday, March 23
Althouse 106
6:00 p.m.

The Office of LGBTQ Services and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center will screen the documentary "Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric," produced by National Geographic. In this 90-minute documentary, Katie Couric sets out to explore the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity. Following the screening, Dickinson faculty member Dr. Marchetti will facilitate a conversation. Food will be provided.


Black Girl Third Space: Standing Upright in the Crooked Room
written and performed by Brittany Barker (’15)
Saturday, March 25
8:00 pm
The Cubiculo

In this one-woman show, Barker uses autobiographical verse to describe black women’s struggle to forge an authentic identity in the face of racism and sexism. Co-sponsored by the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, Creative Writing, Theatre & Dance, and the WGRC. Learn more about Barker and her creative process here: https://www.dickinson.edu/news/article/2315/one_woman_many_voices.


Bystander Intervention Training
Thursday, March 30, 2017
12-1 p.m.
Allison Community Room

In response to student requests, the Community Responders Network of Harrisburg will present a bystander intervention training. Please join us to learn about effective ways to respond to incidents of intolerance and prejudice. Representatives from the new Carlisle Human Relations Commission and Dickinson’s Bias Education and Response Team will also be in attendance. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Landis Collective.


Take Back the Night Teach-In
Thursday, April 6
Social Hall
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Please join us for an overview of Take Back the Night (TBTN)--its roots and what attendees can expect at TBTN on April 12th. The evening will include short, casual presentations about student activism on campus and how folks can get involved. Additional information will be provided about on and off campus resources. Dinner will be provided for attendees. All are welcome. Cosponsored by the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center and the WGRC.


Film Screening: Sold
Monday, April 10
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Althouse 106

This feature film is an adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick and based on true stories of survivors of international sex trafficking. Cosponsored by the WGRC and the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center.


Take Back the Night
Wednesday, April 12
Allison Hall
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Take Back the Night is an annual event that honors all who are impacted by sexual violence and is an opportunity for our entire community to re-commit to creating a culture where sexual violence no longer exists. It is also an opportunity for members of the campus community to share about their experiences as survivors, allies, and members of the Dickinson community committed to preventing sexual assault. Join us for an evening of speakers and performances from members of the Dickinson community with special guest hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, who will share about the role of our community in preventing sexual violence. Please note that the evening can be triggering, as there are explicit references to sexual assault and trauma. Advocates and counselors will be available throughout the evening for members of the community who may be interested in speaking with someone. Learn more about Take Back the Night and sexual assault prevention and response efforts by attending the Teach-In on April 6. Cosponsored by the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center and the WGRC.

Senior community recognition ceremony
Tuesday, April 18
5:30 p.m.
Stern Great Room
Cosponsored by the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity, the Center for Global Study & Engagement, the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice, and the WGRC.

Rescuing the Children: Three Remarkable Jewish Women in Vichy, France During the Holocaust
Dr. Paul Bartrop
Thursday, April 20
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Althouse 106

This presentation will examine the efforts of three young Jewish women, each of whom was known to the other, who were involved in a secret network to rescue Jewish children from Vichy France during the Holocaust, by shuttling them across the border into neutral Switzerland. It is a story both uplifting and at the same time tragic, and comes from my forthcoming book, Women of the French Resistance: The Rescue of Jews in Vichy France during the Holocaust. Dr. Paul Bartrop is a multi-award winning scholar of the Holocaust and genocide. He is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Fla. Cosponsored by the Asbell Center, Judaic Studies, Center for Sustainability Education, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of French, Women's and Gender Resource Center, Department of German, and Department of History.

See our Fall 2016 event schedule here.