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Gender Studies Writing Contest

Each Spring the Gender Studies program sponsors a campus-wide writing contest. Any student may enter by submitting any course paper that focuses on a gender issue. Evaluators judge papers according to uniqueness of topic, depth and integration of research, strength of argument, clarity, and style. Junior & Senior level: top 3 papers - $100 each. First-year and sophomore level: top 2 papers - $100 each. Detailed Information on submission is available in the spring.

Gender studies sponsored/co-sponsored events

Spring 2016

Date/Time Place Event/Speaker Title/Details


March 1


Commons Annex Alumni Association Boardroom Prof. Paul Moes (psychology)

Porn Panel: Let's Talk

Join us for a conversation with students from our men's and women's Step One groups who are taking steps to be free from porn. Paul Moes (psychology) will also discuss the effects of porn use on the brain.

This event is intended for current students, faculty and staff of Calvin College. 

Cosponsored by Psychology, Broene Counseling Center, Gender Studies, Residence Life, and SAPT.

Thursday, April 7 7:00pm Commons Annex Lecture Hall Nicole Bromley

"Breaking the Silence About Abuse"

Author and educator Nicole Bromley shares her story of childhood sexual abuse and her path to healing and resilience. Nicole is a passionate advocate within and outside the church for survivors of abuse, highlighting the need for all to be aware and well-informed, and bringing hope to other survivors.

Sponsored by the Sexuality Series, Safer Spaces Team, Gender Studies, Broene Counseling Center, Campus Ministries, Residence Life, and SAPT.


Friday, April 27


Writing Contest

Junior & Senior level: top 3 papers - $100 each
First-year and sophomore level:
top 2 papers - $100 each

Submit a Spring 2015–Spring 2016 course paper that focuses on a gender issue for this campus-wide writing contest. E-mail an electronic copy, prepared for blind review to

Evaluators will judge papers according to uniqueness of topic, depth and integration of research, strength of argument, clarity, and style.

Paper winners will be announced at the Gender Studies end of the year party, May 11.

Wednesday, May 11


Spoelhof Atrium End of Year Celebration Join us for our End of Year party. Winners of the Gender Studies Writing Contest will be announced. Refreshments will be served.


Fall 2015

Date/Time Place Event/Speaker Title/Details

Thursday, October 8

7:00 pm

Covenant Fine Arts Center 222 Dr. Ben Wright

"Evangelicals and Slavery, Past and Present"

Dr. Ben Wright of Rice University will be presenting a lecture titled "Evangelicals and Slavery, Past and Present." He will discuss abolitionism throughout the history of US evangelicals from the American Revolution to the present. Dr. Wright will be addressing both the Atlantic slave trade, and modern anti-trafficking efforts.

This event is organized by The Free Project and co-sponsored by the History Department, African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS), Gender Studies, and the Sexuality Series.

Thursday, October 22 3:30pm Commons Annex Lecture Hall Sika Dagbovie-Mullins

The past two decades have seen a growing influx of biracial discourse in fiction, memoir, and theory, and since the 2008 election of Barack Obama to the presidency, debates over whether America has entered a "post-racial" phase have set the media abuzz. In her recent book Crossing B(l)ack: Mixed-Race Identity in Modern American Fiction and Culture, Sika Dagbovie-Mullins adds a new dimension to this dialogue as she investigates the ways in which various mixed-race writers and public figures have redefined both "blackness" and "whiteness" by invoking multiple racial identities.

Sika Dagbovie-Mullins will discuss her book and speak about mixed race racial identity in American fiction and culture. Dagbovie-Mullins is associate professor of English at Florida Atlantic University.

This event is co-sponsored by AADS, English, Gender Studies, and Sociology.

Wednesday, November 11 3:30pm

Chapel Undercroft Kristin Du Mez

"Purity, Patriarchy, and the First Wave of Christian Anti-Trafficking Activism"

In recent years, churches and religious nonprofits have awakened to the plight of women and children caught up in human trafficking. But Christian anti-trafficking activism goes back nearly 150 years. This talk will explore the first wave of Christian anti-trafficking activism, and the way in which women like Katharine Bushnell, a leading anti-trafficking activist, understood that Christian theology itself needed to be reformed in order to provide the basis for true emancipation. And it will consider how lessons from the past might help the church refine its approach to global anti-trafficking efforts today.

Calvin history professor, Kristin Kobes Du Mez will speak from her recent book, A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism (OUP, 2015).

This event is co-sponsored by the Sexuality Series, History, and Gender Studies.






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