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
|Wednesday, January 14 7:00pm||Meeter Center Lecture Hall||Jamin Warren||
Co-sponsored by the Gender Studies Department, Gender Equality Now, and the Video Game Sphere
Wednesday, January 21 7:00pm
|Bytwerk Theater||Film Screening||
The second part of the Half the Sky documentary focuses on maternal mortality, forced and generational prostitution, economic empowerment. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, Half the Sky takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/activists and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential. Half the Sky is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere. Cosponsored by International Development Studies, Sociology and Social Work, Gender Studies, Voices Against Human-Trafficking, Gender Equity Now, Social Justice Coalition.
|Thursday, February 5 7:00pm||Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium||Mark Yarhouse||
Few topics are more contested today than gender identity. In the fog of the culture war, complex issues like gender dysphoria are reduced to slogans and sound bites. And while the war rages over language, institutions and political allegiances, transgender individuals are the ones who end up being the casualties. Mark Yarhouse, an expert in sexual identity and therapy, challenges the church to rise above the political hostilities and listen to people’s stories. In this talk based on his forthcoming book of the same title, Dr. Yarhouse offers a Christian perspective on transgender issues that eschews simplistic answers and appreciates the psychological and theological complexity, engaging the latest research while remaining pastorally sensitive to the experiences of each person.
Sponsored by the Sexuality Series, Campus Ministries, Broene Counseling Center, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, Gender Studies, Residence Life, Gender Equality Now, the Gender Equity Committee and SAGA.
Wednesday, April 8 7:00pm
|Commons Lecture Hall||Wendy VanderWal-Gritter||
Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church, has served as Executive Director of New Direction Ministries of Canada since 2002. Wendy completed her Master of Divinity degree in 1999 and is in the final thesis stage of her doctorate. Wendy is a passionate advocate for those who have been hurt or marginalized by the church. She believes that the church is impoverished if any voices are missing from the conversation. She is an internationally recognized contributor in the conversations around faith and sexuality. As an avid student of the church, she is committed to equipping the local congregation to nurture hospitality.
Cosponsored by the Sexuality Series and Gender Studies