Women’s Studies: Winter 2013 Programs

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research:  Visual Rhetoric and the Trans-vaginal Ultrasound
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Vivid images tend to prompt emotional, even excitable responses that can override our ability to make rational decisions. In early 2012, Virginia lawmakers attempted to commandeer physicians into performing invasive and medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds on their patients before any abortion.  In this study Patricia Chantrill, PhD, communications studies, examines the controversial “state rape” bill (expected to resurface in 2013) as an argument for visual literacy and the facilities of choice.

Benefriends: Friends by Day, Lovers by Night
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

This talk will highlight research being done at EWU on “friends with benefits relationships” (FWBR). EWU psychology students, with their advisor professor Theresa J. Martin, PhD, will be reviewing final results from a study investigating Machiavellianism and other personality traits and attitudes toward FWBR relationships along with key points and findings from current literature and describing the rationale and issues for their study. They will also present findings from our ongoing study regarding experiences in FWBRs including the negotiation techniques of FWBRs and how these partnerships are initiated.

DVD: (A)sexual
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 4-6 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Facing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals – people who experience no sexual attraction – struggle to claim their identity.  (75 minutes)

Film director, Angela Tucker, will  be on campus and talk about the making of the film.  Tucker is also is a writer, and producer whose career has been marked with creative, bold and varied social issue based projects, including feature length films, documentary and fiction shorts, web series, advocacy videos, and PSAs.  Tucker’s directorial debut (A)sexual, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction is the first film ever made on this subject matter.

What Can You Do With A Women’s and Gender Studies Degree?
Thursday, Feb. 21. 2013, 1-2:30 pm

Monroe 207

Students considering a women’s and gender studies degree often times ask:  “What can I do with this degree?”  Will this degree differentiate me from individuals majoring in humanities, communications, English, sociology or history?  WGS majors are in more places than you would expect—including non-profit and nongovernmental organizations, higher education, politics, human resources, medical and legal fields, businesses and corporations.  Join women’s and gender studies faculty, Jessica Willis, PhD; Volunteers of America coordinator, Jon Carollo, women’s and gender studies graduate, Jamie Hollis; and career services internship coordinator, Romeal Watson; who will talk about opportunities and advantages of a women’s and gender studies degree.

DVD:  Strong!
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 12-2 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world.  As the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter prepares for Beijing 2008, she struggles with injury, confidence, and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted. STRONG! gives students a new way to look at women, large-bodied athleticism, determination and strength.

Its funny, informative, and at times amazing to watch Cheryl as she deals with many of the issues that women face: body image, competition, family and emotional and physical challenges.  STRONG! addresses the pressing need for acceptance and compassion for young women and sometimes young men of all sizes who struggle, often in very detrimental ways, with the overwhelming pressure to be thin.  (77 minutes)

15th Annual HOME Childcare Scholarship Fundraiser Tea
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2-4 pm

205 Monroe Hall

You are invited to attend EWU’s 15th  annual child care scholarship fundraiser tea. Tea at Tiffany’s is this year’s theme.  Dig out your pearls, black gloves, tiaras, and boas or wear some provided by HOME.  Have some fun and join an event that leaves you feeling like you have done something good for EWU’s student parents.   University first lady, Nadine Arévalo, will again cohost the event.  Raffle baskets this year will include tickets for Grease [at the Civic Theater] and for the symphony.

EWU Student Rate:  $15 by March 1, $20 at the door; Non-student rate:  $20 by March 1, $25 at the door.  If sponsoring eight or more students, the rate is $10 per student.  Make checks payable to the EWU HOME Scholarship Foundation.  RSVP with a check mailed to the Women’s Studies Center, 207 Monroe.  All but $5 of your donation is tax deductible.

International Women’s Day
Friday, March 8, 2013, time is still tentative

Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave., Spokane

The theme of International Women’s Day in 2013 is “Gender Agenda; Gaining Momentum.”   Watch for flyers for more details.

*For more information contact Carol Vines, 359.2898