Events & Programs

Presented by Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and The Center for Women’s and Gender Equity

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization (2022) is a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that has overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).  The Dobbs decision states that the Constitution of the United States does not confer a right to abortion. Much is unknown in the wake of this landmark decision. The Understanding Dobbs discussion series explores many of the issues the Dobbs decision has uncovered, deepening our collective knowledge, and fostering civil dialogue. This is a lunch & learn series and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

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September 16 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Hayes 203

The Dobbs decision reverses nearly 4 decades of U.S. Supreme Court precedence. Learn more about “precedents,” and how this decision may impact other court decisions. Dr. Josh Boston is a Political Science professor at BGSU.

September 27 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Hayes 203

Now that states are free to make their own laws about abortion, we are left with a patchwork of conflicting and confusing policies.  Learn more about the evolving relationships between federal and state legislatures, and how some policymakers are attempting to address the Dobbs decision with new amendments, acts, and laws. Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes is a Political Science professor at BGSU.

October 18 | 12:00 - 1 p.m. | Jerome Library 142

In the wake of Dobbs, many people have questions about ways of preventing pregnancy. Others are concerned that some forms of birth control may be a future target of regulation. Learn more about birth control, including IUDs and sterilization. Dr. Erin Marten is a Certified Nurse, Midwife and founder of Solace Health and Wellness, and Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback is a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies professor at BGSU.

November 10 | 12:00 - 1 p.m. | BTSU 316

Due to sexual violence sometimes leads to pregnancy, the Dobbs decision will have significant impact on the available of abortion for survivors. Learn more about how the Dobbs decision impacts sexual violence services and protections, including Title IX. Kathy Mull is the Director of the Cocoon Shelter and Lakeshia Dowlen is the Title IX Coordinator at BGSU.

November 15 | 12:00 - 1 p.m. | BTSU 316

The Dobbs decision states that abortion is not protected by the 14th amendment and its so-called protection of privacy. This session explains this nuance to the decision, but also the conflicted relationship feminists and disability rights advocates have had with privacy. Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback is the Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at BGSU. Dr. Josh Boston is a Political Science professor at BGSU.

November 17 | 12:00 - 1 p.m. | BTSU 316

Protecting women of color and their children is used by both sides of the abortion debates. This session explores the racial politics of reproductive rights, including why a disproportionate number of women of color seek abortions, and the work of women of color activists to tackle the black maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. Thasia Awad is the Director of the Melanation Healing Project, and Dr. Kimberly Stanley is an Ethnic Studies professor at BGSU.

Each semester, the Center for Women and Gender Equity invites 4 scholars to present and discuss their work with the BGSU Community. Click the dropdown tabs below to learn more about our Research Seminars this semester.

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September 7 | 1:00 - 2:00p.m. | Life Sciences Building 112

Join us for our first Research Seminar of the 2022-2023 academic year! In this seminar, Dr. Remy Attig, Assistant Professor of Translation Studies & Spanish at BGSU, will discuss “cislation.” Attig proposes that cislation is a term to refer to the existence of a text solely within the language and culture whence it emerged, which may be preferred over translation for any number of reasons. Attig will explore some of those motivations and workshop with participants how the notion of cislation might enrich the larger fields of translation studies and queer studies. Dr. Attig’s work draws from postcolonial and queer theories in translation studies, sociolinguistics and cultural studies to explore activist and social justice movements in these communities. This seminar will be descriptive, theoretical, and creative -- you won’t want to miss it! Contact to RSVP.

October 20 | 12:00 - 1:00p.m. | Hayes Hall 203

Join us for our Research Seminar with Dr. Sarah Rainey Smithback, Associate Professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. In this presentation, Dr. Rainey-Smithback examines how gender, gender identity and sexual orientation implicitly and explicitly shape the meaning and exercise of citizenship in scouting.

Dr. Rainey-Smithback draws on interviews with scouts, leaders and parents to show how scouts enact this global vision of citizenship through projects and badges, suggesting that the global citizen embodied by scouts is diverse and often contradictory, sometimes challenging, and other times replicating, nationalist and colonialist agendas. Email to RSVP.

November 8 | 12:00 - 1:00p.m. | Hayes Hall 203

Join the CWGE for a research seminar with PhD candidate and CWGE/CVPE graduate assistant Bryan Bove. Bryan's discussion will focus on the intersection of self, society and queerness-as-illness through the lens of queer/disability studies. Specifically, Bryan will analyze gender performance and queer interventions in Marvel's X-Force comic series, contextualized in autoethnographic experiences. Email to RSVP!

November 16 | 12:00 - 1:00p.m. | Virtual via Zoom

Join the Center for Women and Gender Equity for our Research Seminar with Dr. Tommy Curry! Dr. Curry is a professor of philosophy in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh whose research interests are in Africana Philosophy and the Black Radical Tradition. Dr. Curry's presentation will draw from his book chapter on Racism as a Misandric Aggression, in which he argues for an understanding of racism and dehumanization having primarily male targets, looking at wars and genocides as the basis of this assertion. Email to RSVP!

CWGE Research Seminar Full Series Posters

The Center for Women and Gender Equity is teaming up with the Browne Popular Culture Library, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Popular Culture Studies and the University Activities Organization to bring you a Monstrous Women Double Feature!

Additionally, throughout the month of October an exhibit on “monstrous women” will be on display in the Pop Culture Library that explores the history of monstrous women in popular culture and folklore and the myriad definitions of “monster” as it applies to women. Students who visit the exhibit are invited to enter a raffle to win a hauntingly good gift basket, including a Hocus Pocus board game, Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power by Sady Doyle, Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller, art prints of “monstrous” women in pop culture by Bryan Bove, as well as candy, stickers and more! The winner of the raffle will be announced on Halloween at The Wasp Woman screening.

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October 26 | 6:00 - 9:00p.m. | BTSU Theater, Bowen-Thompson Student Union 206

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, we will be hosting a screening of the film Jennifer’s Body (2009) in the BTSU Theater Room 206 from 6 - 9 p.m. Immediately following the film, there will be a Q&A panel featuring Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback, Chair, Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Jeffrey A. Brown, Professor and Chair in the Department of Popular Culture and American Culture Ph.D. candidate Judy Clemens-Smucker!

October 31 | 5:00 - 7:00p.m. | Browne Popular Culture Library, 4th Floor Jerome Library

On Monday, Oct. 31, we will be screening The Wasp Woman (1959) in the Browne Popular Culture Library at 5 p.m. and we will announce the winner of our Monstrous Women raffle! Guests are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best. 


August 24: CWGE/CVPE Open House, 1:00-3:00pm | 280 Hayes Hall

October 6: WGSS and CWGE New and Newly Promoted Faculty Reception, 4:00-5:30pm | Fine Art Building


Student Engagement coordinator Kori Koschalk-Newmister and graduate assistant Loni Stouffer with Freddie and Frieda for Green Dot Week
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CWGE Director Dr. Kacee Ferrell Snyder chats with some students in her office

Updated: 10/21/2022 02:39PM