Category Gender and Women’s Studies

Alice Dreger

Why Have Intersex Rights Been So Hard to Secure in America?

Humanities Forum
Alice Dreger, historian of science and medicine
Joan S. Korenman Lecture
Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

For 25 years, people born with intersex (body types that aren’t standard male or standard female) and their allies have been fighting for basic patient rights, including the right to full access to medical histories and the right to decide for themselves about optional genital surgeries. This talk explores why much more progress has been made abroad than in America. Particular attention will be paid to tensions existing between the pursuit of justice and the pursuit of truth, as well as the academic freedom issues surrounding research and activism. (Click heading for full description.)


MEMS Colloquium Lecture: Shakespeare Anniversary 2016

Humanities Forum
Frances Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Davis
‘Some wine, ho!’ Shakespeare, Women, and the Story of English Wine
Tuesday, March 29, 4 p.m.
University Center Room 312

What did Shakespeare’s contemporaries drink and what did they think about it? This talk explores the untold story of English wine and, in particular, the contributions of Shakespeare and women to that story. Frances Dolan will help us to understand the English dream of growing grapes and making wines, with examples that range from Shakespeare’s London to colonial Virginia, from the sixteenth century to popular depictions of that period today. (Click heading for full description.)


Can A Comic Book Superhero and Rape Survivor Change Attitudes Toward Sexual Violence?

Humanities Forum
Ram Devineni, filmmaker, publisher, and founder of Rattapallax publishing and film production company
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Room 132

In “Priya’s Shakti,” the technologically innovative and wildly popular “first Indian comic book of its kind” (The New York Times), a mortal woman falls victim to a brutal sexual assault then joins forces with the Goddess Parvati to fight against sexual violence. Ram Devineni, the comic book’s co-creator, discusses the creation of the comic book, how it went viral, and how to use the comic book format to address pressing social issues. (Click heading for full description.)


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