October 20-21, 2016

The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project: Rewriting the Law, Writing the Future, October 20-21, 2016

This year's symposium focuses on questions of gender and equality. It flows from the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project, a book pulling together a group of leading feminist legal scholars in the United States to rewrite, using feminist reasoning, the most significant Supreme Court cases on gender from the 1800s to the present day.

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Sally Kenney, author of Gender & Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter and professor of political science at Tulane University.

Click here to see the full conference lineup of over fifty speakers.

Click here to register online.

The conference is free and open to attorneys, academics, students, and members of the public. Free Ohio CLE (9.5 credits) is available.


April 18, 2017

New York Times best selling author, Peggy Orenstein, will speak at the University of Akron Student Union Theatre on April 18, 2017, 7-9 pm. Orenstein, named one of the “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years” by The Columbia Journalism Review, is the author of Girls and Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and Waiting For Daisy.

Orenstein is a dynamic speaker whose talks on young adulthood and sexuality are relevant to college- aged women and men. Join the Women’s Studies Program for her talk, “Girls and Sex: Perils, Pleasures, and Possibilities.” A reception and book signing will follow. Free and open to the public.

 If you or your organization would like to co-sponsor this event, contact Mary Triece.

Current co-sponsors: Center for Conflict Management, University of Akron; Center for Family Studies, University of Akron; Constitutional Law Center, University of Akron School of Law; Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio; Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties; School of Communication, University of Akron

Peggy Orenstein

Girls and Sex


Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

Rethinking Gender provides a forum for presenting the research of feminist faculty at The University of Akron and nearby colleges and universities. 

All Rethinking Gender talks are in the Student Union, room 316, University of Akron. Noon-1:00 pm


Wednesday October 19, 2016

“Never Could Make Enough To Get Ahead: Southern Freedwomen's Work in Socio-historical Perspective”

Dr. Kathryn Feltey, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Wednesday November 16, 2016

“Going Back in Time: Whiteness, Maleness, and the Lure of Cinematic Nostalgia”

Dr. Kara Kvaran, Department of Women’s Studies

Wednesday February 15, 2017

“The Perils of Perfection: Why Girls Should Be Bold and Imperfect”

Dr. Robin Prichard, Associate Professor, School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration

Wednesday March 22, 2017

“Poetry Lives! Two Akron Women Poets on Gender, the Body, and Surprise”

Dr. Mary Biddinger, Associate Professor, English Department, and Holly Brown, Author

Wednesday April 19, 2017

“College Students’ Caregiving Responsibilities and Its Impact on College Performance”

Dr. Pam Schulze, Professor and Director of the Center for Family Studies