Women's Studies | Current events

The Vagina Monologues University of Akron

Saturday Feb. 3, 2018, 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall (see on map)

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Proceeds benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties. V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day University of Akron is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Multicultural Center.


‘Rethinking Gender’ Series

Spring 2018

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 will be held in the Student Union - Room 316 on UA campus (see on map). 

Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, noon- 1 p.m.
Cynthia Andrews, Executive Director, Oberlin Community Services
Jeanine Donaldson, Executive Director, Elyria YWCA
Tania Boster, Associate Director, Bonner Center at Oberlin College and Conservatory
 “Rethinking Women in Poverty Through Empowerment, Education, Employment: A Collaborative Approach”

Wednesday March 14, 2018, noon-1 p.m.
Samuel Dwinell, Assistant Professor of Instruction, UA School of Music
 “Queer Outta Compton: Race-ing the Closet in Hip Hop Documentary”

Wednesday April  11, 2018, noon- 1 p.m.
María Alejandra Zanetta, Distinguished Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture, UA
 “Anticipations of Ecofeminist Thinking in the Paintings of Maruja Mallo and Raquel Forner”


Additional events

Author Rebecca Traister

Wednesday March 14, 2018, 7-9 p.m. | Student Union Theatre

The UA Women's Studies Program welcomes New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Traister, who will speak Wednesday March 14, 2018. 

Traister is a writer at large for New York Magazine and the author of New York Times best-seller All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. Over the course of her extensive research, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results were massive social change--temperance, abolition, secondary education, and more. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced and told with Traister's signature wit and insight, her work is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman.

This event is free and open to the public. Book signing and reception to follow the talk.