Current events

‘Rethinking Gender’ Series

Fall 2017 through 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 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 316 of the Student Union on our campus (see on map). 

Wednesday Sept. 13, 2017, noon-1 p.m.
Isa Rodríguez-Soto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UA
“Perceptions and Prevention of Zika Virus in Puerto Rico”  

Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017, noon-1 p.m.
Lyz Bly, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Cleveland State University; Creative-Destroyer at Destruction Homestead
"Feminism 2017: What I Learned at an Outdoor Market in a (mostly) Muslim Neighborhood in Paris."

Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017, noon- 1 p.m.
Valentino L. Zullo, Ph.D. student, Department of English, Kent State University, Maternal Depression Therapist at Ohio Guidestone
“She’s Got to Be Strong, She’s Got to Be Fast, and She’s Got to Be a Man: The Problem of Female Identification in Superhero Comics”

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

Women's Studies Open House

Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017, 3-5 p.m. | Student Union room 312

Learn about the University of Akron Women's Studies Program! Mingle with fellow feminist students! Meet the faculty! Hear about upcoming classes! Free pizza and cookies!

Auditions for the 2018 UA Vagina Monologues

Wednesday Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 9, 5-7 p.m. | Daum Theatre, Kolbe Hall

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to audition for the 2018 UA production of The Vagina Monologues. No experience necessary.

The Vagina Monologues will be held Saturday Feb. 3, 2018, 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

Author Rebecca Traister


Thursday March 15, 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 Thursday March 15, 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.