G.A.P. Continues to Inspire

G.A.P. Continues to Inspire

Hannah Bell, my friend and role model, is a volunteer at the Gender Advocacy Place. She says, “A healthy relationship is one that doesn’t ask you to change who you are or compromise what you believe.” I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for all of your dedication to making NWU a safe and inclusive campus!

Stock photos finally get a grip


Through an exciting new partnership between Getty Images and  the awesome organization Lean In, 2,500 new stock photos will be produced that ignore stereotypical gender roles. When you search stock photos for bosses you get men. When you search moms you get angry mothers with crying babies or women struggling to multitask. When you search women at work you get outdated photos of women carrying briefcases. Getty and Lean In have provided new photos that show modern and diverse women carrying out all types of roles. These women are not all thin white models. These women much better represent the women of today. See more of the pictures here

NWU Spring 2014 Gender Studies Classes

Communication and Gender: Rachel Pokora- This course offers an exploration of theories of the creation and perpetuation of gender and gender roles through communication. In turn, students will consider the question of the impact of gender on communication. Students will examine gender in a variety of contexts including families schools, and media.

Intro Women’s Studies: Brad Tice- This course serves as an introduction to feminist theory and the study of women’s experience from biological, social, political, psychological, and historical perspectives. The students will consider images of women in various media compared to the realities of women’s lives. Special attention will be given to the differences in women’s and men’s lives due to race, class, and ethnicity. Field work addresses the problems women confront in U.S. society such as rape, incest, abuse, poverty, and discrimination.

Masterpieces Coming of Age: Daniel Lewis- An introductory course designed to help students appreciate the literary record of human relationships with nature, the supernatural, and each other. Each course examines a particular question or condition as it is represented in a restricted number of literary works, with core readings from the Bible, Greek or Roman classical literature, Shakespeare, literature by women, and literature by writers of color.  Coming of Age- Becoming Women, Becoming Men: This course looks at texts that represent the forces and processes that are part of maturation, especially those related to gender identity. This course focuses on gender issues and includes feminist perspectives. 

Women and Religion: Rita Lester – This course will examine the roles of women in religious traditions. Students will encounter scholarship on gender, religion, and feminist theology in different traditions. The primary focus of this course will be on the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, although other traditions and contemporary religious movements may be considered.

Music and Gender: John Spilker- “From Hildegard von Bingen to Nicki Minaj, this course examines the ways in which social constructions of gender have shaped the interpretation, reception, and historical narratives of popular, classical, and traditional music styles. Through historiography and musical analysis, we will discuss systems of domination and subordination along with stereotyped and biased assumptions about women and men pertinent to the music of specific cultures and time periods.”

Family Violence: Lisa Borchardt – This course will expose students to the various types of violence experienced by individuals and families across their lifespan. An introduction to various theories used in working with survivors of abuse will be presented and students will learn about bruises and fractures associated with child abuse. The influence of societal “isms”, culture, gender, and sexual orientation related to violence will be incorporated into the material being discussed. 

Let the games begin!

The 2014 Sochi Olympics are upon us. As I have shared in previous posts, sports aren’t my thing, but when it comes to the Olympics I can’t help but get enthralled. But as you watch this year, I urge to keep an eye on what is happening in Russia. The anti-LGBT laws that exist in Russia were not something I knew much about until my time in Washington D.C. when I went to the US Capitol to hear 4 Russian LGBT activists speak of the extreme abuses occurring under the oppressive President Putin. Under these laws banning gay “propaganda,” Russian LGBT activists have been arrested, abused, and beaten during civil protests. NBC’s Bob Costas says that NBC will not ignore these issues and will carefully cover all events to ensure the safety of LGBT Olympic competitors. With the world watching, I am happy to hear that the international competitors will likely be safe…but what about the Russian LGBT individuals? 

So how about that Super Bowl game?




I am really not the one to be discussing Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl game, as I have never given much attention to the football world. But over the last few years I have grown increasingly interested in the Super Bowl. This is because the Super Bowl is one of the largest events of human trafficking in the U.S., some sources even saying one of the largest in the world. According to national news sources, there were an estimated 10,000 women and girls trafficking to the 2010 Super Bowl game in Miami. Although The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said this stat is only a guess because human trafficking, both sex and labor trafficking, is very difficult to put a number to. What we do know is that 1 in 7 runaways in the US are likely victims of sex trafficking. It scares me that this event in the US, so surrounded my misguided ideals of masculinity for so long, has allowed many individuals to become numb to the abuses occurring to the women, girls, and boys being trafficked. I was more impressed by the numbers of stories going around this year that explained the realities of human trafficking in the US and at the Super Bowl. I hope there are more stories to come to what was done at the event to prevent this crime from occurring. 


1 Billion Rising for Justice: Feb 11 at 4pm

1 Billion Rising for Justice: Feb 11 at 4pm

One Billion Rising for Justice 2014 continues their global campaign to raise up for women survivors of violence. On February 11 from 4 – 5:30 PM there will be a panel discussion titled, “What does justice look like in the context of violence against women?” in Callen Conference Center. Other events in Lincoln include poetry readings at Mo Java Cafe, Meadow Lark Coffee, and Gratitude Cafe and Bakery. 


Women’s & Gender Studies “No Limits” Student Conference proposals due Feb 7

Women’s & Gender Studies Student Conference: “No Limits 2014”

University of Nebraska, Kearney
Friday, March 7, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shireen Roshanravan (Kansas State University) will speak on “Intersectionality, Integrity and Coalitional Becomings” 

No Limits:
•    Is a Student Research Conference dedicated to crossing boundaries between disciplines and exploring a wide range of women’s and gender issues.
•    Is open to undergraduate, graduate and recent graduate students throughout the region.
•    All student projects related to women and/or gender issues are welcome.

Call For Papers Information: 
Students interested in presenting their work at the conference should submit the following information by email to Dr. Linda Van Ingen  (type “No Limits” in the subject line): 
•    Project Information:  title and abstract of approximately 250 words describing your project and its larger significance.
•    Indicate if it is a paper presentation (20 minutes) or a poster presentation (48×36 inches)
•    Your contact info: name, university affiliation, mailing address, email, phone.
•    Your faculty mentor for this project.
•    Biographical statement (about 50-75 words): your major/minor, hometown, academic and career goals, a fun fact. 
•    Send this information as an attachment AND in the body of your email.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 7, 2014
Free and open to the public

Contact: Dr.  Linda Van Ingen at 308-865-8772