Abla Hasan, Arpita Ghatak, Dave Gottschalk to present “Perspectives on Feminism” TH 7 pm Olin A

Gender Advocacy Place hosts its week of feminism with tonight’s “How to be a Feminist Activist” workshop and Thursday night’s panel on feminisms.

One of our speakers, Arabic language professor Abla Hasan, was interviewed in the Lincoln Journal Star for her reaction to Governor Ricketts’ position on Syrian refugees. Other speakers hail from as close as Omaha and as far as Bengal, India. Thursday promises a fascinating conversation.

Syrian voices in Lincoln

#NWU GAP in action: filming #It’sOnUs to raise awareness of sexual assault

The Gender Advocacy Place has been busy. Today they held a highly successful bake sale to draw attention to the wage gap. Cupcakes cost $1 for men and .78 for women (free of charge to those outside the gender binary).

This afternoon friends of GAP filmed segments stating why “It’s On Us” to stop sexual assault. TJ said,”It’s On Us to help a victim report sexual assault if he or she wants to.”

A Major Event: Why Major in Gender Studies? Come find out Wed., Oct. 14, 7:30 #nwugenderstudies

Is sexuality about romantic love—or is it biology?

How does a boy become a man? What does it mean to be a woman? How many possibilities are there?

Where do our ideas about gender come from, anyway?

Why study gender?

  • Explore some of today’s most culturally relevant scholarship
  • Reflect on connections between your experience and theory
  • Take classes in music, religion, film, and psychology
  • Develop critical thinking, writing and research skills
  • Get professional practice in a local organization
  • Go out into the community and be a change agent

Internship opportunities may include:

  • Empowering young women through YWCA
  • Teaching yoga to girls at Lancaster County Youth Services Center
  • Creating programming at NWU’s Gender Advocacy Place
  • Teaching English to Middle Eastern refugees at Middle East/North Africa Hope

Questions? Contact the Program Director, Gerise Herndon, cgh@nebrwesleyan.edu

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One of the primary lenses through which humans see and experience the world, gender is a central organizing principle in many cultures.  Gender plays a part in everything from our most individual health concerns to the broadest international political debates. While most prominent voices in medicine, music, economics, art, history, psychology, literature, and sociology have been men’s until about a century ago, women’s voices and experiences have emerged to reshape the story of humanity. Gender studies helps us understand how and why US women’s roles have changed dramatically over the past 50 years while expectations of masculinity have remained mostly the same.  The field can also inform us about how other countries have surpassed the US when it comes to certain measures of health and human rights, and NWU students can see intersections with other students. Men have a gender, too, and men also experience oppression. Gender Studies serves to educate all students: female, male, lesbian, gay, trans, or wherever students might find themselves on the continuum. We can all benefit from examining our assumptions about sexualities, gender roles and expectations. Gender studies attends to differences  besides gender: love, sexual orientation, age, ethnic heritage, ability, class, and nationality among them. By paying attention to many layers of identity and power, gender studies complicates explanations that rely on a single story.

Music & Gender Studies prof witness to history-making Supreme Court announcement

You read it here first. Now the Lincoln Journal-Star picked up the story from Associated Press photo of Dr. Spilker outside the Supreme Court when the marriage equality decision was announced. The Gender Studies blog shared the news last week, and we’re glad it now has a wider audience.

Nebraskans witness history

Congratulations Sandra Mathews on the Faculty Scholar Award

Professor of History, instructor of Gender Studies class Women of the American West, Sandra Mathews was recently honored with the Faculty Scholar award. Prof. Mathews was recognized for her prolific and collaborative research with students and faculty, specifically her award-winning text Women on the North American Plains to which Sandra McBride also contributed.


Filling the GAP: Consent and bystander training NWU 7 pm Callen

Thursday, April 30th at 7 pm in Callen the Gender Advocacy Place will be hosting speaker and educator Josh Jasper. The focus of this presentation will be two topics extremely important to people who live and work around college campuses: consent and bystander intervention training. This information and training is vital for creating a safer and more informed campus environment. Sexual assault is a devastating reality for many women and men on college campuses and this training hopes to give people the tools they need to begin to change this.