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Women’s Week takes place every year during the last part of March, which is National Women’s History Month.

Every year, the dynamic week is filled with lectures, discussions, film, music, and art that celebrates the achievements and experiences of women and explore contemporary social, political, and health issues.

INFORMATION TABLE WITH WOMEN’S and GENDER STUDIES

  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Student Center Tally

Free buttons, posters, stickers, and pens!  Plus, have any and all of your questions answered about the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

WGS AFFILIATE RESEARCH PANEL

  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • Cardinal Hall A

Panelists: Jennifer Erickson, Molly Ferguson, Rachel Kraus, Ellen Thorington, and Kiesha Warren-Gorden

"BELLES, BYGONES, and BENEFICENCE:  THE AMAZING WOMEN in the HISTORY of MUNCIE and DELAWARE COUNTY, INDIANA."

  • 5 p.m - 6 p.m. 
  • Student Center Music Lounge

Presentation with Melissa Gentry.  Ball State University Libraries, Minnetrista Cultural Center, and the Delaware County Historical Society have been researching the women in the history of Delaware County in order to compile a list of some of these incredible women forgotten by the history books. This program will feature stories of some of the amazing trailblazers, leaders, heroes, villains, champions, innovators, outlaws, rebels, sisters, and mothers of Ball State University, Muncie, and Delaware County. Learn about nationally acclaimed artists and musicians, a pioneering female physician accused of attempted murder, a popular Burlesque dancer from the 1950’s, an aviator who became a national sensation before Amelia Earhart, and a brave teenager who was a champion of civil rights.

INTERSECTIONALITY and INCLUSIVITY:  A TALK WITH AUTHOR and ACTIVIST, JULIA SERANO

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Teacher's College Room 121

Sponsored by The Multicultural Center, Housing and Residence Life, Disability Services, and Women’s & Gender Studies

INFORMATION TABLE WITH WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES

  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • The Atrium, Art and Journalism Building

Free buttons, posters, stickers, and pens! Plus, have any and all of your questions answered about the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. 

THE BENEFICENCE of the BALL WOMEN, PANEL AND RECEPTION - HONORING OUR PROUD PAST

  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Cardinal Hall

Sponsored by the Office of the President.

"ANGELA DAVIS and the POWER of PROTEST:  EXPLORING the DYNAMICS of RESISTANCE and AGENCY in INTERVIEWS and AUTOBIOGRAPHY"

  • With speaker Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Letterman Building room 125

Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones is presently Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is also a former director and a former assistant director of the African and African American Studies program at Wright State University.  She  earned a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a master’s degree from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She is editor of Conversations with Angela Davis (under contract with University Press of Mississippi).  In addition, she is currently engaged in a book project ( Resisting Injustice: Contemporary Views on Angela Davis), which she has envisioned as a collection of  essays from a variety of scholars that she will contribute to and edit. In October 2018, she engaged in archival research on Angela Davis as the recipient of a Rose Library fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Sharon L. Jones  is also the author of Rereading the Harlem Renaissance: Race, Class, and Gender in the Fiction of Jessie Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, and Dorothy West  (Greenwood Press, 2002) and Critical Companion to Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work ( Facts on File, Inc. 2009). She is co-editor of The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Literature  (Prentice Hall, 2000) with Dr. Rochelle Smith. She is editor of Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston (Salem Press, 2013).

Sponsored by African-American Studies and the Department of English.

ELEMENTAL SEXUAL ASSAULT / BYSTANDER AWARENESS DEMONSTRATION

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Forum Room

Elemental is a sexual assault protection program that addresses things like consent, party culture, and party safety while also offering students physical and verbal self-defense training. And research shows the program reduces assault risk for students by 66%! Come participate in a hands-on, interactive demo of Elemental and bring a friend – everyone is welcome regardless of gender or sexual orientation!

 

WGS INFORMATIONAL TABLE

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • The Atrium, Art and Journalism Building

Free buttons, posters, stickers, and pens! Plus, have any and all of your questions answered about the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

INDIANA WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT PANEL

  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Cardinal Hall A

Sponsored by the Office of the President.

WGS 499 CAPSTONE POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Cardinal Hall C

Join the Women’s and Gender Studies Capstone Students as they present posters displaying how feminism can be incorporated into everyday careers and industries.

ANNUAL WOMEN OF SONG CONCERT

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Sursa Hall

In celebration of Women's History Month, this concert features female vocal soloists and choral ensembles including the Ball State Women's Chorus

Presented by the School of Music.  

WGS INFORMATIONAL TABLE

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Tally

Free buttons, posters, stickers, and pens! Plus, have any and all of your questions answered about the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

THE MAN I AM:  A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION on WHAT IT MEANS to BE A MAN

  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Student Center Cardinal Hall A
  • Presented by Residence Hall Director Robbie Williford

The Man I Am” presentation is an opportunity to engage in a conversation about masculinity, what it means, and how men are taught to live in the world. Together, we will explore various facets of masculinity and talk about societal expectations, ways of knowing, and how what things we might look for in breaking toxic masculinity in our communities. This presentation is open to all gender identities and expressions.

SLAM THE PATRIARCHY OPEN MIC 

  • 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Cardinal Hall A

Sponsored by Reacting Out Loud

BURSTING:  STORIES INSPIRED BY WOMEN IN THE MUNCIE COMMUNITY

  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Student Center Music Lounge

Photo gallery presented by Grace Hollars.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

  • 8:30 p.m.
  • Ball Gymnasium

The Vagina Monologues is a collection of stories about real women written by Eve Ensler. We put this event on in an effort to appreciate the female experience while working to build connection, empathy, and empowerment for all. This year’s production is directed by Rachel Bonarek in corroboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Tickets will be sold online and at the door.  Ticketing information can be found at facebook.com/bsuwgs.  All proceeds will be going to the YWCA of Central Indiana.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

  • 8:30 p.m.

  • Ball Gymnasium

The Vagina Monologues is a collection of stories about real women written by Eve Ensler. We put this event on in an effort to appreciate the female experience while working to build connection, empathy, and empowerment for all. This year’s production is directed by Rachel Bonarek in corroboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Tickets will be sold online and at the door.  Ticketing information can be found at facebook.com/bsuwgs.  All proceeds will be going to the YWCA of Central Indiana.