Past Events

Spring 2017

Women's Month 2017:

Tuesday, March 21

Speakers: Bernadette Ludwig of CUNY and Selcuk Sirin of NYU will be speaking on Liberian and Syrian refugees. 

5:30 p.m., Cohen Lounge

Fall 2014 Events

Open House

Monday, October 6, 1:00-2:15 in Dickson Hall Cohen Lounge. For the Fall 2014 WMGS Open House we heard from Dr. Julie Farnum, Professor Anuj Vaidya, and Dr. Patricia Matthew, who teach for Women's and Gender Studies and the GLQS minor, about the direction of the program. We also heard from Viviana Bernal, the previous Program Assistant for WMGS, Nathan Rodriguez, the previous Outreach Coordinator for WMGS, and Jessica McCabe; all three are alumni of the Women's and Gender Studies program. They spoke about gaining skills for the workforce while in school, the importance of networking, and what it's like to work in the non-profit sector.

Rob Okun: Voice Male: Men in the Contemporary Feminist Movement

Monday, October 27, 1:00-2:15 in Dickson Hall Cohen Lounge. Rob Okun, pro-feminist and author of "Voice Male," spoke about the history of men as supporters of the Feminist Movement as well as the importance of continuing that support.

Watch the video here!

Foodstamps in Corporate Academia: The Scandalous State of Part-Time Faculty, Staff, and Working Students

Thursday, November 6, 5:30-8:00 in Dickson Hall Cohen Lounge. The Women's and Gender Studies program has always been involved in, and encouraging students to be involved in, activism both inside and outside the academic setting. At this event, we heard from Dr. Grover Furr, Robert Noonan, several adjuncts professors, and students from New Jersey United Students as they spoke on the issues faced particularly by adjuncts, as well as the learning environment of students who face an increasingly inaccessible and unaffordable education. At the end of the event, the representatives of NJUS, including the Executive Director, Vice President, and Campus Affairs Chair, presented plans of action for grassroots action on these issues, and the audience participated heavily in identifying goals that such a campaign should focus on.

End of Semester Chai House!

Wednesday November 19, 1:30-3:30 in the New Student Lounge in Dickson Hall. Come and meet other students and faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies program while enjoying food!

Spring 2014 Events

Trans-Feminisms: New Challenges, New Frontiers, Speaker Panel

Tuesday 25th5:30-8:00 Cohen Lounge. Join us for a speaker panel with Barbra “Babs” Siperstein, first transgender member of the Democratic National Convention; Professor Abena Busia, Director of Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University who is a widely-published poet and scholar of Ghanaian background and who works on feminist coalition-building between African diasporic and African-American communities in her writing and teaching, and Selly Thiam, a journalist trained at Carnegie Mellon and CUNY, who has served as independent reporter for National Public Radio and the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History, producing stories on international issues and immigrant communities. She is currently directing an ongoing four-year project documenting the plight of gay and lesbian Africans for an oral history archive called “None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa.”  

Watch the videos here!

Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Islam: A Dicsussion with a Pulitzer Prizewinning Playwright

Tuesday April 8th5:30-8:00 in Dinallo Multi-purpose room. Join us in welcoming Mr. Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer prizewinning playwright, for a conversation about Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Islam  in  post 9/11 USA discussing his novel American Dervish as well as his prizewinning play, Disgraced.

Watch the videos here!


End of Semester Party!

Come celebrate the end of the semester with the Women's and Gender Studies Program on Tuesday, April 29th! There will be food and music! Location: Dickson Hall Cohen Lounge

Fall 2013 Events

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Please join us on this day as we hear from four fantastic speakers (including three WMGS alumni) about their scholastic and professional goals and interests. Among our speakers will be:

Krystal Arango, a Montclair State University alumnus who double majored in Biology and Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently working toward a Master's in Women's and Gender Studies, and wants to go to medical school.

Maria Roumiantseva, also a Montclair State University alumnus who double majored in Women's and Gender Studies and English. Currently, she is in her 3rd year of law school, and hopes to work with LGBT homeless youth.

Whitney Shields, our third alumnus. During her time here, she was a Theater major, and a Women's and Gender Studies minor. She just returned fromTogo, Africa, working with the Peace Corps for women empowerment conferences.

Lucia Doyle is a current Women's and Gender Studies major here at Montclair State University, and she will be speaking about the major, as well as her activism on campus.

Changing the World through Gender Empowerment: The WMGS Annual Open House

Tuesday Oct. 15th 11:30-1:30pm Cohen Lounge

This year we will have a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Afzal-Khan and Dr. Abreu, featuring faculty, staff, and alumni of MSU as well as representatives of different organizations in New Jersey working on issues of gender and sexuality. Several organizations (such as Shelter Our Sisters, Wafa House, Masakhane Center) will be on hand to provide career guidance to present and potential WMGS and GLBTQ majors and minors.

Hurt, The Shadow: The Josephine Hopper Poems

Thursday Oct. 24th 11:30-12:45pm Cohen Lounge

Join us for an exciting lecture by Prof. Emeritus Dr. Carole Stone on the life and art of Josephine Hopper, wife of acclaimed American painter Edward Hopper. Professor Emeritus Dr. Carol Stone will do a feminist reclamation of her life and work, accompanied by slides of her paintings.

Working with Sharks: One Woman’s Fight to Pass Sexual Harassment Laws in Pakistan

Dr. Fouzia Saeed

Wednesday, October 29th

6:00-7:30pm Cohen Lounge; followed by book signing

L is for Lion

Tuesday Nov 5th 11:30-12:45pm, UN Courtyard Lounge

Acclaimed Italian American performance artist Annie Lanzillotto will do a performative reading from her new memoir about growing up butch in the Bronx. Book signing to follow.

Spring 2013 Events

From The Melody Queen to the Muslim Madonna: Pakistani Female Singers from 1947 to the Present

A 15 minute preview of Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan's documentary film funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Watch it on the WMGS youtube channel: Melody Queen to Muslim Madonna


International Women's Day: Performing FeMENisms on the Global Stage

Radhika Vaz performs Unladylike!

“Unladylike: The pitfalls of propriety” is a one-woman comedy show that debuted in New York City to sold-out audiences.  The show is the love child of a dirty affair between stand-up and sketch comedy and explores the universal truths of modern womanhood which means that the words ‘I hate giving blow jobs’, and ‘I nag because I am good at it’, and ‘It is impossible for me to look sexy and have an orgasm at the same time’ are all part of the script.


Jihad Against Violence,written by Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Bina Sharif, is a poetic memory-play, meant to jolt us out of our complacency with violence in different aspects of our lives. The play weaves together the memories and desires of a Pakistani past and multicultural present in post- 911 USA. It speaks to issues of Muslim womanhood in a patriarchal capitalist world, relating concerns of  women (and men) in the "turd" world  to the "first" in this, our neo-imperial moment which knows no past nor present, only an unending continuum: shall we cry, or shall we laugh? Maybe both---and maybe, just maybe, to dare to have the audacity to hope for change; we can’t go on, we must go on!


From Drag to Vamp: A History of Feminine Masculinities in Indian Cinema

March 21, 2013 5:30-7:00 PM Dickson Hall 271

Anuj Vaidya (artist-in-residence at MSU) maps the arc of drag in Indian cinema. In this lecture, Vaidya mines the Bollywood screen to discover a continuum of gender possibilities and the political/cultural discourses they elaborate.

All are welcome!


Performing New Possibilites/ Newsest Femenisms on our Global Stage

March 25 5:30-8:00 Cohen Lounge

Political theorists and activist Zillah Eisenstein will discuss the newest complex changes across the globe that highlight women's struggles and activism across racial, sexual, national, and class lines but with new allegiances and complexities. Come and Enjoy!!


VGL 5'4" Top

April 3 5:30-7:30 Dickson 179

Lucas Brooks is a writer, performer, and sex educator living in Brooklyn. In his first one man show, Brooks will present VGL 5’4” Top a solo performance about online dating and its place in gay male culture. Come enjoy the show!

Fall 2012 Events

Trans Formations

Please join us in the Courtyard Lounge in University Hall on this day to hear fantastic speakers from the Trans Community and allies talk about their experiences. There will be free refreshments and informational packets to take with you.


Race, Gender, and the Elections

Christina López is the author of Estamos en la Lucha: Immigrant Women Light the Fires of Resistance, co-founder of Sisters Organize for Survival, and Seattle Radical Women leader. An outspoken advocate for whose most effected by social service and education cutbacks, she is the vice presidential candidate on the Freedom Socialist Party 2012 Presidential Campaign ticket.


End of Semester Holiday Party!

When: Thursday December 13

Time: 4:00-5:30

Where: University Hall Courtyard Lounge

Enjoy snacks, refreshments, and holiday fun!
Red and Green clothes, and Silly Hats are encouraged!!