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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies


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Spring 2024

March 13-23
Women's Well-Being Initiative Exhibition
Mike Brown Contemporary
1221 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201
March 14: Exhibit Reception
March 23: Public Panel

"How Can Arts Foster Community Healing, Solidarity, and Social Change?"
Registration required.

March 20
Guest Lecture with Dr. Monica McLemore
"Stating the Obvious: Lessons from Epic Failures"
 Registration required.

April 4
7th Annual Dr. Mary Baskin Waters Lecture with Dr. Vanessa Gamble
“Practicing Health Equity: The History of Early African American Women Physicians”
Registration required.

April 11
Poetry Slam 
Finney Center 

April 12
WGST Award Ceremony

May 19-23
South Carolina Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Summer Institute
Registration required. 

Annual Lectures


Previous Events

  • September 8-9, 2023: WGST at 50: From the Past Into the Future Event Flyer [pdf]
  • September 27, 2023: Transwomanhood's History with Dr. Jules Gill-Peterson Event flyer [pdf]
  • October 9, 2023: Adrenée Glover Freeman lecture with Dr. Daphne A. Brooks Event flyer [pdf]
  • November 8, 2023: Cancer Alley and Eco-activism with Dr. Rosalind Hinton Event flyer [pdf]
  • January 18,2023: Post-Roe in the US: Lessons Learned Globally to Inform Local Action with Dr. Deborah Billings Event Flyer [pdf]
  • January 18-22, 2023: Girls Speak - Women's Well-Being Initiative Exhibition Event Flyer [pdf]
  • January 30, 2023 “Getting Zucked:” Examining Digital Violence and Injustice Online and IRL with Dr. Kishonna Gray. Part of the Violence (In)Justice Press Play Lecture Series.
  • February 6, 2023 Teaching Social Justice Seminar Event flyer 
  • March 23rd: Troubling the Public During Troubling Times with Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom Event Flyer [pdf]
  • March 24th: Stigma, Sensitivity, and Surveys: Measuring Abortion Post-Dobbs with Dr. Laura Lindberg Event Flyer [pdf]
  • Violence (In)Justice Lecture Series
  • August 25-September 29, 2022: Socially Engaged Ceramics (learn more on the SVAD website)
  • October 6, 2022: Travelling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance with Mia Bay Event Flyer [pdf]
  • October 6-27, 2022: Feminist Horror Film Series: Family Trouble: Parenthood, Gender, and the Monstrous-Feminine (learn more on the Honors College website)
  • October 12-26, 2022: Fall Literary Festival (learn more on the University Library website)
  • October 17, 2022: Adrenée Glover Freeman lecture with Dr. Aisha Durham Event Flyer [pdf]
  • February 10-13, 2022: The 2022 Comparative Literature Conference: Truth in the Late Foucault (learn more on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures website)
  • February 11, 2022 at 2PM: Writing workshop with Briallen Hopper Event Flyer [pdf]
  • February 12, 2022 at 4:30PM: Odd Birds Books reading with Briallen Hopper – Easy to Love: An alternative Valentine’s Day event celebrating friendship, queerness, spinsterhood, and family Event Flyer [pdf]
  • March 2, 2022 at 4:30PM: Programs of Life with Dr. Patrick R. Grzanka Event Flyer [pdf]
  • March 31, 2022 at 6PM: Dr. Mary Baskin Waters Lecture with Dr. Ruha Benjamin Event flyer [pdf]
  • April 4, 2022 at 4:30PM: Kashmir: The Personal is Political Event flyer [pdf]
  • Climates Theme Semester Violence (In)justice Lecture Series: Transgressed: Intimate Partner Violence in Transgender Lives Event Information
  • University Libraries' Fall Literary Festival event with Jacqueline Woodson, children's author Event Information
  • Climates Theme Semester Violence (In)justice Lecture Series: Intersectionality and Youth Violence Event Information
  • Climates Theme Semester Violence (In)justice Lecture Series: Racialized State Violence and the Paradox of Mothers’ (In)visibility Event Information
  • Religion, Sexuality and Freedom: a Talk with Dr. Emily Kazyak and Dr. Kelsy Burke  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • A Talk with Irish Poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin Event Flyer [pdf]
  • TC Tolbert, editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • Claudia Smith Brinson discusses Stories of Struggle: The Clash over Civil Rights in South Carolina  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • Matias Viegener joins Dr. Ed Madden's "Queer Times, Queer Lives" Event Flyer [pdf]
  • Joseph Valente and Margot Gayle Backus discuss their work The Child Sex Scandal and Modern Irish Literature  Event Flyer [pdf]
  •  WGST 298 welcomes Cooper Lee Bombardier to discuss Pass with Care  Event Flyer [pdf]
  • 27th Annual Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture with Sandra Rattley #UNLADYLIKE 2020
  • CAS Justice Theme Semester guest speaker Lewis Raven Wallace
  • The Challenges and Rewards of Social Justice Guided Teaching and Research and Activism with Dr. Lynn Weber
  • Rethinking Recognition: Overcoming Displacement and Reification in Cultural Politics with Georgia Warnke
  • Southern Truth Award Lecture with Dorothy Allison, part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
  • 26th Annual Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture with Valerie Smith
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