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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Women's History Month 2017

Michiana Monologues

WGS Public Forum

Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture

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Schedule of Events

2017-2018 Women’s and Gender Studies Public Forum Events;
Open to all – bring your lunch and learn with us!

Talks are noon- 1 pm in Wiekamp 2260

Open to students, staff, faculty, and campus friends.  Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy while you learn!

October 7: Jason Wilkinson, Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center: “A Dream in Progress: How You Can Help Make the Dream Happen”

November 3: “Gender Issues in Health Care.”  

Teresa M. Dobrzykowski, RN, PhD, AGNP-BC; Assistant Dean, Associate Professor & Director Graduate Nursing Program

Jennifer Deranek, PhD, ATC; Clinical Assistant Professor; School of Applied Health Sciences

Carmen Dielman, DHSc, LDH; Senior Clinical Lecturer; Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science

December 1, “What do you do with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies?”  A panel of our graduates speak about their career and graduate school experiences post-graduating with a BA in WGS.  

February 2, Dé Bryant, Professor of Psychology: “What Does an Old, Black Woman Look Like? The New Revolutionary.”

March 2 [in Wiekamp 1001], Linda Lyons and the South Bend Roller Girls: “Roller Derby as Empowerment.”

For questions or more information, contact Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, April Lidinsky:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

October 2017

More information coming soon

Women's History Month 

March 2018

More information coming soon 


Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture

Save the date!  March 22, 6:30 pm, Education and Arts 1011 – Annual Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture:  Dr. Judith Allen, IU Bloomington, speaks on Alfred Kinsey and his research on women’s sexuality.  Look for the traveling exhibit from the Kinsey Institute in the Schurz Library during March, Women’s History Month.  Join us to find out how sexy knowledge can be!​

Who was Gloria Kaufman?
Gloria Kaufman joined the English faculty of IU South Bend in the mid 1960s, at a time when the campus was expanding its reach into the community.  In addition to teaching Chaucer, Shakespeare, and other classics, Gloria developed the course B250, the first Women’s Studies course on the South Bend campus. Her course, a speakers’ series open to the public, brought a number of influential and controversial guest lecturers to campus. It expanded the minds and spirits of generations of IU South Bend students. One of  her students noted that she taught them to “use our power to create kindness.”

Gloria Kaufman created the Women’s Studies program at IU South Bend, which has grown now to include a major and minor. She established the first Women’s Resource Center on the campus and served as affirmative action officer. Besides numerous scholarly articles in her field, she edited two anthologies of feminist humor: “Pulling Our Own Strings: Feminist Humor and Satire,” 1980 (with Mary Kay Blakely) and “In Stitches: A Patchwork of Feminist Humor,” 1991. A filmmaker, she wrote and directed 14 documentaries, with titles such as “Women, Ritual, and Religion” and “The Politics of Feminist Humor.” Upon retiring from the university, she began to produce videopoems, short two to six minute films combining words, music, and images. Gloria Kaufman left a strong, vibrant Women’s Studies program when she retired from IU South Bend. The current members of the Women’s Studies Governing Board embrace the challenge of carrying on her legacy for present and future IU South Bend students.

Thanks to generous community donations to the Kaufman Fund, we began a Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture series in 2005. Below is a list of our speakers.

Felicity Nussbaum from the English Department at UCLA was the inaugural speaker in January 2005

Judy Norsigian of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves was our speaker in November 2005

Gail Bederman from the History Department at the University of Notre Dame was our speaker in March 2007

Janell Hobson from the  Women’s Studies Department at SUNY-Albany was our speaker in October 2008

Ellen Kossek from Michigan State University's Graduate School of Labor & Industrial Relations was our speaker in November 2009.

Kathleen Karlyn was our speaker in November 2010.

Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, was our speaker in November 2011.

Marge Piercy, poet and novelist, was our speaker in 2012.

S. Bear Bergman, author of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010), was our speaker in 2013.

Jacquelin Campbell, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, is a national expert on domestic violence prevention and danger assessment. She was our speaker in 2014.

Jessica Fields, San Francisco State University, spoke on her research on sexuality education in the U.S. in 2015

Emi Koyama gave a talk, entitled “Rescue is for kittens: state violence and the impact of anti-trafficking policies on queer and trans youth in the sex trade” in 2016

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Event Archive

2016/17 Past EVents:

Public Forum Talks:

Friday, October 7, noon-1pm (DW 2170): Mary Butiste-Jones and the Legal Advocacy Team from the Family Justice Center:  "How to Help Someone in an Abusive Relationship"
Friday, December 2, noon-1pm (DW 2170): Gail McGuire, Professor of Sociology: "Studying a Local Housing Cooperative: A Journey into Community-Based Research"
Friday, January 13, noon-1 pm (DW 2170): Andrea Meluch, Assistant Professor of Health Communication, Communication Studies Department: "Exploring Client Experiences at a Cancer Wellness Center: Gender Differences in Support Groups"

Friday, February 2, noon-1 pm (DW 2170): Elizabeth Bennion, Professor of Political Science: "Still Seeking New 'Firsts': The Under-Representation of Women in U.S. Politics"
Friday, March 3,  noon-1 (DW 2170): Andrea Rusnock, Associate Professor of Art History: "Red Hot Mamas: Women Who Changed Russian History and Culture"
Friday, April 7, noon-1 pm (DW 2170): Betsy Lucal, Professor of Sociology. and Alison Moss, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at University of Illinois: "Marriage 'Equality' One Year Out: Personal and Sociological Perspectives"

2015/2016 Past Events:

Public Forum Talks:

Friday, Sept. 25, noon-1pm (Wiekamp 2260) Monica Tetzlaff, Associate Professor, History.  “A Women’s Manifesto and a Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy: my experience as a research fellow at the University of Ghana.”

Friday, October 23, noon-1 pm (DW 2260):  Jake Mattox, Associate Professor and Chair of English Dept. “Empowering Students: Critical Pedagogy in the (IU South Bend) Classroom.”

Friday, January 22, noon-1pm (DW2260):  Elizabeth Bennion, Professor and Chair of Political Science Dept.  “Revolutionizing the Role of Student Organizations: Gender & Political Leadership”

Friday, February 19, noon-1 pm (DW 2264): Aynur Onur, Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, IU Bloomington Anthropology.  "Militarist Modernity and the Making of Secular Modern Women in Turkey."

Friday, March 11,  noon-1 (DW 2264):  Darryl Heller, Director of Student and Community Engagement and Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center.  "Civil Rights in the 21st Century: Why 'Black Lives Matter' Matters for Everyone"

Friday, April 29, noon-1 pm (DW 2264):  Jay Vander Veen, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology/Anthropology, and Sabrina Lute, Anthropology student, “Gender and the Gilded Age: Recovering Women’s Material Culture from Late 19th Century South Bend Residences.”

Women's History Month 2016:

March 4, 7 pm, Northside Performance Hall. Michiana Monologues: Circle of Women. Silent Auction, ASL for the Deaf, and opening act by The Ripple Effect.  Tickets $10, at the IUSB Box Office. 

March 23, Noon-1 pm in SAC 225: Alison Stankrauff speaks on “Woman on Wheels: Touring Vietnam by Bicycle” 

March 24, 5:30 pm. Screening of Suffragette in DW 1001. Discussion afterward. 

March 29, 6:30 pm, Civil Rights Heritage Center: Talk by MLS graduate Kathy Harsh Jonas on "Band of Sisters: Fighting for Employment Equality from the Assembly Line."

March 31, 7 pm. Screening of Trapped, a new and timely documentary about reproductive rights and access in EA 1011. Discussion afterward.

Additional events in 2015/16

September 11: A discussion with Andrea Pino and Annie Clark at 2 pm in Fireside A/B.
Feminist Organizing on Campus and in the Community.” Pino and Clark are the co-founders of End Rape on Campus and successful complainants against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Title IX violations. Their efforts are described in the recent film The Hunting Ground. The two will give a talk at Saint Mary’s College on Sept. 10 at 7 pm in Carroll Auditorium.

September 15: Sex Signals improv group will perform at 5:30 in the Northside Performance Hall. This lively production is part of our programming about ending sexual violence on campus.

September 23 at the Brick, (1145 Northside Blvd) – 7 pm. public screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a new documentary about the second wave of feminism in the U.S.  Details to come.

September 25: Hiding in Plain Sight: Intimate Partner Violence and Best Practices for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral. A one-day conference on IPV for behavioral health providers

September 23 and October 15: Discussions of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, with WGS associate faculty Charlotte Pfeifer.  The September 23 discussion is at 6 pm in the St. Joe Public Main library, and the October 15 discussion is at 6:30 at the River Park branch.

October 10, 10-11:30 am (to be confirmed) Wiekamp Hall Askable Adult Program focusing on LGBT Youth (with Planned Parenthood)

October 14 – Laura Zam Consent Workshop in Housing Great Room, 5:30-7:30 pm. Register with April Lidinsky by October 9:

October 15Laura Zam public lecture “I Believe in Me: A Guide to Resilience, Humor, and Getting What You Want in Life.” EA 1011 6:30

January 23Reflecting on Roe: The Impact and Legacy of Roe v. Wade 1-2:30 pm, DW 1001

Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Community Action Partners of Northwest Indiana, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky

This panel discussion will offer a range of perspectives on the legal, political, and local significance of the landmark 1973 Roe V. Wade decision.  Given the past and present, what should we look for as the Supreme Court prepares to hear its first abortion case in nearly a decade?  Come to learn and share in a productive conversation about this national and local issue.


Professor Jay Tidmarsh, University of Notre Dame Law School

Jason M. Critchlow, Chair, St. Joseph County Democratic Party

Charlotte Pfeifer, Associate Faculty of Social Work and Women’s and Gender Studies, IU South Bend

Cynthia Murphy, Recruitment and Retention Counselor, Office of Admissions, IU South Bend

This event is free and open to the public. For questions, contact April Lidinsky, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, IU South Bend: 574-520-4528

February 11 - What are you Hungry For?: An Evening of Theater, Education, and a Call to Action, 6:30, Wiekamp 1001.

February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month.  Join Marybeth Saunders, playwright/performer/advocate, and local mental health experts for an evening of theater, education, conversation, and a call to action. Sponsored by the IU South Bend Feminist Student Union and the IU South Bend Women's and Gender Studies Program

Moderator: April Lidinsky, Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at IU South Bend

February 21 - An Unofficial Tribute to Mortified* (and a fundraiser for the GLBT Resource Center of Michiana), 7 pm, at the GLBT Resource Center of Michiana

What is it?  Join us for 75 minutes of poignant hilarity as local folks read short excerpts from their adolescent artifacts (diaries, letters, poems, song lyrics, etc.) they are “mortified” to have written.  Join us as we honor our goofy and often confused past selves, and remember how much we have – or haven’t! – changed since then.  This is a fundraiser for the GLBT Resource Center of Michiana: $5 cover suggested.  Feel free to toss more in the jar!

Learn more about the Mortified* project and podcast (and Chicago performances) here:  They have generously allowed us to use their name as an “unofficial tribute” to their project because this is a fundraiser for the GLBT Resource Center. Please consider supporting their podcast as a thank you!​

Michiana Monologues 2016: Circle of Women

Opening act by The Ripple Effect and ASL interpretation at February 26 and March 4 events. Silent auction, March 4. All shows at 7 pm.

Michiana Monologues: Circle of Women performances:

February 25, Civil Rights Heritage Center

February 26, South Bend Civic Theatre

March 4, Performance l Hall, IU South Bend

All information at

2014/2015 Past Events:

Tuesday, October 7, 3:30-5:30 (223-225 SAC): "Bystander Intervention Programs" by Emmanuel Cannady

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 (223-225 SAC): "Be THAT Guy!: The Power of Men to Prevent Sexual Violence," by Emmanuel Cannady

Friday, October 3, noon-1pm (Wiekamp 1135) Dr. Betsy Lucal, Professor of Sociology and WGS Governing Board member -- "Getting Real about Private Troubles as Public Issues: Students, Teachers, and Higher Education in the 21st Century." 

2013/2014 Past Events:

Friday, Nov.1, noon-1pm (DW2260): Public Forum Brown Bag Presentation by Charlotte Pfeifer, WGS and BSW, IU South Bend -- Oh God, is She Going to Mention Being a Retired Baby Boomer Again? Teaching the Next Generation(s)

Monday, Nov.4, 6:30-8 pm, SAC 225: Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture by S. Bear Bergman, 5 Questions People Always Want to Ask the Transsexual (but shouldn’t) (but I’ll answer some of them anyway). Reception to follow.

Friday, Dec. 6, noon-1pm (DW2260): Public Forum Brown Bag Presentation by Sheena Ketchum, Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, Sociology/Anthropology Dept, IU South Bend -- What's Cooking? Fire and food of Neolithic Catalhoyuk.

Friday, Jan. 17, noon-1pm (DW2260): Public Forum Brown Bag Presentation by Jessica McCormack, Head of Voice Studies and Assistant Professor of Voice -- Pauline Viardot (1821-1910): An Early Example of Academic Excellence in the Arts

Friday, February 7, noon-1pm (DW2260): Public Forum Brown Bag Presentation by Katie Thompson, Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, Women’s and Gender Studies, IU South Bend. Notes from the Front Page of the Internet: Reddit Users and Difference.

Friday, April 4: IU-Wide Undergraduate Conference, hosted by IU South Bend

2010 Past Events:

April 16: Women’s Studies Public Forum Presentation at the Grille noon-1pm
Speaker: Dr. Gordana Eljdupovic, clinical and prison psychologist from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
"Behind Bars: A Woman-Centered Approach To Working With Incarcerated Mothers."
This public forum presentation is also the keynote presentation for the Undergraduate Research Conference

March 19: Goshen College Performance of Michiana Monologues 7:00 p.m. at Sauder Hall, Goshen College

March 11:  Film night “Iron Jawed Angels” 5:30 -7:30 pm in 1001 Wiekamp Hall. Free & open to the public. Refreshments available!

March 6:  Elkhart Performance of Michiana Monologues 7:00 P.M. at the Historic Roosevelt Center 215 E. Indiana Avenue, Elkhart

February 19: Women’s Studies Public Forum Presentation in 2170 DW noon-1pm
Speaker: Prof. Yuri Obata, Communication Arts at IU South Bend
“Gender issues in Japanese obscenity decisions: A case of Robert Mapplethorpe”

February 11: Special Inter-Department Brown-Bag Presentation 11:30 – 12:45 in SAC 225
Sponsored by Women’s Studies, Labor Studies, and the History Department
Speaker: Jane LaTour, labor historian and author of “Sisters in the Brotherhood”, a book of oral histories about women in non-traditional trades/occupations

2009 Past Events:

Dec. 11: Women’s Studies Public Forum in  2170 DW, noon –1pm
“Constance de Salm (1767-1848):
An Enlightened Girl and her Beloved City”
Lesley Walker, World Language Studies

Nov. 13: Women’s Studies Public Forum in 2170 DW,  noon – 1pm
“Lost in Space: Fictions of Women in Suburbia”
Kelcey Parker, English Department

Wed Nov. 18: Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture DW 1001 7:30 pm
Ellen Ernst Kossek, Michigan State University, speaking on
“Managing Flexstyles:
Women, Work, and Family in a Flexible Job Age”
Prof. Kossek is Distinguished Professor of HRM and Organizational Behavior at Michigan State University's Graduate School of Labor & Industrial Relations and a national expert on life-family balance.
A reception will follow Professor Kossek’s presentation

Oct. 23: Women’s Studies Public Forum in 225 SAC, noon – 1pm 
“Low Blows & Hard Knocks in St. Louis:
Helping Women Survive Poverty & Domestic Violence”
Meg Schnabel from ROW-St. Louis (Redevelopment Opportunities for Women)
Click here for Meg Schnabel's (MSW) Public Forum Presentation

Apr. 10: Andrea Rusnock – Art History, “Women on the Collective Farm: Feminizing the Countryside”

Feb. 20: Christina Gerken -Women’s Studies, “The Feminist Revolution in American Cultural Studies”

Jan. 23: Linda Chen - Political Science, “Revolutionary Women in Latin America”

Women's History Month 2009 Events
March is Women’s History Month! Each year, our program celebrates with public events. 2009 events include:

March 4 “Local Women Speak”  - a panel of local women civil rights activists and community organizers talk about their experiences. Moderated by Dr. Monica Tetzlaff of the History Department and the Civil Rights Heritage Center

March 11 WOST pizza party

March 25 “Running In High Heels” film screening and discussion with local women who have run for political office. Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Bennion of the Political Science Department and the American Democracy Project

All Month: Women’s History Exhibit, first floor of Schurz library

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