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2013-14 WGS Public Events

Open to all – bring your lunch and learn with us!

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

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Gloria Kaufman Memorial Lecture

The 2013 Kaufman lecture will be given by S. Bear Bergman, internationally acclaimed speaker on trans and GLBT issues. Among his many publications is the ground-breaking book (with Kate Bornstein), Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010), which has won many awards. Learn more about S. Bear Begrman at

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.

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Event Archive

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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