Calendar & Events
Winter Semester 2020
Every other Thursday at noon – our GWS Colloquium ( https://womensstudies.byu.edu/colloquium)
- February 20 at 11 a.m. – Ancient Near East Studies lecture by Amy-Jill Levine, chaired professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University
- February 20 at 3 p.m. – Afternoon reception (students only) with Amy-Jill Levine in 238 HRCB
- March 13-14 – Women’s Voices of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a symposium featuring the one-woman show Je Christine
- March 18, 4pm – Women’s Suffrage: Dr. Lisa Tetrault, author of The Myth of Seneca Falls (U of NC Press, 2014), will visit us from the Carnegie Mellon University, where she teaches history. Her current book project, A Celebrated But Misunderstood Amendment, is a genealogy of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave only some women the right to vote 100 years ago. She will speak on March 18 at 4 p.m. in the Alice Louis Reynolds Auditorium (1060 HBLL).
The Women’s Studies program sponsors a wide variety of guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, conferences, and networking events.
The Global Women's Studies Colloquium is a forum for discussion, intellectual development, and scholarly collaboration among students, faculty, and others interested in participating in a community of Women's Studies scholars. Colloquium lectures present research findings on topics relating to women's lives and experiences throughout history, across the world, and within ethnic, educational, and economic segments of society. Students can earn 1 credit hour each fall and winter semester by enrolling in GWS 392R. All members of the university community are welcome to attend.
See the current colloquium line up here.
The vision for this now annual event will be to facilitate a place for scholars and students from universities all over the country to share and discuss their work in Global Women's Studies. Undergraduates, graduates, and professors: all are invited to attend and share their papers.
This upcoming 2019 conference theme is "Women, the Vote, and Political Participation". Student interns are integral in the planning and putting on of the conference. The faculty head over the Global Women's Studies Conference is Connie Lamb, Women's Studies Librarian and Global Women's Studies Executive Committee Member.
March 2012 was BYU Women's Studies first formal campus-wide celebration of Women's History Month. This celebration aims to create interest and widen the knowledge of women's history among BYU students, faculty, and the community. Students are involved in the planning and putting on of Women's History Month. The faculty head of Women's History Month in 2019 is Dr. Rebecca DeSchweinitz, Associate Professor of History and Global Women's Studies Executive Committee member.
Past Women's History Month Events/Celebrations:
- Great Women in LDS History Lecture Series
- History Behaved: Storytelling Project
- Women's Studies Film Series (sponsored by International Cinema)
- Remembering Forgotten Women Panel
- Library Special Collections Exhibit
- Hunger Banquet: Heal the Half, Unite the Whole (Sponsored by Students for International Development)
- Celebrating Women Banquet: Educate a Woman Change the World (Sponsored by Women in Science)
GWS Celebrates Women's History Month this March!
Happy 2020! This year is the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in Utah.
We will have several events this month to celebrate Utah and the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the US.
Monday, March 9 Wear Your Global Women’s Studies T-shirt to School Day: Honor International Women’s Day by wearing your t-shirt and telling others on campus about the Global Women’s Studies program. Snap selfies with other friends in purple shirts and post them to #byugws, #EachforEqual, #IWD2020.
Thursday, March 12, 12-12:50pm in 328 HRCB - GWS Colloquium Lecture “Giovanni Francesco Loredano’s Adamo and Arcangela Tarabotti’s Defense of Eve” by Elissa Weaver (U of Chicago, Emerita Professor of Italian)
Friday & Saturday, March 13 & 14 Women's Voices of the Middle Ages and Renaissance: A two-day symposium. This event will bring scholars from BYU and other universities across the country to talk about their research on women in the medieval and early modern world. Highlights include a performance by Suzanne Savoy of her one-woman show Je Christine, based on the writings of proto-feminist Christine de Pizan Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The conference program is available here. All regular sessions and the play are free. Pick up tickets for the play ahead of time in 3008 JFSB. (There are fewer than 20 tickets left – so hurry!)
March 18 Dr. Lisa Tetrault’s Presentation on Women’s Suffrage: Dr. Tetrault, author of The Myth of Seneca Falls (U of NC Press, 2014), will visit us from the Carnegie Mellon University, where she teaches history. Her current book project, A Celebrated But Misunderstood Amendment, is a genealogy of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave only some women the right to vote 100 years ago. She will speak on March 18 at 4 p.m. in the Alice Louis Reynolds Auditorium (1060 HBLL).
At the end of each Fall and Winter semesters, Global Women's Studies minors present what they have learned about synthesizing interdisciplinary studies of women using the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced study or work in the field. Each student seeks out and works with a full-time faculty mentor who oversees any research and writing for this senior capstone project requirement.
The WeForShe event during Fall 2014 was a program put on through the joint efforts of many on-campus groups interested in women’s empowerment. The event focused on bringing attention to twelve obstacles, ranging from environmental factors to media pressure, that affect women globally. Together, campus entities like WomanStats, the Ballard Center, and the Women's Studies Program sought to raise awareness and look for solutions to important women's issues. The BYU Women’s Studies Program ran the woman’s education booth, which seemed particularly fitting; our program's website features a quote by former Relief Society General President and woman's rights activist Emmeline B. Wells: “I believe in women, especially thinking women.” WeForShe provided great learning opportunities, not just for the people who came, but for the volunteers. I learned a lot about women's education and found myself eager to share that new knowledge with others. Learning about education initiatives revealed to me the importance of female education and gave me hope for the possibility of change. Did you know, a girl with just one more year of education can earn 20% more as an adult? It’s exciting to think about what a huge difference could be made if more girls were allowed primary and secondary education. Another thing I loved about participating in this event was getting to know other people in the Women’s Studies minor as we worked together. In the end, I felt like I had contributed in a small way to bigger changes just by spreading awareness here on my campus. And I felt like a member of a larger vibrant--nationwide-- community of students engaged in addressing the challenges that face women and the world.