The Women’s and Gender Studies Program co-sponsors a speaker series every year: OUTspoken (an LGBTQ speaker series) and the Women's and Gender Speakers Series. These presentations are free and open to the public. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the OUTSpoken speaker series please contact Dr. Theresa Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to become a sponsor for the Women's and Gender Studies Speakers Series please contact Dr. Katie Hogan at email@example.com. All contributions are tax deductible.
Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University and MSNBC television host Melissa Harris-Perry will discuss “Mommy, Mammy and the Maid: Race, Class and Women’s Political Power” during the University’s ninth annual Women’s and Gender Studies Speaker Series on April 1 at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Rm 240 at UNC Charlotte. The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Studies Speakers Series and the Campus Activities Board. A book signing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Rotunda prior to the lecture.
Tickets for UNC Charlotte students are free with a UNC Charlotte student ID (limit one ticket per ID) starting at 8 a.m. on Feb. 15. Faculty and staff tickets are $10 and general public tickets are $15, on sale at 8 a.m. on Feb. 19. All tickets are for general admission; no reserved seats. Visit the Arena Ticket Office or call 704-687-4949, or purchase online at www.ticketreturn.com.
Melissa Harris-Perry is the host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" show, and a Presidential Chair and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at her alma mater, Wake Forest University. With her well–received book Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, Harris-Perry asserts that persistent harmful stereotypes – invisible to many but painfully familiar to black women – profoundly shape black women's politics, making it difficult for them to assert their rights in the political arena. Harris-Perry’s first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Harris-Perry is also a columnist for The Nation magazine, where she writes a monthly column also titled Sister Citizen. In addition to hosting her own show on MSNBC, she provides expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender concerns for a variety of other media outlets.
As an educator, Harris-Perry's creative and dynamic teaching is motivated by the practical political and racial issues of our time. Harris-Perry taught students from grade school to graduate school and is recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic deliberation on race.
Harris-Perry travels extensively speaking to colleges, organizations and businesses in the US and abroad. In 2009 Professor Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University. Also in 2009 she delivered the prestigious Ware Lecture, becoming the youngest woman to ever do so. In July, Harris-Perry returned to her alma mater, Wake Forest University, as professor of Politics and International Affairs. Harris-Perry has been named a Presidential Chair, an endowed position that recognizes and supports exceptional faculty who embody Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideas. She is also the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South – a black feminist intellectual foundation.
Harris-Perry joins Wake Forest from Tulane University, where she has served on the faculty since 2011. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University.
This program is made possible by the Chancellor's Diversity Fund, Campus Activities Board, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Counseling Center, and the Iota, Iota, Iota Honor Society.
Persons who wish to request special accommodations should contact the UNC Charlotte Director of Disability Services at 704-687-0040 at least two weeks in advance of the event.
For more information, contact the Campus Activities Board at 704-687-7152 or visit cab.uncc.edu.
Sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel – considered by many to be the world’s leading researcher and author on men and masculinity – will be the 2014 Women's & Gender Studies Guest Speaker on March 11 at 7 p.m., McKnight Hall in the Cone University Center. Kimmel will explore the findings of his book Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.
Over a four-year span, Kimmel interviewed young men, ages 16–26. His study shows that the guys who live in “Guyland” are mostly white, middle-class, totally confused and cannot commit to their relationships, work or lives. Although they seem baffled by the riddles of manhood and responsibility, they submit to the “Guy Code,” where locker-room behaviors, sexual conquests, bullying, violence and assuming a cocky jock pose can rule over the sacrifice and conformity of marriage and family. Obsessed with never wanting to grow up, this demographic – which is 22-million strong – craves video games, sports and de-personalized sexual relationships.
Kimmel has written and edited more than 20 volumes. His books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005) and The History of Men (2005). His documentary history, "Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990" (Beacon, 1992), chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country. This “inspiring, pathbreaking collection of remarkable documents” (Dissent) was also called “meticulously researched” (Booklist) and a “pioneering volume” which “will serve as an inspirational sourcebook for both women and men.” (Publishers’ Weekly).
Dubbed a male feminist and known for his wit and candid critiques, Kimmel has been a featured guest on the TODAY show, to discuss Guyland, and other national news outlets.
The UNC Charlotte speaker series is in its eighth year. Previous speakers have included Jessica Valenti, Gloria Steinem, Anita Hill, bell hooks, Naomi Wolf, Patricia Hill Collins and Jackson Katz. Sponsors are the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund; the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Women’s and Gender Studies Program; the Department of Sociology; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Counseling Center; the Iota, Iota, Iota Honor Society; the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; the Gender Excellence Learning Community; and The Marriott TownePlace Suites.
Every fall, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Counseling Center, and PRIDE co-sponsor OUTspoken, an LGBTQ speaker series that brings a nationally known speaker to campus to talk about gay, lesbian and/or transgender issues. Past OUTspoken guests include noted transgender queer youth activist Kate Bornstein, former Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign Elizabeth Birch, and author and political commentator Keith Boykin, and Brian Sims, the only openly gay NCAA football captain, author/activist Jennifer Baumgardner and slam-poet and author Staceyann Chin.
This year we are thrilled to announce that Kid Fury and Crissle West will be hosting a special episode of their popular podcast "The Read" for our Fall, 2014 OUTspoken series. Details are available here.