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Thirsting for Knowledge Thursdays


We are excited to invite you for our monthly "bring your own!" lunch series, occurring on a Thursday each month from 12:00-1:00pm during the semester. These programs are a casual way to learn about gender issues. Typically, they are facilitated by a speaker, and include a strongly encouraged Q&A period, as well as audience participation. Bring your lunch and join us for these wonderful sessions! The Thirsting for Knowledge Thursday series for 2020-2021 is focused on women's leadership. Each presentation will examine women's involvement in different social movements and provide tips for participants to develop their own leadership!

Fall 2020

 #MeToo and Women of Color Who Paved the Way 

September 17, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Register at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0dElKmri4KghhoF by September 15 at 11:59PM to receive the link to participate.

Sponsored by the Women’s Center. Co-Sponsored by Survivor Advocacy Program and Counseling & Psychological Services

Through discussing the silence breakers Anita Hill and Tarana Burke, this session will highlight the ways in which women of color have shaped the conversation about sexual harassment and assault, while paying particular attention to how women of color are disproportionately impacted by sexual violence and the complexities of reporting. Presented by Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director of Kent State University’s Women’s Center, founder of Limitless Ambition and former Program Coordinator for the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services at Kent State.

#SayHerName: Leadership Lessons from Black Lives Matter

October 15, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Register at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AtRwferIj6y0TPRegistration will close on October 13 at 11:59PM, and information about how to participate will be emailed on October 14th.

Founded by womxn, and amplified through other womxn-led movements like Say Her Name, Black Lives Matter provides not only lessons in racial justice, but also a foundation upon which you can learn tools for your own leadership practice to improve your allyship skills or explore ways in which your leadership can be improved to support social movements in your community.

Presented by Cecily Nelson-Alford, Director of the Women’s Resources and Research Center at UC Davis. Black feminist theory and womanism drew her to this work, along with her experiences as a queer biracial/Black woman and student parent. She strives to center queer and trans people of color in her work around gender equity.  

Indian Country Media Coverage: Jurisdiction and Justice

November 19, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Register online by November 17 at 11:59PM to receive information about how to participate: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jOOQPJqQRRjNFH

Presented by Dr. Victoria LaPoe, Associate Professor, Scripps College of Journalism

Discussion on media coverage of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women as well as the Violence Against Women Act. Unpack news coverage via Indigenous Standpoint theory as well as embrace an opportunity to discuss latest news events connected to Indian Country.