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Thirsting for Knowledge Thursdays

Join us for Thirsting for Knowledge Thursdays. Facilitated by a speaker, these sessions are informal opportunities to learn about gender issues for those hungry for knowledge.

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!

Spring 2021

Women on the Frontline: The Anti Sexual Violence Movement in Egypt Post Revolution

February 18 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Register by February 16th at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8xeldvaEmRHcUZv You will receive an email on February 17 with the link to participate via Microsoft Teams.

At age 20, Habiba started participating in the social justice movement by joining the Egyptian revolution and advocating against gender-based violence and sexual violence. To this end, she co-founded and worked with several initiatives and grass-root organizations for women and girls across Egypt. These community movements have continued to grow over ten years, creating safety, power, and solidarity for Egyptian women. How did she do it? Abdelaal will be sharing her experience in building and working with the movement from the ground up.

Learning From Legacies: Empowerment through Documenting Women

Liz Pahl headshot
Liz Pahl

March 18 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Register by March 16th at https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3elnZgXAjaBuLyt You will receive an email on March 17 with the link to participate via Microsoft Teams.

Presented by Liz Pahl. Liz Pahl is a producer, project manager and storyteller. She currently serves as Associate Director for Event Management in Ohio University’s Conference and Event Services department. 

The themes of Liz’s work for the past two decades are grounded in storytelling and developing experiences bigger than one’s self. From organizing Commencement for thousands of OHIO graduates and their families, to writing and performing songs, and managing many different projects at once, Liz thrives off of work that makes a meaningful impact on the lives of others.

Currently Liz’s passion project is developing a documentary film series on four incredible Athens Ohio matriarchs: Dr. Francine Childs, Ada Woodson Adams, Dr. Dru Riley Evarts and Carol Kuhre. This talk will center around the importance of documenting women’s stories in their own words, and what you learn about yourself in the process.

The weight: impactful and intentional allyship

Sly Mata with a young child and a puppet.
Sly Mata

April 8 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Register by April 6 at https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01BO8iThsWFnfM1 You will receive an email on April 7 with the link to participate via Microsoft Teams.

Male Allyship. While the main definition has remained the same, the use, need and application has changed dramatically over the last several years. This workshop will speak on the application of male allyship including its use, challenges, and impact for various communities.  

Presented by Sly Mata. Sly Mata currently serves as the Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion for the college of Business at Ohio University where he strives to increase inclusive communities. Additionally, he is a doctoral candidate at with the University of Houston as he researches how tuition prices affect the student success outcomes of historically underrepresented students. When he is not buying presents for his nieces, he occasionally spends his time at the gym and judge's music playlists.  

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.