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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.

The Thirsting for Knowledge Thursday series for 2021-2022 is focused on women in media. 

Fall 2021

Your Right to Party: Music, Freedom, Fun and Safer Spaces with Dr. Rosemary Lucy Hill,

A black and white headshot of Dr. Rosemary Hill
Dr. Rosemary Hill

University of Huddersfield, UK

September 16 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

To attend, please register by 9/14 to receive the link to participate via Microsoft Teams.

In this interactive workshop together we will explore what it means to be free, fun and safe at live music events, and how events organisers can work towards making that happen. The workshop is informed by my research into how sexual violence at gigs/concerts affects audience members and what venues and promoters can proactively do about it.



MaryKathyrine outdoors hugging an apple; Taylor in a locker.

What I learned growing up about gender and body image through media with Taylor Linzinmeir, Young Women Leaders Programming Assistant and MaryKathyrine Tran, Assistant Director of the Women’s Center 

October 28 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

To attend, please register by 10/26 to receive the link to participate via Microsoft Teams.

Utilizing personal moments in one’s life to reengage and reframe one’s worldview, understanding of gendered presentation, gendered self, and gender socialization, this reflective workshop on what I learned growing up about gender and body image through media, will help participants identify the power of media as a socializing force through family, friends, and/or religion.  

Making Games a Welcoming Space for All

Dr. Jeff Kuhn wearing VR goggles on top of his head.
Dr. Jeff Kuhn

November 18 | 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Hybrid (Baker 403 & Virtual)

In-person attendance is capped at 30 people. To participate virtually, please register by November 16. 

You will receive an email on November 17 with the link to participate via Microsoft Teams.

Over 65% of Americans play videogames, and although there is nearly a 50/50 split between gamers who identify as female and those who identify as male, videogame culture can be a hostile environment toward female gamers and non-cis white male gamers. This event will highlight the good work being done to mitigate toxicity in gaming and serve as a listening session to generate ideas on ways OHIO’s new esports facility can be welcoming to all. Everyone, gamers and non-gamers alike, are welcome to attend! 

Presented by Dr. Jeff Kuhn. Jeff currently serves as the Director of Esports at Ohio University where he supervises OHIO’s competitive gaming activities. He earned his PhD in education and researches problem solving and distributed cognition in videogames. In his free time Jeff enjoys avoiding both people and computers, so he goes hiking.