Visiting Scholars

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Fall 2015

  • Andrea Pino and Annie ClarkeThe Hunting Ground 
    Escondido Theater - Multiple Screening
    September 22 & 23 | 10:00 a.m. * 12:00 p.m. * 2:00 p.m. * 4:00 p.m.
    • Yes Means Yes: : A Campus Climate Q&A with Annie Clark and Andrea Pino
      Student Union Bldg. Allen Theater
      September 22 | 6:00 p.m. Film Screening | 8:00 p.m.Q&A

      Texas Tech University welcomes Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, former student activists who are featured in The Hunting Ground documentary about rape on college campuses. Since surviving sexual assault and enduring institutional resistance to their reports of this crime, Annie and Andrea have dedicated themselves to advocating for survivors on college campuses. Their nonprofit organization, End Rape on Campus, helps to guide student survivors through the sexual assault reporting process and provides information about legal resources with the goals of justice, empowerment, education, and reform.
  • Cokie RobertsCokie Roberts on Issues Affecting Women from Yesterday to Today
    • October 15 | TLPDC room 153 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

      Registration is required. All participants must register for the afternoon interview. For members of the community that would like to attend, please contact 742-4335 and RSVP.

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      Join us for an interview, led by Dr. Marjean Purinton, on women's issues, as reflected in Mrs. Roberts books; We Are Our Mothers' Daughters and Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, as well as Mrs. Roberts thoughts on improving women's healthcare. Her latests book is Capital Dames: the Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868. Mrs. Roberts is a Morning Edition contributor for National Public Radio (NPR). At NPR she previously served as the congressional correspondent for more than 10 years. In addition to her work for NPR, Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. Roberts holds more than twenty honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and on the President's Commission on Service and Civic Participation. This year the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.

      This outreach opportunity is made possible by the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series. Mrs. Roberts will also speak on October 15th, 7:00 p.m., SUB Allen Theater.

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Spring 2015

  • "Why Pink Matters: Women and the Global Cancer Movement" by Dr. Judith Salerno - Dr. Salerno will speak about the role of organizations like Susan G. Komen® in the mission to put an end to breast cancer; the importance of leveraging local, domestic and global partnerships to educate and support women and men around the world; and the critical research that will ultimately put an end to the disease. Dr. Salerno brings extensive experience in research, public health policy and community health to the role. Before joining Komen, she was the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, serving as executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute. Sponsored by Texas Tech University, Women's Studies Program, the Office of International Affairs, the Office of the President, and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at Texas Tech.
  • Dr. Annie Sobel - As part of our brown bag lunch discussion series, we are proud to announce Dr. Annie Sobel, who serves dual appointments for Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Sobel will lead a discussion on Global Health Security Issues on Monday, February 9th from noon-1pm. For Texas Tech, Dr. Sobel is the new Executive for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Health Security. In this role, Dr. Sobel assists faculty at Texas Tech and the Health Sciences Center to build new health and security-relevant interdisciplinary programs and collaborations. Dr. Sobel is a veteran with 20 years of military experience and served as a Major General in the Air National Guard and Homeland Security Director for New Mexico. As a physician-engineer, she has worked at national labs and government agencies such as DARPA, DTRA and OSD as a senior advisor.
  • Shola Lynch at Texas Tech - Shola Lynch was born on March 20, 1969 in Austin, Texas, USA as Shola Ayn Lynch. She is an actress and producer, known for Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) and Frank Lloyd Wright (1998). Among her freelance projects, Lynch has produced for Discovery, BET, TV One as well as reported a three segment series on incarceration in America for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. Lynch learned the craft of documentary making on the job. She worked with Ken Burns and Florentine Films on the Peabody Award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright and the ten-part JAZZ series. She has also worked on the Emmy Award-winning "Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team for HBO Sports" documentary. At Orlando Bagwell's ROJA Productions, she co-produced a short about the 2000 Census and racial identity that was included in the four-part series called Matters of Race, which aired on PBS in 2003. Ms Lynch will be on the TTU campus Feb 10th, 3:30pm, COMC 082 prior to the screening of the film Free Angela and All Political Prisoners that evening at Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock. The lecture is free. For more information, please contact Dr. Rob Peaslee by email at

Fall 2014

Alta Garcia Living-Wage Apparel Guest SpeakersHuman Rights in the Global Garment Industry - Two speakers from the Alta Gracia Factory, a collegiate apparel factory in the Dominican Republic, will be on campus October 2, in the Student Union Bldg. Mesa Room, 6:30pm. Alta Gracia, found in over 1,600 college campuses, is the only clothing factory in the developing world that pays the people who make our clothing a LIVING WAGE - more than 3X the minimum wage.  Alta Gracia is the result of decades of collaboration between students in the U.S. and garment workers around the world. The U.S. College and University tour has been made possible from the support of Solidarity Ignite, a non-profit organization under the Alliance of Global Justice. This speaking tour gives the two garment workers the chance to share their personal stories of working in Free Trade Zone factories.   This is a unique occasion to learn first-hand about the lives of people sewing your apparel. Sponsored by: Triota Gamm Nu Women's Studies Honor Society, Hi-Tech Fashion – Human Sciences, Apparel Design and Manufacturing, Department of Design, Texas Tech University Global Studies and Texas Tech University Women's Studies Program

Spring 2014

  • Dr. Michael Kimmel - We are delighted to announce visiting scholar Dr. Michael Kimmel April 15th, 7:00pm, MCOM 359, book signing and reception at 6:30pm. Organized by Human Development and Family Studies.  Support comes from HDFS, Sociology, Communication Studies, Dean of Students, Student Counseling Center and The Women's Studies Program. Dr. Kimmelis Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. He is also the executive director at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. Author of The Guy's Guide to Feminism and his most recent book, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2009). Kimmel also manages the online site, MARC: Men Advocating for Real Change, an online learning community for professionals committed to achieving equality in the workplace. 
  • Dr. Tanya Moore, Biostatistician and leader of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program for the City of Berkely, California, is the Women of Excellence Lecture Series Speaker hosted by TTU Department of Mathematics & Statistics - Finding Certainty in Randomness: My Journey with Mathematics  - Tanya Moore, PhD a native of Berkeley, CA, received her doctorate training in the field of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, Dr. Moore obtained a BS degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Masters in Science and Engineering from the Mathematical Sciences Department at The Johns Hopkins University. After completing a postdoctoral HIV/AIDS research training program in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles she returned to her hometown to address the issue of health inequities. Currently, Dr. Moore works for the City of Berkeley Public Health Department and is the lead of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program. Her efforts are focused primarily on reducing the rates of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the African-American community in South and West Berkeley. Tanya is also creator and co-chair of the Infinite Possibilities Conference, a conference designed to support, empower and promote underrepresented minority women mathematicians. The conference has been held on the campus Spelman College (2005) and North Carolina State University (2007). Dr. Moore is also one of the authors of Finding Your North: Self-Help Strategies for Science Related Careers.
  • Dr. Jennifer Glass - The Women's Studies Program is delighted to welcome our guest scholar Dr. Jennifer Glass, Barbara Bush Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Sociology and Research Associate in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin. She will give a public talk on her ground-breaking analysis of work and family issues, gender stratification in the labor force, mother’s employment and mental health, and religious conservatism and women’s economic attainment. Prior to her appointment at UT, Dr. Glass was Chair, Dept. of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, University of  Iowa. She has published over 50 articles and books on her research, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Demography, among others. Glass has received the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations, and thrice been nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.  She has chaired the Sex and Gender Section, the Family Section, the Organizations and Work Section, and has recently been elected Vice-President of the American Sociological Association. Her most recent projects explore the wage effects of flexible work practices among parents, how telecommuting facilitates longer work hours, and whether governmental work-family policies improve or undermine parents’ mental and physical health, all as part of a larger project to understand the roots of mothers’ disadvantage in the labor market. Support for Dr. Glass also comes from Sociology Anthropology & Social Work, the Family Life Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences

Fall 2013

  • Alysia Abbott Presents The Haight's Hidden Queer History - Sponsored by Department of History, English and Women's Studies Program. Alysia Abbott grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the only child of gay poet and writer, Steve Abbott. After graduating from New York University, she worked at the New York Public Library before receiving her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from New School University. Her articles and essays have appeared in Real Simple, Vogue, Marie Claire, OUT, Slate, Salon,, and Psychology Today, among other publications. In 2009, she left NYC to attend Harvard University as a Nieman Affiliate. While there, Alysia began work on Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father. Her first full-length book, Fairyland was completed with the help of a Ragdale Fellowship and the wonderful staff at W.W. Norton. She's presented Fairyland at bookstores, libraries, literary festivals and universities across the US as well as on radio programs, including NPR's Weekend Edition, Fresh Air, The Leonard Lopate Show, The Brian Lehrer Show, KQED's Forum, and the BBC.
  • Dr. Gayle Sulik - Author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health - Co-sponsored with the West Texas Association of Women in Science (WT-AWIS). The Women's Studies Program is delighted to announce we are the recipient of the Sociologist for Women in Society distinguished lecture award for the Fall 2013. Our guest scholar is Dr. Gayle Sulik, M.A., Ph.D, a social science researcher and writer affiliated with the University at Albany (SUNY) Department of Women’s Studies. Her ground-breaking analysis of the culture and cult of breast cancer, richly described in her book Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health, has stirred a grass roots feminist reawakening. Medical sociologist Gayle A. Sulik reveals the hidden costs of the pink ribbon as an industry, one in which breast cancer functions as a brand name with a pink ribbon logo. Based on historical and ethnographic research, analysis of awareness campaigns and advertisements, and hundreds of interviews, Pink Ribbon Blues shows that while millions walk, run, and purchase products for a cure, cancer rates continue to rise, industry thrives, and breast cancer is stigmatized anew for those who reject the pink ribbon model. Even as Sulik points out the flaws of "pink ribbon culture," she outlines the positives and offers alternatives. The paperback includes a new Introduction investigating Susan G. Komen for the Cure and a color insert with images of, and reactions to, the pinking of breast cancer.

Spring 2013

  • Judy Collins - "Roundtable with Legendary Folk Singer-Songwriter Judy Collins" - The Women's Studies Program is delighted to host a roundtable discussion with artist Judy Collins in conjunction with her visit to our campus for the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series brought to you by the College of Visual & Performing Arts. Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretive folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years recording more than 40 albums, often with sales reaching gold and platinum status. She received a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance for her 1968 rendition of Joni Mitchell’s song, Both Sides Now and winning Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards was her version of Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music. In addition to her success as a singer and song writer, Collins has authored seven books, including her 2011 memoir, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, released to coincide with her new CD, Bohemian (Wildflower Records), in which driven by her signature effortless soprano, she revisits the late '60s California music scene. She and Jill Godmilow co-directed, Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, an Academy Award nominated film about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world—and Judy's classical piano teacher when she was young. In 2000, Collins founded her own record label, Wildflower Records - a grass roots artist driven label. She will be performing April 12th at 7:00 p.m., in the Allen Theatre. $15 General Admission (Students – 1 free ticket with valid ID at the SUB info desk). Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at TTU members - $10 general admission ticket with valid ID at the Select-A-Seat Civic Center box office. Select-A-Seat (806) 770.2000

Fall 2012

  • Dr. Mark Orbe, Professor of Communication & Diversity, School of Communication and Gender & Women’s Studies Program, from Western Michigan University. COMMUNICATION REALITIES IN A "POST-RACIAL SOCIETY: What U.S. Public Really Thinks About Barack Obama
    Based on his latest book, Dr. Orbe will discuss Barack Obama as a communicator and the U.S. public perception of a "post-racial" society. Book signing immediately following. Western Michigan professor discusses book about public’s perception of President Obama by By Emily Gardner

    Sponsored by: TTU Department of Communication Studies, TTU Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, TTU Women's Studies Program, and TTU Center for Undergraduate Research

Spring 2012

  • Dr. Cecilia Balli, Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology University of Texas at Austin

In 2006, Mexico elected a new president, Felipe Calderon. In an effort to curb the drug trade and end years of government complicity, Calderon embarked on an aggressive military campaign against the drug cartels. In 2007, he dispatched federal forces to Ciudad Juarez in what became the largest front in Mexico's own war on drugs. Dr. Balli has spent much of the last decade conducting research in the region and has explored the profound human implications of this policy shift. Now, as Mexicans prepare to elect President Calderon's successor and residents on both sides of the border grapple in their own way with the ongoing violence, Dr. Balli will assess the local impact of this complex conflict. This presentation is FREE and open to the Texas Tech and greater Lubbock communities. This program was hosted by the Department of History and made possible in part by a grant from the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center. Additional funding has been provided by the Women's Studies Program

Fall 2011

  • Ellen Ratner - White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief for The Talk Radio News Service, covering the White House and providing exclusive reports to talk radio stations from the Congress and government agencies. In addition, she is a credentialed reporter at the United Nations in New York where Talk Radio News Service has a bureau. Ms. Ratner is currently seen on Fox News' “The Strategy Room” and is heard on over 400 radio stations across the United States.

Spring 2011

  • WS 2300, Intro to Women's Studies classroom visit
    Guest included:
    Shelby Knox - itinerant feminist organizer traveling across the country speaking, blogging, and promoting thought around how gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation and intersections thereof impact the individual and collective lived experience.

    Lisa Shannon - founder of the first national grassroots effort to raise awareness and funds for women in the DR Congo through her project Run for Congo Women.

Spring 2010

  • "The Myth of the Chastity Belt" lecture by Dr. Albrecht Classen
    This lecture was made possible by the generous support of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, The Graduate School, The School of Arts and Sciences, Women's Studies, and the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center.

Fall 2008

  • WS 2300, Intro to Women's Studies classroom visit
    Guest included:
    Ambassador Frances Cook –former U.S. Ambassador to Oman, Cameroon and Burundi
    Ambassador Hunaina Al-Mughairy –Ambassador of Oman to the U.S.
  • Brown Bag Lunch - Dr. Mike Johnson
    “Social Activism in the Academy: How did a guy like me end up in the shelter movement, advising LBGT groups, and in Women’s Studies and African American Studies?”
    Assoc. Prof. Emeritus of Sociology, Women's Studies, and African and African American Studies at Penn State University, Presented by Women’s Studies and the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Open to all students, staff and faculty.
  • Public Lecture - Dr. Mike Johnson
    "Intimate Terrorism and Other Types of Domestic Violence"
    Assoc. Prof. Emeritus of Sociology, Women's Studies, and African and African American Studies at Penn State University, Presented by Women’s Studies and the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Open to all students, staff and faculty.
  • Performance & Lecture - Tim Miller
    Internationally recognized performance artist TIM MILLER presented a lecture-performance SEX / BODY / SELF. Tim Miller was one of the NEA Four; four performance artists who had his funding by the National Endowment for the Arts overtly vetoed in 1990 by NEA chair John Frohnmayer on the basis of his subject matter resulting in a winning lawsuit by artists that caused the NEA to cease funding to individual artists. Tim Miller has taught performance in the theater departments at UCLA, Cal State LA and NYU. Miller's visit was presented by the Association of Creative Writing and supported by the College of Visual & Perfroming Arts, College of Architecture, Department of English, School of Art, Theater & Dance, Presidents Office of Diversity, University Student Housing and the Women's Studies Program


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judy collinsJudy Collins

mark orbeDr. Mark Orbe

cecilia balliDr. Cecilia Balli

ellen ratnerEllen Ratner

shelby knox guest speaker for 2009 conference morning addressShelby Knox

lisa shannonLisa Shannon

mike johnsonDr. Mike Johnson

myth of the chastity belt Albrecht ClassenAlbrecht Classen (Myth of the Chastity Belt)

tim millerTim Miller