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Feminist Forum

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Forums are designed to continue discussions and to create new discussions around feminism past, present and future. It is within these forums we intend to promote the equal and fair treatment for all individuals regardless of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability by engaging both the University and Lubbock communities in an open discussion.

A forum of this type strives to create an environment where the cultural and social construction of gender can be freely examined through the history, experiences and contributions of women to society and study the influences of gender in people's daily lives.

Feminist First Fridays



(All forums, unless otherwise noted, will be held virtually.  Registration information coming soon.)

  • September 4 - "Teaching in the Time of COVID-19" Speakers: TBA
    RSVP to receive ZOOM link prior to the event

  • October 2  - "#MeToo in the Americas: Charting Transnational Feminisms." by WGS Scholar in VIRTUAL Residence, Dr. Bahia Munem

    Dr. Munem earned her PhD in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently a Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies at Merrimack College. Her scholarship brings together the fields of Latinx & Latin American and Middle East Studies by examining, through ethnography, forced transnational migration, diasporas, and gendered and racialized modes of belonging in Brazil and the Americas.

    Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • November 6 - "Diversifying the Memory of the Texas Woman Suffrage Movement—A Centennial Re-examination" by Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky,  Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities and History, Project Director, Handbook of Texas Women, Texas A&M Commerce.

    Dr. Wranosky received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas and specializes in women, gender, sexuality, and digital history. Her award winning work has appeared in a variety of academic journals, books, exhibits, and digital publications. Her forthcoming book focuses on the role Texas and Texans played in the woman suffrage movement at the southern regional and national levels. She currently serves as the Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Women https://texaswomen.tshaonline.org/, a statewide content development and public education project of the Texas State Historical Association. From 2009-2014, she was the digital media author for W. W. Norton's Give Me Liberty, the top selling U. S. History college textbook.

    Co-sponsors include; History Department and Political Science, Texas Tech University

    Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • December 4 - TBA

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  • February 7 - What's Love Got to Do With It?: Tips for Equitable Intimate Relationships, Speakers: Morgan Allen, Women's Protective Services & TTU Women's & Gender Studies Alumna, Stephen Garcia, Women's Protective Services and Dr. Dana Weiser, Women's & Gender Studies Affiliated Faculty and Associate Professor, HDFS.

  • March 6 - Taking Feminist Humor Seriously by Dr. Julie Willett, Women's & Gender Studies Affiliated Faculty and Associate Professor, History, Texas Tech University – This forum will take a look at how a new age of feminist humor has altered the political and cultural landscape.

  • April 3 - "Trigger Warnings, Teaching, and Sensitive Rhetoric" with Dr. Kendall Gerdes, Assistant Professor, Department of English.
    Dr. Gerdes will discuss commonplaces in the debate over using trigger warnings in college classes with special attention given to the repudiation of "sensitivity." Arguments against sensitivity have privileged appeals to academic freedom over course and classroom accessibility, but these values may engender conflicting and even contradictory obligations. A rhetorical theory of sensitivity can equip teachers and scholars of rhetoric to make more ethical decisions in the debate over trigger warnings and can lead the field toward a more "sensitive" rhetoric.

  • May 1 -  Mothering during the Covid-19 Pandemic presented by Jessica Turcat, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies, English Department, Oklahoma State University 
    Dr. Turcat teaches for the Gender and Women's Studies program at Oklahoma State University. Her latest work has appeared or is forthcoming in San Diego Poetry Annual, Indiana Review, Rewilding Anthology: Poems for the Environment and Demeter Press' Monstrous Mothers: Troubling Troupes. She is currently pregnant and mothering a toddler and stepmothering a seven-year-old . . . during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


  • September - Feminist Pedagogy
    Discussion leaders: Dr. Jocelyne B. Scott, Visiting Assistant Professor, WGS and Dr. Amy N. Heuman, Associate Professor, Communication Studies.
    About: Feminist pedagogy is a pedagogical framework grounded in feminist theory. It embraces a set of epistemological theories, teaching strategies, approaches to content, classroom practices, and teacher-student relationships.
  • October - Chicana/x Feminism
    Discussion leaders: Corina Carmona, Doctoral Student in Fine Arts Doctoral Program in the School of Art and Esther Median De Leon, Associate Librarian for Electronic Resources at University Libraries to learn more on how to integrate Chicana/x feminist thought & theory in the new millennium within our curriculum, practice, and institutional climate. 
    About: Chicana feminism, also called Xicanisma is a social political movement in the United States that analyzes the historical, cultural, spiritual, educational and economic intersections of Mexican American women who identify as Chicana. Chicana feminism has become a transcultural influence throughout the world
  • November - Black Feminist Thought
    Discussion leader: aretha f. marbley, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and WGS Affiliated Faculty at Texas Tech University, will discuss her research, "R. Kelly: We All Knew That He Was Coming to the Other Side of the Tracks"

Link to past forums

Forum's are FREE and open to the public. Proof of attendance will be provided for those needing course credit.

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Feminist = someone who believes in the social, political and cultural equality of women and men.

Forum = an assembly, meeting place, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.