Past Events

More about recent WGS events:

Take Back the Night 

Now a staple on college campuses, the earliest Take Back The Night marches were held in the '70s in response to a spate of violent crimes against women. Two independent marches occurred in Philadelphia in 1975 and in Brussels in 1976 as women with candles walked through the streets at night. The march has since focused more directly on sexual violence and even made the leap from movement to official organization in 2001, under the initiative of Katie Koestner. One part vigil for women who've been touched by violence and one part protest against that violence, Take Back The Night marches are held annually in cities around the world.

Women's and Gender Studies Conference

The CUC WGS Program partners with Dominican University to host a Women’s and Gender Studies Conference each March where students and faculty present and discuss current gender issues. 

“Miss Representation:” Examining Mainstream Media’s Portrayal of Women

“Miss Representation” was written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsomhad, and had its broadcast premiere on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October 2011. A special film screening & discussion was held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at 9:30 p.m. in Christopher Center 200.

About the film:

  • Examines how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. 
  • Challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions. Includes stories from young women and interviews with leaders including Condoleezza Rice, Margaret Cho, Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson and more. 
  • Explores the fact that the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media.


Jackson Katz

Internationally recognized for groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence, Jackson Katz visited Concordia University Chicago on Nov. 14 to discuss “Wrestling with Masculinity.”Katz examined masculinity and prevention of violence from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Werner Auditorium at Concordia University Chicago. Author of the 2006 book The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, Katz also presented his ideas in the documentary “Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity.” His work centers on men and alternatives to violence.

An excerpt from his book, is his message that “true and lasting change will require—at a minimum—a critical and multicultural mass of men emerging to partner with women in confronting men’s violence on both a personal and an institutional level.”

A consultant with the U.S. military, professional athletes in the NFL, MLB and NASCAR, universities and non-profit groups, Katz has also given workshops and presented at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. Katz blogs about masculinities and politics for The Huffington Post. His vital work is key to creating gender equality in our culture. He is co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics. MVP is one of the first bystander programs; Katz is one of the architects of the bystander approach.

Katz’s talk was co-sponsored by Concordia University Chicago and Dominican University.

Women Today/Women Tomorrow: Getting from Here to There

Authors Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards visited Concordia University Chicago on Oct. 25, 2010 to speak on “Women Today/Women Tomorrow: Getting from Here to There,” examining the state of the women’s movement.

Baumgardner and Richards discussed the meanings of feminism and feminist leadership today, bringing feminism into everyday life, and the barriers faced by women today, while observing the the 10th anniversary of their book ““Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.” “Manifesta” is considered a primer on “Third Wave feminism,” embracing contradictions and conflict while accommodating diversity and change. The book served as a platform for a national speaking tour taking the authors to dozens of community groups, bookstores and more than 200 universities and high schools. Founders of Soapbox, Inc., Speakers Who Speak Out, Baumgardner and Richards co-authored a second book in 2005, “Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism.” Additional joint writings are found in “The Nation” and anthologies including “Catching A Wave,” and “Girls Rock!”

Their Oct. 25 talk was coordinated through the Women and Genders Studies program at Concordia University Chicago. The interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program at CUC explores and how it affects psychology, sociology, art and a range of other disciplines. Courses strongly encourage critical thinking, analyzing gender roles and examining how gender issues impact society. 

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project visited campus in 2009. The Clothesline Project is a program that began in Cape Cod, MA during the early 1990’s to address the violence against women. Women have the opportunity to express their emotions by decorating a short. The shirts are then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the issue of violence against women. 

“The Elections Here and the War there: Feminists Connect the Dots” A women’s and Gender Studies with Dr. Cynthia Enloe.

Dr. Cynthia Enloe visited CUC on November 6th, 2008 for a lecture on, “The Elections Here and the War there: Feminists Connect the Dots” A women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Cynthia Enloe author and professor at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

More about Dr. Enloe: 

Cynthia Enloe is currently Research Professor in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Cynthia Enloe’s career has included Fulbrights in Malaysia and Guyana, and guest professorships in Japan, Britain and Canada, as well as lecturing in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Korea, Turkey and at universities around the U.S. Her books and articles have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, and German. She has written for Ms. Magazine and has appeared on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera and the BBC.

Among Professor Enloe’s thirteen books are Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2000), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in The New Age of Empire (2004) and Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link (2007). In 2010, she published Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War. Her newest book (co-authored with feminist geographer Joni Seager) is: The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (2011).

In 2009-10 she was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and Connecticut College. In May, 2012, she was awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the University of Lund, Sweden.

At Clark University, Cynthia Enloe has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and as Director of Women’s Studies. Among the several committees on which she has served have been the university’s Committee on Personnel and the Planning and Budget Review Committee. Professor Enloe was awarded Clark University’s Outstanding Teacher Award three times. She currently serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals, including International Feminist Journal of Politics, Security Dialogue and International Political Sociology.

Professor Enloe’s feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of women’s politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women’s labor is made cheap in globalized factories (especially sneaker factories) and how women’s emotional and physical labor has been used to support many governments’ war-waging policies—and how diverse women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic and national identities as well as pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities are common threads throughout her studies.

Cynthia Enloe was awarded the International Studies Association’s Susan Strange Award in 2007, in recognition of “a person whose singular intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and organizational complacency in the international studies community during the previous year.” In 2008, she was awarded the Susan B. Northcutt Award, presented annually by the Women’s Caucus for International Studies, of the International Studies Association, to recognize ”a person who actively works toward recruiting and advancing women and other minorities in the profession, and whose spirit is inclusive, generous and conscientious.” In 2010, Cynthia Enloe was awarded the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award.