Fall 2016 Brown Bag Resources

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Now you can watch a recording of every BrownBag by clicking the link on the titles! Or simply catch up and keep exploring feminist issues and topics that we talk about every week! We’ve got books, videos, articles, organizations and events available so you can continue thinking and learning.

Brown Bags are weekly panels of guest speakers or special guests held every Tuesday at 11:30am at the Center for Women Studies (WMST).
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11/15: "Of Idiots & Special Needs" - Professor Ashley Taylor

11/8: "Performance & Discussion with Anti-Racism and Reproductive Justice Organizer and Poet Mwende ‘FreeQuency’ Katwiwa”

Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa is a 24-year-old Black, Kenyan, Immigrant, Queer, Womyn poet in New Orleans, LA. Ranked 3rd at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, FreeQuency is an Anti-Racist and Reproductive Justice organizer who has spent most of her life living and writing at the intersection of arts, education and activism. In New Orleans, she organizes & advocates with BYP100-NOLA and Women With A Vision, does youth work & poetry with the New Orleans Youth Open Mic and Team Slam New Orleans (Team SNO) and is an African Culture/Fashion Blogger with Noirlinians.

11/01: “Responding to Sexual Violence at Colgate” - Denise Contreras, Dawn LaFrance, Natasha Torres ‘15, Dennis Dougherty (Investigator w/NYS Troopers)

Haven’s directors and staff and Investigator with NYS Troopers Dennis Doughtery discuss sexual violence at Colgate. Suggested Reading Suggested reading list: Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement. Edited by Jennifer Patterson

  • Confidential Crisis Resources:
    • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
      • 24/7 online chat with an advocate: https://ohl.rainn.org/online (Spanish and English speakers available)
      • 24/7 hotline 800.656.4673
      • confidential, no report required
    • Liberty Resources: Victims of Violence (Madison County)
      • 24/7 hotline 315-366-5000 (confidential, no report required)
    • Colgate University
      • Campus Safety: 315-228-7911 (can connect you to a counselor on call 24/7)
      • Counseling Center: 315-228-7385 (confidential, no report required)

10/25: “Local Activism: Disability Rights and Anti-Hate” - Barbara Devore and Evelyn Loeb

Evelyn Loeb is the daughter of two Holocaust Survivors and credits her interest in discrimination and inclusion; to her family’s background.  She has been a facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute anti-bias and anti-bullying training programs since 1993.  She is also a facilitator for ADL’s Confronting Anti-Semitism throughout New York State and offers programs in schools and on college campuses.  

As a woman born with Spina Bifida, Barbara Devore has spent her lifetime in the disability community, advocating for equal rights and equal opportunities. She is Director of Development at the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV) located in Troy NY.  ILCHV is a consumer controlled disability organization, providing both direct services to individuals to support them as they move towards greater independence, and systems advocacy, addressing the inequality that still exists for people with disabilities.  

10/18: “Not Just Women’s Work: Gender, Sexual Orientation, and the Southern Plantation Kitchen” - Michael Twitty

Join culinary historian, historic chef and interpreter Michael W. Twitty on a survey of the role gender and sexual orientation played in the identity and lives of enslaved cooks in the American South. We will explore often obscured identities and narratives from the antebellum period that offer a glimpse into alternative narratives to the traditional historic spin. Critical conversation and delicious lunch provided!

Aurora Guerrero is a queer Chicana writer/director raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Guerrero wrote and directed Mosquita y Mari, her critically acclaimed coming of age film about the love between two young Chicanas growing up in immigrant households in Los Angeles. Since premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Mosquita y Mari has traveled to over 100 film festivals including San Francisco International, Melbourne, Guadalajara and Sao Paulo, and it has garnered multiple awards including Best First Feature at Outfest while picking up a Spirit Award and GLAAD nomination for Best Film under 500k. Guerrero has an MFA from Cal Arts in Film Directing and has been creating films for over 10 years.


9/20: Unpacking the Feminist Ethics of Study Abroad - Natalie Krause '17, Grace Western '17, Romelia Loaiza '17, and Martha Montufar '17

WMST students who have recently studied abroad discuss the feminist methodologies they employed abroad and the feminist implications of their study abroad experience.
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9/13: “Latino, Hispanic, Chicano… What’s the Difference?” - Latin American Student Organization Members (Abril Cardenes ‘17, Alicia Carter ‘19, Tabitha Gomez ‘19, Bennie Guzman ‘17, Kevin Iglesias ‘17, and Roxanne Maduro ‘17)

Join LASO as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with our annual Latino Identity Brown Bag. LASO will discuss identity, the meaning of different terms, heritage and how identity Latinxs form identity.

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When it comes to experiencing violence, the odds are not in favor of Native American women: The murder rate for Native women in the United States is 10 times the national average; 1 in 3 Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime; and domestic violence rates are seven times higher for Natives than women from other demographics. This presentation provides context to these (and other) numbers from cultural, historical, systemic, and gender-based viewpoints. Participants will come away understanding colonial violence and the importance of raising awareness, in addition to being provided concrete ways to help raise awareness for and combat violence against indigenous women, including social media accounts and hashtags to follow for up-to-date information on events and discussions.

Presentation: Surviving Love

Many Native American nations recognized non-binary definitions of gender and sexuality. This training details the history, stories, and language used by several prominent tribes. The Lakota language (both spoken and physical) distinguishes relationships among males, females, and two spirits. In addition, each gender role played a part in the development and maintenance of families, communities, and spirituality. Participants of this training will learn the basics of these gender roles, the part each role played, how those roles are experienced today, and how to strengthen service models when working with Native youth and families.

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Students involved in WMST and feminist activism on campus debunk myths about feminism and discuss what feminism means to them.

  • “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come here because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us work together.” -  Lilla Watson
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