The Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center  
 

 

 

Past Programs

 
Fall 2013 Spring 2013 Fall 2012 Spring 2012
Fall 2011 Spring 2011 Fall 2010 Spring 2010
Fall 2009 Spring 2009 Fall 2008 Spring 2008
Fall 2007 Spring 2007 Fall 2006 Spring 2006
Fall 2005      
 
All programs presented by the JHI Women's Studies Center are on campus, free, and open to the public unless specified otherwise. For more information on any of these programs please call the JHI Women's Studies Center at (616) 632-2979.
 

Spring 2014

“Reflections on Dominican Values, Activism, and Social Justice”
Speaker: Barbara Hansen, O.P.

January 28

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center
Honoring St. Thomas Aquinas week, Hansen reflects on the her life as a Dominican Sister and her social justice work.

 

Women and Environment Symposium
February 7

Time: All Day

Location: Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center, downtown campus

GVSU and WMEAC host the region’s only large-scale meeting focused on women and the environment with both local environmental leaders and members of the academic, activist, and business communities.

“Translation and Interpretation: A Gender-Neutral Profession?”
Speaker: Brandie Brunner
February 11

Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Location: Wege Center Ballroom

Independent French linguist and contract interpreter for the U.S. State Department considers the question of gender neutrality in the field of linguistic translation and interpretation.

 

Sisters of Selma Film and Discussion

March 18

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room
Speaker: Elizabeth Chamberlain
For Women’s History Month, local historian and Aquinas professor Chamberlain contextualizes the film Sisters of Selma - documenting the Catholic nuns who joined in the struggle for civil rights in Selma, Alabama in 1965 - and leads group discussion after the film.

 

Resourceful Women Conference

March 29

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Donnelly Center
The biennial conference features student scholarship on women and gender from across campus.

 
Fall 2013

“Academic Careers in the Geosciences: One Woman's Perspective”
October 7

Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Location: Wege Ballroom

Speaker: Julie Winkler
Winkler, geography professor at Michigan State University and president of the Association of American Geographers, shares her experiences as an academic in the field of geosciences.

 

The Clothesline Project
October 7 through 11

Time: All Day

Location: Lower Wege

The Clothesline Project, begun in 1990, displays personalized t-shirts dedicated to the survivors of domestic violence in communities worldwide. Hung on a clothesline, the shirts bear witness to survivors’ experience of violence and to the support of their families and loved ones.

 

Men in Action Conference
October 11

Time: All Day

Location: Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus

Keynote Speakers: Byron Hurt and Michael Kimmel
Hosted by Grand Valley State University’s Men in Action organization and the GVSU Women’s Center, this conference works to create cultures free from violence, particularly men’s violence against women. Keynote speakers are Kimmel, a sociologist and leading researcher on men and masculinity, and Hurt, an activist and creator of the award-winning documentary film HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.

 

“Food Sovereignty: Environmental Justice in Native America”
Speaker: Winona LaDuke

November 12

Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Location: Wege Ballroom
Internationally known activist, author, and founding director of Honor the Earth, LaDuke presents on environmental justice in Native America. Co-sponsored by Aquinas’ Center for Diversity & Inclusion with support from the Center for Sustainability, the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

 
Spring 2013

The Dominican Sisters: Women Religious in Mission

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
St. Thomas Aquinas Week
Speaker: Sister Maureen Geary, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters-Grand Rapids
12:30 p.m., Wege Center Loutit Room

 

The Equality Bake Sale

Thursday, February 14, 2013
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., AB Lobby

 

Women and Men's Work: Building a People-Centered Food System

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Speaker:  Cornelia Flora
7 p.m., Donnelly Center

 

“Meet the Professionals:  A Conversation with Financial and Legal Specialists”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Panel:  Rachel Mraz (Moderator), Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch; Wendy Holtvluwer, Estate Planning Attorney, Miller Johnson; Raquel Salas, Business Attorney, Avanti Law; Connie Thacker, Divorce Attorney, Rhoades McKee; Rhonda Huismann, CPA, Crowe Horwath
7 p.m., Wege Center Loutit Room

 

AQ Outstanding Women Awards

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
11:30 a.m., Donnelly Center

 
Fall 2012
Gender and Body Modification

Speaker: Margo DeMello

Thursday, September 13, 2012

7 p.m., Wege Center Ballroom

 

The Clothesline Project

October 8-12, 2012

The Wege Center Lobby

 

The Money Therapist is in the House

Speaker:  Marcia Brixey
Monday, November 5, 2012

7 p.m., Wege Center Ballroom

 
Spring 2012

Mother and Daughter: A Creative Approach to the Grieving Process
Speaker: Ms. Theresa Thome
January 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wege Center Loutit Room
Writer and performer Theresa Thome will talk about the topic of grief and how she used journaling to grieve her mother’s death. Thome turned her journal entries into a monologue, which she will also perform.

 

Women and the Word
Speaker: Dr. Diane Maodush-Pitzer
January 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wege Center Loutit Room
St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series
Dr. Diane Maodush-Pitzer is a professor of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. She will discuss how, for years, the work of Biblical translation and interpretation was guided and guarded by male scholars and clerics.  Recent years have witnessed the rise of both female scholarship and feminist theology which alongside of the "new discovery" of ancient texts, has presented exciting new ways to imagine gospel transformation within the church.

 

Equality Bake Sale
February 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Academic Building Lobby
On average, women make 77 cents per dollar that men make in the workplace. To demonstrate this wage gap inequity, men pay 25% more than women for baked goods at the Equality Bake Sale. Imagine if all prices for goods reflected the gendered wage gap.
Proceeds will go to a local women’s organization.

 

The Slave Across the Street
Speaker: Ms. Theresa Flores
February 23, 7 to 8 p.m., Wege Center Ballroom
She is the spokeswoman and Director of Education and Training for Gracehaven House, which is rehabilitation home for young girls who are survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Flores details her own story as a survivor of human trafficking in her memoirs The Slave Across the Street and The Sacred Bath. Ms. Flores speaks on human trafficking in the U.S. and her S.O.A.P. Project (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) as a rescue effort for young girls being trafficked in the U.S.

 

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
Speaker: Ms. Stacy Malkan

March 21 - Lunch talk at Noon, Evening lecture at 7 p.m.

Author Stacy Malkan, in her book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, exposes the ugly side of personal care products, many of which people use every day. With her “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,” and “Not Too Pretty” report, Ms. Malkan reveals the harmful chemicals used in more than 70 percent of the products tested.  She also offers ways that everyone can become involved in advocating for healthy personal care products.

Sponsored by the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center and the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College.

 

Resourceful Women’s Conference
Keynote Speaker: Ms. Kelly Dittmar '05
March 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donnelly Center

This is an inspirational and educational two-day conference. Students are able to submit academic papers, projects, exhibits, performances, and articles on the topic of gender issues, from which a winner will be chosen and given a monetary prize. Keynote speaker, Aquinas College alumna Kelly Dittmar, will discuss women’s involvement in politics, in her talk “From the Sidelines to the Senate: Women in American Politics.”

 

AQ Outstanding Woman Awards
April 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Donnelly Center
For this 10th annual event, celebrate the outstanding female students, staff, faculty, and alumnae of Aquinas College, who have made significant contributions and accomplishments on campus and in the community.

 
Fall 2011

A Conversation with Nicholas Kristof
Speaker: Mr. Nicholas Kristof
September 26, 4 to 5 p.m., Wege Center Ballroom
New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, will make brief comments about his book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. He and co-author, Sheryl WuDunn, detail the oppression of women in Africa and Asia, and demonstrate that the emancipation of women is the key to fighting poverty. A question and answer session will follow.

 

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Speaker: Mr. Nicholas Kristof
Hosted by the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center
September 26, 7 p.m., Fountain Street Church

 

Of CSIs, Profilers and Forensic Scientists: The Women in TV's Lab Coats
Speaker: Dr. Colleen Coughlin
October 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wege Center Loutit Room
Dr. Colleen Coughlin, professor of Popular Culture at Davenport University, discusses her research on gender and crime dramas on television. In her talk, she focuses on eight different hour-long programs which include scientific investigations; and she engages in an in-depth analysis of some of the female characters. Specifically cast members from Criminal Minds and NCIS, to offer up some beginning answers to questions about women's depictions in these shows.

 

Clothesline Project
October 24-28, on display in Lower-level Wege Center
The Clothesline Project began 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. Women who have experienced violence express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt, which is then hung on a clothesline for public display as a testimony to the problem of violence against women and to provide an avenue for survivors to break the silence that surrounds their experience. The Clothesline Project is organized by the YWCA and is present in over 500 communities and several countries world-wide.

 

WASTED: Coming Back from an Addiction to Starvation, My Journey through Anorexia and Bulimia
Speaker: Ms. Marya Hornbacher
November 2, 7 to 8 p.m., Wege Center Ballroom
November 3, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Donnelly Center
Marya Hornbacher is a best-selling author and mental health advocate. Her presentation is based upon her memoir, entitled Wasted, detailing her journey in battling an eating disorder. Ms. Hornbacher will also discuss how eating disorders result from a cultural ideal of thinness as the perfect body type, and she will challenge her audience to consider how they are involved in our eating-disordered culture, and what changes they can make in their own lives.

 
Spring 2011

Thursday, January 27
“Hildegard of Bingen”
One woman production of the life of a Christian mystic, who was filled with creativity, industry, music and influence performed by Linn Maxwell.
Sponsored by JHIWSC and Campus Ministry.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kretchmer Auditorium, Art and Music Center

 

Monday, February 14
“Equality Bake Sale”
Men pay 25% more than women for tasty baked goods to illustrate the injustice of the current wage gap: 77 cents for every dollar. Social awareness never tasted so good.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: AB lobby (Academic Building)

 

Thursday, February 24 - CANCELED
“The Other Side of Paradise: An Evening with Staceyann Chin”
Staceyann Chin’s slam poetry is blunt, beautiful, and coming to Aquinas! Originally from Jamaica, Chin focuses on dozens of issues ranging from environmental activism to gender equality. Experience her art!

 

Tuesday, March 22 - CANCELED
“Art With Purpose: A Lecture by Sarah Scott”
Sarah Scott, an inspiring artist from the Heartside District, uses her art to heal and reach out to women in her community. Hear about her unique social applications of art and her experiences as a female artisan.
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.

Location: Donnelly Center

 

Wednesday, April 13
“Gendered Politics, Gendered Strategy? Men, Women and Political Campaigns”
Hear about Aquinas grad Kelly Dittmar's research on gender and political campaigning, investigating differences in men and women's strategies and experiences on the campaign trail.

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 
Fall 2010

Tuesday, September 21
“Out of the Basement and Into Success: One Woman’s Journey to Becoming an Attorney Referee”
Debbie Autman shares about her successful career in the legal field, personal anecdotes, and court room drama.
Time: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 

Wednesday, October 6
“Eyes Wide Open: A Lecture by Sarah Strong”
As Managing Director of the Not This Girl.com, Sarah Strong reaches out to those facing with domestic violence. NTG extends support to those affected by domestic violence through empowerment, offering a bridge to resources, creating awareness and advocating for change.

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 

Tuesday, October 12
“Strong Women”
A performance by Still Point Theater featuring poetry written by women incarcerated in Cook County Jail. This inspiring piece explores, in the women’s own voices, the shock of arrival, the experience of incarceration and abuse, leaving family behind and the quest to grow as a person and eventually release long-held fears.

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Wege Center Ballroom

 

Wednesday, October 27
“Susan Douglas Salon”
Students and faculty from Grand Rapids area colleges discuss selections from Susan Douglas’ book, Enlightened Sexism, in preparation for her visit to Davenport’s campus on November 8.
Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 

Monday, November 8
“Susan Douglas Speaks on Enlightened Sexism”
Sponsored by the West Michigan Women’s Studies Council

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Lettinga Auditorium, Sneden Center, Davenport University

 

Tuesday, November 9
“Young Feminists and The Future”
A panel discussion featuring young feminists of today. Listen to the unique experiences of young women living as feminists in contemporary society. Hear them speak about the Third Wave, and how feminism affects all of us.

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 

Thursday, November 18
“And Your Petitioners Will Ever Pray": The 1830's Women's Campaign against Indian Removal,
a lecture by Dr. Amy Dunham-Strand.
Dr. Amy Dunham Strand will share accounts of early feminist activism! Petitioning was one of the first ways women raised their voices against governmental inequality.

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 

Thursday, December 2
“Pray the Devil Back To Hell”
The documentary chronicles the story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a civil war in their country.

Time: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 

Saturday, December 11
“Do-It-Yourself Workshop with Artist Madeline Kaczmarczyk”

Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center

 
Spring 2010
Thursday, January 28
“Catherine of Siena: A Woman For Our Times”
A one-woman play performed by Sister Nancy Murray, O.P., Adrian Dominican
In Celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas Week
Co-Sponsored by Campus Ministry
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Ballroom
 
Friday, February 5 through Sunday, February 20
“The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Domestic Violence”
Location: Wege Center, Lower Level
 
Friday, February 12
“Equality Bake Sale: Highlighting the Continuing Gender Income Gap”
Time: 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Location: AB Lobby
 
Tuesday, February 23
"Women and Sustainable Development:Portraits of Third World Women"
Lecture by Business Professor Swithina Mboko
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center
 
Wednesday, March 3
“Appreciation Lunch in Honor of International Women’s Day”
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room, Wege Center Third Floor
 
Monday, April 5
Artist Judy Chicago
Presented by the West Michigan Women’s Studies Council
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE , Grand Rapids, MI 49525
 
Monday, April 12
Outstanding AQ Woman Nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. in the JHIWSC mailbox.
 
Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17, 2010
The Resourceful Women Conference
Keynote Speaker: Mary Alice Williams
Location: Donnelly Center
 
Wednesday, April 21
The Annual "Outstanding AQ Woman Awards”
Time: 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Donnelly Center
 
Fall 2009
Monday, September 21
“Women in the Balance: Four Professionals Juggle Career and Family”
Featuring panelists: Beth Sanders, EA, MAAA Deloitte Consulting; Linda M. Stotenbur, CFP, Associate Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial; Kelly Smallegan-Maas, Lambert, Edwards & Associates, Director of PR; Rita Grant, Professor of Accounting, School of (Seidman College of Business) GVSU
Co-Sponsored by the School of Management
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
 
CANCELED -  Wednesday, October 7
"Strong Women: Stories of Incarcerated Women"
By:  The Still Point Theatre Collective, Chicago
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Ballroom
 
Thursday, November 5
“Local Women in Music”
Panelists: Kathy Wagner, Mary Rademacher and Edye Evans Hyde; Facilitator: Francine Paolini
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room, Third Floor Wege Center
 
Wednesday, November 11
GET (Girls Empowering Together) College Day
AQ Students mentor Grand Rapids Public School teen girls through the GET program
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Donnelly Center
 
Thursday, December 3
“Sister Santa” featuring Women’s Studies Professor Deb Wickering
Time: 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
Location: Lobby of the Grace Hauenstein Library
 
Spring 2009
Tuesday, January 27
In Celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas Week
Panelists: Dominican Sisters and Facilitator, Sister Maureen Geary
“Answering the Call to Do Justice: Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids”
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Wege Center Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Tuesday, February 3
Speaker: Kathleen Hall Jamison
"Gender, Power, Politics and the Media in the 2008 Presidential Election"
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the West Michigan Women’s Studies Council
Ms. Jamieson is a Professor of Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work is devoted to finding accurate facts within
US political campaigns and advertisements.
 
Thursday, February 12
"Equality Bake Sale: Highlighting the Continuing Gender Income Gap”
Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Academic Building Lobby
*All proceeds go to a local women’s organization
 
Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 20
Exhibit: “The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Domestic Violence”
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Wege Center, Lower Level Lobby
Free and open to the public
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
 
Tuesday, February 24
Speaker: Bena' Burda
"Leading Change Through Commerce: Bena Burda and Maggie's Organics."
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Donnelly Center
Free and open to the public
 
Thursday, March 4
Appreciation Luncheon in Honor of International Women’s Day
With its beginnings in Copenhagen, nearly 90 years ago, women’s groups around the world celebrate International Women’s Day.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Friday, March 6: Deadline
Student Creative Writing Contest
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Aquinas students will submit their poetry, creative non-fiction, or fiction celebrating women or issues related to women. Winners will read their work at the “A Night of Celebrating Women’s Voices” event.
Entry forms available in the Women’s Studies Center, Mail Room, and Library
Please have all submissions/forms to the Women’s Studies Center or the mailbox of Pamela Dail-Whiting by 5 p.m.
 
Thursday, March 19
Speaker: Sandi Wisenberg
“Was That a He or a She and Why Does it Matter?: A Reading of Creative Nonfiction ”
(From her forthcoming book on her experiences with cancer)
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room Free and open to the public
 
Monday, March 23
Speaker: Jessica Valenti, author of "Full Frontal Feminism"
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kirkhoff Center, Allendale Campus at GVSU
Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program.
 
Thursday, March 26
“A Night of Celebrating Women’s Voices”
Readings from the winners of the Women’s History Month Creative Writing Contest and From the Women and Journals Class
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Moose Café, Cook Carriage House
Free and open to the public
 
Wednesday, April 8
The Annual “Outstanding AQ Woman Awards”
As the academic year draws to an end, the Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center is honored to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and commitment of the women of Aquinas College. An outstanding faculty, staff, student, and alumni are selected based upon nominations, by a special committee to win these awards and they will be honored at this award ceremony.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
 
Thursday, April 16
Speaker: Susan Stall
"Women-Centered Organizing: A Form of Resistance."
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Wege Center Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Fall 2008

Monday, October 6

“In a time of moral crisis, we could not be silent!”

Speakers: Dominican Sisters Carol Gilbert & Ardeth Platte There will also be a viewing of “Conviction.”

Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Location:  Wege Center Loutit Room

Free and open to the public

Three Dominican Sisters are featured in the film "Conviction"(43 min.) produced by Brenda Truelson Fox.  It relates the story of their nonviolent civil resistance plowshare action, their trial, sentencing and incarceration in a Citizen's Weapons Inspection of a Minuteman III nuclear weapon on October 6, 2002

 

Wednesday, October 8

Speaker: Maria Schneider, internationally renowned jazz composer

“How Does a Woman Make Her Place in the Jazz World?”

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Location: Loutit Room

Free and open to the public

 

Thursday, October 9

Speaker: Maria Schneider, jazz composer and conductor  

“An Evening Concert with Maria Schneider & the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra.”

Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Wege Center Ballroom Free and open to the public.
NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Must have ticket to attend.

 
Wednesday, October 15
Speaker: Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s equity expert
“The High Stakes in 2008: Issues, The Women's Vote, and You.” 
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Eberhard Center, GVSU, 301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Free and open to the public.
Parking available in the Conference Services/Fulton Street Lot.
Sponsored by the West Michigan Women’s Studies Council
 
October - This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Speaker: Naomi Klein, author of “Shock Doctrine” and “No Logo.” Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Sponsored by the West Michigan Women’s Studies Council
 
Tuesday, November 11 Speaker: Judy Whipps
"Jane Addams: Connecting Passivism to Feminism" Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Location: Wege Center Loutit Room Free and open to the public
 
Friday, December 5  “Sister Santa’s comin’ to town…” What if Santa was a Woman? How would things be different if Saint Nick was a chic? This annual holiday celebration has a lot to offer. Sister Santa will listen to the holiday wishes of Aquinas faculty, staff, and students, as well as pass out special gifts from her sack. There will also be plenty of food and fun for all! Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Location: Wege Cafeteria
 
Spring 2008
Tuesday, January 29
In Celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas Week: The Twelfth Annual Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center Tea and Lecture
Topic: "Women Writers in the Middle Ages"
Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Coogan, Associate Professor of English, and Aquinas College
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
February 1 through 15
"The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Domestic Violence"
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Lower Level Wege Mall
 
Thursday, February 7
"An Evening with Eve Ensler: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of V-Day."
Speaker: Eve Ensler, Playwright, Performer and Activist
Ensler, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, has just completed a
tour of 20 North American cities with her newest play, The Good Body, following engagements on Broadway in NYC and ACT in San Francisco.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fountain St. Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sponsored by the West Michigan Women’s Studies Council
Free and open to the public
 
**This Event Has Been CANCELED. It will be rescheduled for a later date.**
Thursday, February 7

"The Faith of Our Mothers: Black Women’s Jesus, White Women’s Christ"
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michelle R. Loyd-Paige, Interim Dean for Multicultural Affairs at Calvin College and Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work.  She has a research interest in African-American clergywomen. She holds Master and Doctorate Degrees from Purdue University and joined the Department of Sociology at Calvin College in 1985. She is also an ordained minister of the Gospel and serves as a pasturing elder in Muskegon, Michigan. In addition, she is the founder of Preach Sista!, Inc., a non-profit organization which “Embraces, Encourages, and Equips Women for Ministry."
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Tuesday, February 12
Equality Bake Sale: "Highlighting the Continuing Gender Gap Income"
Women currently make 77cents for every dollar men make. The Equality Bake Sale adjusts prices accordingly for a taste of what inequality means.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Academic Building Lobby
All proceeds go to a local women’s organization.
 
Friday, February 22
Student Creative Writing Contest
In Celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women's Studies Center will accept poetry, creative non-fiction, or fiction celebrating women or issues relating to women. Submissions will be accepted Jan. 11 through Friday, Feb. 22. Winners will read their work at the Women’s History Creative Writing Reading with a Sabbatical Reading by Professor Pamela Dail Whiting, Assistant Professor of English.
 
Wednesday, March 12
International Women's Day Celebration
We will view a short film, The Kingdom of Women, with discussion to follow.
Dr. Katharina Häusler-Gross, AQ Associate Professor of German, will present the film and facilitate discussion.
Light refreshments will also be served.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Thursday, March 13
"Women's History Creative Writing Reading "
Creative writing readings by the winners of the Student Creative Writing Contest with a sabbatical reading by Professor Pamela Dail-Whiting, Assistant Professor of English.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: TBA
Free and open to the public
 
Tuesday, March 25
"Sustain Your Brain: A hands-on demonstration about what individuals can do for sustainability."
Brown Bag Lecture Series
Speaker: Dr. Deborah Steketee, Assistant Professor for Sustainable Business,
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Albertus Hall - Rm. 111
Free and open to the public
 
Wednesday, April 2
The Annual "Outstanding AQ Woman Awards"
As the academic year draws to an end, the Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center is honored to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and commitment of the women of Aquinas College. An outstanding faculty, staff, student and alumni are selected, based upon nominations, by a special committee to win these awards and they will be honored at this award ceremony.
Nominations are due March 21 by 5 p.m.
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Hauenstein Library Lobby
 
Saturday, April 12
Eighth Annual Resourceful Women’s Conference
This conference is held in order to help students develop skills that allow them to become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and advocates for gender equality.
Keynote: "Your Very Best"
Speaker: Shirley O. Corriher, a food scientist and author of "Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking."  Shirley O. Corriher is a food writer and culinary food sleuth. She is a contributing editor to Fine Cooking and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Ballroom
 
Monday, April 21
"STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections): what, how, where and the HPV vaccine"
Speaker: Kim Quigg, RNC, NP
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Fall 2007
Thursday, September 6
"Asking for Help: Putting on Your Air Mask or You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have"
Speaker: Tim Cusack, Laughter That Matters
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Monday, September 17
"Breast Health and How You Can Help With the Susan G. Koman Foundation"
Speaker: Kim Quigg, RNC, NP and Veronica Beitner of the Aquinas College Health Center
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Thursday, September 27
"Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity"
Speaker: Robert Jensen, Professor  of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin.
Robert Jensen’s new book launches a powerful critique of mainstream pornography
that promises to reignite one of the fiercest debates in contemporary feminism.
In Getting Off Jensen asks tough, but crucial questions about pornography, manhood,
and paths toward genuine social justice.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Donnelly Center
Co-sponsored with the Community Media Center
Free and open to the public
 
Thursday, October 4
“Adam and Eve and the Serpent”
Speaker: Elaine Pagels writer, professor, Biblical scholar, and feminist.
Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose impressive scholarship has earned her international respect. The Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, Pagels was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships in three consecutive years. Works of Pagels include Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, The Gnostic Gospel, Adam, Eve and the Serpent, The Origin of Satan and Reading Judas.
Time: 7 p.m.,
Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sponsored by the West Michigan Women's Studies Council
Free and open to the public
 
Tuesday, October 9
"Eating Disorders: A Crisis in Eating and Weight"
Speaker: Barbara Homrich, Clinical Psychologist and Substance Abuse Program Director at Claystone Clinical Associates
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Thursday, November 1
"Does Depression Really Hurt... Facing It Head On"
Speakers: Christy Buck, RSW Executive Director and Susan Meekhof, Education Coordinator from the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Thursday, November 15
"Rock the Boat, but Don't be Surprised if You Get Wet"
Speaker: Roxanne Walker, radio activist, has been honored by the Greenville Chapter of Women in Communications with three Matrix Awards for her political opinion column in MetroBEAT, an alternative news weekly. She will be speaking about one woman's lonely war against a giant media company and how her antiwar views affected her career.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loutit Room
Free and open to the public
 
Monday, November 19
"This Land Was Their Land..." Native-American spiritual land-blessing ceremony
Presenters: Dr. Sara Leeland, Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. Paul M. Bienemann, Professor of Geography, Aquinas College
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Mary’s Shrine in front of Holmdene
Free and open to the public
 
Friday, December 7
"Sister Santa’s comin’ to town..."
What if Santa was a Woman? How would things be different if jolly old Saint Nick was a chick?
This annual holiday celebration has a lot to offer. Sister Santa will listen to the holiday wishes of Aquinas faculty, staff and students, pass out special gifts from her sack, and lead participants in traditional carols with a twist! There will be food and fun for all, you can even get your picture taken on her lap!
Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Location: Lower Wege Center Lounge
 
Spring 2007
Thursday, January 18
"Sexual Assault: Viewed Through Two Professions"
Helen Brinkman , Kent County Prosecutor & Linda Rossman, YWCA Nurse Examiner
Nurse Examiner Rossman and Prosecutor Brinkman will discuss their differing, but equally important, roles in assisting survivors of sexual assault and raising awareness about this important issue. Sexual assault information and resources will be available.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Monday, January 29 through Friday, February 9
The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Domestic Violence
Time: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Lower Wege Lounge
Cost: Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids YWCA.
 
Tuesday, January 23
10 th Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Week Tea & Lecture
Sister Mary Navarre, O.P. Aquinas Professor of Education discusses her experiences on a recent trip to France and what she learned about St. Dominic.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Monday, January 29
Wangari Mathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient for her environmental activism in Africa.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the West Michigan Women's Studies Council.
 
Thursday, February 1
In Celebration of Black History Month "Sensuality or Eroticism? Female Rappers on Sex, Gender, and Subjectivity"
Jennifer Young, Assistant Professor of English at Hope College explores the strategies female rappers use to claim space, proclaim their femininity, and attain respect in a music world plagued by stigma and commercialism.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Tuesday, February 13
Equality Bake Sale - Highlighting the Continuing Gender Income Gap
Women make 69 cents to every dollar men make in Kent County- 2000 US Census. The Equality Bake sale adjusts prices accordingly for a taste of what this inequality means.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Academic Building lobby
 

Thursday, March 1
International Women's Day: Women's History Month Kick-off

International Women's Day is celebrated by women's groups around the world with its beginnings in Copenhagen, nearly 90 years ago. Professor Katharina Gross will present its history and offer bread and roses, inspired by James Oppenheim's famous poem.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free

 
Monday, March 5 Student Creative Writing Contest
Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, March 15 by 5 p.m.
In Celebration of Women's History Month. Aquinas students submit their poetry, creative non-fiction, or fiction celebrating women or issues particular to women. Winners will read their work at the Aquinas Faculty Tandem Poetry.
 
Thursday, March 15
“Dilemmas of Feminist Work in Political Science”
Molly Patterson, AQ Political Scientist

Molly Patterson, AQ Political Scientist, will share the findings of her dissertation research related to democratic theory.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free
 
Thursday, March 22
Faculty Tandem Poetry Reading
Featuring Aquinas' own published poets: Michaleen Kelly; Professor of Philosophy, Vicki McMillan; Assistant Professor of English, and Miriam Pederson; Associate Professor of English.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Cook Carriage House, Moose Cafe
Cost: Free
 
Friday, March 30
Fifth Annual Outstanding AQ Woman Awards Reception

Deadline for Nominations: Tuesday, March 20 by 5 p.m.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Holmdene Board Room
 
Monday, April 9
"More than a Cure: Examining the Politics of Breast Health and the Environment"

Julia Mason, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Grand Valley State University
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Fall 2006
Thursday, August 31
Gender Studies Club at "Clubs and Orgs Day"
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Mall
 
Thursday, September 7
Jean Doss, Representative, One United Michigan
One United Michigan is a non-partisan group that is currently working to inform voters about the so-called Michigan Civil Rights Initiative which will appear on the ballot in November.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Saturday, September 9
2006 Coalition Conference
Grassroots peace and social justice activists and organizations based in Western Michigan will present literature, information, and resources. The West Michigan Peace and Justice Coalition's some thirty member groups will be among those represented.
Time: 1p.m.
Location: Wege Center Ball Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Presented by the West Michigan Justice and Peace Coalition.
 
Monday, September 25
"Activism for a New Millennium"

A panel discussion featuring Dotti Clune; activist, organizer, and local freelance writer, Paula Melin; Muskegon school teacher, Doris Rucks; retired professor of Women's Studies and African American Studies at GVSU.
Time: 7 to 8 p.m. panel, 8 to 9 p.m. breakout sessions
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
 
Monday, October 2
Bell Hooks: "The Positive Power of Feminism"
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by The West Michigan Women's Studies Council.
 
Tuesday, October 24
"Women Make a Difference: An Hour with Diane Rehm at Aquinas College"
Host of the National Public Radio Diane Rehm Show.
Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Performing Arts Center, Aquinas College.
Free and open to the public.
Major Event Sponsor, Founders Bank and Trust
 
Tuesday, October 24
"A Conversation with Diane Rehm"

Dinner fundraiser celebrating the Jane Hibbard Idema's Women's Studies Center's 20th anniversary. Tickets are $150 per person. Seating is limited.
A special thanks to Founders Bank and Trust for being our major event sponsor.
 
Thursday, November 9
"Make Your International Dream a Reality"
Dr. Mary Anne E. Walsh
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Donnelly Center
 
Thursday, November 16
"Anishinabekwewok: The Strength of the People"

Debra Muller, Project Manager,
Grand Rapids Public Museum In her work in the Museum's Curatorial Division, Deb focuses on the Norton Land Group National Historic Landmark along the Grand River. Her talk will cover Grand Rapids Native American culture and Native women's influence on the community.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Friday, December 1
Sister Santa Visits Aquinas

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Cafeteria
 

Saturday, December 2
"Reproducing Inequities: Poverty and the Politics of Population in Haiti"
Residents of Haiti - one of the poorest and most unstable countries in the world--face a grim reality of starvation, violence, lack of economic opportunity, and minimal health care. For years, aid organizations have sought to alleviate the problems by creating health and family planning clinics. Why did this initiative fail so spectacularly despite surveys finding that residents would like to have fewer children? Why don't poor women heed the message of family planning when smaller families seem to be in their best interests? M. Catherine Maternowska, professor at the University of California, San Francisco, will give a talk addressing these and other issues from her book Reproducing Inequities.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Schuler Books and Music, 3165 Alpine Ave. NW, Walker, MI 49544

 
Spring 2006
Tuesday, January 24
"Stalking the Divine" By author Kristin Ohlson
In Celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas Week
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
 
Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 6
The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Domestic Violence
Location: On display in Lower Wege Lounge
 
Tuesday, February 7
Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) presents "Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide"
Andrea Smith
, Native American scholar, activist and co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the largest grassroots, multi-racial feminist organization in the U.S.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wealthy Street Theatre
 
Tuesday, February 14
Equality Bake Sale
Highlighting the Continuing Gender Income Gap
According to the U.S. Women's Bureau and the National Committee on Pay Equity, a woman made an average of 75.5 cents for every dollar a man made in 2003.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Academic Building Lobby
All proceeds are donated to the Women's Resource Center.
 
Tuesday, February 21
Mira Nair Film Festival

Showing of "Salaam Bombay!"
To be followed by a panel discussion.
Time: 7p.m.
Location: Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
 
Wednesday, February 22
Mira Nair Film Festival
Showing of "Hysterical Blindness" and "Laughing Club of India "
Time: 7p.m
Location: Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
 
Wednesday, February 22
Black History Month Films

Featuring "Bamboozled" and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."
Discussion to follow facilitated by Dr. Michael Cushion; Aquinas Assistant Professor of Sociology and Sharon Smith; Aquinas Director of Career and Counseling Services.
Time: 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Location: Moose Cafe, Cook Carriage House.
 
Wednesday, February 22
Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) presents "Is the U.S. Military Liberating Iraq?"
A critique of US Policy through a Gender and Anti-Imperialist Lens Lecture by Stan Goff, soldier, teacher, and author of "Sex and War."
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wealthy Street Theatre
 
Thursday, February 23
The Nokomis Foundation Lecture Series and West Michigan Women's Studies Council Presents
Between Two Worlds: An Evening with Mira Nair
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Gezon Auditorium, Calvin College
 
Thursday, February 23
The Gender Studies Club Presents, Bleached Out! Dioxins and You
AQ Nurse Kim Texley Quigg will be presenting on the harmful effects that bleached tampons have on the female body. Free samples of organic tampons and information will be handed out to the public. Organic tampons will be on sale in the health center located in lower Wege starting February 20, 2006 .
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
 
February Black History Month
African American Women Authors Book Display
Location: Woodhouse Library
 
Thursday, March 2
International Women's Day Celebration
By Kati Gross, Aquinas German Professor
International Women's Day is celebrated by women's groups around the world with its beginnings in Copenhagen , nearly 90 years ago. Professor Gross will present its history and offer bread and roses, inspired by James Oppenheim's famous poem.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Foyer
 
March 2006
Student Creative Writing Contest
In Celebration of Women's History Month. Aquinas students submit their poetry, creative non-fiction, or fiction celebrating women or issues particular to women. Winners will read their work at the Aquinas Faculty Tandem Poetry Reading.
Deadline: March 1, 2006
Winners: Julie Coyne and Rickie-Ann Legleitner
 
Saturday, March 18
March Madness Costume Ball **POSTPONED**
Fundraiser for AIDS Orphans in Malawi

Time: 8 p.m. to Midnight
Cost: $20 per person.
Location: Wege Center Ballroom
 
Wednesday, March 22
Aquinas Faculty Tandem Poetry Reading

In celebration of Women's History Month. Featuring Aquinas' own published poets Michelle DeRose, Associate Professor of English; Vicki McMillan, Assistant Professor of English; Pamela Waterbury, Assistant Professor of English; and Miriam Pederson, Associate Professor of English. Winners of the Student Creative Writing Contest will also present their works.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Moose Café, Cook Carriage House.
 
Friday, March 24
Seventh Annual Resourceful Women Conference
"Four Women from Egypt " A film by Tahani Rached
Deb Wickering, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Aquinas College will lead a discussion following the film.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kretschmer Recital Hall
Free and open to the public.
"Riveting in its veracity, deeply moving in its humanity, this brilliant film captures how women's lives can be tied to national dreams and how a nation can be built out of friendship and difference. These four compelling women - intellectuals, activists, and friends - will open your eyes to politics, religion, and gender in Egypt . They will also make you laugh and cry." --Lila Abu-Lughod
 
Saturday, March 25
Seventh Annual Resourceful Women Conference

A conference of student works about women.
Time: Student presentations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Wege Ballroom & Academic Bldg. Classrooms
Keynote speaker: Dr. Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University . Dr. Abu-Lughod will be speaking on "The Muslim Woman: The Power of Images and the Dangers of Pity." Her lecture will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Wege Student Center Ballroom.
Middle Eastern lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. , with a special performance by the Dark Flowered Gypsies dance troupe.
Reservations and prepayment are required for lunch by March 22 by 5 p.m. (extended). Lunch is $8 general public and $4 students with ID.
Contact the Women's Studies Center at (616) 632-2979 to make a reservation.
 
Tuesday, March 28
"Women Entrepreneurs: Their Green Side"
Presented by the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center and the Sustainable Business Department.
A panel featuring Janine Benyus; author of "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature," international lecturer and consultant, Anja VanderBrug Mast; co-owner of Trillium Haven Farm, an organic, community-supported farm in Michigan, Gayle DeBruyn; Designer and owner of Lake Affect Studio, and Mary Ellen Mika; Manager of Strategic Sourcing Services, Steelcase, Inc.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wege Ballroom
Free and open to the public
 
Thursday, March 30
4th Annual Outstanding Aquinas Woman Award Reception
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Holmdene Board Room
Deadline for Nominations: Wednesday, March 15 by 5 p.m.
 
Fall 2005
Thursday, September 29
"Expedition Medic"
By Kate Dernocoeur, local writer

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
 
Monday, October 3
"Margaret Atwood as a Feminist Writer"
by Jennifer Dawson, Aquinas Assistant Professor of English
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room
Refreshments provided.
 
Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 14
Faith Ringgold's work on exhibit
Location: Art and Music Center Gallery
 
Thursday October 6, 2005
West Michigan Women's Studies Council presents
Author Margaret Atwood
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
 
Wednesday, October 12
"Quilts as Art & Story: The Works of Faith Ringgold" (Lecture & Slide Presentation)
Time: Noon and 7 p.m.
Location: Aquinas Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $10 general public. Call (616) 632-2449 for tickets. Student tickets for the noon-time lecture, and limited seating for the evening lecture, available for $5 at the PAC box office with a student ID.
Book signing to follow.
 
Thursday, November 17
"Leadership Roles of Native American Women"
By Sharon Detz, Former Director of Native American Ministry

Discussion on the definition of leadership, Native American women in leadership roles, and a short film.
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Center Loutit Room