Women's Studies at Aquinas College


Fall 2017

Voter Registration Drive @ Saint Stock
Wednesday, September 6
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center

Join the Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center and community groups at Aquinas’ annual “Welcome Week” resource fair for student organizations, local businesses, faith communities, and non-profit groups. While you’re there, celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage on Women’s Equality Day (August 26, 1920) by registering to vote, if you haven’t already. aquinas.edu/campus-life/saint_stock

The Clothesline Project
Monday-Friday, October 2-6
All Day Display
AB Second Floor Lounge Atrium

The annual Clothesline Project (clotheslineproject.org), begun in 1990 in Massachusetts, displays handmade t-shirts, hung on a clothesline, in support of survivors of domestic violence. Our display includes t-shirts created by Aquinas students, faculty, and staff, giving voice to the problem of domestic violence in our own community as well as around the world.

Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival
Saturday, October 21
Noon – 10 p.m.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids

While male perspectives have dominated film and media industries, the 4th annual Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival showcases the creativity of female artists and feminist filmmakers and portrays the experiences of women and underrepresented voices in a day of free film screenings and panel discussions.

STEM and Women of Color Events with Astrophysicist Dr. Jedidah Isler
Monday, October 30, 2017
12:30 p.m. TED-Style Talk
7 – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Wege Ballroom

Award-winning astrophysicist, STEM education advocate, and celebrated TED Fellow Dr. Jedidah Isler shares her story of how one woman of color fell in love with studying the stars – and how lessons from the stars enhance our everyday life: jedidahislerphd.com. A collaboration with Aquinas’ Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the St. Albert the Great Lecture Series.

Feminine Hygiene Product Drive
December 7-20
Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center

Feminine hygiene products are among the items most needed among women who are homeless. Please bring your unused tampons and sanitary napkins to the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center in AB 263. Donations will go to Degage Ministries Open Door Women's Shelter.

Spring 2018

Sonia Kovalevsky Day Birthday Celebration
Friday, January 12 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Academic Building Lobby

With the Math Department and the Women's Studies Center, celebrate the birthday of brilliant Russian mathematician Sonia Kovalesky, who taught herself trigonometry at age 14, became the first woman in modern Europe to gain a doctorate in mathematics, and was known as a champion for women's rights. Come have a slice of birthday cake in the AB Lobby and learn about Kovalevsky Day!

"A Calling to Science: One Sister's Story"
Tuesday, January 23
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Loutit Room

Come learn how our Dean of Sciences and Sustainability, Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D., came to pursue a path in the STEM fields, as part of campus’ annual celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas Week with Campus Ministry. Coffee, tea, and cookies too!

Science Writer Deborah Blum
Wednesday, February 7
Wege Ballroom
7:30 p.m.

Join the JHIWSC and the Contemporary Writers Series in hearing from Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-prize-winning science writer, on her insights from a career of writing in the sciences and on the importance of science communication in a digital age: deborahblum.com

Equality Bake Sale
Tuesday, February 13
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Academic Building Lobby;
5 p.m.-9 p.m. JLH Library Piazza

Our annual bake sale highlights the gender wage gap (women earn an average of seventy-seven cents for every dollar men earn in the workplace) by charging women 25% less. Proceeds go to local women’s organizations.

Women & Environment Symposium Film
Sunday, February 25, 2017
6 p.m. Aquinas College Donnelly Center

The JHIWSC partners again with GVSU's Women's Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council in our annual exploration of the intersection of “women’s” and “environmental” issues with a showing and discussion of the film on the life of Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

Open Mic Night at the Moose:
Women’s Song and STE(A)M
Wednesday, March 21
7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Moose Café, Cook Carriage House

Adding the “Arts” to “STEM” makes “STEAM”! Whatever your area of study, come create with the Aquinas College Women’s Chorus, the JHIWSC, and the Writing Center during an evening of interdisciplinary responses to song. While members of the Women’s Chorus raise their voices, you get to craft an artistic response – whether by writing, drawing, painting, or sculpting – and share it live at the open mic. Songs, art supplies, and snacks provided – just show up with a willingness to create!

Resourceful Women Conference
Saturday, March 24
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Upper Donnelly Center

Dr. Diana Bitner, ob/gyn with Spectrum Health, offers a keynote on women’s health across the lifespan for our biennial conference featuring undergraduate research, papers, and creative projects on women, gender, and identity. Luncheon music by the Aquinas Women’s Chorus.

Voter Registration Drive
Monday, April 16
6 - 8 p.m.
Library Lobby

Join the League of Women Voters, POLIS, and Student Leadership and Engagement in a non-partisan Voter Registration Drive. Register to vote, if you have not done so already, and be prepared to cast your ballot in upcoming elections.

Lake Michigan Mermaid Reading
Tuesday, April 24
7 p.m. Moose Café, Cook Carriage House

At the close of Earth Month, come hear Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Ooman read from their collaborative new book celebrating themes of women, girls, and water: The Lake Michigan Mermaid (Wayne State UP, 2018).