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CSWGS Digest for 2/11-2/16

CSWGS Events

Teach with CSWGS!
The Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality is hiring graduate teaching assistants for the 2018-2019 academic year. 
These positions will participate in the teaching of core WGST and LGBT courses.  For more information and application requirements, please see the HR Graduate Assistant job ad. 
Priority will be given to applicants enrolled in WGST or LGBT graduate certificates. 
Applications due March 1st!
Please forward this information to others that may be interested.

Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day!
Wednesday, February 14
Reavis Hall, Room 103

Valentine's Day can be stressful or overwhelming for many of us. Take some time out this Feb. 14th to relax in our comfy space, enjoy hot cocoa and other sweet treats, and make yourself a beautiful Valentine’s Day card! 
Art supplies and refreshments provided! ♥

Mark your calendar—Upcoming CSWGS Events

Indigenous Feminism, with Gina Adams
Tuesday, February 20
Reavis Hall, Room 103
Indigenous feminism is an intersectional theory and practice of feminism that focuses on decolonization and indigenous sovereignty. The focus is upon empowering indigenous women in the context of indigenous cultural values and priorities, rather than mainstream, white, patriarchal ones. These frameworks are born out of a discovery of the limitation of second-wave feminism in regards to the history and experiences of indigenous women and developed out of a need to prioritize issues faced by indigenous women due to their race, ethnicity, and cultural differences.

Its Honor is Hereby Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts, with Gina Adams
Tuesday, February 20
Pick Museum of Anthropology
Sewing together injustice with an object of comfort stirs deep emotion. For I, as all people of Native American descent, have carried around a heart-wrenching history, a burden and a loss. Now I choose to weave that over-arching sadness into a source of tremendous comfort. I am taking the burden of the broken treaty placing it on top of the work of the original Colonists. Putting the words of the Broken Treaty on quilt subjects the Colonists to the truth; and forces them to experience their own unhooked treaties.

Calls for Participation- CSWGS Student Research & Artistry Symposium
NIU's Center for the Study of Women Gender and Sexuality is accepting submissions for the 2018 CSWGS Research and Artistry Student Symposium –Deadline is Monday, March 19, 2018.  Undergraduate and graduate students at NIU are invited to participate.

This year's symposium will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 in the Board of Trustees Room, Altgeld 315 from 9am-2pm.

We will accept submissions that address a broad range of topics related to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, including submissions that focus on:

  • the contributions and status of women and LGBTQ+ people;
  • understandings of love and sexuality in relationships;
  • the dynamics of sex roles and gender ideals, past and present;
  • the impact of race, ethnicity, age, social class, sexual orientation, ability, and other factors on women's experiences and the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ (LGBTQ+) people;
  • and other issues related to women, gender and/or sexuality

Other Campus Events

Time- The Kalief Browder Story  part 4- The Witness
Tuesday, February 13
Center for Black Studies
Join the Center for Black Studies and the Latino Resource Center for the third in a series of 45 minute episodes exploring mass incarceration, mental health and police brutality within black and brown communities

Huskie Food Pantry
Chick Evans Field House
To be eligible to use the Huskie Food Pantry, you must be a current NIU student without an NIU meal plan. All students must bring their NIU OneCard to gain access to pantry items. Please visit for more information

Other Opportunities  and Upcoming Events

Green Lens Social Justice Film Series-  No Más Bebés
Thursday, February 15
Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb
No Más Bebés tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Green Lens Social Justice Film Series is FREE and open to the public. This is a four-part film series running on Thursdays between February 8th and March 1st. 

Nilda Flores-Gonz
Tuesday, February 13
Latino Center, Room 121
515 Garden Rd.
Join the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the NIU Graduate Colloquium for Dr.  Nilda Flores-Golzáles as she explores how race shapes Latino millennials’ notions of national belonging.  Latino millennials consistute the second largest segment of the millennial population.  By sheer numbers, they will inevitably have a significant social, economic and political image on U.S. society.  Beyond basic demographics, however, not much is known about how they make sense of themselves as Americans.

Natasha Miller- Performance Poet
Thursday, February 15
Huskie Den
Natasha T. Miller is a young African American, lesbian woman, dedicated LGBTQ activist, author, acclaimed poet and filmmaker, raised on the west side of Detroit. Her work is a constant display of everything that she stands for as a black lesbian woman, and everything that she is striving to heal.  

Princess Power: Royal Family Networks in Medieval Spain, with Prof. Lucy Pick, University of Chicago
Thursday, February 22
DuSable 240
This talk will look at some members of a group of prominent and powerful royal women in early medieval Spain. These women founded bishoprics, gave gifts, governed territories, advised kings, and patronized and ruled monasteries both male and female. They were too numerous and their roles too uniform for their power to be explained simply as accidents of their personalities. Moreover, they were for the most part daughters and sisters, not wives and mothers of kings. Prof. Pick will talk about what they did, and how their place within their family network gave them the power to do it.

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is organizing a campaign centered on providing free menstrual products, specifically pads and tampons, to NIU students, faculty and staff. The purpose of this campaign is to enhance awareness of the financial burden that purchasing menstrual products can cause individuals, especially college students.  To support the project, the GSRC is accepting donations of tampons and pads on an ongoing basis. The GSRC is open from weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can accept new, packaged donations during these times.
Contact the GSRC at or at 815-753-4772 with any further questions.

The Eychaner Award is presented annually to recognize individuals affiliated with NIU who have made outstanding contributions that enhance the lives of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT).
Sponsored by the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (PCSOGI) and Prism, the Eychaner Award is presented in two categories: one recognizing the contributions made by an NIU student and one recognizing the contributions of a faculty or staff member or an NIU alumni.  Nominations for the Eychaner Award are due March 19 at 4:30pm.   
For more information, see the GSRC’s Awards and Scholarship page, or the attached info sheet. 

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) gives NIU undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct paid, faculty-mentored research during the summer months.  Participating in SROP allows students to connect with faculty mentors and apply classroom learning to the lab or field.   Open to all majors.  Applications are due March 11, 2018.  Visit for more information.

Call for Papers- the first Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry at NIU- The newly formed Qualitative Inquiry Collaborative (QUIC) at Northern Illinois University will host the 1st Annual Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on Saturday, April 7, 2018. 
To support the rigorous development of qualitative inquiry in the social sciences, this daylong conference will provide NIU graduate students with the opportunity to present their original qualitative research. Presenters within individual sessions will come from a range of social science disciplines and will be linked by their methodological or conceptual approaches. Faculty discussants will be assigned to each session to further explore methodological issues in qualitative inquiry. Abstracts must be submitted to the QUIC by 5pm on January 31, 2018.
Please submit proposals electronically to Presenters will receive an acceptance email by March 1, 2018.
Additional information regarding the details of individual presentations will also be provided via email prior to the conference on April 6, 2018.

For more information on the conference, or on proposal requirements, please contact