Past Events

Every semester, Gender & Women's Studies programs between 8-10 events. These events include lectures, live performances, and films from a variety of fields and disciplines. Here are some of our favorites. 



Becoming the Subject of Your Own Story - Instead of the Subject of Another's Gaze
Kimberly Dark, Storyteller / Writer / Performer 


"From Here I Leave Dead": Gendered Racial Violence and Anti-Eviction Movements in Brazil
Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Brown University


Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales
E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor, Northwestern University


Chanel and Her Rivals
Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Keynote Lecture of Gender & Women’s Studies Student Research Conference


CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (FILM)

Co-sponsored by the Villanova Women’s Professional Network and VU Women in Tech


Gender Dynamics and Disruption in the 2016 Elections

Kelly Dittmar, Rutgers University, Camden 


Revising Feminism in Museums: Current Strategies for Intersectional Exhibitions

Catherine Morris, Curator, 

Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum 


Experiments in Voice and Body: Performing Positions, Perspectives, and Power

Students in COM 3243 Performance Art and COM 3245 Voice and Diction, Taught by Dr. Heidi Rose and Dr. Shauna MacDonald 


The Unbearable Whiteness of the Women's World Cup, 2015 

Brenda Elsey, Department of History, Hofstra University 


The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret! 

"The Drag Queen King" - Philadelphia Inquirer


The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: A Biography of a Russian Noblewoman and Her Revolutionary Generation

Lynne Hartnett, Dept. of History, Villanova University



Ruth Wilson

Mass Incarceration Today: Understanding the Present Conjuncture

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Depts. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
and American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center




“Is this okay?”: A Conversation About Mutual Respect and Consent

Co-sponsored by NovaSVA, Peace and Justice Education, and the Office of Health Promotion




The Vagina Monologues
with Villanova faculty, graduate and undergraduate students



Arts of Survival: On Dissociation and the Attachment to Life

Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor
Department of English, University of Chicago


Patrica Smith

Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
Patricia Smith, Poetry Reading

Sponsored by English Literary Festival and Africana Studies



The Mask

The Mask You Live In
GWS Documentary Film Screening

Co-sponsored by Health Services, NovaSVA, Peace and Justice Education


Not in this house

Not in Our House?: Violence Against the LGBQ Community

A panel discussion with, Tobias Wolff, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ted Martin, Executive Director, Equality Pennsylvania, Stefanie Knauss, Dept. of Theology, Villanova University


Contact Information

Catherine Kerrison, PhD
Director of Academics
Phone: 610-519-4675

Shauna MacDonald, PhD
Director of Programming
Phone: 610-519-4895

Joyce Harden
Administrative Assistant/ Events Assistant
Phone: 610-519-4640

Office: SAC 488

Gender and Women's Studies Student Reserch Conference

Each spring the Villanova Women’s Studies Program hosts the Gender and Women's Studies Research Conference. It is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work, discuss your interests with other students and faculty, and see the broad range of intellectual disciplines Women’s Studies more.