Gender Brown Bags bring open discussions to campus


The Gender Brown Bag Lecture series is intended to provide informal opportunities to share research and discuss topics pertaining to gender. All brown bags begin at noon in the Cottonwood Room, unless otherwise indicated and is open to the public.

Aug. 28

Victim Advocate Molly Steffes-Herman joined the Washburn community in April 2017. Come meet Steffes-Herman and learn more about the services she is available to provide to students, faculty, and staff. 

12:30 p.m. Sept. 12

Chris Conner, assistant professor of sociology/anthropology presents his paper “The Sociological Imagination and The Gay Life World,”  which explores the history of place and identity in defining one’s self as an LGBT+ person.  

Sept. 20 

Louise Krug, assistant professor of English, will discuss her latest project, “Women Coming Through It,” a series of interviews with women across the country with mental illness and/or physical disabilities. The interviews are compiled on her website along with selfies of each woman, taken with Krug’s Polaroid camera. 

Oct. 2, Forum Room, BTAC 

Courtney Sullivan, professor of Modern Languages, will present “J’aime bien mon passé. J’aime bien mon présent”: The Past Confronts the Present in Colette’s Courtesan Fiction (“I love my past. I love my present:” The Past Confronts the Present in Colette’s Courtesan Fiction.)

Oct. 18 

Pat Dahl, associate professor of criminal justice/legal studies, will discuss the critical role women play in pursuing criminals, solving crimes, managing inmates in jails and prisons, supervising probationers and parolees, and facilitating reentry back into society. This panel will discuss current employment practices, opportunities, and challenges for women interested in working as professionals in law enforcement and correctional settings.

Oct. 25  

Tom Prasch, professor and chair of history, will present “My Country-women would rather hear…”: Hester Lynch Piozzi’s Regendering of the Grand Tour.”

 Piozzi’s regendering of the Grand Tour begins with her making it: as a woman, entering into the traditionally male territory of the Grand Tour, using her own social connections to ensure comparable experiences. 

Nov. 7 Lincoln Room

Melanie Burdick, director of C-Tel and associate professor of English, will share “Intersecting Stories: Gender, Incarceration, and Literacy.” This presentation will share results of a research project on storied literacy experiences of female ex-inmates while applying and extending Deborah Brandt’s theories of literacy sponsors (1998) and literacy as social practice (2002).