Spring 2019 Events

Our Spring 2019 events calendar is complete! 

We have several categories of events this semester:

  • our long-standing informal mentoring sessions, Coffee With Cool Women
  • our new Monthly Mensi Mondays where we gather together to refill menstrual supply bags in bathrooms across campus to support menstruating members of the SIUE community
  • our Events Series including panels, talks, films, and our annual Featured Speaker
  • our Book Club, featuring the work of this year’s Featured Speaker


Surviving R. Kelly: A Panel Discussion in Response to Sexual Assault in the Black surviving-r-kelly-scott-olson-getty-images-1068x712Community

  • Using the recent series profiling R. Kelly’s serial predation of young black women as a starting point, panelists from Call for Help, Black Lives Matter, University Housing, and explore how to respond to sexual assault within the black community.
  • Organized by SIUE PEACe
  • Thursday February 21st 11 am – 2 pm
  • MUC International Room

Welcome and Rejected: An Ethical Analysis of St. Louis Transgender Folks’ Narratives of Seeking Health Care

  • Alison Reiheld, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies at SIUE
  • National surveys of transgender folks indicate serious and systematic problems accessing basic medical care. Come hear the results of long-form narrative interviews with participants in the Transgender Health Ethics Project.  You will get a sense of the kinds of obstacles trans folks face in getting access to health care, from stigmatizing behaviors at the front desk to derailing curiosity by health care providers.
  • Friday March 1st 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Peck Hall 2405

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Doing Family Differently: Families Headed by LGBTQ+ Parents

  • Andrew Leland, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at SIUE
  • Dr. Leland brings together his own work with gay dads and other folks’ research on LGBTQ+ parents more broadly in this engaging presentation.
  • Tuesday March 5th 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Founders Hall 0306

Ladies’ Night Rock Climbing!rockclimbing9_main

  • Celebrate International Women’s Week by fighting gravity, itself. Free shoe and harness rentals, free climbs, and free food and beverages for women. All instructors and staff working will be women.
  • Thursday March 7th 5 pm – 9 pm
  • Vadalabene Center Climbing Wall

Screening of the documentary film The Hunting Ground (link to trailer)the hunting ground

  • This award-winning film documents sexual assault on college campuses, and the issues facing survivors as they attempt to complete their educations and, sometimes, seek justice.
  • Organized by SIUE Women’s Studies and PEACe
  • Tuesday April 2nd 10 am – Noon
  • Abbott Auditorium in Lovejoy Library

FEATURED SPEAKER: Kate Manne, Philosopher and author of the runaway success down girlDown Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

  • NEW DATE AND TIME (rescheduling from April 3 due to speaker illness):
    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5-7 pm
    • SIUE Morris University Center Oak-Redbud room
  • TITLE: Exceptional: On Sexual Entitlement, Enablement, and Rape Culture

In this talk, I canvass some of the disturbing and lesser-known aspects of rape culture–in particular, the phenomenon of ‘exceptional clearance’–in connection with misogyny, himpathy, and the protection of privileged male perpetrators. I also consider some of the many ways in which women are still punished for testifying to their experiences of sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of misogynistic behavior, notwithstanding the popularization of Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement.

  • Food and beverages will be provided!
  • There will be a drawing to give away a number of copies of Down Girl…

Honors Day Presentation of the Martha Welch Award to Breanne Burton and the Women’s Studies Leadership Award to Kayla Smith.

  • Sunday April 14th 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Meridian Ballroom


Want to help us stock Women’s Studies’ hand-sewn menstrual supply bags in bathrooms mensi4across campus?  Join us for Monthly Mensi Mondays, the last Monday of each month! Meet in the Women’s Studies Office, Peck Hall 3407, at 5 pm. We will disperse from there with supplies to share the load and support folks on campus who menstruate.  The Mensi Project: Because a period emergency is an emergency.

  • Monday February 25 at 5 pm in Peck 3407
  • Monday March 25 at 5 pm in Peck 3407
  • Monday April 29 at 5 pm in Peck 3407


Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny is the focus of the Spring 2019 Book Club. This is the book in which Manne lays out her concept of misogyny as a mechanism of sexism, but not at all the same as sexism. This is the book in which she coined the term “himpathy” which she used in her influential New York Times op-ed on reactions to the testimony of Christine Blasey-Ford at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“[This book] has changed my life, the way I walk through the world, in an empowering and illuminating way. Than you for the gifts of understanding and clarity and most critically, the ability to finally—with cathartic relief—map my internal emotions with precise language.” –Twitter user @irenenicolo

“I can only read your book slowly, taking time to calm down between chapters. But I love it!  Thanks for writing this necessary book!” –Twitter user @antirealist

“I’m reading a great book by Kate Manne called *Down Girl* about how misogyny punishes women for stepping outside conventional gender roles. It’s academic in tone so it’s sometimes tough but it’s brilliant & so useful for defining and identifying this problem in the real world.” –Twitter user Kate Lonsdale

“Manne’s book is a forensic and clever analysis which provides the cogs and wheels of how the system of patriarchal policing works, in our minds as well as in our world… For the ordinary thinker concerned about societal oppression, Down Girl offers a sharply cut prism through which to view our everyday experience.” –critic Afua Hirsch

“Perceptive, bold, stylishly written and bracingly clear eyed, Down Girl is one of the best books I have ever read on gender and power; I will never stop learning from it.” –Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad

We will talk about the key concepts in this book, as well as critique the book for who is missing from Manne’s analysis, what goes undiscussed, and whether the patterns she discusses are presented as more universal for women—and men—than they actually are.

Dr. Manne will be our Featured Speaker this semester. Join us for the book club by e-mailing WMST Director Alison Reiheld (areihel@siue.edu) with the subject “BOOK CLUB” at any point to arrange to pick up your book in time to read for the first meeting!  Books are FREE to book club members up to, whether faculty, staff, or students, until we run out of copies. We very much would like to run out of copies!  The book club will meet Thursdays and Fridays in March ahead of Kate Manne’s April visit to campus.

  • Thursday March 7 at 4 pm and Friday March 8 at 10 am: Intro and Chapters 1-3
  • Thursday March 21 at 4 pm and Friday March 22 at 10 am: Chapters 4-6
  • Thursday March 28 at 4 pm and Friday March 29 at 10 am: Chapters 7-8 and Conclusion

Coffee With Cool Womensnacks-and-coffee

CWCWs are flash mentoring events where undergraduate and graduate students can get up close and personal with cool women from our community while SIUE WMST provides coffee, tee, and snacks. All CWCWs are held in the Women’s Studies Office (Peck 3407, across from the Dean’s Office). To reserve a seat, e-mail Director of Women’s Studies Alison Reiheld at areihel@siue.edu with the subject “CWCW.” Feel free to drop in the day of the event as space becomes available!

Randi Papke Friday March 22 at 9 am      

Come chat with this biologist and mother who lived a whole other life before going back to school to study science and become a professor at SWIC where she recently planned a travelling course to study marine biology in the Gulf of Mexico

Katie Czeschin Thursday April 18 4 pm 

Come hang out with a really cool human who is a professional biochemist at Millipore Sigma and who is active in the local St. Louis cycling community, hangs out with makers and other folks who do STEM for fun, cleans up streams and maintains trails, and trains her dog in experimental physics and existential philosophy

Kate Manne Wednesday April 24 3:30 pm

Come talk shop or life with this philosopher and author who has dealt with online harassment and carved out a place for herself as a public intellectual and rigorous scholar while still finding time for antiquing, friends, love, and her fabulous pet corgi





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