Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium

Virtual Brown Bag Series

November 20, 2020 • 12PM • Organized by Robert Morris University

Register here for zoom link!

Virtual Brown Bag Series

November 2020 – March 2021

Since we are not able to gather for our annual symposium, we are coordinating a Virtual Brown Bag Series to keep the members of the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium connected. Plan to join us over the lunch hour to hear updates from your colleagues on their latest gender scholarship. The presentations will be brief and informal, to give the group plenty of time for discussion and connecting. Mark your calendars, and be sure to register for each session to receive the registration link.

More information about each session, including presenters, topics, and a registration link, will be posted on this website.

Peace and Security During Uncertain Times

October 5-9, 2020 • University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Women In International Security (WIIS) proudly announces “Peace and Security During Uncertain Times,” a week-long, virtual conference occurring October 5th – 9th, 2020.

Our world, at present, is more tumultuous than ever. COVID-19 has exposed inequities in global health systems, including disproportionate burdens on women, migrants and refugees, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations. Climate change persists, and experts predict that rising temperatures will increase the risk of violence and armed conflict globally. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction pose an evolving threat to U.S. national security, which Cold War-era foreign policy tools and institutions are questionably equipped to address.

Monday – Thursday, a panel will present a facilitated discussion exploring these challenges and propose courses of action that may assist our country in moving forward. On Friday, students will present their research.

Keynote Address – The Gender and Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century | Mon., Oct. 5th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST with Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, Women in International Security (WIIS).

New Approaches to Arms Control & Nonproliferation | Tu., Oct. 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins (Founder and Executive Director, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS)), Dr. Rupal Mehta (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Dr. Amy Nelson (National Defense University).

Climate Change and Conflict | Wed., Oct. 7, 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST with Dr. Katherine Mach (University of Miami), Ms. Mackenzie Burnett (The Next 50), and Ms. Rebecca Simon (USAID).

Inequities and Global Health Systems | Thur., Oct. 8, 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST with Sylvanus Ayeni, M.D. (Pan Africa Children Advocacy Watch, (PACAW)), and Doris Browne, M.D., M.P.H. (118th President of the National Medical Association (NMA)).

Student Showcase | Fri., Oct. 9, 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST

This conference is free and open to all.

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Hollander Lecture in Women’s Leadership

September 15, 2020 • Chatham University

Graduate Student Symposium

University of Pittsburgh • Sept. 10-11, 2020

The joint Graduate Student Organization of the Cultural Studies Program and GSWS will hold a symposium on the afternoons of Thursday Sept. 10 and Friday Sept. 11,

Just Films Series

Announcing Season Five of the Just Films series! Six new documentaries about gender and intersectional social justice issues: September 2020 through March 2021.

Sponsored by the Chatham University Women’s Institute, the Women and Girls Foundation, the Women’s Law Project, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

Free and open to the public. Please register to receive important information about each screening. Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted the series slightly: you will watch the film on your own in advance of the live discussion and Q&A with local experts. Register to receive a code or other information about viewing the film, as well as the zoom link for the discussion.

Unless otherwise noted, all discussions and Q&A sessions will be at 11:30AM — watch the film when it’s convenient for you, then join us on your lunch hour to dig into a conversation about the film with local experts on the topic!

Freedom’s Blood Memories: Slavery, Terror, and the Evolution of Black History

February 19, 2020 • 6 PM • Heinz History Center

The African American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center 6th annual Black History Month Lecture featuring Sowande Mustakeem Ph>D> Washington University, St. Louis with the lecture, Freedom’s Blood Memories: Slavery, Terror, and the Evolution of Black History,Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6 PM at the Heinz History center.

4th Annual Cultural Studies & GSWS Student Symposium

Deadline is February 15, 2020 • University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies (CLST) and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) Graduate Student Organization invites both undergraduate and graduate submissions for our 4th Annual CLST/GSWS Student Symposium. The theme for the symposium is “Studies in Creativity.” We want to bring scholars from all over Pittsburgh together to share their work and discuss the new and differing ways we all approach these fields.


We are looking for creative and innovative approaches to cultural and/or gender, sexuality and women’s studies. 2020 is a new decade and calls for new ways of approaching these fields of study. We are especially interested in work that utilizes traditional methodologies and theoretical frameworks in ways that help us create a better understanding of the importance of these fields through interesting and creative work. We welcome innovative ways of approaching these fields with new theoretical frameworks and cutting edge methodologies as well. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student scholarship that goes beyond the traditional, breaks new ground, and experiments with new ways of approaching these fields.


Submit proposals by February 15, 2020 to with the following information:

  • Your name, email address, university, and department
  • Degree status (i.e., undergraduate or graduate student)
  • A 300-word (or less) abstract that outlines your topic, methodology, and what makes your work new, innovative, or creative.


Programing decisions will be sent out by the beginning of March, along with a registration link. The Symposium will be held onThursday, April 9, 2020 at the University of Pittsburgh in the Cathedral of Learning.

Gender & Violence in Northern Ireland

February 6, 2020  •  2:15PM  •  Chatham University

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