Women's and Gender Studies Department Lectures and Events:


April 15, 2020, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Collins Cinema, Wellesley College

The Importance of Representation: Cinematic Offerings by AdeRisa Productions
Adelina Anthony and Marisa Becerra




November 19, 2019, 4:30pm-6:00pm

THE ETHICAL CHOICES OF WHALES, Bowheads, Hunters and Mutual Adaptations in the Bering Strait 1848-1968
Lecture by Bathsheba Demuth
Assistant Professor of History, Brown University
Library Lecture Room, Wellesley College
Free and Open to the Public



Chief Arvol Looking Horse & Class of '56 Distinguished Speaker Series on the North American West".

Lecture by Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Paula Horne: "We Can Mend the Sacred Hoop Together"

October 28, 2019
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
Free and Open to the Public

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Annual Domna Stanton Lecture

Lecture by Zakiya Luna, 

How Reproductive Rights Will Save Abortion Rights

September 16, 2019, 5:30pm         Location: Collins Cinema, Wellesley College

Zakiya Luna  is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara (courtesy appointment in Feminist Studies) and a faculty affiliate of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, which she helped co-found.  She earned her Master’s of Social Work, and a PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan.  Her research is in the areas of social change, law, health and inequality. Specifically, she is interested in social movements, human rights and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites.   

This research was funded by multiple sources including the National Science Foundation. Her work has been published in  Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Mobilization, Gender and Society, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change and Societies without Borders: Social Science and Human Rights among others. She was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow.  She is co-creator and co-editor of the University of California Press book series, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st CenturyShe was a CoreAlign Generative Fellow (Blaze Cohort) and member of the Humane Resources Innovation Lab where her team examined how the reproductive justice movement organizations could be accountable to cultivating practices that recognize a person's whole self, in and beyond the workplaces, to help people thrive while sustaining the movement.