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Feminist Research Colloquia

The department hosts a monthly Feminist Research Colloquium that provides a platform for discussion of ongoing research in Women's Studies scholarship. Offered each semester, the Colloquia bring together scholars from SDSU and visiting faculty from across the US and abroad. Each academic year a theme is selected, and the invited scholars present their expertise on subjects within this area. In addition, each semester we invite SDSU and Women's Studies faculty to present their conference papers to highlight their research and encourage our students.

Department of Women’s Studies and Center for Bread and Roses 2015-16 Colloquium Series: The Energy of Social Transformation, Healing, and the Erotic: Feminist/Womanist/Social Justice Perspectives

Spring 2016

Friday, February 26, 9:30am-3pm, Templo Mayor, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

Feminist Activist Research Symposium

This symposium provides opportunities for meaningful collaborations between activists, researchers, students, and community groups in achieving social justice.


  • 9:30-10:00 Registration, coffee and pastry
  • 10:00-11:30 Research Opportunities with Local Organizations
  • 11:30-12:30 Catered lunch and poster session
  • 12:30-1:30 Writing as Activism
  • 2:00-3:00 Getting Active: The Election and Beyond

Lunch is provided

Pre-register today | View the event flyer (.pdf)

Tuesday, March 8, 7-9pm, location tba

International Women’s Day Lecture: Elizabeth Phillipose, The Revolutionary Promise of Spiritualized Feminism

Wednesday, March 16, 6-8pm, Scripps Cottage

SDSU Professor Susan Cayleff’s Book Launch: Nature’s Path: Naturopathic Medicine and Alternative Healing

Tuesday, April 5, 2-4pm, location tba

Bonnie Zimmerman: Lesbian Studies Lecture Islam & Sexuality - speaker tba

Thursday, April 21, 7-9pm, location tba

Women’s Studies Scholarship Awards and Lecture: Inéz Hernandez-Avila Common Experience - The Energy of Social Transformation

Friday April 22nd, 9:30am - noon Contemplative Practices Workshop


For all events, please arrive early due to parking and limited seating.


Throughout the year the Department will hold smaller events including brown bag talks, workshops, and other presentations.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Women’s Studies at


Previous events

Fall 2015

  • Wednesday, September 23; 12:00-1:45pm; Center for Intercultural Relations/Women’s Resource Center in the Aztec Student Union

    Professor Emerita Oliva M. Espín on Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration, and Feminist Psychology  (Eds. Oliva M. Espín and Andrea L. Dottolo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.)
    View the event flyer (.pdf)

  • Wednesday, October 21; Location: Aztec Student Union, Templo Mayor
    Book Launch & Reception for Professor Huma Ghosh on Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia (Ed. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh. New York: SUNY Press, 2015) & Asian Muslim Women: Globalization and Local Realities (Ed. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh. New York: SUNY Press, 2015)
    View the event flyer (.pdf)


  • Tuesday, November 10; 5-7pm; Location: Templo Mayor, Aztec Student Union

    The Women and Politics Working Group and the Initiative for Excellence in the Humanities present: Cristina Beltrán, Ph.D. “The Latinos Love Trump and I Love Them: Latino Voters and the 2016 Republican Primary"
    View the event flyer (.pdf)


Spring 2015

  • Feminist Research Justice Symposium

    The symposium brings together faculty, graduate students and representatives from local women’s organizations and foundations to discuss and explore the opportunities for collaborative, applied research. View the event flyer (.pdf)

    Friday, February 27, 9am to 3pm LSS201
  • International Women’s Day- Elizabeth Maier, "Mexico’s Culture War On Abortion: disputing women’s rights, personhood, citizenship, and religion’s place in government in our globalized, postmodern times"

    Tuesday, March 10, 7-9pm SHW011
  • Lillian Faderman, "The Rise and Fall of Lesbian Nation: A Brief History of Radical Lesbian-Feminism and What it Accomplished"

    Wednesday, March 18, noon-2pm SH127
  • Harriette Williams Bright, "Engendering Peace, Empowering Women in Africa"

    Monday, April 6, 4-6:40pm Peterson Gym 242
  • Zenzele Izoke "Blackness and the Eternal Memorial: The New/Ark of Resistance."

    Wednesday, April 8, noon-2pm, SH127
  • Lecture Luz Calvo and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel, "Decolonizing Food"

    Tuesday, April 14 12:30 – 2pm, Aztec Union Theater– Common Experience
  • Scholarship Awards and Lecture, Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez

    Thursday, April 23, 7 pm AL 201
  • Jacqueline Pitanguy from Cepia in Brazil

    Thursday, April 30, 5pm, 5:00 pm in SHW-011 - the J. Keith Behner and Catherine M. Stiefel Auditorium


Fall 2014

  • Wednesday, September 17, 12-2
    Arts and Letters 204

    Brown Bag Talk with Doreen Mattingly, Ph.D.
    Midge Costanza: An Unwilling Token in the White House
  • Wednesday, October 15, 5:30-7:30pm
    Storm Hall West 011

    The Human Relations Commission of the City of San Diego will hold their October meeting at SDSU. 
  • Friday, October 17, 9 am-12 pm
    Templo Mayor (Aztec Center)

    Gender Justice in the 2014 Election
  • Wednesday, October 29, 12-2pm
    Storm Hall 123

    Barbara Winslow - Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2-4pm
    Love Library 430

    Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women’s Lives


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