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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

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.)

Books will be available for sale.

View the event flyer (.pdf)

Wednesday, October 21; 6pm; 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"

Cristina Beltrán is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, who focuses on political, democratic, feminist, and queer theory, and Latino and U.S. ethnic/racial politics. She is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC .

She is the author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and The Creation of
Identity (Oxford University Press, 2010) and is finishing a collection of essays: Uncertain Identities: Aesthetics, Affect, and the Shifting Politics of Race.

Refreshments will be served

We are very grateful for our co-sponsors:

The College of Arts and Letters, the Division of Graduate and Research Affairs, The Adams Endowment, The Bread and Roses Center, and the Departments of Women’s Studies, Chicana/o Studies and Political Science 

View the event flyer (.pdf)


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

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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