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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)

Monday, March 7; 5:30 pm, Storm Hall West 011

Living the Legacy of the Cimarrón: Race and Rebellion in Cuba by Cuban writer Georgina Herrera

Cuban drum and dance group, Omo Ache, to perform after the talk

*Center for Latin American Studies International Women’s Day event co-sponsored by Women’s Studies


Tuesday, March 8, 7-9pm, Arts and Letters 101

International Women’s Day Lecture: Elizabeth Phillipose, Pedagogies of Possibility: Spirituality, Feminism and the Catalyst to Change

Social transformation is the driving impulse of women’s studies and feminism in the academy and in the wider world. Yet, how do we inspire social transformation when day after day, year after year, it seems like conditions in the world are getting worse. We study and research and accumulate evidence to show that transformation is real. Our pedagogies need to be convicted that transformation is possible as we do the deep inner work that secures our conviction that there is a promised land within our capacity to realize and the authentic possibility of another world.

Dr. Liz Philipose is an educator whose research focuses on consciousness, the human condition in modernity, and potential catalysts for social transformation. Her interests have taken her into academic work and a tenured professorship in the fields of feminist philosophy, international politics, and cultural studies.

View the event flyer (.pdf)

Wednesday, March 23, 6-8pm, Scripps Cottage

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

Wednesday, April 6, 6pm, Storm Hall West 011

Women in Politics Panel: Gender Justice in 2016 Election

Panel Discussion with:

Ronnee Schreiber (Moderator), SDSU Political Science

Victoria González-Rivera, SDSU Chicana and Chicano Studies
"Latin@s, Race, Immigration, and the 2016 Election" Carol Kim Vice President, Run Women Run "Women as Candidates"

Doreen Mattingly, SDSU Women's Studies
"Hillary, Bernie, and the Politics of Feminism in the Democratic Primaries"

Kimala Price, SDSU Women's Studies
"Why the 2016 Election and the U.S. Supreme Court Nomination Matter for Reproductive Justice"

View the event flyer (.pdf)

Cosponsored by 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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2-3:30pm, Library Room 430

Bonnie Zimmerman Lesbian Studies Lecture: Reading, Power and Admonition: Female Homoeroticism in an Eleventh-century Muslim Text by Dr. Aisha Geissinger

*Co-sponsored by LGBT Studies, Department of Religious Studies, SDSU Library,and The Pride Center

View the event flyer (.pdf)

, April 20, 7-8:30pm, Agape House

"Contemplative Practice, Healing, and Creativity" Workshop: Dr. Inés Hernandez-Avila

Agape House; 5863 Hardy Ave. (south side of campus) 

Room is limited; please register by April 10th at workshop registration.

More information

Contact for registration information.

Co-sponsored by The Common Experience Program – Experience Energy, the Departments of American Indian Studies, Spanish, and Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Women’s Resource Center, the Center for Latin American Studies and Agape House.

Thursday, April 21, 7-9pm, Storm Hall West 011

Women’s Studies Scholarship Awards and Lecture: Dr. Inés Hernandez-Avila “From the Heart: The Energy of Creativity, Healing, and Social Transformation-A Nimipu/Tejana Feminist Perspective"

There will be a reception prior to the lecture: 6-6:45pm in Arts and Letters 132

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

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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