Program Events

Current Events

WGSS presents “Remaining Sensitive: Black Domestic Life in the Aftermath of Eviction.” written, created, and performed by Ayanna Columbus ’24 on Monday, April 29th in the Spencer Studio Art Building Wilde Gallery at 5:00 pm.

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies presents Poems for NaNa / 나나, written, created, and performed by Hannah Bae ’24. Poems for NaNa / 나나 is a multimedia project engaging poetry, drawing, fabric art, and spoken word that works with/against language(s) as a performance of heritage language loss, a failure of bilingualism, and an Asian American “home.” 
Installation will be open for viewing April 22nd to April 23rd in the Spencer Studio Art Building Wilde Gallery, and join for a live performance at 6:30pm on April 23rd.


Past Events

WGSS is cosponsoring a screening of this important film next Sunday, Oct. 27, at noon at Images. It is free, and the filmmaker will be in attendance to answer questions afterwards. See the link below for more information.

Director Tracy Droz Tragos will be in attendance and will lead a Q&A following the film. This is a FREE screening, presented thanks to the generous underwriting support of the Williams College Department of Art History and Studio Art.

“Despite the understandably emotional and deeply personal nature of Plan C’s work, Tragos’ film remains startlingly clear-eyed and concise, letting the stories she shares from abortion organizers, healthcare ambassadors, doctors, clinic workers, and patients speak for themselves.” — Indiewire

A hidden grassroots organization doggedly fights to expand access to abortion pills across the United States keeping hope alive during a global pandemic and the fall of Roe v. Wade.


Katie Kent


Join WGSS at Images for a screening of BOTTOMS Dir. Emma Seligman

Thurs., Oct. 12 7:00 PM

First 100 students with Williams ID get in free

Student-led talk back afterwards


Please mark your calendar and plan to attend “A Dialogue on Gender in Afghanistan” by guest speaker Dr. Rose Wellman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Masooma Mukhtari, Visiting Schumann Fellow and Lecturer in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Thursday, September 22 at 4:15pm

Schapiro Hall, 129

Dr. Wellman is an anthropologist who specializes in Iran and the Middle East. Between 2007 and 2010, she conducted 15 months of ethnographic research in the Islamic Republic, including 10 months in a small town outside of Shiraz. The result is her forthcoming book, Feeding Iran: Shi’i Families and the Making of an Islamic Republic, which examines the lives of rural families with ties to the Islamic Revolution and Iran-Iraq War. It adapts the anthropology of kinship, ethics, religion and food to explore how people create convincing concordances between the intimacies of family life and the grand rituals of state power. Dr. Wellman is the co-editor, with Dr. Todne Thomas and Dr. Asiya Malik, of New Directions of Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She joined the faculty of anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Fall of 2017. While at Princeton, she organized the international conference: “Ethnography of Iran: Past and Present.”

Event sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

WGSS Senior Dinner Party at Mezze on Friday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m.

Please come hear Hannah Moore defend her honors thesis on Thursday, May 5 at 4:15 p.m. in Schapiro 129.  She will present “Liminal Relationality: Disrupting the Binaries of Being.”  Ramuntos pizza will be provided.


The Program would like to thank everyone for attending our annual Pizza Party event at The Log on Spring Street on Wednesday, September 15.  It was a huge success!

It’s hard to believe April is here, but now that it is, this means our events with Linda Villarosa are fast approaching. As you may recall, Linda was the Executive Editor of Essence and contributor to the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project (among many other accomplishments). She will present her talk, Under the Skin: Racism as a Public Health Threat on Tuesday, April 13 at 4:30 pm. Please help us get the word out to interested students and faculty. The event information (including Zoom link) is available here. Also, on Thursday, April 15 at 4:30 pm is a more open-ended and personal conversation with her that is available only by RSVP. Please consider signing up yourselves and please forward to any interested faculty or students enrolled in Africana, LATS, WGSS, American Studies, or Public Health classes. Only people who sign up on the Google sheet will receive the Zoom link to participate. Please sign up here by Friday, April 9.


You are invited to attend the following zoom lecture, Medical Neglect, Unsafe Conditions and Mass Hysterectomies; Blowing the Whistle on the ICE Camp, by nurse Dawn Wooten on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. (EST)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Nurse Dawn Wooten has been practicing medicine for over 10 years, the last 3 of them at Irwin County detention center in Georgia, run by private corporation LaSalle Corrections. Wooten charges that the center knowingly placed staff and detainees at risk of contracting coronavirus, neglected medical complaints, and refused to test symptomatic detainees, among other dangerous practices. On September 8, Wooten submitted a letter detailing her complaints to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, with the help of attorneys from the Government Accountability Project. As a result she was demoted and has faced death threats to herself and her family. Wooten will tell her story.
Sponsored by the Lecture Committee, WGSS, Africana Studies, the Davis Center, and Public Health.
For the Zoom link, email [email protected]