Women's and Gender Studies

Event Archive

$mart $tart Budgeting Workshop

October 9th, 2015

Smart StartStudents discussed how to create a budget through the WAGE Program and $mart $tart.

Film Screening: “The Hunting Ground”

October 6th, 2015

the-hunting-ground-posterFrom the makers of “The Invisible War” comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. The film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible opposition, harassment, and traumatic aftermath – their education and justice. A discussion will follow the film focused on the film’s impact.

WAGE “Leadership Colors” Lunch and Workshop

September 18th, 2015

WAGE-Colors-Luncheon-Spring-2015New students in the WAGE Program will discuss their leadership color as well as the dynamics of gender and leadership. Please register to attend this event on the WAGE page.

“Images, Identity, and Community”

September 9th, 2015

Safeya Sayed Shedeed, the mother of a protester who died after being shot by police officers on January 28, 2011 (a day locals dubbed the "Friday of Rage"), cries as she waits to hear the result of a sentencing trial for former president Hosni Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly who are being tried on charges of corruption and giving orders to kill protesters. I want to avenge my son, she said. Who will get my sons rights back?

Safeya Sayed Shedeed, the mother of a protester who died after being shot by police officers on January 28, 2011 (a day locals dubbed the "Friday of Rage"), cries as she waits to hear the result of a sentencing trial for former president Hosni Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly who are being tried on charges of corruption and giving orders to kill protesters. I want to avenge my son, she said. Who will get my sons rights back?

As part of High Point University’s Common Experience theme “Just Communities” Laura El-Tantawy will speak about her experiences as a female photographer and address the role of photographic images as a tool to explore identity and community, with an emphasis on Indian farmers and the Arab Spring.

WGS Awards Banquet and Poster Presentation

April 20, 2015

5The Women's and Gender Studies Program held its Research Symposium and End of Year Reception complete with keynote Speaker: Michele Tracy Berger, author of Transforming Scholarship: Why Women’s and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World (Routledge 2011). She definitively answers the question, “What can you do with an interest in women’s and gender studies?”

$mart $tart Salary Negotiation Workshop

April 13, 2015

$TART $MART$mart $tart was a salary negotiation workshop with a focus on women and fair wages. Participants in the workshop learned how to negotiate for a fair salary and benefits package.

Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century

March 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Phillips 120

11050769_10204819264778828_2388988033431656430_nGayle Kaufman, Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Davidson College, will discuss her research looking at the evolving ways modern men view their roles as fathers and providers and the need for shifting understanding of maternity and paternity leave in the U.S. and globally.

Elect Her

February 23, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in The Greek Conference Center

3-300x101Elect Her is a one day, on-campus workshop sponsored by AAUW and Running Start that taught students about running for office, both on campus and in the broader world. Through this workshop students learned how to run a campaign, campaign with confidence, win an election, enhance leadership skills, build a leadership resume and communicate and network effectively.

Film Screening

February 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM in the Extraordinary Cinema

Miss-Representation-CSUEB-Diversity-CenterFilm screening of "Miss Representation" for Women's and Gender Studies students, followed by a discussion on the film's impact.

Gender, Sports and Public Relations

February 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Phillips 120

Melissa Plunkett will discuss her work with the WNBA's New York Liberty, discussing her career path and the gender dynamics of professional sports and public relations.

WAGE Leadership Colors Luncheon

January 23, 2015 from 12pm - 1pm in the Greek Village Conference Center

WAGE Colors Luncheon Spring 2015Luncheon for new students in the WAGE program cohort.

W.A.G.E. Luncheon

December 5, 2014 from 12pm - 1pm in Greek Commerce 2nd Floor

A celebratory luncheon for all students that completed the requirements for the W.A.G.E. certificate. Students presented their elevator pitches were recognized as completing the program. **This event was by invitation only**

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop

November 21, 2014 from 3 - 6pm in Wilson Commerce Ballroom

$tart $mart was a salary negotiation workshop with a focus on women and fair wages. Participants in the workshop learned how to negotiate for a fair salary and benefits package.

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Roundtable Discussion

November 5, 2014 at 7:00PM in Phillips 120

The Women and Gender Equity (WAGE) Leadership Project at High Point University will host a roundtable with North Carolina women leaders at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 in Phillips 120. The event is open to the public; no tickets are required.

During the program, the panelists – three women leaders from the Triad – will discuss their professional and personal experiences, focusing on gender equity and its impact on leadership, civic engagement and professional achievement.

Mark Bernard

October 30, 2014 at 4:00PM in Phillips 120

Mark Bernard, author of Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film, will address the representation of gender in horror films, providing an overview of how various scholars from the cine-psychoanalysis school have read gender in slasher films, and how these readings have been challenged by more recent studies that examine how slasher and horror films are received by, and marketed to, female audiences.

Beka Butts

October 29, 2014 at 7:00PM in Phillips 120

In addition to speaking about her experiences as a female artist, Ms. Butts will address the relationship between art and political activism, with an emphasis on the "Lost Girls" of Ciudad Juarez. Over the past twenty years, more than 600 women and girls have been murdered in this region of Mexico. Ms. Butts' talk will coincide with Dia de los Muertos, and in addition to her public lecture, Ms. Butts will hold a workshop for students where they will have the opportunity to make "Day of the Dead" altars in honor of the Juarez femicide victims.

Sharon Love

October 28, 2014 at 7:00PM in They Hayworth Fine Arts Center

As part of the university’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month programming, Sharon Love, mother of Yeardley Reynolds Love, will discuss her own daughter’s tragic experience with relationship violence. She will also talk about the importance of recognizing the warning signs of relationship violence and motivate individuals to step up and take action.

Campaigns and Candidacy: Why Gender Matters

September 30, 2014 at 7:00PM in Phillips 120

Campaigns and Candidacy: Why Gender Matters Gender plays a powerful role in determining citizens’ willingness to run for public office. In this presentation, Dr. Alixandra Yanus, Assistant Professor of Political Science, explored the source and scope of those barriers as well as began to explore what can be done to narrow this gender gap for future generations.

Click here for an interview with FOX 8 and Dr. Yanus about her presentation.

Click here for an interview with Dr.Yanus and 88.5 WFDD about her presentation.

Wage at the Ropes

September 12, 2014 from 3pm at The HPU Estate

The Wage at the Ropes FlyerWage at the Ropes was a team-building activity at the High Point University Estate Ropes Course.

Click here for photos from WAGE at the Ropes.

Karen Abbott

September 5, 2014 at 4:15PM in Phillips 120

Karen Abbott will be speaking about her new book, "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy." She is the author of "Sin in the Second City" and "American Rose," both New York Times bestsellers. She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine's history blog, "Past Imperfect," and also writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War.

Anita Sarkeesian

April 3, Phillips 120

Anita Sarkeesian spoke on "Tropes v. Women in Video Games." She discussed the creation of her popular video blog and her series focused on gender and video games.
She also discussed how her work has sparked dialogue about online sexual harassment and the nature of online communities.

Girl Rising

March 18, Extraordinaire Cinema

"Girl Rising" is a film following the lives of 9 girls around the world, and how access to education has expanded their opportunities.

The Other Army

March 11, Phillips 120

"The Other Army" is a documentary which explores the ways Pakistani civilians have been affected by terrorism in their communities. The film screening was followed by a talk-back with director, Sana Haq.

Choctalking on Other Realities

February 20, Phillips 120

LeAnne Howe will speak on stereotypes, her own cross-cultural missteps, and what it means to be an American Indian woman abroad. Free and open to the public, no tickets necessary.

Embracing Real Beauty

November 20, Hayworth Fine Arts Center

“Embracing Real Beauty”
Lecture presented by Stacy Nadeau regarding the media messages of beauty in our society and how to be a responsible and critical consumer of such messages and products.

Moving Bodies in American Cinema

November 12

“Moving Bodies in American Cinema”
Faculty lecture presented by Cara Hagan on how female dancing bodies are presented in cinema and how these presentations influence our perceptions of ourselves and each other with regard to socially accepted standards of beauty, race, and class.

Gender and the Sacred

November 5, Phillips 223

Dr. Squint’s lecture will analyze LeAnne Howe’s fiction and poetry, considering the ways that men and women in a matrilineal Choctaw society operate as alikchi (healers) and other spiritual practitioners. The presentation will illustrate how Choctaw-specific gender roles disrupt a Western tradition of patriarchy and gender binarism and recuperate cultural practices overrun by colonialism.

Witches, Hags, and Huntsmen

October 30, Wanek Center Lower Level

Witches, Hags, and Huntsmen
Undergraduate Research Symposium on women, gender, and the monstrous presented by the WGS program and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works.

Endocrine Disruptors and Human Health

October 8

Endocrine Disruptors and Human Health
Faculty lecture presented by Dr. Bauer on the common sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals, their potential health impact, and strategies to minimize exposure.

The Wedding Dress Project Big Event!

October 5, 2013

Downtown Greensboro Cultural Arts Center

Featuring: To Write Love on Her Arms

Winning and Losing in the Quest for Female Head Coaching Positions

April 15, 2013 from 4:00-5:00 Norton 101

Muslim Women and the Politics of the Veil

April 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm in Phillips Auditorium

Dr. Amer is Professor of Asian Studies, Adjunct Professor of French, and adjunct Professor of Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Her current research focuses on Muslim women, veiling, gender and identity. She has received multiple awards for her comparative work on French and Muslim women's studies.

Intersections of Race, Feminism, and Popular Culture

March 25th at 7:00 pm in Phillips 120

Danielle Henderson is a dedicated feminist, freelance writer, and graduate student. Her writing has been featured in several magazines and online publications including Kitchen Sink and Rivet, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. A book based on her popular blog, Feminist Ryan Gosling, was released by Running Press in August 2012. She is currently developing a project with The Feminist Press, and applying for Ph.D. programs.

“Muse of the Sister Arts: The Poetry and Paintings of Anne Killigrew.”

Feb. 25, 2013 from 4:00-5:00 in Norton 101

This presentation will focus on the contributions to late Stuart political satire by the British poet and painter, Anne Killigrew, whose posthumously published _Poems_ (1686) influenced the writing culture surrounding one of the most controversial eras in British politics: the decline of divine right absolutism in favor of individual “liberty and property.” The talk will consider women’s perception of and writing about the changing structure of monarchical power during the relatively peaceful deposition of James II in favor of William and Mary, which advanced the rise of the female political satirist.

Wedding Dress Deconstruction

Feb. 16, 2013 at 1:00 in Hayworth Chapel Fellowship Hall

The Wedding Dress Project was developed as an artful way to engage in dialogue about what healthy relationships look like; and to help all participants learn to recognize early warning signs of domestic abuse. Dress deconstruction workshops allow participants to deconstruct, re-imagine, and rebuild aspects of themselves and their perceptions through the deconstruction and reconstruction of an actual wedding dress.

In addition, the Wedding Dress Project is passionate about inspiring dialogue concerning gender relatons and gender steriotypes. The project endeavors to replace old perceptions and expectations concerning gender roles with an understanding of what it is to be an indibidual and to respect others as individuals.

For more information visit

“Mars, Venus, or Planet Earth? Women and Men on Campus in a New Millennium.”

February 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Phillips Auditorium

Michael Kimmel is a sociologist who is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. In “Mars, Venus, or Planet Earth? Women & Men on Campus in a New Millennium,” Michael Kimmel addresses the myths of gender differences. Surveying the landscape of current controversies about gender, he shows how men and women are transforming our campus and our culture — and why gender equality is actually a good thing for men!

Intersections of Gender and Crime: Examples from Serial Murder and Filicide

Jan 28th, 2013 from 4:30-5:30PM in Norton 101

Dr. Julie B. Wiest will speak about the relationship between gender and crime, with a focus on cultural and social influences. Following a brief overview of gendered patterns in offending, Wiest will draw on her own research on serial murder and filicide to offer examples of gendered patterns in the commission of violent crime, gendered representations of offenders, and gendered treatment of offenders within the criminal justice system.

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

October 8th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Breast cancer has become the poster child of cause-related marketing campaigns—people walk, run and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve?
PINK RIBBONS, INC. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," has become obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success.
Based on the book "Pink Ribbons, Inc." by Samantha King.

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April 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

In 1970s Iran, Marjane ‘Marji’ Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah’s defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs

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Boys Don't Cry

March 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is ripped apart.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

March 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Based on the classic by Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston, the film depicts the timeless, lyrical and passionate story of a beautiful and resilient woman’s quest for love, sensual excitement and spiritual fulfillment, despite society’s expectations of a woman of color in 1920s America. Ms. Berry stars as Janie Crawford, whose journey takes her through three marriages with very different men, and during which she experiences all that life has to offer, from tremendous success to unspeakable heartbreak.

Darnell Martin directs from the teleplay written by Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize. Michael Ealy, Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Emmy Award winner Ruby Dee also star, with a strong supporting ensemble cast.

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Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

March 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

George (Richard Burton) and Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) are a middle aged married couple, whose charged relationship is defined by vitriolic verbal battles, which underlies what seems like an emotional dependence upon each other. This verbal abuse is fueled by an excessive consumption of alcohol. George being an associate History professor in a New Carthage university where Martha’s father is the President adds an extra dimension to their relationship. Late one Saturday evening after a faculty mixer, Martha invites Nick and Honey, an ambitious young Biology professor new to the university and his mousy wife, over for a nightcap. As the evening progresses, Nick and Honey, plied with more alcohol, get caught up in George and Martha’s games of needing to hurt each other and everyone around them. The ultimate abuse comes in the form of talk of George and Martha’s unseen sixteen year old son, whose birthday is the
following day.

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Miss Representation

March 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

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The Invisible War

November 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Today a female soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow serviceman than killed by enemy fire. THE INVISIBLE WAR reveals the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military—and exposes the difficult choice many service members are forced to make between speaking up and serving their country. Nonpartisan and fair minded, THE INVISIBLE WAR exposes these devastating crimes and acts as a catalyst for long overdue political and cultural change. This film is a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called “The most underreported crime in America.”

HPU’s Women’s and Gender Studies program will be screening THE INVISIBLE WAR on November 13th at 5:30 pm in the Extraordinaire Cinema. The response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive, with the Department of Defense revising military procedures to support sexual assault victims in part due to the film and the women and men involved in the “Invisible No More Movement.” After the screening there will be a Q & A led by CJ Scarlett, a former Marine who went on to serve as Director of Victims Issues with the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, and retired Marine Corps Lt. Elle Helmer, who is featured in the film.

Watch the trailer.



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