Women's and Gender Studies

Event Archive

International Women's Day Event

March 14th, 2018
International Women’s Day has, since 1911, celebrated the contributions of women to society and emphasized the importance of gender equality. In High Point, International Women’s Day focuses on the rich and diverse local activity that connects women from all over the world in our “international city”. Please join us as we celebrate women through diverse music, dancing, cultural dishes, and crafts. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress. 

This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Women's and Gender Studies Research Symposium

April 18th, 2017
The annual WGS Research Symposium serves as a capstone celebration of the year's scholarship and achievements of the students in WGS classes.

WAGE Salary Negotiation Workshop

March 31, 2017

In this interactive workshop, students will learn to successfully negotiate a salary and benefits package in the workforce.

Lecture by Chris Abani

March 23rd, 2017
Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria. He has received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria, a MA in English, Gender and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Through his TED Talks, public speaking, and essays, Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibilities.

The Trials of Spring Screening and Lecture

March 20th, 2017
When a young Egyptian woman travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice in a country where there is little tolerance for the likes of her.

Following the screening of The Trials of Spring, Gini Reticker, Executive Producer and Director, will hold a short lecture and discussion. 

International Women's Day Celebration

March 15th, 2017
International Women's Day is a worldwide phenomena that celebrates the contributions of women to society and emphasizes the importance of gender equality. In High Point, International Women's Day highlights the rich and diverse local activities that connect women from across the globe in our great "International City."

WAGE Budgeting Workshop

February 24th, 2017
In this interactive workshop, students will learn how to create a budget to fit their financial capabilities and needs following graduation.

WAGE Leadership Colors Luncheon

January 27th, 2017
In this interactive workshop, new students of the WAGE cohort learn their "leadership color" and discuss the dynamics of gender and leadership.

WAGE Salary Negotiation Workshop

November 18th, 2016
In this interactive workshop students will learn salary negotiation skills that will help prepare them for future employment and help eliminate the gender-wage gap. A laptop is recommended for this event.

“Gender, Politics and Election 2016”

October 12th, 2016
Dr. Alixandra Yanus, Assistant Professor of Political Science will discuss the role of gender in voting habits and candidate’s decisions to run for office. In addition, she will explore the source and scope of gender barriers in politics, as well as what can be done to narrow the gender gap. Voter Registration will take place at this event.

WAGE Future Leaders Conference and Networking Luncheon

October 7th, 2016
This event connects students and recent alumni to women leaders in an array of fields in order to inspire and educate a future generation of leaders. Confirmed speakers include: Laurie Schaefer, VP and CIO Services Domain Leader at IBM, Rebecca Skyes, President of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and Jaime Thomas, General Manager at IBM Systems Group.

WAGE Budgeting Workshop

September 30, 2016
In this interactive workshop, students will learn budgeting basics to help prepare them for future employment and life after college.

WAGE Leadership Colors Luncheon

September 2, 2016
This workshop introduces students to different leadership styles and offers tips on how to harness their own leadership abilities while working with others.

Feasting and Food Security: Negotiating Infant and Child Feeding in Vanuatu

April 6, 2016

Picture1In this presentation, Dr. Wentworth will present how feasting has become a widespread coping mechanism for addressing food insecurity in urban and peri-urban Vanuatu. By examining hunger and food security in a cultural context, a detailed assessment of the social and structural factors that influence mothers’ decisions about appropriate infant and child feeding is presented.

“Salam Neighbor” Documentary Screening

March 29, 2016

2015_1022_Salam-Neighbor_Website-Banner_Tent-w-ArabicSalam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. The film follows the journey of Chris and Zach in the Za’atari refugee camp in Syria as the first filmmakers ever allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp. A panel discussion will follow the documentary.

International Women’s Day Celebration

March 2, 2016

International-Womens-Day-1-2International Women’s Day has been a worldwide phenomena since 1911 that celebrates the contributions of women to society and emphasizes the importance of gender equality. Each March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. In High Point, International Women’s Day focuses on the rich and diverse local activity that connects women from all over the world in our great “International City.”

Dignity in Work: Feminist and Marxist Theories of Value and Worth in Economic Life

February 24, 2016

8_img6312Drawing on recent theories in feminist political economy and feminist Marxism, this talk will pose the question: What is the value of “dignified work”? Dr. Fisher will discuss his research on the case study of a small, women’s sewing cooperative in Nicaragua called the Fair Trade Zone.

“In Good Faith: Mill Women, Preachers, Feminists and Labor Unions in the 1970s South”

January 27, 2016

L1992-11-1121In the 1970s, White and African-American women in textile mills in the Piedmont South emerged as leaders in a nationwide boycott and corporate campaign against their employer, J.P. Stevens, the country’s second largest textile manufacturer. The campaign drew support from labor and civil rights activists, feminists, religious leaders, movie stars and professional football players. Dr. Fink’s research presentation introduces the women at the center of a worker’s rights movement that built on the successes of the Black freedom struggle, the momentum of the women’s movement, and a legacy of southern mill women’s activism.

Deborah Miranda – “Bad Indians” Lecture

December 2, 2015

BIND_Cover_FINALPoet Deborah Miranda will read from her mixed-genre collection, Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2013), winner of a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, winner of the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award, and shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award. Dr. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselin Nation of California and is the John Lucien Smith Term Professor of English at Washington and Lee University.

“The Other Side of My Heart: Tango, Women, and Immigration”

November 17, 2015

Lorena Guillen picture (Becky Vanderveen MA“The Other Side of My Heart” is a Tango concert performed by the Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble. The first half is based on the real stories of a group of Latino women that immigrated to North Carolina. In this musical piece their stories become a cycle of five songs interlaced by these Latino women’s stories in which they reflect about their trajectory from their home countries to their new place in United States. The second part of the concert consists of a selection of Argentine tango-songs that revels this genre as the product of diverse migratory waves and the role of women composers, lyricists and performers in its solidification as the foremost idiosyncratic popular urban Argentine song.

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop

October 30, 2015

Smart Start$tart $mart is a salary negotiation workshop with a focus on women and fair wages. Participants in the workshop will learn how to negotiate for a fair salary and benefits package. Please register for this event through the WAGE page of the HPU website.

$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.

Watch this video for further information.

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.



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