Past Events

The Gender+ Justice Initiative gathered the community for thought provoking conversations focused on timely and important intersectional gender justice issues.

Check our past events below.

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40 Years of Anti-Racism: France and Beyond

Monday, September 25, 2023 – 5:00 PM EST – In-Person Event. Join us to mark the 40th anniversary of France’s historic ‘March for Equality and Against Racism.’ This important event reshaped conversations on racism, police violence, and inequality. …

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Feminist Philosophies: Theory + Praxis 

CANCELLED | Join us for a thought-provoking conversation between renowned philosopher Elsa Dorlin and acclaimed journalist and activist Rokhaya Diallo as they explore intersectional feminist philosophies from theory to praxis. …

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Unmanning

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | 5:00 PM EST – In-Person Event | Location: Arrupe Multipurpose Room | Join us in welcoming Katherine Chandler to discuss her book Unmanning How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare (Rutgers University Press, 2020). Dr. Chandler will be joined by professors Nathan Hensley, Caren Kaplan and Jennifer Rhee.…

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Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 – 5:00 PM ET – In-Person Event. Join us for a book talk on Georgetown Professor Kwame Edwin Otu’s book, Amphibious Subjects: Sasso and the Contested Politics of Queer Self-Making. …

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Black is the Journey, Africana the Name

Thursday, November 17, 2022 – 5:00 PM EST – In-Person Event. Join us in welcoming scholar and professor Maboula Soumahoro for a lecture and conversation on her book Black is the Journey, Africana the Name (Polity, 2022), received the FetKann! Maryse Condé literary prize in 2020.…

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Gender and Sexuality in Algerian Rai Music

WATCH VIDEO | Thursday, November 3, 2022 – 1:00 PM ET – Virtual Event. Join is in welcoming dance artist and educator Esraa Warda for a lecture entitled: ‘Gender and Sexuality in Algerian Rai Music’. Known as the “rebel blues”, Raï is one of Algeria’s noteworthy movements of independent artists that have been historically marginalized and stigmatized. …

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After Dobbs: the Assault on Reproductive Justice and Equality 

WATCH VIDEOS | Friday Sept. 16, 2022 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET – Virtual Event. Join us for a series of multi-disciplinary panels and interactive discussions with leading scholars, activists, practitioners, and elected officials about the Supreme Court’s decision, decimated the fundamental right to abortion and bodily autonomy.…

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BLM France: Black and Brown Women’s Fight for Racial Justice

WATCH VIDEO | Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 – 5:00 PM EST – In-Person Event. Join us in welcoming Rokhaya Diallo, Maboula Soumahoro and Jean Beaman for a conversation on racial justice and police violence in France. The discussion will center the Black and Brown women leading the fight against systemic racism and violence. …

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Bootyful: Screening and Discussion with Rokhaya Diallo

WATCH VIDEO | Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 – 5 PM EST – In-Person Event. Join us in welcoming Rokhaya Diallo for a screening and discussion about one of her latest documentaries: Bootyful (2021). From France to the United States via Brazil, Bootyful reveals the history and body politics behind the global craze for a certain type of voluptuous “derriere”. …

The Parisienne Uncovered, A Documentary by Rokhaya Diallo

In-Person Event – Monday April 4, 2022  – 5 PM ET Join us for a screening and conversation about Rokhaya Diallo’s newest documentary, Parisian Uncovered (or La Parisienne Démystifiée), which seeks to expose the complex and pluralistic reality of Parisian women’s lives, identities, professions, and experiences. …

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The Hope of a Black Princess

In-Person Event – Monday March 28, 2022 12 PM ET – Join us for a presentation and book signing with Aria Halliday and learn about her book Buy Black How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2022). Buy Black examines the role American Black women play in Black consumption in the US and worldwide, with a focus on their pivotal role in packaging Black feminine identity since the 1960s. …

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Is Depression a Feminist Issue?

Virtual Event – Wednesday March 16, 2022 – 12:00 PM ET Dr. Jessica Coblentz, Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Mary’s College (Indiana) will offer a perspective from Feminist Theology. Copies of Dr. Coblentz’s recent book, Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression are available in the Women’s Center (Leavey 327) for all those interested in reading her book. …

Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers

Virtual Event – Wednesday March 2, 2022 – 12 PM ET – Join us in welcoming Deborah Tuerkheimer, as she discusses her latest book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers (2021). In this landmark book, a former prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence examines why we are primed to disbelieve allegations of sexual abuse—and how we can transform a culture and a legal system structured to dismiss accusers.…

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Chemical Heroes

In-Person Event – Wednesday Feb. 23, 2022 – 12 PM ET Join us in welcoming Andrew Bickford for a conversation on his book Chemical Heroes -Pharmacological Supersoldiers in the US Military (2021). Bickford analyzes the US military’s attempts to design performance enhancement technologies and create pharmacological “supersoldiers” capable of becoming ever more lethal while withstanding various forms of extreme trauma.…

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Fierce Love

Virtual Event – Friday Feb. 18, 2022 – 12 PM ET – Join us in welcoming Reverend Jacqui Lewis, for a discussion on her latest book Fierce Love (2021). This book is a healing antidote to our divisive culture, full of evocative storytelling, spiritual wisdom, and nine essential daily practices—by the first woman, Black senior minister at the historic Collegiate Churches of New York. …

More to the Story: A Short Documentary

WATCH VIDEO 11/16/2021 at 5pm ET Join us for a 10min screening and Q/A to learn about the first two women students at Georgetown. Jane Varner Malhotra (G’21) introduces these trailblazers in her short documentary More to the Story: Documenting the Lives of the First Known Women Students at Georgetown, Dr. Annie E. Rice and Dr. Jeannette J. Sumner.…

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Disability Narratives in Documentary Film

11/11/2021 at 6:30pm ET Disability Narratives in Documentary Film; Join us for a student-led conversation with Judith (Judy) Heumann, an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community.…

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Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song

WATCH VIDEO 10/20/2021 at 12pm ET Peterson, leading advocate for prison abolition and transformative justice, candidly recounts his coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration. By exposing the many cages that constrain us, he calls for an abolitionist vision as the only way forward. …

A Decolonial Feminism

WATCH VIDEO 11/9/2021 at 12pm ET A Decolonial Feminism grapples with the central issues in feminist debates today: from Eurocentrism and whiteness, to power, inclusion and exclusion. Delving into feminist and anti-racist histories, Vergès also assesses contemporary activism, movements and struggles, including #MeToo and the Women’s Strike.…

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Decolonize the Dancefloor with Habibitch

WATCH VIDEO 10/14/2021 at 12pm ET With “Decolonize the Dancefloor”, artist and activist Habibitch explores the systems that shape our daily social relationships. Racism, privilege(s), domination(s), resistance, creation, community(ies), fundamental concepts dissected under a sharp decolonial magnifying glass. Dancing their politics and politicizing their dance, their work is remarkable and truly celebratory of Queer, nonbinary POC bodies.…

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Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

WATCH VIDEO 10/6/2021 at 1:30pm ETJoin us in welcoming Professor Marcia Chatelain, acclaimed historian and winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History, for a virtual discussion of her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (WW Norton, 2020). With Franchise, Chatelain reveals the complicated role the fast-food industry plays in African-American communities, a portrait of race and capitalism that masterfully illustrates how the fight for civil rights has been intertwined with the fate of Black businesses.…

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Legal Vigilantism: Texas and the End of Roe?

WATCH VIDEO 9/30/2021 at 12pm ET Join us for a conversation on the new Texas’ abortion law, known as Senate Bill 8, its unusual structure, its impact in Texas, the litigation over it, and what it means for the future of abortion rights in the United States.…

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Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

WATCH VIDEO 9/27/2021 at 12pm ET Sexual Citizens is a groundbreaking study that transforms how we understand and address sexual assault. Through intimate portraits of life and sex among today’s college students, the authors reveal the social ecosystem that makes sexual assault a predictable element of life on a college campus. …

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Gender+ Justice Research Colloquium

When: 04/08/2021 @ 3:00pm-5:15pm EST and 04/09/2021 10:00am-12:00pm Where: Zoom The Georgetown Gender+ Justice Initiative is delighted to host its fifth interdisciplinary Research…

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The Power of Unions Past and Present

When: 03/23/2021 @ 12:00pm-1:15pm EST Where: Zoom Video of event A Book Talk and discussion on the power of union organizing with DC-based organizers. This program is sponsored by…

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Breaking Silence – Screening and Discussion

When: 03/04/2021 @ 6:00pm-8:00pm EST Where: Zoom Join us for a screening of the Breaking Silence Documentary, the first film of its kind in documenting American Muslim women’s stories about…

BRAVE Summit – Week 1

When: 03/01 to 03/06 – The first Week of BRAVE Month is dedicated to MENTAL aspect of Black womanhood. The Gender+ Justice Initiative is delighted to co-sponsor the 2021 BRAVE Summit. BRAVE…

Spring 2020 CENTILE Book Club Series

When: 03/17/2020 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Where: Room 201, Building D, GU Medical Center The Center for Innovation and Leadership Education presents its Spring 2020 Book Club – reading My (Underground)…

Carolyn Forché: on Resistance and Memory

When: 02/26/2020 @ 7:00PM Where: DC Public Library – Georgetown Branch, 3260 R St. NW Washington, D.C. 20007 Poet and Georgetown Professor Carolyn Forché will discuss her latest book, What You…

Reading Whitney Houston: on R&B and Black Culture

When: 02/13 @ 7:00PM Where: DC Public Library – Georgetown Branch, 3260 R St. NW Washington, D.C. 20007 In honor of Black History Month, Professor Patterson will discuss key themes from his book…

Book Hill Talks – Gender Justice Series

When: 02/13, 02/26 & 04/22 @ 7:00PMWhere: DC Public Library – Georgetown Branch, 3260 R St. NW Washington, D.C. 20007 The Gender+ Justice Initiative is delighted to partner with the DC Public…

Rise Up: LGBTQ Rights Then and Now

When: 11/02/2019 — 2:30PM-4:30PM Where: Newseum, Georgetown University The Georgetown Gender+ Justice Initiative and the Newseum present a conversation inspired by the exhibit, “Rise Up:…

Feminist Mixer Main Campus

When: 10/03/2019 – 5:30PM-7:30PM Where: Herman Room, Healy Family Student Center, Georgetown University Our mixers bring together feminists from the Georgetown University community to…

Gender in Trump’s America

Incredible legal scholars and advocates from various backgrounds will be delving into topics around transgender rights, gender in the context of immigration, and Title VII.…

Sovereignty Performance & Conversation

We were so excited to say hello to all who joined us at Arena Stage for the performance of Sovereignty on January 31st and the conversation with the playwright, Mary Kathryn Nagle (COL ’05) on…