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Women's and Gender Studies Events

Saint Louis University’s Department of Women's and Gender Studies also sponsors events throughout the academic year to support scholarship and leadership. Our event calendar is available on our homepage.

Brown-Bag Lunch Series

Each semester, SLU’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies sponsors a brown-bag lunch series where speakers present their research and engage the audience in discussion about the topic. The topics vary, as do the disciplines of the speakers and the points of view they represent.

These informal settings provide unique and wonderful opportunities to learn about the range of women's and gender studies scholarship and to meet students and faculty with similar interests. Since this event takes place around the noon hour, you are encouraged to bring your lunch.

Takeover Thursdays

"Takeover Thursdays" was an idea born of the women's and gender studies department's fight to claim more space on campus. These events are held at different off-campus locations and offer a safe space to discuss feminist thought and activities. Students, both within and outside the department, have the opportunity to meet other women's and gender studies students, faculty and staff in an informal setting.

Advisory Board Meetings

SLU’s Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Board meetings are the equivalent of department meetings in traditional disciplines. However, in addition to having women's and gender studies faculty represented, the group includes affiliated faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Topics range from which courses to offer and events to sponsor to discussions of how to continue growing the department. Board members serve for two-year terms. Student board members serve for one year. The monthly meetings are open to everyone and attendees do not have to be board members to participate.

Women's and Gender Studies Writing Day

Behind on your papers? Need a day to write and work on them? Join the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies for a day of writing at the end of the semester. Drop in anytime with your laptops, paper and pens, notepads and books to enjoy an environment of idea sharing and writing. The department provides coffee, tea and snacks all day. All faculty and students are welcome.

Feminist Reading Group

Open to anyone interested, the feminist reading group focuses on topics within current feminist scholarship. Regular attendance is not required. If you have a topic you would like to read about, suggest it by sending an email to