7:30 pm Pellegrene Auditorium SJU

Join us for the Norman L. Ford Science Literacy Lecture Series, "Sex, Brains & Culture: The Science and Pseudoscience of Gender Difference."

Dr. Lise Eliot is Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A Chicago native, she received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a post-doctoral research fellowhip at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Eliot lectures widely on children’s brain and gender development. She and her husband live in Lake Bluff, Illinois and are the parents of three young adults.

Gender Summit: Three-day Event

November 19 th, Tuesday (Day of IWL)

The Institute for Women’s Leadership will be hosting a panel titled “Powerful Women Doing Powerful Things” on November 19 th.  We have invited multiple women speakers that work in traditionally male dominated fields, and women leaders in society in general, to talk about their experiences. In addition to the panel these women will be joining us for dinner beforehand. We will be inviting Bennies, professors, and faculty members whose work relates to the panelists’ areas of expertise. Since there will be limited space, we will prioritize Bennies who are also involved in clubs and organizations that are related. Below is the list of confirmed speakers we will be having:

  • Sophia Guezmir (CSB Alum) will be representing Keyot, a woman owned consulting firm
  • Judge Joy D. Bartscher - Second Judicial District

Potential speakers:

  • Alyza Bohbot, founder of City Girl Coffee, which sources all their coffee from women-owned or women-managed farms and co-operatives around the world
  • Jill Stang (CSB Alum), a Nurse Practitioner at CentraCare
  • Jamf, a technology company
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Dinner with panelists at Presidential Dining Room (Gorecki Pres Dining)
    • We will have Bennies, professors, faculty members sitting with each panelist
    • People who are collaborating and co-sponsoring will be invited as well
    • 10 people (including the panelist) in each table
    • Limited to women only
  • 6:30 PM- 7:30/8:00 PMPowerful Women Doing Powerful Things” Panel (Gorecki 204A)
    • Introduction/mini presentation of each speakers
    • Q&A after their introductions
    • We will prepare the questions to ensure equal opportunities for each panelist to speak
    • A half-hour social gathering afterwards
    • Open to all CSB/SJU students

November 20 th, Wednesday (Day of MDI)

The Men’s Development Institute will be having a facilitated simulation called “Breaking the Brick Wall” on November 20 th. The simulation allows an interactive and purposeful approach to the idea of what it means to be a man. Our facilitators will be presenting real life scenarios that can occur in a male student's life. These scenarios are designed to find ways to respond to these situations and explore how masculinity can play a role in day to day activities.

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMBreaking the Brick Wall” simulation (Gorecki 204 C)
    • Open to all CSB/SJU students

November 21 st, Thursday

This is the last day of Gender Summit, where the IWL and MDI will be collaborating. We will be having a poster session for CSB/SJU students to present and discuss their research as it pertains to the field of Gender & Sexuality. The posters often include a look into a wide variety of gender issues, movements, and theories, as we recognize a need to analyze our world through the lens of gender. We highly recommend students from the Gender Studies Department participate and contribute their research. Following the 1-hour poster session, we will be having our keynote speaker event.

This year, we are honored to have Professor Liam Lair to speak on his research focusing on transgender and the queer community. Since November 20 th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, we would also like to take this opportunity to shed light and awareness within the community. The IWL and MDI hope this event will broaden the spectrum on inclusivity and intersectionality surrounding gender in CSB/SJU.

  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Poster Session (Gorecki 204 A)
    • Various researches and presentations on Gender & Sexuality
    • Open to all CSB/SJU students
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Keynote Speaker (Gorecki 204 B)
    • Professor Liam Lair to speak on his research focusing on transgender and the queer community
    • Open to all CSB/SJU students
    • Q&A following Professor Lair


FEBRUARY 7-8, 2020

Join Talk Climate Institute for a workshop, located at the SJU campus. Also learn why climate change and climate justice are feminist issues

Join us for an engaging workshop where you'll learn new ways to talk about climate change. Participate in interactive sessions incorporating writing, reflective listening, activities, and storytelling. Get empowered to make a difference in your community! (dinner and snacks provided)

Registration is open until Sept. 13, at noon (Community members: $45, Students & Monastics: $5)

Full and Partial scholarships available.