Upcoming Events

A list of upcoming events at Acadia University involving the Women's and Gender Studies program:

Tuesday September 26

WGS is hosting a social for students and faculty on Tuesday, September 26th at 4:30pm in the Library’s Quiet Room. This is an opportunity to meet and get to know other members of the WGS community. Free snack and drinks will be provided.

If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP by clicking HERE.




Past Events from the 2016-2017 Year

September 20, 2016

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

September 20 at 6.30 at the Al Whittle Theatre. The film exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. Keynote address by Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (President of Digital Nova Scotia) and Panel discussion with faculty members including Randy Newman and Darcy Benoit.

October 4, 2016

Hon. A. Anne McLellan presents a panel discussion and Q&A on "Diversity in Governance and Law," 10:00 am,  Learning Commons, Acadia University

October 4, 2016

Sisters in Spirit National Day of Vigils for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and girls, 6 to 8 pm, KCIC
Garden Room, Acadia University

October 13, 2016

The Acadia University Faculty Association Women’s Committee invites you to attend a screening of the documentary Highway of Tears

October 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street)

Freewill offering for Sisters in Spirit will be accepted at the door.

"Highway of Tears" is about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. Viewers will discover what the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, systemic violence, and high unemployment rates have done to First Nations reserves and how they tie in with the missing and murdered women in the Highway of Tears cases. - Excerpt from Highway of Tears

The film shone a light on the urgent need to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women. In August of this year, the Government of Canada announced an independent inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

October 18, 2016

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, WISE Acadia will be hosting a poster session in conjunction with our fall event, which will feature a keynote address by this year’s Huggins Science Seminar speaker, Dr. Anne Condon. The poster session will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Fountain Commons followed by Dr. Condon’s address. The focus of the poster session is to showcase the variety of research at Acadia, and to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of computing.

October 21-22, 2016

ARPA 2016 Annual Conference

The Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association Annual Conference will be held at Acadia University on October 21-22. The keynote address will be by Dr. Samantha Brennan and is entitled “Ethics and our Early Years: Making decisions for children as if childhood really mattered.”

October 21-22, 2016

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the European deployment of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada's only segregated battalion in WW1, The Ethnocultural Research Centre, and Departments of Sociology and History & Classics will host a 2-day symposium titled, "To Do Our Share: The African Canadian Experience in World War 1," on October 21st and 22nd. This event will bring together many interested parties to highlight the crucial role played by the Reverend William A. White, a graduate of Acadia University and the sole commissioned Black officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. White was an extraordinary citizen, who provided spiritual and personal support to the men of the Battalion, and to scores of African Nova Scotians in the years following the war. The project will also illuminate the experiences of these soldiers from the Battalion.


November 16-19 and 23-26, 2016

Three Shorts by Susan Glaspell:  Trifles, Suppressed Desires, and Woman's Honor
Written by Susan Glaspell
Directed by Anna Migliarisi

Writer, theatre producer, actress and feminist Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) is largely known for her 1916 one-act play Trifles -- based on an actual murder case she covered during her stint as a journalist -- but Glaspell was also a principal player in the American avant-garde theatre movement and co-founder of the influential Provincetown Players. She experimented with both comedy and tragedy as forums for social critique; strong female characters and their particular struggles were always at the center of her dramaturgy.  During her years of productivity, Glaspell was widely considered to be one of America's two most important playwrights -- Eugene O'Neill being the other.

November 22, 2016

Asteroseismology: Dissecting the Stars.  A free public talk by Dr. Catherine Lovekin, Assistant Professor, Physics, Mount Allison University

November 24, 2016

WISE Acadia student meeting

December 1, 2016

Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life by Erin Wunker, book launch, Box of Delights Bookshop, 5:30 pm

December 6, 2016

Canada's National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence against Women, 4:30-5:30 pm, Wolfville Farmers' Market

January 16, 2017

7:00 pm Screening of Selma, followed by discussion and hot chocolate.  KCIC Auditorium

January 25, 2017

On 25 January 2017, Jenna Colclough was invited by the CFUW-Wolfville to speak on the topic of Acadia and the First World War. She focused on the role of women from Acadia Seminary who served as nurses. Jenna is a fourth-year student in History and Classics.

February 10

Please come and join us at the KCIC Auditorium on February 10, 2017 from 7.45 p.m. to 10.00 pm. As a member of the Maple League, Acadia University will live stream a lecture by Marie Henein broadcasted from Bishop’s University. The lecture is part of the Donald Lecture Series. The broadcast will be introduced by Dr. Heather Hemming, V-P Academic, and followed by a panel with Dr. Paul Abela, Dr. Erin Crandall, and Dr. Randy Newman as discussants. The panel will be moderated by Anne Quéma, Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

February 17

Join us for "An Evening with George Elliott Clarke," 6:30 PM in the Fountain Learning Commons, Acadia University

February 27

Race, Sex, and Sexuality Discussion, Quiet Reading Room, Vaughan Library, 12 pm

February 28

Black History Month Finale - a night of dancing, singing, poetry, rap, magic, food, and culture.  7 pm, Denton Hall

March 1

Dr. Akivah Starkman presented "The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement: Reflections, Lessons, and Questions."  7 pm

March 9

Join us for International Women's Day with keynote speaker Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (Ph.D.), 5 pm to 7 pm in the KCIC Auditorium.

March 10

Zabrina Whitman: The Scars Within. Opening reception March 10, 7-9 pm

March 20

WGST Film showing of Closet Monster, 7 pm at the KCIC Auditorium

March 22

Women in Science & Engineering in association with Women's & Gender Studies present Faces of WISE.  An end of term event featuring updates from WISE and WGST, Listening to WISE on campus, and WISE trivia.  4:30-6:00 pm, Acadia Art Gallery.  Refreshments served.  Everyone welcome.

March 29

WGST and Politics present "Happily Ever After? The Impact of Same-sex Marriage Policy Diffusion on LGBT Coalitions" by Julie Moreau, postdoctoral fellow in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  7:00 pm.

May 18

WISE Acadia is hosting Dr. Karen Crosby (Mount Allison University) who is giving a lecture at Acadia on The Brain, Appetite and Obesity. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 18th at 2 p.m., in BAC 141. Dr. Crosby is coming here as part of a Women in Science Speaker Tour, a joint initiative between Science Atlantic and WISE Atlantic.

Fat and obesity are important societal issues. WISE is interested in making our events STEAM-friendly and in particular, trying to help students realize that a strong background in both science and arts is needed to understand complex topics. To that end, Ann Smith will be introducing Acadia Reads at this event with a short reading from the first book selected by the Acadia Reads committee, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Monica Awad. This is a great opportunity to launch Acadia Reads and should help promote it to students across campus. Following Ann’s reading, we will have a panel discussion on The Skinny on Fat: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Fatness, which will address the complexity of the topic from the perspectives of sociology (Lesley Frank), nutrition and dietetics (Cathy Morley), epigenetics (Glenys Gibson), neurobiology (Karen Crosby) and community development (Rachel Beddingfield).

May 24 - June 11

Drawing from the permanent collection of Acadia University Art Gallery, the exhibition explores how the human experience is represented in portraiture. The selected works emphasize women’s experience and the under representation of women in art.

The exhibition is the result of research undertaken by students enrolled in HIST 3693-Special Topics: Introduction to Curating. 

Please join us for the opening reception & presentations of student research on Weds, May 24th, 11am.

June 19

Documentary film screening of Why Women Need to Climb Mountains, Al Whittle Theatre, 7 pm.  Berlin's Renata Keller, the film producer, will be in the audience and we will have a post film open dialogue. 

August 15-16

Wise Acadia STEAM Mash-up - Fun, educational, two-day long science retreat with overnight stay.  Hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), plus a mentoring sessions with senior female WISE students at Acadia University.  The retreat is open to all girls entering grades 7-8.