Upcoming Events


Past Events

September 20

Megan Leslie will be the guest speaker for this year’s Sydney Taylor Memorial Lecture in Politics. 

“Megan Leslie is the president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, where she guides the organization in its mission to prevent the decline wildlife. Before joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament representing Halifax for two terms during which she was deputy leader of the official Opposition and environment critic.  She has a degree in social & political thought and history from York and a law degree from Dalhousie. After university and before entering politics, she was a community legal worker and presented at the 2005 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal on the issue of energy poverty.”

Her lecture, “From Advocacy to Action: A Step-by-Step Guide to Changing the World,” takes place on Thursday Sept. 20, 7:00 pm, in the KCIC Auditorium.

September 20-21 

Caravan Theatre presents Fem Fest: Freedom Then and Now

100 years ago, Nova Scotia women fought for the right to vote. They wanted society - its members and its laws - to recognize women’s worth and protect their needs. They wanted to stand up and be counted. Fast forward to our 2018 MeToo moment, and it’s clear, the struggle for women’s equality continues.

Fem Fest: Freedom Then and Now is an arts festival of song, theatre, dance and spoken word celebrating the pioneering spirt of women. 

Fem Fest: Freedom Then and Now features both historical and original contemporary works by performing artists from across Nova Scotia. Together we explore diversity in age, gender expression and culture.

Join the movement! Raise your fist! Fem Fest is on the way!

1 weekend, 4 shows, 3 cities. On tour to Wolfville, Halifax and Truro

Sept. 20 and 21 at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 
Sept. 22 at Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax
Sept. 23 at The Marigold, Truro

All shows 7:30 pm

Tickets: $20 available at The Box of Delights Bookstore (for Wolfville);Eventbrite.ca (Halifax) and Ticketpro.ca (Truro)

For more information, visit www.caravantheatre.ca


September 24 - October 5

From Monday, September 24 to Friday, October 5, Vaughan Memorial Library is hosting the banner exhibit 
CALLIOPE Women in Society, Culture and the Sciences (brought to you by the Austrian Cultural Forum of the
Austrian Embassy, Ottawa, and Acadia German Studies).

Calliope Exhibition
KALLIOPE Austria – Frauen in Gesellschaft, Kultur und Wissenschaft

The travelling exhibit Calliope Austria showcases an impressive collection of biographies of outstanding women. From the 18th century to the present day, these remarkable women, as scientists, artists or political figures, have left their mark in their respective fields and helped shape our world.

 The exhibit, with its portraits and biographies, acts as a reminder of how influential Austrian women, including the likes of Bertha von Suttner, Lise Meitner, Elfriede Jelinek and Hedy Lamarr, each made a lasting contribution to the empowerment of women in Austria and worldwide.

October 2

BAC 236
October 2, 7:00 PM
KELLY OLSON (University of Western Ontario)
CAC Atlantic Tour 2018
All Welcome

Celluloid Cleopatras 1899-2013

The Egyptian queen has generated varied treatments in art and film, and in them she is the Cleopatra of myth and fantasy as well as history, a myth which began during her lifetime. Is Cleopatra an immoral ruination or great leader? Coquettish temptress? Guileless victim? A threat, a disgrace or an inspiration? This talk examines the historical Cleopatra and looks at some of the treatments in art, but mainly focuses on the presentation of Cleopatra in film, from 1899-2005. Film clips include Cleopatra (1934), Cleopatra (1963), HBO’s Rome (2005), and Katy Perry’s Dark Horse video (2013). Although her image has been continually reworked by countless generations, the real Cleopatra remains elusive behind all the masks which have been put on her.

Sponsored by the Department of History and Classics and Women’s and Gender Studies

October 4


WHERE: Glooscap Landing, Nitap/Friendship Trail
WHEN: October 4, 2018
TIME: 3-6pm


Come and join us as we walk in a candle light ceremony in recognition of the 
Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) throughout Turtle Island. All hand-drums are welcome.

Refreshments & BBQ to follow.
Sponsored by Gloosecap First Nation and Glooscap-Kluskap Ventures


October 16

On Tuesday, October 16 Dr. Claudine Bonner will be live-streaming Dr. Angela Davis' public lecture from Dalhousie University for her class.  This is open to the community and will be held in ELL 207, from 7 pm - 9 pm.  

“What would it take to create a world where we all feel like we truly belong?”  That’s the question behind the Belong Forums, a public lecture series in honour of Dalhousie’s 200th anniversary, featuring internationally respected thinkers, trailblazers and change-makers.

Join for a conversation with legendary U.S. civil rights leader Angela Davis. Dr. Davis’s forum will serve as the launch of the Viola Desmond Legacy Lecture Series — a four-year series celebrating diversity and inclusiveness.  

More info here:


October 25

Sylvia D. Hamilton 
And I Alone Escaped to Tell You
Thursday, October 25, 7PM
Reading followed by screening of
Black Mother, Black Daughter
Beveridge Arts Centre
Room 132 (Across from Gallery)

The poetry collection from which Sylvia will be reading And I Alone Escaped to Tell You (2014) which is available at the Box of Delights now (as well as at the reading) is described at the Gaspereau Press website as follows:

The settlement of African peoples in Nova Scotia is a richly layered story encompassing many waves of settlement and diverse circumstances-from captives to ‘freedom runners’ who sailed north from the United States with hopes of establishing a new life. The poems in And I Alone Escaped to Tell You endeavour to give these historical events a human voice, blending documentary material, memory, experience and imagination to evoke the lives of these early Black Nova Scotians and of the generations that followed. This collection is a moving meditation on the place of African-descended people in the Canadian story and on the threads connecting all of us to the African diaspora.

Her 29 minute documentary Black Mother, Black Daughter (1989) is described at the NFB website as follows:.

Black Mother Black Daughter explores the lives and experiences of black women in Nova Scotia, their contributions to the home, the church and the community and the strengths they pass on to their daughters.

November 6

Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax

Ted Rutland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University.  His research examines the racial politics of urban planning, policing, and community in Canadian cities.

Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018

7-9 PM

ELL 2017

Sponsored by the Dean of Arts and the Departments of History & Classics, Politics, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies

November 6

WISE in Three Acts: Past, Present and Future

November 6th from 7 - 9:30 p.m, Fountain Commons

An evening of celebration of Women in Science and Engineering (including honouring the recent Nobel recipients), networking, and socializing at the @AcadiaU Fountain Commons - with snacks, lemonade & cake! 

November 8

Panel about campus childcare at Acadia. Open to all. This is a gender equity issue and relevant to the whole community. 

When: Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 6-8:30 pm

Where: Beveridge Arts Centre room 142. 

What:Find out why childcare is so important for Acadia students, faculty, and staff as well as the broader community. Learn about a vision for the future, strategies that work, and research that supports it. Have your voice heard, sign a petition, and learn more about further action. 
Panelists include childcare leaders, student parents, childcare researchers, and Acadia Faculty. 

Who: All welcome including community members, staff, faculty, students, and alumni

Childcare is available upon request

Access Notes: The room is accessible via the Highland Avenue ground level entrance. This entrance has accessibility door buttons. There is seating available in a gallery style with steps, however the ground floor seating is available to those who need it. 
Contact with any questions, needs, or concerns:
Laura Fisher: 078214f@acadiau.ca

November 22

WGST student Meet and Greet

4:30 - 6:30 pm

BAC 325

December 6

Canada's National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence against Women

Dec. 6

4:30-5:30 PM

Wolfville Farmers' Market, 24 Elm Ave, Wolfville, NS

Presented by Women's and Gender Studies, with support from: Acadia University Faculty Association Women's Committee and the Office of the President, Acadia University

January 29

Please join us for the 39th Annual Huggins Science Seminar being held on Monday, January 28, 2019 in Huggins Science Hall Room#10 at 7:00pm with guest speaker Dr. Molly Schoichet – University of Toronto.

Reception to follow. Everyone Welcome!


With personal trainers and tailored suits, why don’t we have personalized medicine? Working at the interface of chemistry, biology, and engineering, we are designing strategies with the individual in mind.  But before we get to the patient, we’re investigating models of disease to determine how we can better understand disease progression and how we can stop and reverse that disease instead of merely treating the symptoms.  I will tell three stories that are promising in cancer, blindness and stroke.  In each story, I will highlight both the underlying innovation and the opportunities that lay ahead.

February 4

Did you know?

  • Women comprise only 27.8% of MPs in the Canadian House of Commons!
  • Despite an historic election in November 2018, women make up only 23.7% of the United States Congress!  

Gender quotas are one mechanism that have been used in other countries to increase women’s representation in national legislatures, but the politics of implementing them are often contentious. Could they boost women’s representation in Canada and the US? What lessons can we learn from other countries?

Dr. Susan Franceschet (U Calgary), an internationally recognized scholar of women and politics, will be on campus to present her work on “the Politics of Gender Quotas Around the World.”  

Please join us on Monday, February 4th, 2:30-4:00, Huggins 173

This talk has been generously supported by the Departments of Politics and Philosophy, the MA Program in Social and Political Thought, Women’s and Gender Studies, the AUFA-Women’s Committee, and the Dean of Arts.

February 4

The Department of History and Classics is delighted to host Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Professor of Art History at McGill University, for the 2019 Moody-Hamilton Lecture in Atlantic World History. Dr. Nelson’s talk is titled: “’he…had meditated an attempt to get on board a ship…bound to Newfoundland’: The Limits of the Term ‘Refugee’ for Enslaved Africans in Canadian Fugitive Slave Advertisements.” (abstract below)

This event also celebrates African Heritage Month and will begin at 7 p.m. in BAC 244 on Monday, February 4th. All are welcome.

Paper abstract: For decades the term refugee have been pervasively and uncritically used to describe the northward transit of enslaved African Americans out of bondage in the Unites States and into freedom in what was to become Canada. Enshrined in part through the popularity of publications like Benjamin Drew’s The Refugee: Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada (1856), the term does not fully encompass the complexity of a transatlantic context in which slave holding and free states, often held by competing empires, shared borders. In such a world, while crossing a border could often mean the attainment of an instant but precarious freedom, it frequently did not entail the promise of welcome as asylum or refuge from the new state. This paper challenges the pervasive use of the term refugee in the context of the Underground Railroad and instead, through a close analysis of Canadian fugitive slave advertisements, asks if fugitive slaves fleeing from Canadian slave owners were refugees or people who desired to attain such a status. In slave minority communities where the enslaved suffered under heightened surveillance, what was their capacity to achieve independent mobility, state-sanctioned asylum, and a legal re-designation as free people?

Tuesday March 5

International Women’s Day 2019 – Balance for Better

Keynote Speaker – Sherri Borden Colley

Sherri Borden Colley has been a reporter for more than 20 years. Many of the stories she writes are about social justice, race and culture, human rights and the courts. She spent much of her career as a newspaper reporter before moving on to CBC Nova Scotia in 2016.

Sherri will speak to the 2019 theme for International Women’s Day, Balance for Better.

Tuesday March 5th • Acadia University

Innovation Centre Rm 173

5pm - 6:30pm

Please join us for an engaging talk, followed by light refreshments.

This event is sponsored and hosted by the AUFA Women's Committee.

The event is free and open to everyone.

We will be collecting a freewill offering for Chrysalis House at the door.

For more information please visit our Facebook events page at https://www.facebook.com/AUFAWCommittee/events/

And to learn more about IWD visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019

Thursday March 14

WISE Panel: Navigating Your Way Through a Science Degree

6-8 pm

Thursday March 14 

INN 173

Tuesday March 26

Annual WISE Acadia March Mixer:

When: Tuesday, March 26th,  4:45 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: David Huestis Innovation Pavilion, Room 173


  • Hearing from students who attended a Girls STEM Up conference at UNB (thanks to Acadia Students Union for helping to sponsor student attendees)
  • Brief highlights of the year from WISE Acadia, WISE Acadia Students, and WGST
  • Informal networking time to connect with friends and colleagues (over tasty snacks)
  • Posters on display of some student research projects

This WISE event is being held in partnership with WISE Acadia Students and Women's and Gender Studies. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Barb Anderson at barb.anderson@acadiau.ca or Samantha Teichman 131174t@acadiau.ca

Previous Years



September 25

Community Development in the Himalayan Foothills:  Lessons from the Field

by Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar

7:30 pm, Monday September 25, BAC 132

Karen Trollope-Kumar will share the joys and challenges of health and development work in a remote part of the world through reading and reflection. She is a Canadian family physician, with a doctorate in health anthropology, who lived and worked for 11 years in the Himalayan foothills of north India with her husband, Pradeep Kumar.  Initially they worked as doctors in a charitable hospital, and later with an Indian NGO to develop a primary healthcare project for rural villages centred around the lives of women.  Her award-winning memoir, Cloud Messenger, describes those dramatic years. Presented by the Department of Community Development and Women and Gender Studies

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.

October 4 & 5

Oct. 4-5 Circle of Hope Mawio’mi, starting just before sunrise and going through until the next sunrise. This is the 8th Annual Sisters in Spirit Community-Campus Event, a gathering on the National Day of Vigils to honour missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  The Authors@Acadia and WGS performance by Rebecca Thomas, Mi’kmaw Poet Laureate of Halifax, is one part of the Evening Gathering in the Garden Room at KCIC Centre. Program details and updates are available at http://libguides.acadiau.ca/circleofhope

October 30

WISE Works!  Receive mentoring advice from female Acadia alumnae in STEM careers.  4:30-6:30 pm, Fountain Commons.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Our plenary speaker, Acadia Alum, Dr. Erin Hennessy (Wolfville Dentist and President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association), will be followed by the chance for students to talk with WISE Advisors in a ‘speed-meeting style’ to learn about a variety of careers. The WISE advisers are alumnae of 11 academic units from across campus. This event is open to all students regardless of their program of study.  Find us on Facebook for more info

November 6

Unveiling Arab Feminism: A Narrative Discourse with Arab Women of the 19th Century.  A presentation by Dr. Natalie Honein from the American University of Sharjah.  Monday November 6 in the Acadia Art Gallery, BAC, from 7 to 8:30 pm.  Sponsored by: Women's and Gender Studies, Department of History and Classics, and the Acadia University Faculty Association Women's Committee.

November 23

The Black Students’ Association and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Acadia present Afua Cooper, acclaimed historian, a founder of the Jamaican dub poetry movement in Canada, and author of national bestseller, “The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal” at the K.C. Irving Centre auditorium on Thursday, November 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

December 6

Canada's National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence against Women.  Wed. Dec. 6th from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Fountain Commons, Acadia University.  Childcare is available.  More info can be found at the Facebook event page here.  Present by Women's and Gender Studies, with support from the Acadia University Faculty Association Women's Committee and the Office of the President, Acadia University.

January 22

Women's March On Wolfville

March 3:30 - 5:00 pm meeting at Clock Tower Park

Discussion 5:30-7:30 pm at Acadia Art Gallery

Open Mic 8:00-9:00 pm Just Us

January 29

The Department of Politics invites you to attend a panel discussion on Parenthood and Politics: A Look at Nova Scotia and Beyond.  Bringing together an exciting panel of academics and practioners, this talk will explore the role of parental status in political life, including recent debate concerning maternity leave policy for municipal politicians in Nova Scotia.  Monday, January 29th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 138.

February 3

The Finance Society is putting on a Women in Finance Workshop on February 3rd. This workshop will give you an opportunity to learn about the underrepresentation of women in finance, the opportunities available in finance, and much more! There is more information on the Facebook event page which can be found through the Acadia Finance Society Facebook page. If you are interested in the event, please e-mail Ella at 126893m@acadiau.ca with your name, year of study, and preferred e-mail address so that she can register you to the event. The event is free but you must REGISTER. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this event, PLEASE forward them along the information.

We already have 2 confirmed speakers: Leslie Lewis & Shannon Lynch who are both Acadia Alumni and are wanting to share their tips and tricks to how they have formed their more than successful careers in finance. The event is open to anyone. Can’t wait to see you all there!

February 17

Public Talk: Mona Parsons - From Privilege to Prison. Speaker: Andria Hill-Lehr, author, playwright.  Sat. Feb. 17, 3:00 pm, KCIC, Acadia University.

February 26

A Discussion: Queerness/Sexuality in the Black Community, 12:00 pm, Feb. 26th, 2018, Library Quiet Reading Room.

February 27

The Blind Stigma: Mental Health within the Black Community.  A film and discussion facilitated by: Rajean Willis, MSW.  Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018, 10:00-11:20 am, BAC 138.  With support from: Women's and Gender Studies and the Departments of Philosophy, English and Theatre, Politics, and Sociology.

February 27

Acadia's Got Talent: A Culture Show.  Feb. 27th, U-Hall, 7-10 pm.  Want to perform? Contact Sehkahnee Reynolds via Facebook or Email - 127748r@acadiau.ca.  Sponsored by VANSDA and the ASU.

February 28

Documentary and Discussion: At the River I Stand.  Written and Directed by David Appleby, Allison Graham, and Steven John Ross.  This film focuses on the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968, which became an occasion for Martin Luther King Jr. to rejuvenate the Poor People's Campaign and demonstrate his long-standing support for organized labor.  7:00 pm, Feb. 28, 2018, BAC 132.  Special thanks to the Women & Gender Studies, Philosophy, English & Theatre, Politics, Sociology and History Departments.

March 4

Please join Politics 4603/5603 students for a screening of Highway of Tears. A documentary about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia.

This event will feature:

- Screening of the Documentary - Discussion

- Snacks

- Refreshments

The event is on March 4th, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at the BAC 236. The event is FREE and is open to ALL. There is no registration or RSVP required, though space is limited.

March 6, 7, 8, 9

International Women's Day 2018 Series of Events:

Tuesday March 6th - Panel Discussion "Diversity in STEM: Why it Matters! KCIC Auditorium, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Wednesday March 7th - Acadia Reads.  Author Reading with Mona Awad.  KCIC Auditorium 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday March 8th - The Thinking Garden screening and discussion with film writer Elizabeth Vibert, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, BAC 132

Friday March 9th - Mini Sport Film Fest.  Al Whittle Theatre, 6:30-9:30 pm

These events are brought to you by: The AUFA Women's Committee, WISE Acadia, the Vaughan Memorial Library, the Department of Community Development, the Department of Politics, the School of Engineering, the School of Kinesiology, Women's and Gender Studies program, the offices of the Vice President Academic, and the Dean of Science.

March 6

Diversity in Stem: Why it Matters!

Join us for a multi-disciplinary discussion with four extraordinary leaders in research and industry about the importance of fostering and advocating for a diverse STEM workforce.  Tuesday, March 6th, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, KCIC Auditorium.  Light refreshments to follow.


Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Professor in the Department of Biology at Mount Saint Vincent University, and NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering - Atlantic Region

Denise Pothier, Vice President of Practice Services at Stantec, and Vice President of Indigenous Relations at Stantec

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia

Dr. Imogen R. Coe, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University, and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology

Present by WISE Acadia & AUFA-W with support from the offices of the Vice President Academic and the Dean of Science, the School of Engineering, and the Department of Politics

March 8

The Thinking Garden film screening. A film about South African women sowing the seeds of change.  Join us for a screening and discussion with film writer Elizabeth Vibert.  Beveridge Arts Centre Room 132.  Thursday March 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

March 9

Keepers of the Game & Salluit Run Club: A film screening and panel discussion on how sport and film can empower Indigenous girls and women.  Friday March 9th, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Al Whittle Theatre

March 27

WISE March Mixer

When: Tuesday, March 27th,  4:30 to 6:30 pm

Where: Acadia University Art Gallery

What: WISE March Mixer

  • Hear about and celebrate the highlights of the year from both WISE Acadia and Women and Gender Studies
  • Play STEAM Trivia focused on 'BIG Ideas' (there will be prizes)
  • Have discussion rounds on how we can deepen collaborations with colleagues across campus, especially between WISE and WGS (building on some of the messages we heard at the Diversity in STEM panel)
  • There will be light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

April 5 - April 12

Visit the Acadia Art Gallery over the period April 5 to 12 to see an exploration of the Black Press tradition in Nova Scotia in the small gallery space. The exhibit, put together by recent Acadia graduate Sawyer Carnegie, is titled “The Nova Scotia Black Press Tradition: Resisting through Print.”  It features an original copy of Nova Scotia’s first Black newspaper, The Atlantic Advocate (1910s) on loan from the Esther Clark Wright Archives here at Acadia, and prints from The Nova Scotia Gleaner (1920s), The Clarion (1940s), and Coppertone, a news magazine (1960s). This gallery show, which is part of a larger SSHRC-funded project titled “Canada’s 19th Century Black Press: Roots & Trajectories of Exceptional Communication & Intellectual Activism,” is but a small glimpse into the tradition of the Black Press, to celebrate its existence, its resistance, and its legacy. 

Please note the Gallery is closed Mondays, but is open Tuesdays - Sundays 12-4 pm.





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. 



















  • Revisiting the Birth House: infusing fiction with fact - 10-11:20am, Fountain Commons - Tuesday, November 3rd - Ami Mckay will be speaking at Acadia University for a guest lecture on her widely successful book, The Birth House.
  • Gender and Rural Development - 1:30-3:00pm, BAC 239 - Thursday, November 5th - Women's and Gender Studies invites you to attend a gues lecture by Dr. Karen Foster, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada from Dalhousie University.  All are encouraged to attend.
  • Behind the Numbers: Gender, Women and Government Budgets -  - Tuesday, November 10th - Christine Saulnier will focus on what we can do to reduce and eventually eliminate the barriers preventing women from fully participating in our society and our economy, and how gender-responsive budgeting can improve the lives of all Nova Scotians, indeed, all Canadians. Presented by Women's and Gender Studies and the Department of Politics, Acadia University. 
  • A Public Lecture with Lynn Jones -  BAC 239, 1:30-3:00pm - Thursday, November 19th - Lynn Jones is a longtime activist in Halifax and was the first woman of colour to be a vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress.  Join us for a talk about the experience of Black women in electoral politics.  All are welcome to attend.
  • A Public Lecture with Cheryl Maloney - BAC 239, 1:30-3:00pm - Tuesday, November 25th - Cheryl Maloney is another local activist, with the Nova Scotia Native Women's Association.  She led an initiative called "Mi'kma'ki Rock the Vote" to get First Nations people out to vote in the recent election.  All are welcome to attend.
  • Lecture from Dr. Vannina Sztainbok: "Black Femininity in Uruguay: The Conventillo, the Carnival Vedette and the Laundress". Monday January 18th, 4:30-5:45pm, BAC 325.   In this presentation Dr. Sztainbok will be discussing insights from her book manuscript – Black Femininity in Uruguay: The Conventillo, the Carnival Vedette and the Laundress. The book addresses the symbolic significance of the black feminine figure within the libidinal economy of Uruguay, a white-identified South American nation. Her focus is on the tenements (conventillos) of two Montevideo neighborhoods (Barrio Sur and Palermo) that are considered traditionally Afro-Uruguayan, and two key figures that are associated with this context: the Carnival vedette and the laundress. These tenements are nationally revered for their connection to Afro-Uruguayan culture, yet the residents were affected by poverty, demolitions, and evictions. Dr. Sztainbok studies the national fascination with the conventillo and blackness, particularly black femininity, by attending to how they are narrated and represented. Predominantly Afro-Uruguayans are folklorized by being intrinsically linked to sensuality, Carnival, music, and domestic work. Drawing on psychoanalysis, she argues that folklorization signals fetishization. In psychoanalytic theory, the fetish implies a disavowal. The conventillo fetish disavows racial hierarchy and violence; it disavows anti-blackness in the afterlife of slavery. This book contributes to theorizing anti-black racism in Latin America by drawing attention to how desires are implicated in citizenship and belonging.
  • Public Talk from Darlene Lamey, LLB from the law firm of Waterbury Newton"The Restorative Justice Process"Wednesday January 27th, 2pm, Manning Memorial Chapel, basement meeting roomThe Canadian Federation of University Women invites you to attend a public talk about the restorative jusice program in Canada and around the world.  All are welcome to attend
  • Special documentary Screening of Twice As Good: Stories of Women in Hip Hop  - Tuesday, February 2th, 7pm in BAC 132 . This is a student documentary, focusing on women in the music industry in the Halifax area.  The documentary was a created as a class project for El Jones' Women In Hip-Hop intersession class in summer 2015.  Amy Prescott, Courtney McLean, El Jones, Lauren Nickerson, and documentary participants (TBA) will be in attendance to facilitate a discussion panel following the screening."

  • Public Talk from  Sfé R. Monster- Normalizing Queer: Intersectionality and Representation in Queer Comics. Thursday, February 4th, 3-4:15pm in BAC 244 .  Sfé R. Monster is a queer writer and artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Sfé's work deals primarily with trans, queer, and genderqueer identities, often presented in fantasy settings and relating to Canada and Canadian folklore. He has worked on multiple comics, including Eth's Skin and Kyle & Atticus, and is the editor of Beyond - the queer sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology.   Sfé lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and prefers masculine 'he' or neutral 'they' pronouns. 

  • Simone de Beauvoir: "Pourquoi je suis Feministe/Why I am a Feminist" - 10-11am, BAC 137 - Tuesday, March 8th -  In honour of International Women's Day, join the students of French 2123 for a screening of the 1975 interview.

6th Annual Sisters in Spirit Campus Vigil




Tuesday Oct 4th, 1:30-3:30pm, Acadia University Art Gallery and BAC 132.   - "In memory of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, men and boys, and their families.  Afternoon includes smudging ceremony, short presentations, art activity and sharing.  All are invited, refreshments to follow."


The Women's Movement in India: The Rural Reality

Thursday Oct 1st, 7pm, KCIC Auditorium. - "Twenty five years ago, Malika Virdi left the busy urban environment of New Delhi to become a small farmer in a mountain village in the Himalaya state of Uttarakhand.  There she devoted her energies to creating and enabling democratic self governance that brings both well-being and economic development to the region.  She has founded a women's collective, a nature trust, and an eco-tourism enterprise.  She has designed and conducted courses on local ecosystems and community development for international students from the U.S., Canada, and Germany.  She has consulted on government studies of biodiversity, conservation and globalization, and she has presented papers at a variety of international symposia.  Malika was also a member of a team of women who undertook a 7 month trek across the Himalaya, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as one of  '1000 Peace Women across the globe.  Malika will talk about her work with rural women farmers and the current situation regarding land, development and women's status in rural India.  The issues and perspectives she brings from rural Himalaya have surprising relevance to those facing small farmers in rural Nova Scotia."


WISE Works!

Tuesday Sep 29th, 4:30-6:30pm, Fountain Commons. - "Speak with an array of female Acadia alumni from varying diciplines about their lives, their education, and their field of work.  The special guest speaker will feature Deborah McMlatchy, who is the Vice-President: Academic & Provost from Wilfred Laurier University.  Food and drinks will be served.  All are welcome to attend!"