Need Some Feminist Fun? Here’s Where To Find It This Week

Ready for all the great feminist events coming up this week? I know I am, as always.

This week signals one of my favorite holidays (for me it counts as a holiday): the National Women’s Studies Conference. Difficult Dialogues II picks up the complicated conversations started in Atlanta last year, this time in Denver, Colo., Nov. 11 through 14. Expect to find panels ranging from transnational Asian feminist critiques to ones looking at feminism, whiteness and sexual identity in popular culture. Keynote speakers Andrea Smith and Reyna Ramirez will speak as well as sign books, and you can also interview for jobs and buy discounted books (a personal favorite). Don’t miss the high-powered feminist analyses!

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Counterpublic Collective is presenting “Femmes Fatale and Reading Gender” at NYU’s Steinhardt School. Joan Nestle and Barbara Cruikshank will read “I’ll Be the Girl: Generations of Fem” from Femme: Feminists, Lesbians & Bad Girls, and Biddy Martin will read “Sexuality Without Genders and Other Queer Utopias.”

In Los Angeles, the Upright Cabaret presents “It Gets Better: The Concert” on Thursday, Nov. 11, featuring performers from music, film and theater (best known: singer Taylor Dayne). All proceeds go to The Trevor Project, a GLBTQ suicide hotline.

The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders is holding their 20th annual conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 12 through 14. Entitled “Feminist Perspectives and Beyond: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future,” the keynote speaker will be none other than our own Gloria Steinem. Panelists will explore such topics as “girls bodies and the body politic”, feminist psychoanalytic theory, “body-mind-spirit interventions” and the Maudsley method, a topic Aimee Liu tackled here on the Ms. Blog.

And for you film buffs, writer/director Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, which has been garnering some feminist film buzz, opens in limited release on Nov. 12. The film looks at Aura, a recent college graduate, who returns to live at home with her artist family and find her place in the world. From the trailer (below), I have a feeling this film will have no problem meeting the Bechdel test.

If you have a fun feminist event happening this week, post a notice about it in the comments section. If you have future events that you think deserve featuring, email me at kcadenas@msmagazine.com.

Photo of Gloria Steinem under Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons 3.0.

Comments

  1. From Ohio:
    Not necessarily a feminist event, but definitely targets a serious topic that affects women worldwide.

    STOP Human Trafficking Dayton, in conjunction with the human rights studies program at the University of Dayton, will be hosting a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Dayton Racquet Club, 40 North Main Street, in Downtown Dayton.
    This event will be open to the public. Speakers will include Theresa Flores, a survivor of domestic sex trafficking and author; Anthony Talbott, a lecturer in the political science department at the University of Dayton; and Linda McNelly, the executive director of STOP Human Trafficking Dayton.

  2. Anything of feminist interest going on in Chicago?

  3. Thanks for including us! People can get tickets at http://www.UprightCabaret.com

  4. Thu, Nov 11: FREE Feminist Art Showcase, Poetry, Music & Dance:
    Lucid Dreaming: Havest Season for the Soul
    http://www.artslant.com/ny/events/show/134024-luc

    Time: Thursday, November 11 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm
    Location: Atelier 635 West 42nd Street. New York, New York.
    Contact: luciddreamingart@gmail.com

    Introduction: by Activist, Mentor and Teacher Liz Abzug http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/liz-abzug
    Paintings: by Giorgio Casu. http://www.giorgiocasu.com/
    Photography: by Layla Love. http://www.lovephotography.org
    Poetry reading: by Anthony Haden-Guest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Haden-Guest

    Step into a world where the lucid dream is in 3D all around you…

    In living the life of our dreams we create…
    Each photograph & painting invokes the magic of these powerful goddess warriors…
    We have sweet strawberries & wine to indulge all of your senses.

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