WGRAC Events this Semester Include Lectures, Discussions, and Performances

Students to Participate in Women’s History Month Programs, Love Your Body Week, ‘Take Back the Night,’ and More

​Hartford, Connecticut, February 16, 2018—Trinity College’s Women Gender and Resource Action Center (WGRAC) has scheduled a variety of events this semester including lectures, performances, and film screenings dealing with issues like body image, women’s rights, gender-based violence, and diversity.

The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler, will be performed on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Vernon Social. The play featuring a collection of funny and profound monologues regarding women’s agency and body. This event will serve as a fundraiser for the Interval House, Hartford’s battered women’s shelter. Hamna Tariq ’20 is directing this program. The advisor is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Michelle Hendrick.

Programming in March is centered around Women’s History Month and will also explore the issues of reproductive justice and intersecting oppressions through themes found in The Handmaid’s Tale, the Margaret Atwood book and Hulu television series set in Gilead, a totalitarian, fundamentalist society where women are state property and undergo extreme subjugation and sexual exploitation. The co-sponsors for these events include Classics, Neuroscience, TIIS, TCBWO, and other departments and student organizations. 

To kick off Women’s History Month on March 1, Jemele Hill of ESPN (pictured, right) will visit Trinity for a talk titled, “The Intersectionality of Race and Gender in Sports, Journalism, and Today’s Political Climate.” Hill leads ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” a website dedicated to exploring the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Hill was formerly an anchor of ESPN’s 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter alongside Michael Smith. This Common Hour event (12:15-1:30 p.m.) will take place in the Washington Room and will be co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Dean of Students, SAIL, WGRAC, TCBWO, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Human Rights Studies Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, P.R.I.D.E, Imani, Department of Athletics, Bantam Network (Trinsition Fellows), SGA, PHAB, Masculinity Project, Multicultural Affairs Council, and the Women’s Leadership Council.

International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 8 during Common Hour in the Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall. Co-sponsors WCL and TCBWO invite participants to celebrate women’s resistance movements here and abroad.

A lecture by Professor Serena Witzke of Wesleyan University titled, “A Woman or a Womb? Reproductive Legislation from Ancient Rome to Dystopian Future,” will be held on March 20 during Common Hour in Hallden Hall’s Dangremond Family Commons. Witzke will discuss the state’s attempts to legislate reproductive rights during the early Roman Empire and in Cold War Romania.

On March 21, the film “Birthright: A War Story,” will be screened in Mather Hall’s Rittenberg Lounge at 7:00 p.m. followed by a panel discussion in Terrace Rooms A&B. The film examines the aggressive campaign to control reproductive health care in the United States. Prior to the viewing, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a silent vigil on the Gates Quad with people wearing Handmaid’s clothing. Trinity students who are interested in participating must contact Laura Lockwood in advance at laura.lockwood@trincoll.edu.

A WGRAC Student Conference will be held on campus on March 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The conference will feature student-inspired workshops and speakers around issues that concern them. Students from local colleges and universities are welcome to participate in this event in Mather Hall. To be involved in planning the event, contact Mizpah Agyapong at mizpah.agyapong@trincoll.edu.

WGRAC will welcome Mike Commarota, senior director of legal services and local transactions at Accenture, on March 27 in Terrace Rooms A&B for a Common Hour talk titled, “Fortune 500s: Implementing Workplace Diversity.”

On Tuesday, April 3, Fatima Al Ansar ’17 will present “African Women Access: Educating and Supporting African Women & Girls” in the Alumni Lounge in Mather Hall during Common Hour. Al Ansar founded African Women Access and will speak on her vision and mission to train, support, and nurture independent African women who will spearhead the continent’s social and economic progress.

On Thursday, April 5, there will be a performance and discussion by students of Trinity LaMaMa entitled “Europides’ Trojan Woman,” during Common Hour in the Trinity Commons Performance Lab. Performers from the New York City theater company Great Jones Repertory Company at LaMaMa in New York City will talk about their experiences with the Trojan Women project. The project focuses on a fifth-century BC ancient Greek play, Euripides’ Trojan Women, which depicts the experiences of women after the fall of their city. LaMaMa’s project trains performers from around the world (Guatemala, Kosovo, Cambodia) on how to make The Trojan Women relevant to their own experiences and perform the play.

The annual “Take Back the Night” returns to campus on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. Location to be announced. The campus-wide event features presentations, entertainment, and survivor stories intended to raise awareness about issues related to gender-based violence. Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS) will be sponsoring this event.

On Thursday, April 19, WGRAC will host Janet Catherine Johnston in McCook Auditorium for “Risk of Success: My 75 Minutes of Fame,” starting at 6:30 p.m. Johnston has four degrees from MIT and her research ranges from geophysics to solar physics. These works led her to serves as consultant at a NASA Mission Design Lab. She is now at MIT as their export control officer after a three-decade long career with the Air Force Research Laboratory as the principal investigator for a space weather mission. She is a published science-fiction author, playwright, private pilot, master costume designer, singer, dancer, teacher, performer, and choreographer. MIT Club of Hartford and Trinity’s Engineering Department will co-sponsor this event.

WGRAC events will conclude this semester on Friday, April 20, with “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” the Masculinity Project’s signature event intending to raise awareness about power-based gender violence and harassment on- and off-campus. Male-identified and non-conforming students, faculty, and staff ‘walk a mile’ around campus in high heels. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Main Quad. Those who are interested in walking and enjoying the food and music provided should contact diante.dancy@trincoll.edu and lucemy.perez@trincoll.edu.