2014 Gender Studies Event Series

Fall 2014

Dr. Edee Schulze,

VP of Student Life - Westmont College"

Gender Dynamics at Two Christian Liberal Arts Institutions"

October 16th 2014, at 3:30 pm in Hieronymus Lounge

Dr. Judith Gundry,

"'Holy in Body and Spirit': The Lordship of Christ and Gender Roles in the Pauline Epistles"

November 20, 2014 at 3:30pm, Hieronymus Lounge


2011-2012 Gender Studies Event Series

The 2011-2012 Gender Studies Events Series has been funded, in part, by The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts in conjunction with the 2012 Conversation on the Liberal Arts.

Fall 2011

Apricot Anderson Irving

Lecture and Discussion with Apricot Anderson Irving, author, audio producer and Westmont alumna.

Thursday, September 1,
4 pm in Hieronymus Lounge

http://www.apricotirving.com/wp-content/themes/apricto/images/ai2_headshot.jpgApricot Irving is the recipient this year of the Rona Jaffee Fellowship for women writers. She is self-described as: “Missionary kid, farmer’s daughter, writer, audio producer, occasional waitress and high school teacher, mother of two wildly imaginative boys. Fond of wild open spaces, languages, adventure, beautiful food, honest conversation, questions.” Apricot will read from her work, and talk about the vocation of a working woman.

Sense and Sensibility Week

As Westmont prepares for its annual novel reading marathon, we will enjoy Austen’s novel from a series of perspectives.

Natasha and Fred Duquette

Wednesday, September 21
3:30 pm in Hieronymous Lounge

"Religion, Morals, and Manners: The Spiritual, Social, and Aesthetic Formation of Jane Austen's Clergymen-Heroes"

Professor Natasha Duquette, English Department at Biola and Fred Duquette, Talbot Seminary, will present this lively lecture on masculine spiritual and moral development in Austen’s novels. Professor Cheri Larsen Hoeckley, English Department and Gender Studies Program at Westmont, will offer a brief response.

Reel Talk Film Night

Thursday, September 22
7 pm in Adams 216

till of Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Gemma Jones in Sense and SensibilityWe will watch Emma Thompson and Ang Le’s adaptation of Austen’s novel. Prof. Larsen Hoeckley will lead a discussion afterwards. 

2011 Sense and Sensibility Reading Marathon

Saturday, September 24
Starting at 9 am and continuing until we finish, in the Reynolds Hall Lounge

As we have for four years in the past, Westmont students, faculty, staff and community members will gather in Reynolds Hall to read aloud and listen to a novel in its entirety.  This year we will be reading Austen for the first time, relishing the tale of the Dashwood sisters. Light refreshments will be served.

Leslie Leyland Fields

Tuesday, October 25
7 pm in Hieronymous Lounge

leslieleylandfields2Leslie Leyland Fields, a popular speaker in Westmont’s chapel and in small groups settings with students, returns to campus this fall. She will read from her work on Tuesday, October 25.

Leslie is an author, editor, speaker, and an active participant in her family’s salmon fishing business in Kodiak Alaska. She has written several books, including The Entangling Net: Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives (Univ. of Illinois Press), Out on the Deep Blue: Women, Men and the Oceans They Fish (St. Martin’s), Surprise Child (Waterbrook Press, div. of Random House), Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne) and The Water Under Fish (Trout Creek Press).




Erin Thomason

Thursday, November 10
3:30 in Founders Room
Erin ThomasonErin Thomason, a doctoral student in anthropology at UCLA, speaks about women working in the sex industry in China.

Thomason, who graduated from Whitman College and earned a master’s degree at Cal State University, Los Angeles, will explore her research with women working in the sex industry and how it relates to recent anti-trafficking and neo-abolitionist political movements.



Spring 2012

For the Spring, planned lectures include:

Cary Howie

Thursday, January 26
4:00 - 5:30 pm in Hieronymus Lounge

Cary HowieCary Howie, Erasmus lecture from the author of Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature

Dr. Cary Howie, Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University has researched extensively in medieval devotional literature and practice, in Christian theology, and in medieval art and sexualities. His most recent book, Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge (co-authored with Bill Burgwinkle and published by Manchester University Press) demonstrates Professor Howie’s interest in the complex intersections between the sacred and the sexual. His work continues to explore connections between medieval representations of desires and the desires of our contemporary culture, whether for the divine, or for each other, or for as yet unarticulated experiences.

Marla F. Frederick

Women, Religion and Media
Wednesday, February 8
3:30 - 4:30 pm in Hieronymus Lounge

Maria F. Frederick Marla F. Frederick, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Religion at Harvard University, will offer a lecture focusing on the ethnographic research she is conducting on the ways African-American and African-descended professionals in religious broadcasting make meaning of mediated religion. Dr. Frederick’s most recent book, Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith, is an ethnographic study of the faith commitments of women in rural North Carolina. This lecture is co-sponsored with the Global Christianity Series.





"Miss Representation" Film Showing and Discussion

Thursday, February 9
7:00 pm in Page MPR

The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and explores the connections between the media’s misrepresentations of women and underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. A Reel Talk Event, co-sponsored with The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, Residence Life, and Communication Studies


Elizabeth A. Clark

"What's the Matter with Marriage? Some Early Christian Answers"
Thursday, February 23
3:30 - 5:00 pm in Hieronymus Lounge

Elizabeth A. ClarkElizabeth A. Clark, the John Carlisle Kligo Professor of Religion at Duke University, will consider what several writers from late antiquity say about marriage and celibacy as paradigms for Christian living. Dr. Clark’s contributions to the study of Christian history have transformed the field of “patristics” to the more vibrant “Christianity in Late Antiquity.” Her most recent book is Founding the Fathers: Early Church History and Protestant Professors in Nineteenth-Century America. Dr. Cheri Larsen Hoeckley will offer a brief response to Dr. Clark before general discussion. Dr. Clark’s lecture is co-sponsored with the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts.


Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Reading her latest poetry
Tuesday, February 28
4:00 pm in Hieronymus Lounge

Laure-Anne BosselaarLaure-Anne Bosselaar, is a native of Belgium and an internationally known poet, recently retired from the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her most recent book of poems is A New Hunger was selected as an ALA Notable book. Her poems have also been published in Ploughshares, Ohio Review, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, AGNI, and The Washington Post as well as in numerous anthologies. Westmont students will join Ms. Bosselaar, reading their original work. This event is cosponsored with the English Department.







  • Damir Arsenijevic (Fulbright Scholar, Department of Rhetoric, University of California Berkeley, and Assistant Professor, Literary and Cultural Studies, Tuzla University, Bosnia and Herzegovina), in April