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Women’s Studies Events and Initiatives

The Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Women’s Studies are hubs of academic and extracurricular activity on our campus.

Student on stage during the Vagina Monologues performance at the Palace Theater

Fall Initiatives

  • Brown Bag Series
  • Seneca Falls
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • The Clothesline Project
  • Finals Week Study Break

Spring Initiatives

  • Brown Bag Series
  • The Vagina Monologues
  • International Women's Day Celebration
  • Take Back the Night March
  • Allegorical Athena
  • Finals Week Study Break

Brown Bags

Every Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m., we host an informal lunch at the Center for Women's Studies during which professors, students, or visiting speakers present on myriad topics involving gender and sexuality. Please check the fall 2015 brown bag poster to see this week's topic!

Annual Seneca Falls Trip

Every year, the Women’s Studies Program organizes a daylong trip to Seneca Falls and Auburn, N.Y., in commemoration of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention held in the United States. In the past, participants have visited the Women’s Rights National Historic Park and the homes of Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and William Seward. Please e-mail Allie Fry, Program Assistant, if you're interested in learning more or attending!

The Vagina Monologues

A student-run production of The Vagina Monologues is held every spring. The play, written by Eve Ensler, is a series of monologues in which women reflect on different aspects of female sexuality, including their own personal experiences with sex and their attitudes toward their genitalia. The production serves both as a fundraiser and an awareness event. Contact Allie Fry for more details.

Allegorical Athena

The Allegorical Athena is the Women’s Studies annual literary magazine. Since 1996, the Allegorical Athena has included original gender-focused work from the Colgate community. Submissions include artwork, photography, literature, poetry, and prose with each work providing a unique perspective on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and other identities. If you're interested in contributing, please contact Hannah O'Malley '17.

Current and past editions of the Allegorical Athena are available in the Center for Women’s Studies in East Hall (campus map). The current issue can be downloaded here