The Montana Book Festival

The Montana Book Festival will be held September 10-12 at several venues in downtown Missoula. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program is proud to sponsor a poetry reading by Allison Hedge Coke on Saturday, September 12 from 3:30 – 5 pm. For more information please visit

Women As Gatekeepers of Natural Resource Conservation

Join the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program for a series of noon-time panels by women working in conservation. Each panel will run noon- 1pm and be held in UC 333, except the Sept. 23 panel, which will be held in the UC Alumni Boardroom. Topics include:
Monday, Sept. 14: Montana Women in Conservation
Wednesday, Sept. 16: Empowering women through natural resource conservation, Asia
Monday, Sept. 21: Empowering women through natural resource conservation, Africa & Latin America
Wednesday, Sept. 23: The view from women in the field
Monday, Sept. 28: The changing landscape of women in academia
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Gay Conversion Therapy on Trial: A Lecture with Janja Lalich, PhD

Please join us when the Sociology Department, in collaboration with the Psychology Department, and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, hosts Dr. Janja Lalich, specialist in cults and extremist groups, domestic and international terrorism, and human trafficking. Lalich will discuss Gay Conversion Therapy, and her recent expert witness testimony before the Superior Court of New Jersey. The lecture takes place Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5:15 pm in the School of Law room 101. The lecture will be followed by a brief reception. Dr. Lalich will also discuss the evolution of her scholarship, from cult studies to the investigation of terrorism, at a brown bag lunch Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 12 pm in PJW Education Room 215. For more information, call (406)-243-5281.

Light Up the Night

The UM Advocates for Non-Violence will host the 2nd annual Light up the Night on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 pm in the UM Oval. Light Up the Night is an evening of poetry readings, music, and a silent vigil and walk around the oval to support survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault. Please bring lights (flashlights, glow sticks, and anything else as long as it does not have an open flame), warm cloths and compassionate support of everyone who has been affected by interpersonal violence. If you would like to share your talents at the event, please contact the Women’s Resource Center at For more information or to get involve with the UM Advocates for Non-Violence, contact 

Slut: The Play

Save the Date! Join the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, SARC and the State of Montana Department of Public Health & Human Resources for Slut: The Play, running Oct. 9-10, and 16-18 at the Crystal Theater in downtown Missoula. For more information about the play, visit

Historical Trauma Symposium

Co-organized with the University of Montana’s African-American Studies Program, this interdisciplinary symposium explores emerging Holocaust research on historical trauma, as well as current research on this topic in Native-American studies, African-American studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. By bringing together scholars, teachers, students, and community members, the Mandel Center’s outreach symposia seek to enrich campus dialogue and forge connections with diverse audiences that will ensure the vitality of Holocaust studies in an increasingly interdisciplinary and multicultural academic landscape. The symposium is a component of the University of Montana’s DiverseU Program and will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5 in the University Center. For more information and to register, please visit 


DiverseU provides a forum for honest dialogue in order to explore the complexities of human experience, promote understanding, and create community through the practice of civil discourse. The event will be held on November 4-5 in the University Center. For more information visit 

Not in Our State Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

The University of Montana is proud to announce the fourth annual Not in Our State Sexual Assault Statewide Summit to be held November 8-10 at the University Center on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana. The summit brings together professionals, leaders and students from around the state to participate in an educational training program following best practices surrounding sexual violence. Montana universities and their surrounding communities are able to learn how to empower survivors of sexual violence and learn how to create a campus climate that is free from oppression. Attendees will learn how to provide a safe, supportive campus and community through education and primary prevention initiatives. The Not in Our State Sexual Assault Summit provides higher education leaders and community professionals an opportunity to participate in an educational training program utilizing best practices surrounding sexual violence prevention and advocacy. Admission for students is free of charge. For more information, to register or to submit a proposal, please visit