WGST Wednesdays are back!

WGST Wednesdays are back this Women's History Month! 

Join us on on 3/7 in the Women's Center from 12-1pm to hear from:

M. Heather Carver, PhD.

Professor, Chair & Artistic Director; MU Theatre Department

"Women, Gender, and the Academy:  A Performative Journey" This discussion will be about the ways in which working as an artist/scholar in the academy is an embodied, gendered experience.

M. Heather Carver, Ph.D. is a Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies and serves as Chair and Artistic Director of the Theatre Department at MU.  Carver has written and performed a trilogy of award-winning auto/biographical plays: Booby Prize: A Comedy About Breast Cancer; Booby Trap: A Hair-Raising Experience; and Booby Hatch: A Hysterical Musicale. She has served as President of the Performance Studies Division for the National Communication Association and Editor of the Performance Space in Text and Performance Quarterly.  Her journal articles on women and performance have been published in journals including:  Liminalities:  A Journal of Performance StudiesStorytelling, Self and Society; and Text and Performance Quarterly.  Her books include co-edited Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Auto/Biography (U of Wisconsin) and co-authored Troubling Violence: A Performance Project (U of Mississippi).  She has a new co-authored book, Saturday Night Live and the Presidential Election of 1976 (McFarland Press). Carver is the recipient of the 2005 Gold Chalk award for excellence in graduate education, the 2008 Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award, the 2010 Alumnae Anniversary Award for contributions to the education of women, the 2011 Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Award from the Division of Student Affairs, and the 2017 National Communication Association Performance Studies Outstanding Service award. Since 2003, Carver has co-directed the Troubling Violence Performance Troupe and served as the co-director of the MU Theatre Writing for Performance Program which received the 2017 Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. 


Join us on 3/14 in the Women's Center from 1-2pm to hear from:

Lauren Bauerband, PhD.

Postdoctorl Fellow; Department of Health Sciences


"Understanding the T in LGBT: Transgender Stigma, Stress and Health"

 I will talk about my progression as a graduate student researching transgender health using the Minority Stress framework: including the challenge to differentiate transgender experiences from sexual minority experience in psychology research, and briefly discuss some of my work trying to identify how the relationship between minority stress and health relates between sexual minorities and gender minorities.

Loren Bauerband is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Sciences. They received their PhD in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. Loren's research focuses on transgender health and healthcare. Their current work investigates how experiences of discrimination and stigma affect stress, coping, and health behaviors.


Free lunch will be provided to the first 25 participants on both days. 

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