"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." -Elizabeth Blackwell (first U.S. female physician)

September 27: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships and the Power of Bystander Intervention

SUB 168  Noon-1 p.m.

If you’ve witnessed an incident of abuse, or if you suspect a friend is experiencing violence at home, finding a supportive way to get involved may seem overwhelming.   In cases where we speak out against the social norms that contribute to domestic violence, we may fear coming across as argumentative or intrusive.  The more we understand about safe interventions and take note of social "norms" and cues, the more comfortable we can become when speaking up, and the more effective we’ll all be in creating safe, violence-free communities. Learn about the early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and how to intervene when you see any signs.  Join ASPEN (Livingston's Interpersonal Violence Program and shelter) staff members for this informative and helpful discussion of being an active ally.

October 18: Neighborhood Triage: Inequalities in Development Spending in St. Louis

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Join Susanne Cowan, Assistant Professor at MSU's School of Architecture, for this talk focused on a St. Louis project which implemented Community Development Block Grants, and adopted new priorities in the use of federal funds for private middleclass developments. Following the guidelines of the Neighborhood Strategy Areas, St. Louis applied a “triage” approach, which prioritized “savable” neighborhoods over areas considered too far-gone to recover. These policies faced resistance from community members who argued the city did not follow requirements that the federal funds be used in low-income areas. This paper will argue that St. Louis’ use of block grants increased racial inequalities by shifting federal funds from the poorest African American areas to instead, gentrify white neighborhoods. 

October 25: Reclaim Your Life: The Power of the Mind to Heal the Body

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Angela Marie Patnode, Transformational Coach and Spiritual Teacher, couldn’t walk more than 200 feet before needing to lie down to let the back spasms dissipate. She had become highly sensitive to technology, feeling sick from using the cell phone, computer and sleeping with wifi. Within one month of learning how to rewire her brain, she was going for three-hour runs, and within 10 months, she was healed of technology sensitivity and continues to feel the best of her life. Some call it a miracle. Some call it science. Angela says it’s both. Rewiring the brain is based on the science of neuroplasticity: the fact that the brain is changeable, not static; this is the greatest breakthrough in neuroscience in the last 400 years and is driving a revolution in health care and personal growth. Join Angela to learn how to activate growth and repair chemicals your body naturally produces. Change the pathways of your brain and treat the root cause of chronic pain, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chemical, food, EMF, and mold sensitivities, Lyme disease, anxiety, PTSD, inflammatory conditions, auto-immune diseases, and more to reclaim your life.

November 8: The Magic and Mystery of Women's Space

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Women are included, and even welcomed, into more and more public spheres of gathering and influence – we chair board meetings, we join athletic teams, we perform in the arts, we occupy all levels of professional life --  so it may surprise us to find that we still need “women’s space.”  Yet women’s bookstores, women’s open mic nights, women’s drum circles, women’s centers on campus are dwindling – our “women’s space” seems to be eroding the more integrated we are into status quo milieus.  Join Shaun Phoenix, MS, LCPC, soul-based psychotherapist, writer, musician and shamanic healing practitioner, for a discussion about the meaning of this elusive “women’s space” and what it still offers us today. 

November 15: A Path to Gender Equality: Cities for the Elimination of Discrimination Against All Women

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Join MSU instructor, and community activist, Jan Strout, and women's rights activist Lauren Gette-King who are organizing an exciting and inclusive campaign to encourage local governments, organizations and communities to become more gender equitable.  Research shows that inadvertent discrimination (unconscious bias) is common without a pro-active review of city activities, programs and budgets to ensure they effect men and women equally and fairly.  This workshop has examples and tools from successful U.S. cities across the country to show us how the implementation of formal comprehensive advocacy programs to advance the status  of women can translate into social action and change, providing gender equity within our own communities and across the country.

November 29: The Effect of Occupational Licensing on Consumer Welfare: Early Midwifery Laws and Maternal Mortality

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Join MSU Professor of Agricultural Economincs, Mark Anderson, for a talk about occupational licensing and the intention to protect consumers.  Whether occupational licensing does so is an important, but unanswered, question.  In this study, Dr. Anderson examines how the adoption of state midwifery licensing requirements in the early 20th century affected the likelihood of dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth among American women.  This historical episode represents a unique natural experiment that can be leveraged to document the causal effect of licensing on health.  Unlike today, American women in the early 20th century typically gave birth at home, where they were attended by a single health care provider, either a doctor or a midwife, who had sole responsibility for the health of the mother and infant.  By drawing on historical data, it is possible to estimate the relationship between requiring that a group of health care providers (midwives) be licensed and a specific consumer health outcome (maternal mortality) over which they had a direct, immediate and profound impact.


 "What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice, always in short supply." -Barbara Strickland

Sack Lunch Seminars are free, fun, informal, and open to everyone!
Sponsored by the Women's Center, a department in the division of Student Success 
SUB 372, 406-994-3836
Bring your lunch and join us!