Shannon Weatherly Lecture Series presents Anita Sarkeesian on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in SUB Ballroom A on the MSU campus. Doors open at 6:00 and lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

The MSU Women’s Center and co-sponsoring MSU colleges and departments is very excited to announce that Anita Sarkeesian, prominent feminist video blogger and public speaker, will visit our campus as the 2016 presenter for the Shannon and Frances Weatherly Memorial Lecture.  Join us on March 2nd –doors open at 6:00 p.m. and lecture will begin at 6:30-- in SUB Ballroom A on the MSU campus for this free event brought to you by the Shannon and Frances Weatherly Memorial Lecture Fund, as well as the following Montana State University entities: Department of Computer Science; Jake Jabbs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; College of Engineering; College of Agriculture; College of Letters and Science; College of Nursing; College of Education, Health and Human Development; Office of Activities and Engagement; Diversity Awareness Office; VOICE Center, and The Leadership Institute.

 Ms. Sarkeesian’s lecture: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters,” will give the audience an exciting opportunity to learn about gender roles in videogames and other popular media.

 Ms. Sarkeesian is a distinguished speaker and writer--her accomplishments include: 

  • One of Time Magazine’s 100 most important people for 2015
  • Founder of Feminist Frequency, a website examining women’s roles in pop culture. Most recently, Feminist Frequency has partnered with Intel to help create more positive representations of women in gaming.
  • Creator of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, a video blog series examining women’s portrayal in gaming.
  • Guest on The Colbert Report in 2014
  • Recipient of the Ambassador Award at the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards
  • Master's degree in Social and Political Thought from Canada’s York University 

This lecture is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact the Women’s Center @ 994-3836 or


The Shannon Weatherly Lecture series is presented by the Women's Center in honor of MSU alum and Women's Center founding board member, Shannon Weatherly.  Shannon's compassion and involvement in the community continues to be an inspiration to others. As her mother has said about Shannon,"She felt a great responsibility, not only to her immediate community of friends, associates, and her college, but to the larger community which is humankind." Shannon's activities incorporated her education in areas including theology, history, sociology and psychology which propelled the ideals of feminist studies.

Shannon was tragically killed in 1982 while camping near Gardiner, MT. She was shot by a hunter who mistook her tent for a bear.

An endowment was created by Shannon's family and friends to bring nationally known feminist speakers to the campus. These lectures are presented annually and are free and open to the public. Past presenters have included singer/songwriter Holly Near, psychologist and author Charlotte Davis Kasl, activist and academy award winning film maker Stacy Kabat, comedian Maria Falzone, cartoonist Nicole Hollander, feminist religious scholar, Dr. Diana Eck, and author Dr. Diana Russell.