We are super sad to announced that this Shannon Weatherly Memorial Lecture is cancelled due to a family emergency and will be rescheduled.

BUT be on the lookout for a Fall 2018 lecture as we still plan to bring Professor Sarah Deer here next semester.

I would very much appreciate your letting anyone you know who was planning on attending the lecture that it is cancelled and will be rescheduled for next Fall.

Thanks so much, Betsy, Andrea, and Michelle





Fall 2018 with reception to follow

SUB Ballrooms B,C, and D, Montana State University

 The MSU Women's Center is very excited to announce that Sarah Deer, prominent author, professor, and activist will visit our campus to present the 2018 Shannon Weatherly Memorial Lecture. Ms. Deer's lecture: "Sovereignty of the Soul: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America," will give us the opportunity to learn about the crisis of interpersonal and sexual violence in Native America. 

Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. Prof. Deer is the co-author of four textbooks on tribal law. Her latest book is The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, which has received several awards. Her work on violence against Native women has received national recognition from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. She currently teaches at the University of Kansas. Professor Deer is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.

Join us on Monday, April 2nd-- doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 pm in the SUB Ballrooms B,C,D on the MSU Bozeman campus for this FREE event brought to you by the Shannon Weatherly Memorial Lecture Fund, as well as the following Montana State University entities: The Women's Center, VOICE Center, Society of American Indian Graduate Students, Women's Faculty Caucus, Diversity and Inclusion Student Common's, President's Commission on the Status of University Women, and the Honor's College.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For further information please contact the Women's Center @ 994-3836 or danforth@montana.edu


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.