The following is a list of our Spring 2021 Sack Lunch Seminars 

 Contact [email protected] for more information on how to access these virtual events

"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)

February 10: MentHERship: Women In STEM

Mentorship and Microfluidics: High Quality Medical Care for All

Virtual  Noon-1 p.m.

Dr. Stephanie McCalla, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering and Chemical Engineering senior, Mikayla Wood, are working to engineer faster and cheaper alternatives to current medical diagnostics with the goal of improving access to medicine. They use tools like microfluidics, which are miniature devices that can manipulate small volumes of fluids, to detect and quantify indicators of disease. They will also discuss the important role that mentorship plays in the lab for women in STEM.

March 3: The Lives and Landscape of Working-Class Women in the West

Virtual Noon-1 p.m.

Join Crystal Alegria, Director of The Extreme History Project, as she examines working women’s lives in the 19thCentury West. She will do this through the historic lens of three women; a midwife, a businesswomen and a prostitute. By looking at the challenges and opportunities of the landscape these three women navigated and negotiated during their lifetimes, we can better understand the structure of working women’s lives in the 19thCentury West. 

March 10: MentHERship: Women in STEM

The Postdoc/Mentor Relationship

Virtual Noon-1 p.m.

One vital component to women’s success in STEM is mentorship. Presenters Dr. Agnieszka Rynda-Apple, Assistant Professor, and Research Scientist Dr. Kelly Shepardson, are both in Microbiology and Immunology.  Rynda-Apple served as Shepardson’s mentor while attaining her postdoc.  This seminar will provide an open discussion about both the mentee's and mentor's career paths and how each have benefited from this relationship. Topics will include choosing your mentor/mentee, maneuvering your partnership, establishing expectations, fostering development and independence. 

March 24: Knowledge, Power, and Bodies

Virtual Noon-1 p.m.

In an era when Covid-19 is described by some as “the China Disease” and discourses about emerging vaccines too easily ignore the dark legacy of scientific practice in the U.S., this talk offered by Dr. Natalie Scheidler, professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at MSU, will discuss the ways in which scientific and medical communities have historically constructed the corporal body. Moreover, the talk will address the ways in which feminist, queer, and racial justice movements have challenged Eugenics, Population Control, Immigration Reform, and the knowledge production that supports them.

April 14: Journey to Becoming an Anti-Racist: National Service with Montana Racial Equity Project 

Virtual Noon-1 p.m.

Jerico Cummings is a recent MSU graduate and the current AmeriCorps VISTA placement with the Montana Racial Equity Project (MTREP).  He will join us to discuss beginning his service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the national protests that took place after the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd; his journey to becoming an anti-racist, and what is on the horizon for MTREP.

 Contact [email protected] for more information on how to access these virtual events

 "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!