Sarah Deer Lecture



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.