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Women’s Center Director Peg Lonnquist Receives NWSA Lifetime Achievement Award!

Congratulations to our Director, Peg Lonnquist, on receiving the National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Lifetime Achievement Award! Peg’s career and volunteer work toward equity includes serving as the Women’s Center Director at the University of Minnesota for 9 years, the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center Director at Iowa State University for 4 years, the Director…

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Misbehaving and Making History

Photo by Nathan Kiern One of my favorite quotes is from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich:  “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”  Neither do well-behaved men, for that matter.  So what then are young men and women called to do exactly when we are urged to behave ourselves and, simultaneously, to make history?  Can we truly make the world…

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ICYMI Feminist Friday: The Art of Arguing

Does thinking about going home for the holidays leave you feeling anxious, mentally preparing yourself for conversations you wish you didn’t have to have? You may feel right at home with your friends in the city, living in a liberal bubble, agreeing on raising the minimum wage and pro-choice legislation. But if you weren’t raised…

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The “Illusion of Knowing” and other ways technological innovation is affecting our values

Blue feed/red feed, courtesy of the Washington Post graphics (http://graphics.wsj.com/blue-feed-red-feed/) Of the many things that this election has highlighted – of which many, more qualified voices than mine have discussed, such as the impact of our words and racism in America – one that I did not consider until recently was the impact of technological…

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What Are Rape Scenes Really For?

  Photo credit: HBO public domain Film will have you believe that it’s better to “show, not tell”, but I’m inclined to disagree after half an hour into any episode of Game of Thrones. Rape scenes in media are often gratuitously drawn out, uncomfortable to watch, and wholly unnecessary as a plot device. We don’t…

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Crime and Punishment and Science: What Exactly is Scientific in Forensics?

(Image credit:  http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/q-a-with-jennifer-mnookin:-raising-the-bar-for-scientific-evidence-in-court) Systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system has been painfully highlighted recently in mainstream media.  As a scientist, researcher, and person of color, I have been thinking about ways to eradicate that discrimination in both long and short times scales.  Based on my experience trying to change safety culture (i.e., helping researchers…