Women, gender and sexuality studies will be hosting its biennial research conference at the University of South Dakota on March 23-24, 2017. This year's theme is Cultures of Change.

We will be posting registration information and schedule of events as the conference gets closer. If you have any questions or want to know how you can get involved, email wgss@usd.edu.

Call for Papers


Keynote Speakers

Ivan CoyoteIvan Coyote
"Neither, Nor: How to Circumnavigate the Gender Binary in Seven Thousand Easy Steps"

Ivan Coyote is a writer, storyteller, musician and educator. Coyote is the author of eleven books, and the creator of three albums, four short films and a renowned live performer. Coyote has been the writer in residence at Carleton, Western, the University of Winnipeg and the Vancouver Public Library, and has lectured at universities and colleges across the continent. Coyote's books include Loose End, Boys Like Her, Missed Her, Gender Failure and the soon-to-be-released Tomboy Survival Guide.

Coyote often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Coyote's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

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Sivash ZohooriSiavash "Vash" Zohoori
“Boys ’n’ Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence”

With the mission to foster compassionate communities, Siavash “Vash” Zohoori is passionate about his work in mental health advocacy and developing a more empathic sense of masculinity. He is the founder of a University of California Student Association mental health campaign titled, #HowAreYou: A Call to Reform Mental Health Services, geared towards bringing more accessibility, diversity and outreach to mental health services in California. He is also a co-founder of Boys ’n’ Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence, a project he started in response to his experience at the Isla Vista tragedy. As part of the project, Vash speaks with fraternity men, high school students and other university students about the lessons he's learned as he’s healed. He is admired for his vulnerability and his open ears.