Women’s History Month 2015 schedule of events

By Northern Star staff

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies will hold a series of events throughout March for Women’s History Month.

The emphasis for this year will be on incarceration issues.

• 3-5 p.m. March 17 in the Holmes Student Center, Glass Gallery: The Vagina Seminars

• 7 p.m. March 24 in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room: Panel on Caring for Incarcerated People & Their Families

• 4 p.m. March 25 in Reavis Hall, Conference Room 103: Why WGSS Matters: The Importance of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

• Noon March 26 in Graham Hall, Room 342: Mother Jones and the Radical Critique of Prisons in the Early 20th Century

• 2 p.m. April 2 in Reavis Hall, Conference Room: Combatting Gender Inequalities in the Legal System Seminar

• 4 p.m. April 2 in the Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room: Defending the Wrongfully Convicted Lecture

Rebekah Kohli, program coordinator of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies said the theme grew out of a combination of an event the department co-sponsored last year and the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”

Kohli said incarceration is important because “the U.S. imprisons more people, over 2 million, than any other country.” Kohli said incarceration rates for women have increased since 2013.

The events are free. Contact Kohli at rkohli@niu.edu for more information.