Women's Center

Mapping the Landscapes: Women Creating Change

Women on Wednesday

Fall 2017 Series

Mapping the Landscapes : Women Creating Change

Select Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.
Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center

Fall 2017 Series Booklet (PDF)


September 27

The Personal is Political: Performance and Discussion with Chastity Brown

Performance and storytelling are tools for social change. When combined, their effects are powerful, nuanced, and touching. In this session, musician Chastity Brown will perform a sampling of her work and talk about the power and potential of songwriting and performance to support social change.
 Performer:  Chastity Brown is a Minnesota singer, songwriter, and social activist with roots in Tennessee.  Her music is political and personal, covering topics of identity and belonging. Silhouette of Sirens is her newest album which debuted to a sold-out crowd at the Fitzgerald Theatre in June 2017.  Brown is a contributing artist to Think Out Loud, a Twin Cities effort to end homelessness through music. In an interview, she describes her personal connection to her work, “What I’ve realized is that the personal is political. Just by me being a bi-racial, half-black, half-white woman living in America right now is political. Just being a person of color, a queer woman of color, for that matter, is freaking political.”



Fall 2017 - Mapping the Landscapes : Women Creating Change
September 13 From Night Club to Pop Culture: Drag and How It's Changing Gender Norms MP3
September 20 Theatre Unbound: The Women's Theatre MP3
September 27 The Personal is Political: Performance and Discussion with Chastity Brown MP3
October 4 We Are Here: Voices of Women in STEM MP3
October 18 Testify! MP3
October 25 Women's Prison Book Project
October 26 Writing Women at the Center
November 8 Women Student Leaders Create Change! MP3

For more episodes, visit the Women on Wednesday Archive


About the Program

Women on Wednesday is a weekly noon-hour lecture series organized each semester by the Women’s Center that has become a signature program at St. Cloud State University. The goal of the program is to feature diverse women and their distinctive areas of expertise, which are figuratively and literally all over the map.  The topics we explore are as diverse as the women presenting them, but they address the political, economic, social and personal arenas that impact the status of women.

The 27-year old series originated as an informal brown bag lunch gathering and has evolved over the years to a more formal presentation-style series, bringing intelligent, savvy women from the local to the national level to speak to our campus community. The free public series is in Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, from noon to 1 p.m. most Wednesdays, during fall and spring semesters. 

The Women’s Center celebrated 25 years at St. Cloud State during the 2014-15 academic year.  The Women’s Center was born from activism of faculty, staff and students in direct and indirect ways and through persistence and passion for feminist-led social change.  Our mission to advance women and address gender inequity is accomplished in myriad ways, including advocacy (both individual and institutional), support services, educational programming, scholarships and systems change. Having an institutionally-supported office to help students (and employees) explore and address the ways in which gender influences every aspect of one’s life exists for only 18% of students at four-year universities and colleges in the U.S. 

The Women’s Center has hosted more than 750 women from all walks of life, areas of expertise, diverse identities and life experiences during the past 26 years.  There is no way to avoid the word “wow” upon reviewing the women who have presented and topics we’ve addressed.  Please join us at Women on Wednesday during the 2016/17 academic year as we continue to offer this unique and interesting forum for women’s voices.