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Women's and Gender Studies Lecture Series

2015-2016 Lecture Series

Joshunda Sanders


Joshunda Sanders is a social media and social justice warrior who has worked for the past two decades as a writer, activist and educator. She's been published widely on a number of topics and in a plethora of mediums, including . . . 

  • An interview with literary science fiction author, Octavia Butler, which establishing her as an insightful first-person journalist and an exceptionally gifted interviewer.
  • Many, many articles on the intersections of race, class and gender (including the oft-cited think-piece, "Eat, Pray, Spend," in which she coined the phrase "priv-lit") for Bitch Magazine.
  • The cleverly titled, "Lady Business", a blog on women in the workplace which explores the ways institutionalized sexism inhibits women's professional development.
  • Her media-studies book How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media available from Praeger and much, much more.

Rilla Askew

Rilla Askew


Novelist Rilla Askew will be reading from her own work at 8 p.m., Thursday, on March 24, 2016, in Miller Theater at Pittsburg State University's Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The event is free and is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers' series, the Women's and Gender Studies Council, and the Student Fee Council. A reception will follow. This event is part of Women's History Month.

Rilla Askew's work, "will take your breath away," says Diane Posthelwaite of The Washington Post, the work of a "master composer." But what will most impress readers, Posthelwaite adds, is Askew's "warm heart." Askew, who was born in Oklahoma, explained that her birthplace has a particular power on her writing. She explained that she's been working on a book set in England, but the Oklahoma stories keep interrupting: "I'd say the place I come from is an inexhaustible well, not one that I have to go dip into to draw water, but one more like the artesian well on my dad's land where the water relentlessly rises to the surface." Read full press release

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