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Keynote Address
Speaker: Gloria Steinem

A devoted activist and writer, Gloria Steinem is undeniably one of the most important voices of the modern women’s movement.  Perhaps best known as the co-founder, editor and owner of Ms. Magazine, Ms. Steinem’s name is synonymous with the advancement of women’s social equality in America and throughout the world.  Ms. Steinem will present the keynote address for the series bringing her own unique perspective on the changing face of women’s sexualities over the past 50 years.
"The audio stream of Gloria Steinem's Feb. 6th lecture is available at"

Thursday, February 6th, 7:00pm, IU Auditorium
Sponsored by IUB Chancellor's Office, College of Arts and Sciences, The Kinsey Institute, and Union Board. Support also from GLBT Support Services and Office For Women's Affairs.

IU Art Museum Tour

The Education Department of the IU Art Museum will offer a special tour on the topic of women’s sexualities in honor of the 50th anniversary of Alfred Kinsey’s publication Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Tours can be arranged by calling the museum education office at 855-1045

Spring and Fall Semesters 2003, IU Art Museum

Passion & Purity: American Women’s Sexualities

The Lilly Library presents and exhibition which explores the historical and social context of women’s sexualities.  Ranging from An Act Against Adultery and Polygamie (1964) to Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying (1973), items on display will document individual experience as well as the influence of family, community, and religious groups on the way women have conducted their sexual lives. 

January 13th-March 23rd, Lilly Library Lounge

The Bloomington Breast Project

The Bloomington Breast Project is as much a piece of art as it is a community event; it is as much an assemblage of individual sculptural pieces, as it is a collaboration, a collective event, a site-specific installation, and an ongoing community performance.  Artist Karen Baldner, originator of the project presents this installation at the Stanley B. Mendelson Gallery in Bloomington.

January 15th-February 15th, Stanley B. Mendelsohn Gallery

Sacrifice for a Culture

This installation at the Stanley B. Mendelson Gallery will guide the viewer into thinking about how women sacrifice pain for beauty even in our own culture.  Most Americans see the practice of foot binding as being a sacrifice for status in the Asian culture, but American women also suffer terribly in old age from wearing high heels or too small a size of shoe in order ot fit an ideal of a smaller foot.  Gail Hale, creator of this piece is a BFA student at IU's School of Fine Arts.

January 15th-February 15th, Stanley B. Mendelsohn Gallery

Oh! Dr. Kinsey!: Media Reaction to Kinsey’s Report on Women

An exhibition of magazine covers and news clippings from 1953 in reaction to the release of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Also honored will be the original researchers who contributed to the research and to the publication of the "Kinsey Report."

February 1st-April 30th, Monroe County Historical Society Museum
Support provided by a Friend of The Kinsey Institute and IU Press.

Lysistrata, I.U. Dept. of Theater and Drama

A raucous, ribald comedy full of broad farce and buffoonery, Lysistrata is filled with sexy delight.With Athenian men forever going off to battle the Spartans, the Athenian women implement a powerful weapon of their own, against which few soldiers can fight: “No making love until you cease making war!”Aristophanes wields his bawdy satire sharper than any sword.Explicit language and adult situations; for mature audiences. Curtain talk after performance.

February 7, 8, 10-15, 8:00pm, Ruth N. Halls Theater

Safer Sexuality for Women

This brown bag luncheon discussion will focus on the latest research on safer sexuality, communication skills and tips and tricks to make sex better. Bring your lunch and celebrate National Condom Week with Kelly E. McBride, M.L.S., Sexuality Educator and Trainer for South Central Indiana.

Wednesday, February 12th, 12:00-1:00pm, Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana, 421 South College Avenue

Friends of The Kinsey Institute Preview Reception

Sneak preview of the art exhibition “Feminine Persuasion” at the SoFA Gallery for event presenters, sponsors and Friends of The Kinsey Institute. Contact 812-855-7686 or email

Thursday, February 13th, 7:00-9:00pm, School of Fine Arts Gallery
Sponsored by The Friends of The Kinsey Institute and IU Press

Feminine Persuasion

This art exhibition features works by contemporary female artists and selections from The Kinsey Institute collection. Invited artists include sculptor Nancy Davidson, video artist Patty Change, painter Nicole Eisenman, photographers Laura Letinsky and Renee Cox, and textile artist Ghada Amer. From the Kinsey collection are works by Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Leonor Fini, Otto Dix, Clara Tice, Frank Yamrus and a new acquisition by Judy Chicago.

February 14th-March 14th, School of Fine Arts Gallery
Opening Reception (Public), February 14.
Sponsored by SoFA Gallery and The Kinsey Institute

Gallery Talks: Betsy Stirratt, Director, SoFA Gallery and Catherine Johnson, Curator, The Kinsey Institute. Free.

Friday, January 21 and Friday, January 28 at noon.

Gallery Talk:  Renee Cox

Photographer Rénee Cox will present a gallery talk at the SoFA Gallery preceding the opening of the art exhibition “Feminine Persuasion.”

Friday, February 14th, 5:30pm, School of Fine Arts Gallery

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Renee Cox

Under the Radar: Women in Cinema in the Kinsey Era (click on the link for schedule and list of films)

A week-long film festival showcasing women directors, lesbian films, and female stars who tested the censors’ ratings in their various portrayals of sex and gender.  Also featured will be a special screening of historical erotic films from the Kinsey collection. 

February 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23, Various Locations
Sponsored by IU Department of Communication and Culture, The Ryder Film Series, and The Kinsey Institute.

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Maidens, Mothers and Crones Talk about Living with Passion

The topic of this day-long workshop is designed to bring women from three different generations together to explore the many aspects of feminine sexuality as they are expressed in the cycles of life. This workshop will provide a variety of activities to help women understand and appreciate the female body, mind and psyche through discussion and interaction of daughters, mothers and grandmothers.The activities will involve role playing, writing, discussions, music and poetry to allow each individual to come to a greater understanding of her complete feminine nature and the meaning it holds for her and those with whom she shares a legacy.

Saturday, February 15th, 9:00am-4:00pm, Division of Continuing Studies – IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46805, Phone: 260.481.6619 Fax: 260.481.6949

Registration Fee:Maidens (18 and under) - $49, Mothers and Crones (19 and older) - $59, Maiden, Mother, and Crone registered together - $155

From Alfred Kinsey to Go Ask Alice!

Rescheduled for October 14

Still getting the word out about women’s sexuality, Go Ask Alice! is the oldest internet health question and answer service. Judith Steinhart, Senior Health Educator for Columbia University’s Health Education Program and part of the team behind Alice! will talk about questions received over the past decade from 86 different countries. Judith is a Certified Sexuality Educator for over 20 years and a presenter at national sexuality conferences.
Whittenburger Auditorium

Between "White Slavery" and the "Ethnography of Sex Workers": Women
in Stag Films at the Kinsey Archive

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Linda Williams PhD, Professor in the Departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric, Univ.of California at Berkeley
Linda Williams teaches courses on popular moving-image genres (pornography, melodrama, and "body genres" of all sorts) and is currently interested in the emergence of explicit sex acts in moving-image culture. In 1989 she published a controversial study of porno-graphic film entitled Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible (second edition 1999), which included stag films from the Kinsey Institute collection. Williams's latest book is Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White, from Uncle Tom to O.J.Simpson (2001, Princeton).

Sponsored by American Studies, Communication and Culture, and Horizons of Knowledge
February 20, 7:30 p.m., Fine arts auditorium

Forum on Academic Freedom

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Kinsey and IU President Herman Wells.

Constant vigilance is the watchword for preserving academic freedom in American universities today as it was 50 years ago. Jim Capshew, IU professor of the History and Philosophy of Science will open the forum with remarks about Herman B Well's unyielding support for Kinsey's research on the principle that "fearless inquiry into every subject in search of the truth" is basic to education in a democracy. Guest lecturers Mary Burgun, Ex President of AAUP, and David Rabban, Professor of Law at University of Texas and Executive Committee of the AAUP will discuss contemporary issues in academic freedom. Reception to follow in the Law School Faculty Lounge.

Thursday, February 20th, 3:30-5:00pm, Moot Courtroom in the School of Law

Vagina Monologues - "Vday" Production

February 26, 27, 28, 8:00 pm, Wilkie Auditorium

Theorizing Yes

Katherine Franke, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, will discuss the conundrum of bringing law to bear on expanding sexual liberty for women. Law has done a more than adequate job of addressing sexually inflicted danger experienced by women, but is there a productive – as opposed to regulatory – role for law when it comes to enabling sexual pleasure and sexual autonomy for women?

Thursday, February 27, 4:30-6:00pm, IU School of Law, Moot Courtroom

An Evening of Poetry, Prose and Fiction

Wang Ping and Catherine Bowman will be reading poetry, fiction, and prose on female sexuality, identity, agency, and power. It is sponsored by Indiana University's English and Creative Writing departments.

Wang Ping reading from from her new book: Aching for Beauty, Footbinding in China (Anchor Books). In her book she explores the history and culture surrounding footbinding through literary references, the relationship between beauty and pain, and discusses the intense female bonds that footbinding fostered. She will also read new poems and some fiction.
Wang Ping was born in China and came to the US in 1985. Her publications include American Visa (short stories, 1994), Foreign Devil (novel, 1996), an Of Flesh and Spirit (poetry, 1998) all from Coffee House. New Generation: Poetry from China Today (1999), an anthology she edited and co-translated, is published by Hanging Loose. Her new book, Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (2000) is from University of Minnesota Press and won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities. In 2002, Random House published its paperback version. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts for Poetry, and Minnesota
State Arts Board for Fiction. She is assistant professor of English at MacAlester College.

Catherine Bowman is the author of two poetry collections Rock Farm (Gibbs Smith, 1996) and 1-800-HOT-RIBS (Gibbs Smith, 1993), which was reissued in 2000 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press as part of its contemporary classics series. Her poems have appeared in the 2003, 1997, 1995, 1994, and 1989 editions of Best American Poetry as well as many
other literary magazines and journals, including The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, River Styx, The Los Angeles Times, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Sycamore Review, Conjunctions. In addition, Bowman is the editor of Word of Mouth (Vintage 2003) of poems featured on her NPR's National Public Radio. She also collaborates with avant-garde jazz composer and bassist John Lindberg; together Bowman and Lindberg have performed and taught poetry and jazz workshops at a variety of venues in both North America and Europe.

Thursday, February 27, 6:30 - 8pm, 102 Fine Arts.

Turn On This Voice: Women, Poetry and Sexuality (EVENT CANCELLED)

Poetry reading by Bloomington area women poets.  Thursday, February 27th, 7:00-9:00pm, Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

Woman as The Other: Amazons, Gorgons and Maenads in Ancient Greek Art

Women in Erotic Art: An illustrated lecture by June M. Reinisch, Ph.D.

June Machover Reinisch, Ph.D. served as director of The Kinsey Institute from 1982-1993. Dr. Reinisch now resides in New York City where she is the President of R2 Science Communications, Inc. and the Director of the Muse Foundation of the Museum of Sex. Dr. Reinisch will look at the erotic art of the past to see what these images can tell us about women and their sexual lives. The exhibition at the SoFA Gallery will be open for viewing following the lecture.

Tuesday, March 4th, 6 p.m. School of Fine Arts, 102.
Sponsored by The Kinsey Institute and the SoFA Gallery

Kinsey Research Panel

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Associate Director Stephanie Sanders, Director John Bancroft, Graduate Director Cynthia Graham, and Research Scientist Erick Janssen
50 years after the ground-breaking survey of female sexuality, there is new debate about the nature of female sexuality and sexual problems. The latest research from The Kinsey Institute is attempting to re-conceptualize female sexuality, this time from women's perspectives. Kinsey Institute researchers will discuss their findings from a survey on sexual wellbeing, focus groups on factors that affect sexual arousal, effects of oral contraceptives on sexuality, and a study examining gender differences in response to sexual situations, and the implications of this research.

March 6th, 7:00pm Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

Women's History Luncheon: Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Origins of the Women's Health Movement
Wendy Sanford, co-founder of the Boston Women's Health collective and editor of the best-selling women's health books, will be the guest speaker at the Annual Women's History Luncheon at the Monroe County Convention Center.
Ms. Sanford has continued to write on women's health, contributing to the latest editions of the original book and writing on teens and parenting.
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Tickets are available through the City of Bloomington (349-3471).

March 12 Sponsored by the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women and other organizations
Funding is provided by AEGIS Women's Healthcare, I.U. School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Department of Applied Health Science, Women's Alliance of the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Congregation Beth Shalom,
Friends Meeting.

MujEres: Nuestros Cuerpos Nuestras Vidas

Bloomington's Spanish-speaking women's support group Mujeres en Conexión (Women in Connection) hosts a daylong workshop that examines experiences and information beyond everyday life. MujEres: Nuestros cuerpos, nuestras vidas (Women/You are Woman: Our Bodies, Our Lives), will focus on women and human sexuality.
More details: Write to or call 323-2196

March 22 from 9- 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church

A Streetcar Named Desire, I.U. Dept. of Theater and Drama

Among the greatest American plays, this luminous masterpiece portrays a tragic collision between working class brutality and frayed Southern gentility.  The fragile, neurotic Blanche DuBois, one of the theatre’s most irresistible characters, seeks the “kindness of strangers” but encounters the savage force of Stanley Kowalski.  Tennessee Williams’s sublime poetic language reveals an incendiary passion, menacing fury, and heartrending compassion. Curtain talk after performance.

March 28, 29 and 31-April 5, Ruth N. Halls Theater

19th Century Midwifery

Wylie House is a historic house museum built in 1835 as the home of IU’s first president, Andrew Wylie.  One bedroom in the house will be set up as a birthing room which will also contain a display case with books, articles, and illustrations relating to midwifery and birthing practices in the 19th century.  Free tours are offered between the hours of 10am and 2pm Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.  You may contact the Wylie House for more information at 812855.6224 or at  Or visit their website at

April 1st-30th, Wylie House Museum, 307 East Second Street

Art History Association XIIIth Annual Symposium

"Subjects of Desire: Social, Sexual, Spiritual?"
For more information, contact The Symposium Committee, Fine Arts, 132, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, email:,

Saturday, April 5, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Room 102

Women in Science Lecture

"Sexual Selection: What We Can and Can't Learn about Sex from Animals" Marlene Zuk, PhD, University of California, Riverside.
Scientific discoveries about the animal kingdom fuel ideological battles on many fronts, especially battles about sex and gender. Marlene Zuk entertains with stories of animal behavior, and challenges us to put aside assumptions and politics when making connections to human behavior and evolution.

April 10, Indiana University

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"Gender and Psychotherapy: Competing Narratives of Identity"

Lecture by Helen Gremillion, The Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington.
For more information, contact The Department of Gender Studies, Memorial Hall East 130, Indiana University, (812)855-0101.

Thursday, April 10, 4:00 pm, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union.

Women, Sexuality & Culture: Representations from Asia

This panel discussion focuses on the intersections of culture, sexuality and gender in representations of Asian women.  Radhika Parameswaran of Indiana University will analyze the controversial film Fire, particularly its rendering of lesbian sexuality; Andra Alvis of Indiana University will discuss the erotic comic books of Japanese female manga artist Uchida Shungicu; and Chen Xiaomei of Ohio State University will explore revolutionary posters in Mao-era China and their impact on young women’s sexuality. 

Friday, April 11th, 4:15pm, Morrison Hall 007

Indiana University 15th Annual Women’s Studies/Gender Studies Celebrating Our Students

This conference, held annually around the state, comes to IU Bloomington in 2003.  It offers students an opportunity to present scholarly papers and share creative work with each other in a conference setting. Theme: "Women, Bodies, Expressions." The keynote speaker will be Professor Judith  Allen who will speak on the role of women in research on female sexuality in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Alfred Kinsey volume Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. The keynote speech title is "Alfred C. Kinsey, Women's Bodies, and Female Erotic Life."

Friday, April 11th, 9:00am-4:00pm, Indiana Memorial Union

Birth Control Update

Bring your lunch and come celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the Birth Control Pill.  Kelly E. McBride, M.L.S., Sexuality Educator and Trainer for South Central Indiana will discuss new birth control methods and their effectiveness at this brown bag lunch discussion.

May 9, 12:00 -1: 00, Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana, 421 S. College, Bloomington

Bloomington Feminist Chorus Concert

May 10, 8:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church

International Academy of Sex Research

The IASR will hold its annual meeting in Bloomington in the year 2003.  This year's meeting will focus on research on women's sexualities. Check their website for details.

July 16-19, Indiana Memorial Union and The Kinsey Institute

Feminism and the Moving Body

Judith R. Walkowitz, Ph.D., Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, presents a discussion of feminism, tableaux vivants, and physical culture in the Victorian era.
Dr. Walkowitz was a founding history editor of Feminist Studies, and helped to develop the Rutgers graduate program in women's history into one of the premiere programs in the country. As a professor of history and director of women's studies (1989-1997) at Johns Hopkins, she continues to collaborate with other colleagues in promoting intellectual exchange across disciplines. For the past thirty years, her research and writing have concentrated on nineteenth-century political culture and the cultural and social contests over sexuality; her books include Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class and the State and City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. The lecture is offered as part of the North American Victorian Studies Association conference, to be sponsored by the Victorian Studies Program at Indiana University.

October 17, Wittenberger Auditorium from 10:15-11:45 am

Women's Sexualities Conference: Historical, Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

At the 50th anniversary of Kinsey’s controversial “female volume,” this conference provides a forum for recent feminist, historical, theoretical, international, cross-cultural, and inter-disciplinary scholarship related to women’s sexualities.  It features nationally and internationally distinguished feminist historian and theorists, as well as other critical scholars of sexuality, gender, and reproduction.  Particular focus is placed upon Kinsey’s sex research project – its scientific, intellectual and clinical antecedents and legacies – and its implications for understandings of women’s erotic behaviors and identities since the mid-20th century.

November 14th and 15th, Indiana Memorial Union


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