Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)

The UWM Distinguished Lecture Series at UWM presents

Roxane Gay

Thursday, October 25th

7pm, UWM Student Union, Wisconsin Room

We are excited to welcome Roxane Gay, award-winning author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, among others to campus for the Distinguished Lecture Series on October 25th.

Courageous, humorous, and smart are just a few words used to describe the internationally acclaimed author and cultural critic.  She works to critique modern culture through her humor and enthusiastic personality.  NPR named Bad Feminist one of the best books of the year and is conceded to be the most “typical” exploration of modern feminism.  An Untamed State was awarded the Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize.  Roxane released her highly anticipated memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and a collection of short stories titled Difficult Women in 2017.

Roxane Gay recently became the first black female to write for Marvel, writing World of Wakanda, a comic series in the Black Panther universe.  She also dedicates her time to being an opinion writer for the New York Times and is a founding editor of PANK, a literary magazine.  Many avid fans stay up to speed with Roxane Gay by following her social media accounts.

Roxanne Gay’s work analyzes issues around feminism, race, gender, and sexuality.  Her voice on campus will help to see the challenges that minority and underrepresented individuals face in the world.

For more information please contact Student Involvement at 414.229.5780 or activities@uwm.edu


All tickets are FREE for UWM students and can be picked up at the UWM Student Union Information Desk. Non-UWM student tickets can also be purchased at the info desk (pricing below). General public tickets are also available online here.

In Advance:                                                                       At the door:

$5 Non-UWM Students                                                     $8 Non-UWM Students

$8 Campus Community                                                    $10 Campus Community

$10 General Public                                                           $12 General Public


Complementary Programs

There will be a series of programs leading up to Roxane Gay’s appearance on Campus. See the list of events below:

Our Mothers Traumas: September 13th 7:00-9:00pm in the Union 191

  • This will be a Panel will be made up of different aged women of different backgrounds who speak about their experience on feminism, women empowerment, body positive parenting, and immigration throughout their life.

Tie Dye(versity): September 19th 3:00-5:00pm in the Craft Centre

  • Tie dye(versity) will allow you to meet new people, discover people’s differences and build connections through tie dye. We will provide the tie dye materials and you get to take home your design! A short discussion will follow.

The Tale Film Screening: Friday, September 28: 9:00pm, Saturday, September 29: 7:00pm in the Union Cinema

  • Jennifer has it all, with a loving boyfriend and a great career as a journalist and professor. But when her mother discovers a story – “The Tale” – that Jennifer wrote when she was 13, detailing a special relationship Jennifer had with two adult coaches, Jennifer returns to the Carolina horse farm where the events transpired to try to reconcile her version of events with the truth.

Feminist Crafternoon Day in the Union: Wednesday, October 3rd: 11:00am-2:00pm in the Union Concourse 

  • Stop by in-between classes or on your way to lunch and create some feminist crafts.  There will be button making, decorating journal covers, tote decorating, and advocate letter writing. All materials will be provided.

Sister Pact: October 4th: 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Union 191 

  • This will be an informational session with Dr. Sandra Millon-Underwood on breast cancer and breast health. Bring your bestie and make a sister pact to remind each other about the importance of breast health.

Ariana Brown Lyrical Sanctuary: Wednesday, October 10: 7:00-7:45 – Writing Workshop 8:00pm-10:00pm – Open Mic & Performance in the Fireside Lounge 

  • Description: Begin the night by attending the Writing Workshop lead by Ariana Brown, then join us for Open Mic and a Performance. Lyrical Sanctuary brings students and community members together to share in their passion for poetry, music, art, and create self-expression.

‘Bad Feminist’ and Beyond: The Work of Roxane Gay, a Workshop with Dr. Monique Liston: Tuesday, October 16: 5:00pm-7:00pm in Community Room, Martin Luther King Library, 310 W Locust Street 

  • Description: Dr. Liston will lead a discussion of the work of Roxane Gay, in preparation for Gay’s visit to Milwaukee on October 25. Short readings will be available in advance at: http://uwm.edu/cultures-communities/

Help a Sister Out. Period.: Tuesday, October 16th: 11:00am-3:00pm in the Union Concourse 

  • A public campaign on the importance of period product donations for homeless and low-income women. All donated items will be given to the Hope House of Milwaukee.

Beloved Masterpieces: Tuesday, October 23rd: 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Union Ballrooms 

  • Come with your creative mind and leave with a painted canvas picture! An artist will lead a paint lesson with a discussion around blackness, self-expression, healing, and womanism.

Navigating Academia While Black Women: Wednesday, October 17: 11:00am-1:00pm 

  • Hear from black women in academia about body positivity, identity, community, and womanism. This is an informal event, and all are invited to bring their lunch.

Popular Feminisms Rountable: Wednesday, November 7: 3:30pm- 5 in Curtin Hall 175

  • This roundtable with scholars Kristen Warner (University of Alabama) and Jessalynn Keller (University of Calgary) discusses what it means to be a feminist in public, the ongoing work of (and perhaps limits of) identity politics in media production and reception, Gay’s fiction work and public presence, and the political valences of feminist identities and activism in politically fraught times.  Cosponsored by the Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies department and Women’s and Gender Studies.