“Man Up”…Woman Down?: Gender and Power in Everyday Life

Dr. Matt Ezzell (James Madison University) will highlight how accepted practices–from fraternity pledge initiation rites to the mass media to daily conversation–reinforce gender inequality.

Matt Ezzell is Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University. After completing a B.A. in Women’s Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, he worked for three years as a community educator and advocate at a rape crisis center. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from UNC-Chapel Hill in sociology. He has given lectures and facilitated discussions on men’s violence against women for over a decade.

Co-sponsored by Feminist Students United, the Department of Sociology, the Social and Economic Justice Minor, The Department of Women’s Studies, and the Carolina Women’s Center.

Memory, Culture, and Organizing in Mexico

Speaker Edith López Ovalle will be joined by a representative from the Mexico Solidarity Network and both will discuss:
– The historical and present-day context of the imprisonment, disappearance and assassination of political dissidents in Mexico.
– The role of artistic and cultural interventions, as well as political organizing, in confronting human rights abuses.

Sponsored by Feminist Students United


Edith López Ovalle is a 25-year-old artist and co-founder of Hijos por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio (HIJOS), a human rights organization made up mostly of the children of political prisoners and activists who were killed or “disappeared” in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Edith’s mother was imprisoned for her work with a dissident political organization. HIJOS works to reconstruct the history of assassinations and disappearances of social actors, celebrate the memory of the victims, and demand that the perpetrators of human rights abuses are justly punished. Edith and HIJOS have been active in the Otra Campaña — the network of Mexican social movements initiated by rebel indigenous communities in Chiapas — since it began in 2005.

Edith works with HIJOS on its Committee on Art and Politics, designing creative public events to draw attention to human rights violators. In “escraches,” protestors hold vigils or demonstrations in front of the homes or offices of human rights violators, calling public attention to their illegal acts in front of neighbors and fellow workers. Last year, HIJOS targeted Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz for numerous human rights abuses with a mock “firing” at the state government office – activists hung signs reading “Office of the Oppressor” and painted body outlines reminiscent of a crime scene on the building. HIJOS also renames streets, replacing the names of known human rights violators with dissident heroes.

HIJOS is a multi-national organization founded in Argentina and with chapters in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Chile and Mexico. For more information on HIJOS, see www.hijosmexico.org.