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Women, Voting, and Public Service

The Global Connections Initiative at TWU, the nation's largest university primarily for women, seeks to further our mission of a global understanding through opportunities, experiences, and connections for TWU students, faculty, and staff. This academic year, we take as our focus voting, suffrage, and women in public service, nationally and globally.  

Upcoming Fall 2016 Events:

November 2: Films screening and discussion of Profile                                                                                                                                                            

6:00 PM in CFO 202

Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, Profiled bears witness to the violence that remains an everyday reality for Black and Latin people in this country. Moving interviews with victims' family members are juxtaposed with sharply etched analyses by an evolutionary biologist and civil rights lawyer. This event is co-sponsored by Multicultural Women and Gender Studies, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Outreach, the College of Arts and Sciences, Campus Alliance for Resource Education, the Division of Student Life, WSGSA, & TRIOTA. Pizza served at the event.

November 21: The Women's Movement in India: Education & Equality since 1865

1:00-2:20 PM in CFO 201

Dr. Paula Banerjee (Calcutta University) and Dr. PUrna Banerjee (Presidency University, Kolkata) will speak on the subject of the women's movement in India. This event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, The Division of Student Life, and the Leadership Institute.  

Past Fall 2016 Events:

September 26: Debate Watch

6:30-10:00 PM in CFO 205

The first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be screened live in CFO 205. Prior to the debate, there will be pizza, voter registration and information tables, and a panel faculty from multiple fields who will talk about how their areas of expertise apply to the debate. The faculty will also tweet commentary about the debate in real time. This event is free. 

October 3: Women and the Vote: Making It Count

4:00-8:00 PM in CFO 203

Texas regularly ranks last in the country for voter turnout. Learn why voter turnout is especially low in Texas, how it compares to national trends, and the significance of women's votes in determining elections. This event, co-sponsored by IGNITE Texas, will include a workshop led by Dr. Margo McClinton Stoglin; free pizza and voter registration; and a screening of Iron Jawed Angels. This event is free.


October 19:  Valerie Hudson, The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy

Reading Discussion: 3:30-4:30 in CFO 204

Lecture: 7:00, followed by reception, in CFO 204

Does the insecurity of women make nations less secure? Join us for a lecture and reading discussion with Dr. Valerie M. Hudson, as she answers this question and explores the findings of her book The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy (2015). Blending history, fieldwork, theory, and policy analysis while incorporating perspectives from officials and activiests on the front line of implementation, this book is the first to thoroughly investigate the Hillary Doctrine, Hillary Rodham Clinton's argument that the subjugation of women worldwide is a serious threat to U.S. national security and that the empowerment of women is a stabilizing force for domestic and international peace. Dr. Hudson explores how the doctrine has changed U.S. foreign policy and altered its relationship with other countries such as China and Saudi Arabia, and she examines the complexity and pitfalls of attempting to improve the lives of women while safeguarding the national interest. This event is free. The lecture is open to the public.


October 26: Education Abroad Fair, with student poster session and panel

11:00-1:00 in the Student Union; Poster Session and Panel in SU 207 

Learn about study abroad opportunities at the Education Abroad Fair. Find out when to plan, where you can go, what classes to take, and how to pay for your travel. Attendees and visit with students during a poster presentation session (11:00-12:20) and learn more about their experiences during a panel discussion (12:30-1:00)

October is Global Awareness Month

Global Awareness Month is a month of events, guest speakers and student activities that are dedicated to the overall Global Connections Mission. Launched in 2009, the goal of the TWU Global Connections Initiative is to provide global opportunities, experiences and connections for TWU students, faculty, staff, and the community. The initiative also is charged with helping all TWU students become global citizens with the knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in learning, living and working in a global, diverse and complex society.

Current World News

From bombings, unemployment and immigration in Europe to revolutions in the Middle East and Africa, find out how these instances are all related and resemble similar situations in the United States. 

How and why does global news affect the US?  Check our Facebook page for news articles with updates on the internal conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, the bombings in Norway, economic struggles in Greece, Italy, and Spain, and US involvement in these global events.