Past Events

Spring 2018

state Representative Victoria Neave

Women in Politics: A Talk with State Representative Victoria Neave

Monday, March 5, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., ACT 301

Join us as state Representative Victoria Neave discusses her personal story and the need for more women in politics. A Q&A will follow the talk.

This event is free and open to the public.

Speaker Bio

Victoria Neave represents Texas House District 107, which includes parts of Dallas, Mesquite, and Garland. She grew up in the barrio in Pleasant Grove in Dallas and comes from a working-class family.  The daughter of a father with a sixth grade education who had a small TV and VCR repair shop in Mesquite, Victoria became the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her degree in Government and Politics from The University of Texas at Dallas and then graduating magna cum laude in the top 3% of her law school class at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She currently runs her own law firm. As a member of the Texas legislature, she has served on the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and the House Committee on County Affairs. Neave regularly mentors students and believes that investment in education is one of the most critical issues facing our state. Her priorities are advocating for working families, women, small businesses, and Veterans.


The College of Arts & Sciences and Global Connections

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Inheriting Trauma: Argentine Activists Interpret the Hidden Consequences of State Sponsored Genocide

Monday, March 19, 2:30-4:00 p.m., ACT 301

The call for truth and justice for the estimated 30,000 victims of state terror in Argentina has undergone many socio-cultural and generational changes. Starting from 2003, some children of these victims, the children of the disappeared, have looked to art to express the hidden consequences of the trauma associated with their parents’ disappearance. This talk and reading discussion highlights some of these artists/activists and examines how the definition of truth and justice has changed.

This event is free and open to the public.

Speaker Bio

Dr. William R. Benner is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Texas Woman’s University. His research focuses on the recent artistic productions by the post-dictatorship generation in Argentina and how these works relate to ethical and theoretical challenges in human rights activism. His recent articles examine how feedback loops created between the reader and the author encourage memory entrepreneurship.


Global Connections and the College of Arts & Sciences

Jenifer Sarver

Telling Your Story: A Workshop with Jenifer Sarver

Monday, April 9, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., ACT 301

Whether speaking to the media, legislators, or members of the general public it is critical to understand audience needs and perceptions, and then clearly define and articulate your story for them. Too often messages are dry, data-driven, soulless sentences that are easily forgettable. Think back to the most powerful lessons you learned as a child – were they conveyed in bullet points, facts and pie charts? Or were they wrapped into a good tale that helped sear into your memory the importance of values like kindness, sharing and patience? Unfortunately somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the ability to knit together a good story. But everyone loves a good story – and storytelling is an effective and important way to communicate with impact. In this session, participants will learn the importance of clearly articulating one’s own personal story, and building a personal brand. They will also begin to craft their own story and think through how they can most effectively communicate it.

This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff at TWU.

Speaker Bio

Jenifer Sarver
Principal, Sarver Strategies

Jenifer Sarver likes stories and likes to help her clients effectively tell theirs. She has two decades of experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting and media and presentation skills training. Her career has spanned corporate, nonprofit and political worlds, helping clients from Austin to Kazakhstan develop and deliver effective messages. In 2014, she launched Sarver Strategies to focus her skills on training and storytelling, helping clients develop a narrative that effectively conveys their core values, and then preparing them to expertly deliver that message. She is passionate about community engagement, promoting and advancing women, and helping young people define and pursue their passion. She has a Master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a pair of bachelor’s degrees from UT Austin, where she spends the bulk of her time volunteering and cheering on various Longhorn sports teams.


The Center for Women in Business, College of Arts & Sciences and Global Connections

Fall 2017

Getting Paid for Your Passion: Careers in Activism

11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Sept. 20, 2017, MCL Auditorium

Join us for a panel in which we discuss how to turn your passion for activism into a career. Panelists will include career activists, as well as TWU staff and faculty who help connect students with internships and career opportunities in activism. What does it mean to be an activist? What kind of skills are employers looking for? Can I strike out on my own? Learn tips and tricks for marketing yourself, and consider the many ways your passion for activism can be put to work in a paid career.

Dancing Ecology: A Butoh Workshop

6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 10, 2017 in DGL 210


How can dance practices help us negotiate and investigate our relationship to our environment? This workshop will open with a brief lecture introduction to butoh and then will involve various physical warmups and exercises to explore that question. No dance experience is required, but do come prepared to move. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in (no jeans) and bring some sturdy closed-toe shoes in case we go outside.


Dr. Rosemary Candelario, Assistant Professor of Dance, is a scholar and artist specializing in butoh, a avant-garde dance form that developed in Japan in the 1960s and that has since spread around the world. She has studied, taught, and performed butoh across the United States and around the world. She is the author of Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma's Asian/American Choreographies (Wesleyan University Press 2016) and the co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance (Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

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Sheri Kunovich, Ph.D.

Learning and Choosing to Vote: Women’s Political Participation Cross-Nationally

A lecture by Sheri Kunovich, Ph.D.

  • March 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.
  • ACT 301 on TWU’s Denton campus
  • Reception to follow on ACT 2nd floor

Sheri Kunovich is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Sociology at Southern Methodist University. She is also the recipient of SMU’s Golden Mustang Award and the Margareta Deschner Teaching Award in Women and Gender Studies. Her research and teaching interests include women’s political representation, democratization in Eastern Europe, wealth and consumption, social stratification and inequality, and research methods. She is a member of two international research teams focusing on social and political change in Poland and Central Europe. Her most recent work focuses on current voter knowledge and behaviors in East-Central Europe as well as a historical comparison of women’s descriptive political representation in Eastern Europe.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Global Connections at

This event is sponsored by:

TWU College of Arts and Sciences, Global Connections and IGNITE.

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