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Global Google Hangouts

Connecting UW Oshkosh students, faculty and staff to activists around the world.

We held our first Global Google Hangout on March 8, 2013 - International Women's Day. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback, Global Google Hangouts are now a signature event for the Women's Center. We will hold one each term, and welcome suggestions for topics/regions from anyone on campus. If you know someone who would be a good fit for this event, please let us know! 

When able, we will broadcast our Global Google Hangouts, and post them on our website under Education Videos. While we would like to record all of our Hangouts, we will only do so with the permission of our panel participants. In some cases, they may desire privacy because of the sensitive topics discussed - and we wish to respect that. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Women in Politics

November 3, 2014
Reeve Theater (307)

*Please note the time change. Previous advertisements may say 2.30PM. This is not accurate.

Panelists include: Arpita Das, Helen Luryi, and Ashlinn Masland-Sarani

Arpita Das

Arpita Das is from India and currently works as Programme Officer for the Global South Program at the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She holds an MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, and an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Lodz, Poland and Central European University, Hungary. Her professional experience includes working with the Special Cell for Women & Children in Mumbai, India on issues of gender-based violence from a feminist standpoint, and with the South & Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality hosted by TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) in New Delhi, India on issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has also worked as a consultant on issues of sex selection, sexuality education and reproductive technologies. She serves as co-chief editor of the Graduate Journal of Social Science, an open-access peer-reviewed multidisciplinary academic journal. Her academic and research interests include gender, gender-based violence, sexuality, intersex issues, disability and sexuality, reproductive technologies and biopolitics. She can be contacted at

A Conversation on Queer Femme*

April 22, 2014
Sage 1214

Cosponsored with the LGBTQ Resource Center

Facilitated by: Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss is in her final semester at UW Oshkosh, working towards her bachelors in Human Services and Leadership. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she has been an active leader in both the LGBTQ+ campus community, and the women’s issues group.  Spending a year in the limelight of student office as vice president of the LGBTQA+ group on campus gave her a unique sense of what it meant to be out, queer and femme. She has worked within the UW Oshkosh Women’s Center for a year, gathering academic and real-life experiences of femme invisibility, and what it means to be a young queer feminist.

Emily is a musician, artist and poet who takes the challenge of everyday head-on, with a little sass, a lot of passion and a great shade of lipstick. She lives for her close-knit adopted family of friends, being able to create art and her job as a yoga instructor.

Alexa Athelstan

Alexa Athelstan is a final year University of Leeds Research Scholarship PhD student at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, supervised by Dr. Shirley Anne Tate and Professor Ian Law from the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds University. Her current research project theorises queer feminine orientations, modes of embodiment and subjectivity in everyday life, with a particular focus on positioned and intersectional dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. Additionally, Alexa has worked as one of the Editors in Chief for the Graduate Journal of Social Science with Rosemary Deller. Alexa Athelstan is also editing two collaborative books. Queer Feminine Affinities, edited with Vikki Chalklin, aims to collect fresh perspective, reflections and visual art on femme and queer feminine identities and communities situated in the UK. Tensions of Rhetorics and Realities in Critical Diversities is a collection of essays edited in collaboration with Nichole Edwards, Mercedes Pöll & Sanaz Raji, as part of Dr. Sally Hines and Professor Yvette Taylor’s Advance in Critical Diversities Palgrave McMillan book series. She has presented on femme and queer femininities at various conferences including The 8th European Feminist Research Conference, Lesbian Lives, GendErotica & the 1st Italian Femme Conference and her chapter 'Occupying Normality Abnormally: Queer(ing) Heterosexual Fem(me)ininities' will be published in the forthcoming book edited by Sita Balani entitled Queers Talk Lesbian Notions.

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Drew Tomasi

After earning a BA degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, I have moved to Atlanta, GA to experience firsthand Queer and Southern culture. I have been pleasantly surprised with the results. I am currently living outside of the academic world in an effort to remain grounded in the day-to-day, more-practical world. Through the experience of earning my BA, and through traveling abroad, I have learned that change truly does start from within. That being said, I feel that I am creating change simply by being who I am. Even though I am not working in a career that is explicitly focused on social change, I have been fortunate to reach people on a personal level, having remarkable and honest conversations about gender and/or sexuality on an almost daily basis. To personalize Ghandi’s famous words, I am the change I wish to see in the world.

Ash Fisher

Ash Fisher is a queer femme standup comic and writer. Somehow switched at birth and raised on the east coast, she has since found her home in Oakland, California. She earned her B.F.A. in Theatre at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, she was active at the LGBT Office, where she worked as an office assistant and founded the group BodyQueer, to promote safe spaces and community around body image and eating disorders in the queer community. 


Ash performs standup all over the Bay Area and whenever she is in New York City. She co-hosts a weekly radio show called Stage Time on FCC Free Radio in San Francisco. She is the television writer and reviewer for the LGBT magazine Guytalk and one day she will finally update her blog. 


Ash is an unapologetic femme and lifelong feminist who strives for femme visibility and empowerment. Her chosen family, queer communities and femme communities make her world go round. She is a sappy hippie who believes in magic, woo and people. Ash never leaves the house without fabulous lipstick, which is for her and no one else.


For videos and performance dates, visit:

Lisa Goetsch


What does queer femme mean to me? Coincidentally that is not an easy question for me to answer. I didn't even realize I identified as queer femme until I was asked to sit on this panel. I started doing research and found queer femme can mean whatever I want it to mean. To me it means something very basic - not being what the heterosexual mainstream society says I should be. To me, being femme is having the resolve to look the straight world in the eye and say "your unsolicited opinions about my appearance and the way I live my life are meaningless to me."

Back in 1997 I came to UW Oshkosh as a traditional 18 year old student right out of high school. Shortly thereafter I began working at Reeve Union as a student employee. My life didn't really go according to plan and I ended up taking a break from school. Even though I wasn't attending classes I remained on campus as a full time employee. I spent a few more years in Reeve and then transitioned to the Registrar's Office. In August 2004 the Reservation Coordinator position became available at Reeve and I snatched up the opportunity to get back into Student Affairs. I've been in that role ever since and loving it. There are many wonderful things about working at Reeve, but one of my favorite reasons is the support and encouragement I receive from my supervisor. She encouraged me to finish my degree - and I did! I finally graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies - Organizational Administration. 
Around 2009, I found myself needing something more. What I didn't realize was that that something more would find me. In January 2010 Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, a student organization on campus, asked me to be a co-advisor for their group. I was honored to accept. This was exactly what I needed. I needed a connection to the queer community on campus. From that moment my involvement has continued to grow. I was appointed to the LGBTQ Education & Advocacy Council and served as co-chair for three years.I have also served on the Harvey Milk Commemorative Dinner Planning Committee, LGBTQ Center Advisory Board and been a SAFE trainer. 

A Conversation with Activists from Yemen, Syria, Iran and Jordon*

November 14, 2013

Reeve Theater


Unlike previous Google Hangouts run by the Women's Center, this one will NOT be broadcast or recorded in order to protect the privacy of our participants. If you would like to participate in the hangout, you must attend the event in-person.

Ola Saleh

Is a English Literature graduate, and the only daughter rom a family of four elder brothers, in an ideal day I would listen to good music, take some good shots of the city, watch a non Hollywood film and sing my favorites. The rest of my life, I am a women’s rights advocate since 2005, particularly against “honor” related crimes. I was a UN volunteer for the refugees cause with a focus on  mainstreaming gender equality, then project coordinator for the psycho social support program for Iraqi refugees. Currently, I ’m part of a conflict resolution group of trainers in Syria.  However, with dramatic development of the up rise in Syria, I realized that peace isn't a trendy product in this conflict and decided to leave the country to learn more about conflict resolution. Life took me to India then Sweden and along the trip I learnt that activism is a survival mechanism. It is a non-stop effort and daily practice no matter what your area of expertise is, or where you live, you are an activist, and you are a feminist!


Afrah Nasser: A Young Yemeni Lady Who Was Born To Write

In self-exile in Sweden since May 2011, Afrah Nasser is a freelance writer and blogger since 2010 focusing on women's rights, democracy, and politics of Yemen. In April 2011, her blog has been featured as one of the 10 must-read blogs from the Middle East by, in October 2012 the blog has been featured at no. 3 among 35 Top Middle East blog by The Monitor and she has been featured as one of the most active female journalists on twitter by the International Journalist Network. She has worked as a reporter for Yemen Observer newspaper 2008-2011, and the Swedish International Radio 2012 and currently she works at Kvinna till Kvinna. She has contributed to 2 books and co-founded the Yemeni Salon in Stockholm initiative. Nasser is a public speaker on Yemen's affairs and regurally writes columns about Yemen for publications in Yemen, Sweden, UK, Kuwait, US and UAE.

 More information about Afrah Nasser is available on her blog:

Somayyeh Mottaghi

Currently, I am a seminar tutor in the department of politics at York University.

After graduating from the Law School in Tehran-Iran I have decided to go abroad for further education. Life took me to the UK where I studied Human Rights Law and I became very concerned about the way in which women’s rights were protected under the international human rights standards. Since 2010, I have started a research project on the post-revolutionary women’s movement in Iran from a national and international perspective. That gave me the opportunity to talk to women, some of whom have never been heard before in the West and others who have given me an understanding of their success as well as their failures and in particular the continuing tide of resistance where women in Iran have become standard bearers.

This research project has been a process of learning for me as it indicates although Iranian women based their arguments on the concept of justice in Shia Islam; they felt that it was possible to integrate international human rights principles. 

Alia Arafeh

We will also be joined in person by Alia Arafeh, a UW Oshkosh student from Jordon, who has studied honor killings, as well as the Arab Spring. Biography forthcoming.

Want to bring your class to the Google Hangout? You're welcome to join us!

*More participants may be added to this Hangout. Any updates to the panel will be noted here.

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