Gray/Wawro Lectures
in Gender, Health, and Well-being

Gray/Wawro Lectures in Gender, Health, and Well-being

Through the generous support of Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, this lecture series recognizes health as a matter of physical and social well-being and highlights gender as a key factor in determining opportunities and quality of life. The series brings to Houston leading scholars whose work inspires deeper understanding of the gender issues underlying urgent health concerns, bridges academic and public conversations, and prompts informed action toward a more just world. Inaugurated in the 2010-2011 academic year as a three year project, CSWGS is honored that Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro have extended their generosity through 2022.
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All lectures are free and open to the public, though RSVP's are required: email

The 2020-2021 academic year panel discussions include:

The 2019-2020 academic year's lectures included:

  • Deirdre Cooper Owens – September 26, 2019 – "Revealing Genealogies and The Birth of American Gynecology"
  • Ann Gleig – October 30, 2019 – "‘Secrecy is Toxic’: Sexual Violation, Transparency, and Healing in American Buddhism”
  • Joan Roughgarden – March 24, 2020 – "The Gender Binary in Nature, Across Human Cultures, and in the Bible” [rescheduled to 2021 due to COVID-19]