Gender Café at TWU – Perhaps a first in Canada.

TWU's Gender Cafe may be the first of its kind in Canada.

After the successful launch of the Gender Studies Institute at Trinity Western University earlier this year, organizers are now offering learners the opportunity to partake in what may be Canada's first Gender Café. Patterned after popular Philosophy Cafés, the Gender Café invites students, faculty and the public to discuss issues of gender, particular to a gender-related book in a casual and friendly café environment.

This is just one of the many events the Gender Studies Institute (GSI) is planning to foster research and discussion on the topic of gender. The group also hopes to host feminist film nights, produce a monthly newsletter, and put on annual events, such as lecture evenings and an academic conference/workshop.

While most Gender Studies Institutes focus on the female gender, TWU's GSI is committed to exploring both what it means to be male and what it means to be female. The Gender Café will reflect this approach.

Upcoming Gender Cafés include:

Monday, February 16th - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Graduate Collegium, Fosmark, TWU)
Book: The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Betty Friedan
Discussion led by Prof. Boelle Kirby, Department of Psychology, Trinity Western University

Monday, March 16th - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Graduate Collegium, Fosmark, TWU)
Book: Manliness (2006) by Harvey C. Mansfield
Discussion led by Prof. Calvin Townsend, Department of Political Studies, Trinity Western University

Monday, April 6th - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Graduate Collegium, Fosmark, TWU)
Book: The Golden Notebook (1962) by Doris Lessing
Discussion led by Dr. Allyson Jule, Associate Professor of Education, Trinity Western University

Attendance is Free. For more information on the Gender Café or Institute contact

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 41undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 17 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2009-02-04
Author: Jared Crossley