July 14 - 16, 2017  ·  University Library Gallery
Iowa City Feminist Reunion
A weekend reunion of Iowa City feminist activists with a focus on the years 1965-1985.
July 14 - 16, 2017  ·  University Library Gallery
  • Tour of the Iowa Women's Archives
  • Reception at the Women's Resource & Action Center
  • Presentations and story circles on select topic areas.  Reflection on where we have been, what we learned, where we are going.
  • Iowa Women's Archives Gala Dinner and entertainment at Old Brick
  • Exhibition softball game


Scholarships are available by request. Contact Jefri Palermo at 319-430-9809, or jefripalermo@gmail.com


Feminist Reunion 75.00 USD
Gala Dinner Fundraiser & Entertainment Program 50.00 USD
SPONSOR LEVEL- Gala Dinner & Entertainment Program 100.00 USD
HOST LEVEL-Gala Dinner & Entertainment Program 200.00 USD
Saturday Night Entertainment Only Free
Donation to Iowa Women's Archives 25.00 USD
Friday, July 14
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Poetry Reading
Local poet Martha Yoak will read her poetry. No registration required.
1103 South Lobby, UI Main Library
Discussion of Trans* identity issues and their impact on the feminist lesbian community
How can we talk and listen respectfully to differences of perspective within the feminist, lesbian and Trans* communities? Robin Candace & Papusa Molina will facilitate. No registration required.
Rm 2032 UI Main Library
1:00 PM
Event Start
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Plenary Session
We will set the stage and provide some historical context for the weekend; give a brief overview of the origins and impact of the early feminist movement, and political actions that came about.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Demanding Space
The creation of physical and emotional space for feminist activism that evolved into Action Studies, WRAC, child care, LNACC, AIAW, ICWP, RVAP, DVIP and separatist lesbian culture.
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Iowa Women’s Archives Open House
Tour the IWA on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. See documents and collections from early days of feminist activism in Iowa City. Bring your photos, letters, collections to donate to the IWA.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Women's Resource & Action Center Reception
Enjoy snacks and drinks and a tour of the new location of the Women's Resource & Action Center at 230 N. Clinton St. Meet up with your friends. Mingle with the next wave of feminists.
Saturday, July 15
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome and Overview
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Creating Community
Women's Liberation Front, sports, music, dances, Ain't I A Woman
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building New Institutions
daycare, WRAC, Free Medical Clinic, Emma Goldman Clinic, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Domestic Violence Project etc.
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Catered lunch included
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Expanding the Focus
Women Against Racism
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Political Action-Still At It!
How does current activism relate to our history? What have we learned?
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Summary & Closing
Wrap up of the day
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Iowa Women's Archives Gala Reception
Drinks and appetizers
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Iowa Women's Archives Gala Dinner
Catered buffet and social at Old Brick (Clinton & Market)
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Music, dancing, more memories etc. with friends at Old Brick.
Sunday, July 16
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Brunch & Warm up
Enjoy coffee, juice and bagels, greet the players
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Exhibition Softball Game
WRAC Rats vs. Bluestockings in costume
1:00 PM
Event End
University Library Gallery - 125 West Washington Street Iowa City, IA 52242 United States
  • Friday morning:   Pre-event workshops and meetings

Disclaimer: We will help get the word out and will provide meeting spaces on campus (in Library, UCC, or IMU) but not technical or other support.

1:00-2:00         Plenary

2:15-3:30         Demanding Space

                        brief overview of origins and impact of early feminist movement, political action       

3:45-5:00         Iowa Women’s Archives open house

5:15                 Group photo at Old Capitol en route to WRAC

6:00-7:30         WRAC Reception (everyone welcome)

  • Saturday July 15

9:00-9:30         Welcome & overview of the day

9:30-10:45       Creating Community

10:45-11:15     break                       

11:15-12:30     Building New Institutions

12:30-1:45       Lunch

1:45-3:00         Expanding the Focus: Women Against Racism

3:00-3:30         Break

3:30-4:45         Political Action-Still at It!

6:00                 Reception-Old Brick

6:30                 Gala Dinner, for the benefit of Iowa Women's Archives-Old Brick

8:00 pm           Entertainment Program, Old Brick           

  • Sunday: July 16     

10:00               Coffee, juice and bagels     Happy Hollow Park (Brown & Governor Streets)

11:00               Exhibition softball game- WRAC Rats vs. Bluestockings (in costume)