Womyn's music and music by women

Kiran Ahluwalia / Jo Dil / Wanderlust / 2007 / 4Q / Times Square
Kiran Ahluwalia / Merey Mathey / Wanderlust / 2007 / 4Q / Times Square
Anoushka Shankar / Alaap / Home / 2015 / Deutsche Grammophone
Norah Jones / Until The End / Not Too Late / 2006 / Blue Note
Tret Fure / Freedom / Rembrandt Afternoons / 2015 / Tomboy Girl Records
Cris Williamson & Tret Fure / Postcards from Paradise / Postcards from Paradise / 1994 / Tomboy Girl Records
Cris Williamson & Tret Fure / If I Live / Postcards from Paradise / 1994 / Tomboy Girl Records
Maria Muldaur f. Bonnie Raitt / It’s a Blessing / Richlnd Woman Blues / 2001 / Sony Plain Records
Lydia Mendoza / El Mundo Enganoso / La ALondra de la Frontera / 2001 / Arhoolie Records
Lydia Mendoza / Amor De Madre / La ALondra de la Frontera / 2001 / Arhoolie Records
Josefina Gomez Horente / Vamos a la Par / La Jose Espiral / 2015 / ARC
Tret Fure & Cris Williamson / Little World Spinning Blue / Postcards from Paradise / 1994 / Tomboy Girl Records
Sheba Potts-Wright / Slow Roll It / Sheba / 2001 / Ecko Records
Shemeika Copeland / Big Lovin Woman / Turn the Heat Up / 1998 / Alligator Records
Ruthie Foster / Tears of Pain / The Truth According to Ruthie Foster / 2009 / Blue Corn Music
Lorna Bennett / It’s My House / Reggae Songbirds / 1996 / Heartbeat
Judy Mowatt / I’m Alone / Reggae Songbirds / 1996 / Heartbeat
I-3 / Standing in Love / Natty Queen Divas / / Tuff Gong
Amanda Marshall / Never Said Goodbye / Tuesday’s Child / 1994 / unknown
Diva / what the world needs now is love / A Swingin’ Life / 2014 / MCG JAZZ
Diva / all of me / A Swingin’ Life / 2014 / MCG JAZZ

Alison Krauss / 9 to 5 / Just Because I’m a Woman / 2003 / Sugar Hill
Amasong / God Says Yes to Me / Everything She Touches Changes / 2014 / Amasong
Amy Ray / Oyster Pearl / Goodnight Tender / 2014 / Daemon Records
Fanny / Young and Dumb (LP version) / The First Time in a Long Time / 2005 / Reprise
Florence + The Machine / Various Storms and Saints / How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful / 2015 / Universal Records
Beth Patterson / Labyrinth / Forward / 2013 / Beth Patterson
Big Bad Gina / The Owl and Buddha / Shine Your Light / 2013 / CD Baby
Christine Lavin / Bad Girl Thoughts / FolkZinger / 2005 / Appleseed
Cosy Sheridan / Tell Me It All Works Out in the End / Grand Design / 1998 / BWE Music
Cris Williamson / Dream Child / The Changer And The Changed: A Record Of The Times / 1975 / Olivia
Dar Williams / What Do You Love More Than Love / The Green World / 2000 / Razor & Tie
Donna Ulisse / Let the World Wait for a Little / The Songwriter in Me: The Demo Recordings / 2015 / Hadley
The Dresden Dolls / Glass Slipper (Live in St. Louis) / No, Virginia… (Bonus Track Version) / 2008 / Roadrunner
Ella Fitzgerald / Gone With the Wind / Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin / 1960 / PolyGram
Emma’s Revolution / Supershero / Roots, Rock and Revolution / 2009 / Moving Forward
Alicia Grimes / Superstar / Superstar (single) / 2012 / Alicia Grimes Entertainment
Alicia Grimes / Love You / Love You (single) / 2012 / Alicia Grimes Entertainment
The Farwells / This Train / The Farwells #1 CD / 2015 / Tin Halo
Ferron / Alice Says Yes / Still Riot / 2005 / Rhino
Harpeth Rising / Well, Hell / Shifted / 2015 / Grimm Rising
Heart / Dreamboat Annie / Dreamboat Annie / 1976 / Mushroom
Heather Bishop / On the Run Again / A Taste Of The Blues / 1986 / Mother of Pearl
Jamie Anderson / One Out of Three Ain’t Bad / Never Assume / 1995 / Tsunami
Kristin Toedtman / Old Gibbous / Limbo / 2015 / Tedman
Indigo Girls / Rise of the Black Messiah / One Lost Day / 2015 / Vanguard
Janis Ian / Take Me Walking in the Rain / Working Without A Net (Disc 1) / 2003 / Rude Girl
Joni Laurence / Meet Your Mate / Trashbag Birdie / 2004 / Browntown
K.d. Lang / A Case of You / hymns of the 49th parallel / 2004 / Nonesuch

Get Involved – Volunteer with Crisis Nursery! Have some extra time on your hands? Looking to give back to your community? Crisis Nursery has the perfect opportunity for you! We are always in need of dedicated, caring individuals to help us care for the children who come to the Nursery every day. Safe Children Program Volunteers work alongside staff to care for young children, providing emotional and physical support, while also creating a safe environment for children to express their feelings and emotions safely. Safe Children volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are asked to make a two-hour weekly commitment. Click here for more information or to complete an application. Questions? Emailvolunteer@crisisnursery.net or call 217-337-2731. Playtime and snacks not your thing? We have a variety of other opportunities available, from sorting donations or helping with mailings to gardening or assisting with a special event in the community. The above link has a variety of opportunities to get you started!

The Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program consists of a series of visiting guests who have a diverse range of professions and interests. Guests live in Allen Hall, interacting with residents and the public in a variety of programs, performances, workshops, and informal discussions. Guests typically give introductory presentations on the first evening of their residency and hold nightly events thereafter in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.


September 28, 2015 – October 1, 2015Kate Bornstein is an author, performance artist, and public speaker who has written several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us; and My New Gender Workbook. Her 2006 book, Hello, Cruel World, propelled Kate into the position of international advocate for marginalized and at-risk youth. Kate’s books are taught in five languages in over two hundred colleges and universities around the world. Her latest book/memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.


All events take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.

Free parking after 5pm in the garage across the street.


Monday, September 28 @ 8pmOn Men, Women, and the Rest of Us – a performance (in the Main Lounge)
 Kate’s most personal stories, her favorite comic and dramatic monologues, and an excerpt from her memoir. An entertaining introduction to the notion of sex and gender beyond the binary as well as a deeply moving affirmation of spirit for sex and gender outlaws.


Tuesday, September 29 @ 7pmTrans, Beyond the Tipping Point (in the Main Lounge) 
With Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, and Jazz Jennings with her own television show, it’s clear that the world of transgender is itself in transition. Kate Bornstein speaks to the changing language of trans, the clear division that runs through almost every trans community, and a strategy for unifying all our new and disparate trans identities without invisibilizing anyone. “This new world beyond the tipping point,” says Kate, “helped me sort out a brand new gender theory that works, and it’s not at all complicated. I call it Bornstein’s Theory of Relativity.”

9pmT Time – for trans-identified folk and their loved ones (in the guest apartment)


Wednesday, September 30 @ 4pmT&A Time – for trans-identified folk and allies (in the guest apartment) and @ 7pm – Your Gender: Now You See It, Now You Don’t – hands-on workshop (in the Main Lounge)
We’re all capable of being/performing any gender we enjoy being, or need to be. The trick to developing this talent is to consciously shift our gender in two steps: first you’ll take your current gender off, then you’ll put another gender on. That’s easier said than done, but this workshop will give attendees tools to play with their genders, in any way they choose.


Thursday, October 1 @ 7pm – World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity (in the Main Lounge)
Power (access to resources), identity, and desire are three of the best ways to make life more worth living for both individuals and civilizations. Sometimes, whatever it is that gives us the most joy, pleasure or relief—like great sex or fun gender—also gets us into the deepest trouble—especially when we try to explain it to other people. Kate Bornstein uses gender and sexuality to examine the mechanics of oppression, and the fifteen cultural structures that hold them in place in the U.S. and around the world. And yes, you’ll learn how sex positivity and gender anarchy are legitimate paths to world peace.

Sunday—Sept. 27 @ 1pm @ the Arboretum – 2015 Race Against Racism.  One of the main goals of the YWCA is to eliminate racism, and our annual 5K aims support this mission and to promote equality in an active and creative way. This year, the YWCA will be hosting its 11th annual Race Against Racism. Whether you are someone who competes on a professional team or an individual who enjoys being active during your leisure time – all are welcome to take part in running for social change, one step at a time. Early Bird Tickets: $15.00 per participant until Sept. 1. You can buy your tickets here. All proceeds will benefit the YWCA’s programs that work to empower women and fight for racial justice.

Islam Awareness Week Facebook Page 

Monday 9/28/2015 @ 11 am – 3 pm @ Main Quad–Wear a Hijab Challenge. The Wear a Hijab Challenge is dedicated to exploring the roles and beliefs of Muslim women and what it means to wear the hijab (head scarf). Women of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the challenge by wearing a headscarf for 3 days, completing daily challenges, and sharing their experiences. Facebook Event Page

Monday 9/28/2015 evening @  7:00 pm @ Lincoln Hall 1000–Shariah Then and Now. Shariah, or Islamic Law, is often misconstrued in today’s media and is associated with words/phrases like radicalism and “a threat to America.” Edina Lekovic will be dispelling these misconceptions, discussing what Shariah is, how it has been implemented in the past, and what it means in the daily life of an American Muslim. Speaker: Edina Lekovic is the Public Affairs Consultant for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Edina Lekovic has previously served as the Communications Director and has appeared regularly in major media outlets, including CNN. MSNBC, Fox News, CBS Television, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Edina joined the faculty of Bayan Claremont, part of the Claremont Lincoln University, as an Adjunct Professor in Fall 2013, where she teaches “Religious and Spiritual Leadership in a Muslim Context.” She is co-founder and graduate of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and also co-founded Elev8, an arts-based youth leadership development program. She has an M.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in American Literature & Culture from UCLA, where she also served as the Editor in Chief of the Daily Bruin.

Tuesday 9/29/2015 @ 7:00 pm @ Asian American Cultural Center–Islam Around the World: The Framework, Appeal, and Growth of Islam.

Islam is a rapidly growing religion. Kaiser Aslam will be discussing what dictated the sociology of the Ummah (the Muslim community), and how the “Islamic culture” is not rigid but rather manifested in a natural progression through its early and contemporary history. Speaker: Kaiser Aslam attended Elmhurst College. Halfway through his senior year, Aslam was elected national coordinator of Young Muslims, a nationwide network of Islamic youth groups. Aslam is today working toward a pair of master’s degrees, one in Islamic studies and one in chaplaincy, at Hartford Theological Seminary. He plans to become a chaplain at a college or university. And while his term as national coordinator of Young Muslims is now over, he continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors.

Wednesday 9/30/2015 @ 6:00 pm @ Women’s Resource Center–Wear a Hijab Challenge- Discussion. Join the participants of Monday’s Wear a Hijab Challenge for a discussion about everyone’s experiences while wearing the hijab as well as a short history about the hijab and what it means to Muslim women.

Thursday 10/1/2015 @ 6:00 pm @ YMCA–Interfaith Dinner. Generosity is a key principle in Islam and sharing a meal with someone is one manifestation of generosity. People of all faiths are invited to share a meal with us as we near the end of Islam Awareness Week.

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Friday 10/2/2015 @ 1:00 pm @ CIMIC, 106 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 Phone: (217) 344-0022–Visit a Mosque Day. The Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center (CIMIC) has been supporting Muslims in Central Illinois since 1983. Muslims of all nationalities and cultures come to CIMIC to pray every Friday during the congregational sermon and prayer. Please join us for a tour.

Tuesday, Sept 22 @ 12pm @ Asian American Cultural Center – Food for Thought | Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Through Positive Choices by Akila Prasad, Eunice Hong & Heidi Hardt. Come to this presentation on addressing your own health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the choices you make. This presentation will address specific trends that affect Asian and Asian American student community as well as resources available on campus in supporting your overall health.

TuesdaySept 22 @ 7-8pm @ the LGBT Resource Center – Infusions. Infusions: A Multicultural Gender and Sexuality Alliance is an organization dedicated to inclusion and diversity and focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and race. We are open to any and all who seek to learn more about and to support these intersections of identities.

Wednesday—Sept 23 @ 12-1pm @ the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center—LeBroning: Social and Political Activism of Black Athletes Then and Now with Nameka Bates, Doctoral Candidate, Kinesiology – Cultural Studies of Sports.

Wednesday—Sept 23 @ 7-8pm @ the LGBT Resource Center – CUTES Student RSO meeting.


Thursday—Sept 23 @ 7-8pm @ the LGBT Resource Center – Building Bridges Student RSO meeting. Building Bridges exists to provide an open, accepting, safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ and Allies and are drawn to Christianity. We aim to foster personal growth in ourselves, our spiritual health, and our community through honest spiritual discussions, sharing of personal experiences, and promoting social interaction. We respect the diversity of members’ spiritual backgrounds and are committed to breaking down stereotypes and to building an understanding between diverse groups.

Thursday—Sept 23 @ 8-9pm @ the LGBT Resource Center – oSTEM. oSTEM, which stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is a national technical student society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. We have over 40 established chapters across the nation, and many more chapters on the road!

Friday—Sept 24 @ 12-1pm @ Women’s Resources Center – Diversity & Social Justice Education presents Conversation Café | The Significance of ADA: A Conversation with Illinois Wheelchair Athletes. Student wheel chair athletes will come to speak about their life experiences and the how ADA has given them the opportunities to be successful. Sports is only a vehicle to get the student from where they are to where they want to be. The rest is up to the individual. Lunch is free, the discussion is GREAT! 

Friday, Sept 25, 6:30-7:30pm @ the LGBT Resource Center –Women of Pride meeting. Women of Pride is a student group made for women, by women, as a safe place to gather.  We informally educate the campus community of cultural, political, and other social issues related to lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people. One of our goals is to foster a sense of community among queer women and our allies.


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