Annually the Women's and Gender Studies Program organizes the Julia Reinstein Symposium, made possible by a bequest from college alumna Julia Reinstein '28, a feminist, early lesbian activist, and strong supporter of women's issues. Each year, in cooperation with the student Gender Issues Group, we choose a different theme and invite a keynote speaker. We also sponsor student presentations, where students present their original research and discuss their key findings with the campus community. Some symposia include workshops, film screenings, talk-backs, art exhibits, fundraising events, activist projects, or theater performances. Recent themes have included: "Women's Bodies and the Politics of Reproduction," "Uncertain Times: Women Around the World, "Elmira College, Champion of Women's Rights and Education since 1855," and "Celebrating International Women."
Leita Powers '14 presents her original research project "The Rights of Survivors of Sexual Assault" at the 2013 annual Reinstein Symposium