An Events Guide to April

The month of April is packed with events honoring Out & About Month, Islam Appreciation Month, Asian American Heritage Month (celebrated nationally in May), and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Below is a handy guide highlighting different campus and community programs. All events are free and open to the public.

Islam Appreciation Month (hosted by Muslim Students Associationpromotes dialogue between people of all faiths and bring issues of the Muslim minority to light.  While the main focus of the month is to appreciate Islam, MSA aims to highlight the vast amount of diversity in the American Muslim experience. Each week there will be an event with a featured speaker, which will include educational materials and discussion sessions. This year’s IAM cosponsors include the Malaysian Students Association, Pakistani Students Association, the Muslim Jewish Volunteer Initiative, and the African Students Association.


This years events include:

  • The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X with Zaheer Ali (Friday, April 5, 5:30-7:30pm, Education L196)
  • The Man You Thought You Knew: Prophet Muhammad with Daniel Tutt and Tahera Ahmed (Friday, April 12, 6pm, Memorial Union Great Hall)
  • Attaining the Best of Both Worlds: Balancing Professional and Spiritual Life with Dr. Mohammad Omar Hussaini (Saturday, April 20, 6pm, Location TBD)
  • Fast-a-thon  with Mo Sabri (Saturday, 4/27, 6:45pm, Ogg Hall)
  • Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Actually Think with Dalia Mogahed (Tuesday, May 7, 6pm, Education L196)

naishRelated event: Indian Muslim Women’s Rights Activist Naish Hasan (Monday, April 8, 4pm, Mezzanine A/B, Red Gym): Join South Asian Sisters and other campus co-sponsors as we welcome Naish Hasan to the UW Madison campus for a round table discussion on Muslim women’s rights in South Asia. Naish Hasan is the founder and president of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, India’s largest Muslim women’s network, with over 20,000 members. Together, they are calling for greater rights for women under India’s Islamic Shariah law that governs Muslim marriages, using women’s rights principles found in the Koran. For example, they are calling for a ban on triple, oral unilateral divorce (triple talaq) and mandatory registration of marriages. Working in the slums of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Naish also has also helped send hundreds of Muslim girls to school for the first time and helped victims of gender violence (disappearances, rape, and acid attacks). Naish has been a tireless advocate for women’s rights, won several awards, and is a frequent commentator on women’s rights issues in India.

Asian American Heritage Month related events (stay updated with MSC announcements and Facebook for more student org events): 

  • Why is Ethnic Studies Important? (Wednesday April 3,  7-9pm, MSC Lounge) Professor Cindy Cheng of the History department and the Asian American Studies Program joins Asian American Student Union (AASU) for a discussion. If you’re in an ethnic study course (and that would include Asian Am courses), definitely come to find out why we need them on our campus!
  • PanAsian DodgeBall Tournament (Saturday April 13, 10am-3:30pm, SERF)  Please sign up and join AASU for a game of friendly competition! 
  • Vietnamese Students Association’s Annual Culture Night, Youtube Edition (Friday, April 12, 8-10pm, Mills Concert Hall): Come join VSA UW for their annual Culture Night! This year’s theme will be a YouTube edition featuring emcees Justin and PhiPhi and VSA’s board members as actors in the mini series, V-Town.

    Other performances include traditional Vietnamese skits, modern skits, traditional Vietnamese dances, K-Pop dance, singing, Lion Dance, JVN tribute, fashion show, and more.

  • India Night (Friday, April 5, 7pm-9pm, Gordon Commons East Meeting Room): India Student Association (ISA)’s biggest event of the year featuring performances and skits to highlight Indian culture!
  • Bollywood Movie Night (Wednesday, April 10, 6:30pm, MSC Lounge): ISA will be showing the Bollywood movie, “Dil Chahta Hai”
  • Holi (Saturday, April 20, 1pm-3pm, Kohl Center Front Lawn): ISA and IGSA will be collaborating to celebrate “Holi”. Come learn what Holi is and participate in it! Powdered colors and water balloons will be provided but feel free to bring your own. 

Out & About Month (hosted by the LGBT Campus Center): Join the LGBT Campus Center and the UW-Madison community for a month of vibrant events celebrating queer lives and experiences. From social dances and drag performances, to history lectures, to Alison Bechdel’s keynote, there will be something for everyone! All events open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Out and About Month

  • Queer Emerging Leaders Program (QUELP) Public Reception(Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7:00pm, LGBTCC): Come listen to QUELP participants present the community projects that they have been working on this semester! These students have been working with community organizations to help them better reach out to and serve the LBGTQ community. There will be refreshments and community building!
  • Brownbag: Gary Segura (Wednesday, April 10, 12-1pm, LGBTCC): Gary Segura is a professor of political science at Stanford University and testified in favor of marriage equality during the federal Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial in 2010. He is also a thought leader in the examination of political influence and power, specifically with regards to America’s growing Latin@ electorate. Join us for an informal lunch discussion about the impact and state of marriage equality and relationship recognition across the US!


  • UW Drag Spectacular (Thursday, April 11th 7-10pm, Memorial Union Great Hall): Join RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar JuJuBee, local queens Lucy von Cucci and Davina DaVille, as well as some of our very own student groups for an evening of performances across the glorious spectrum of gender identity and gender expression! Free admission with UW ID; $3 at the door without.allison bechdelOut and About Month Keynote: Alison Bechdel (Wednesday, April 17, 7pm, Elvehjem L160): An artist, author, and graphic novelist, Alison Bechdel brings highly celebrated work on queer identity, political awareness, and personal identity to students and the campus community. Don’t miss this evening with one of today’s most prominent queer public figures!
  • Brownbag: UW Gay Purge of 1962 (Tuesday, April 16th 11:30am-1:30pm, LGBTCC): In 1962, UW-Madison investigated hundreds of male students and faculty members they believed were gay and expelled those who admitted to sexual relations with other men. Often overshadowed by the historically progressive image the University projects today, the 1962 Gay Purge is a largely forgotten event in UW history. This talk, presented by undergraduate scholar Gina Slesar, explores the causes and implications of the Gay Purge at UW-Madison.
  • Brownbag: Wisconsin LGBTQ Oral History (Thursday, April 18, 11:30am-1pm, LGBTCC): In the summer of 2012, students in the Wisconsin LGBTQ Oral History class interviewed over 40 LGBTQ people in Eau Claire, LaCrosse, Green Bay, Appleton, and Madison. Join these students as they discuss their findings and share their experiences of col- lecting local oral histories from smaller towns across our state.
  • [un] zine release party (Friday, April 19, 5-7pm, MSC Lounge, Red Gym, 2nd floor): Come celebrate the release of [un]leashed, the second volume of the [un] zine series! Join us for free snacks, good music, fierce friends, and incredible art celebrating the vast and lovely spectrum of queer life! Free & open to the public!
  • Queer Prom: A Night of Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Love (Friday, April 26, 10pm-1am, Memorial Union Great Hall): Queer Prom is an opportunity to celebrate the prom that many in the LGBTQ communities were denied in high school. This event is a chance for us to come together and celebrate our love, truth, beauty, and freedom! Every- one is welcome! Sponsored by University Housing and the Multi-Cultural Student Coalition (MCSC).

Related events:

sinclair sexsmithFucking with Gender: A Workshop with Sinclair Sexsmith: Developed explicitly for students of gender studies, sexuality studies, and queer studies, this interactive, signature workshop with Sinclair Sexsmith explores gender expression, identities, labels, transcending the mutually exclusive binaries, queer culture, and hot sweaty sex. We’ll explore how our culture values sex, how to get what we want out of relationships, how to turn up the heat on our own sex drive, and how to communicate better with our lovers. We’ll play with concepts of how gender identity and sexual identity intersect, butch/femme roles as a language of desire, how labels can be restrictive or liberating, whether gender is a fetish or a kink, and how to have more dirty queer sex. Sponsored by the Campus Women’s Center.

Reel to Real: Two Spirit (Wednesday, April 24, 5:30pm, CCE Witte Hall): Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Fred Martinez was a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Reel to Real is a monthly movie screening and discussion sponsored by the LGBTCC and DSquad featuring films about LGBT people of color.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  • End Violence on Campus Summit (hosted by End Violence on Campus (EVOC) initiative, located at Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street): Learn more about the efforts at UW-Madison and in Dane County dedicated to addressing sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. All are welcome: students, academic staff, faculty, and community members. Representatives from student organizations, community victim services providers, and campus offices will be leading sessions. $15 registration fee covers the cost of lunch, refreshments, and training materials. Register now.  
      • Dr. David Lisak, public lecture, 6pm: David Lisak is a clinical psychologist who has devoted his professional life to studying the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His research on non-stranger rapists, and on the long term impact of childhood sexual abuse in adult men has been published in leading scientific journals. For the past 25 years he has served as a forensic consultant, professional trainer, and public speaker across the United States. He has served on the faculty of the National Judicial Education Project and the American Prosecutors Research Institute, and has served as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the country. Himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, he is a founding board member of 1in6, a national, non-profit organization devoted to helping men who were sexually abused as children. Lisak holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University, and attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree.
  • Concert – Dessa with members of First Wave (Friday, April 19, 9pm, the Sett): Celebrate women in music by attending a FREE concert featuring Dessa (of Doomtree) and members of UW Madison’s own First Wave collective. While the show is FREE, donations will be accepted to benefit DAIS in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
  • Feministing Keynote: Zerlina Maxwell and Chloe Angyal (Wednesday, April 24, 7pm, Science Hall 180): The highlight of their Sexual Assault Awareness Month event series, PAVE will host Feministing bloggers  on a panel where they will explore how sexual assault is portrayed in the media, and what it means to be a feminist in media in a gender-biased world. Maxwell is a blogger for Feministing and also contributes for publications such as New York Daily News and EBONY magazine. Maxwell has been recently known for her television appearances where she spoke out about how, as a society, we must teach men not to rape instead of teaching women how to prevent themselves from being raped. Angyal is a freelance writer and blogger who is currently an Editor for Feminsting. Angyal writes about a wide range of topics including sexual assault prevention, women in politics and popular culture.

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