Kris Kitko will be the Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Speaker on Friday, September 14.  The event will take place in the Women’s Center (BR 154), from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kitko will be discussing her activist work and its relationship to her music.

Kris Kitko is a singer-songwriter hailing from Bismarck. Of Kitko, the Chicago Tribune has written, “In the time-honored folk tradition, she’s got her share of songs with a political edge, but she combines them with her disarming sense of humor. Kitko has considerable talent.”

As an activist, much of her recent focus has been through work with Bakken Watch, an organization dedicated to documenting and providing information about the health and environmental issues associated with “fracking.” Fracking is the method used to extract oil in North Dakota and other areas. Her music and activism intertwine in such feminist songs as I am not Walmart and The Bitch Song and in such fracking-related tunes as Frack Pit Love and Frack That Oil.

Kitko will also be performing on Thursday night on the MSUM campus as part of the Take Back the Night Event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on the campus mall.

This event is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s Center, and the Music Department. For more information about this talk or others in the WGS Colloquium Series, contact Sherry Lee Short at 477.4070 or