Mara Morken will be the Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Speaker on Friday, Oct. 19, 11:30-12:30 p.m., in the Women’s Center (Bridges 154), at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Morken is a community artist and a LGBTQ community organizer who moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Fargo-Moorhead two years ago. In New York, she was involved in a number of art projects, including a mural project in a low-income neighborhood in collaboration with a homeless LGBTQ youth.

Since moving to the Fargo-Moorhead area, Morken has created three art installation projects downtown, including “Knit Fargo,” a collaboration with area fiber artists who “yarn bombed” downtown Fargo with colorful sleeves wrapped on lampposts.

Morken is also the founder of We Are Family, a program of the Pride Collective and Community Center, and organized the first annual Glitter Gala, a fundraiser for the Collective, last fall.  The second annual Glitter Gala is set for November 3.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Series is a program of MSUM’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department. The Colloquium Series highlights MSUM faculty and student research that focuses on feminist, women’s, and gender issues.  The colloquium also highlights the work of community members and activists who are involved in women’s and gender issues and social change.

For more information, contact Sherry Short at 218.477.2310 or 218.477.4070 or