Social Science Author Speaks at Texas Tech

Women’s Studies Program welcomes author Gayle Sulik to speak on two occasions to students, faculty, staff and the Lubbock community.

Gayle Sulik

Dr. Gayle Sulik

The Women’s Studies Program at Texas Tech University welcomes author Gayle Sulik to speak on two occasions to students, faculty, staff and the Lubbock community.

Sulik’s public talk will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17 in Room 169 of the Human Sciences Building. An informal roundtable discussion will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 in Room 250 of the Academic Building at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

“We are delighted to announce Dr. Sulik’s visit is due to our program receiving Sociologist for Women in Society distinguished lecture award,” said Tricia Earl, unit coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program. “She will speak about how she navigates through one of the most visible and commercialized social causes of our time, breast cancer awareness.”

Sulik’s research is grounded in medical sociology and interdisciplinary community research. Her scholarship has focused on medical consumerism, technology, cancer survivorship, health policy, and specifically the culture and industry of breast cancer.

After serving as an assistant professor for six years, Sulik shifted her focus toward public engagement to make sociology more accessible and relevant to those who may benefit from its theoretical approach and research methods. In 2008, she received a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete her book, “Pink Ribbon Blues.” Today, Sulik writes the Pink Ribbon Blues blog, which has more than 120,000 readers.

Both events are free and open to the public. To RSVP for the morning roundtable discussion, email by Oct. 15 as space is limited.

The Women’s Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic program that offers co-curricular events throughout the semester, examines the culture and social construction of gender, explores the history of women, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. Its mission is to emphasize critical thinking across disciplines vital to success through this program.

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CONTACT: Tricia Earl, unit coordinator and academic advisor, Women’s Studies Program, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-4335, or