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Global and local Women's studies: going on 40

 

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Global & Local Women's Studies:
Going on Forty
To be held on the campus of
Southern Connecticut State University
Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, 2007
In conjunction with the Southern Connecticut State University Women's Center, the Southern Connecticut State University Women's Studies Program is proud to host its seventeenth annual women's studies conference, "Global & Local Women's Studies: Going on Forty," on October 19 and 20, 2007.

What challenges will women's studies face in the near and distant future? How do we define ourselves in a culture of changing gender identities? How have our foremothers informed our current challenges? In our seventeenth annual conference, we hope to explore the full complexity of women's studies in an age of great cultural exchange.

This gathering of academic professionals, activists, politicians, artists, students, and teachers, will provide the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics regarding the past, present and future of women's studies. Among the highlights will be a performance by feminist hip-hop artists Aqua and Moon from AquaMoon and plenary sessions that examine the relationship between feminist art and women's studies; institutions and women's studies programs; transnational women's studies and empire, as well as anticipate the next forty years of women's studies, regionally, nationally and internationally.

We, too, will analyze and examine various dimensions of women's studies including intergenerational perspectives on teaching and learning in a range of subject areas, intersectional approaches to feminist interventions, and the role of the National Women's Studies Association in the evolution of the field.

Keynote Speaker:

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall has published a number of texts within African American and Women's Studies disciplines, which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women's literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she co-edited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); and an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd entitled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001).

Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003). In 1983 she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women, which was devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.

 

PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2007

1:00pm

Registration Opens
Women's Fair Opens

2:00-3:30pm

Welcome and Opening Plenary

"Art as a Critical Tool for Women's Studies"

Imna Arroyo, artist and Professor of Visual Arts, Eastern Connecticut State University
Howardena Pindell, Artist, Professor, and Director of  M.F.A., StonyBrook University
Karen Frostig, Associate Professor of Art Education, Lesley University
Jessie Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Art, SCSU
3:30-4:00pm

Beverage Break at the Women's Fair

4:00-7:00pm

Film Screenings

    "5 Girls" (Running time: 113 minutes)
    "A Litany for Survival" (Running time: 60 minutes)

4:00-5:15pm

Concurrent Session A

A1    Body Image: Different Perspectives

Meredith Miller, Photographer, "Challenging Our Perceptions of Obesity"
Laura Sanchez "Connections: Sexuality and Body Image"
Kate Stephenson, "Teen Girls: Challenges in Creating a Healthy Body,    Mind, and Spirit"
Crystal Uliano, "Embracing Our Unique Selves"
A2    A Curriculum of Her Own: Intergenerational Perceptions of Women's             Studies at Sacred Heart University

Marian Calabrese, Associate Professor of English and Communications, Emerita, Sacred Heart University
Heather McKillop, BA  '07, Sacred Heart University
Christina Taylor, Associate Professor of Psychology, Sacred Heart University
A3    Gamba Adisa: Life and Works of Audre Lorde

Sherisse Alvarez, "Warrior Poetry"
Diane Harriford, "The Erotic in a Time of War"
AndrΘe-Nicola McLaughlin, "Audre Lorde - Gamba Adisa: Black Woman Internationalist"
Christan Moran, "Comrades and Foes: Lorde and Her Contemporaries"
Jessica Warner, "Silence as a Tool of Empowerment"
A4    Queering and Transing:  LGBTQ & Women's Studies

Eric Maroney, MFA '09, Sarah Lawrence College
Jessica York, Coordinator of Sexuality and Gender Equality (SAGE) & Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies, SCSU
5:15-5:45pm

    Beverage Break at the Women's Fair    (Fair closes at 5:30pm)

5:45-7:00pm

Concurrent Session B

B1    NWSA & the Fields: Feminist Association

Allison Kimmich, Executive Director, NWSA
Colette Morrow, Past President NWSA, Senior Fulbright Scholar, & Associate Professor of English, Purdue University Calumet
Vivien Ng, Past President NWSA & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, University at Albany
Judith Roy, Past President NWSA & Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies Program, Century College
B2    A Workshop with AquaMoon:  Dismantling the Culture of Silences

Veronica Bohanan, Poet, Author, and Co-founder of SpokenExistence, Inc.
Camil Williams, Poet, Artist, and Co-founder of SpokenExistence, Inc.
B3    Sisterhood Considered: Women's Centers and Women's Studies

Cathy Christy, "Southern Connecticut State University"
Kathleen Holgerson, "University of Connecticut"
Marcia McGowan, "A Long Way Home: 30 Years of Synergy Between Women's Studies and the Women's Center at Eastern Connecticut State University"
Rosalyn Amenta, "Southern Connecticut State University"
B4    Reading Black Feminist Literature:  Between Gender, Race, and Class

Moderator: Brandon Hutchinson, Associate Professor of English, SCSU

Kristen Pavlik, "Resistance Writing:  Creating a New Space for the Third World Woman as Illustrated in Edwidge Danticat's Krik? Krak!"
Australia Tarver, "The Village Radical: (En)Gendering a Black Feminist Consciousness in Sarah Wright's, This Child's Gonna Live"
7:00-9:00pm

Dinner & Town Meeting

"Future of Women's Studies:  Forty Years from Now, or 2050"

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College
Sheila Tobias, Author & Consultant
Diane Harriford, Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of Women's Studies, Vassr College
Allison Kimmich, Executive Director, NWSA
 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2007

8:45am

Registration Opens
Women's Fair Opens

8:45-10:00am

Breakfast and Plenary Session I

"Women's Studies & Our Institutions, a Glance Backward and Forward: Tensions, Antagonisms, Collaborations"

Rosalyn Baxandall, Distinguished Teaching Professor & Chair, American Studies, Media & Communication, SUNY, Old Westbury
Ann Froines, Emerita Professor of Women's Studies and History, UMASS Boston
Amy Kesselman, Professor of Women's Studies, SUNY New Paltz
Vivien Ng, Past President NWSA & Professor of Women's Studies, University at Albany
Judith Roy, Past President NWSA & Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies Program, Century College
10:15am-12:45pm

Film Screenings

    "The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall" (Running time: 60 minutes)     
    "NO!" (Running time: 94 minutes)

10:15am-11:30am

Concurrent Session C

C1 Learning from African Women: Transnational Solidarity in Action

Moderator: Sintia Molina, Associate Professor of Spanish & Latin American Literature, St. Francis College

Nuola Akinde, "Feminine Seductions: Mami Wata as Goddess, Siren, and Whore in Contemporary   African Cultures"
Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, "Learning From African Women"
Pauline Dongala, "African Women: Drawing on the Wisdom of the Past to Heal the Present and Seed the Future"
C2 Intersectional Approaches to Violence Against Women: A Dialogue

Anne Bubriski, "Battered Women's Vulnerability in a Racist-Hetero-Patriarchy"
Tania Carrasquillo and Noralφs Rodriguez, "Articulation in the Silence of Domestic Violence in Puerto Rico"
Stacy Missari, "Becoming a 'Real' Battered Woman: The Subversion of Race, Class and Sexuality in a Domestic Violence Shelter"
Ingrid Semaan, "Race, Class and the U. S. Battered Women's Movement"
Nathalie Vaughn, "Words Are Wind but Blows Are Unkind: Interpretations of Domestic Violence"
C3 What's in a Name?  Naming and Re-Naming of Women's Studies

Catherine Hoyser, Associate Professor of English & Director of Women's Studies, Saint Joseph College
Leslie Lindenauer, Assistant Professor of History, Western Connecticut State University
Heather Prescott, Coordinator, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, & Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University
C4 Gaps & Bridges: Women and Women's Studies Between Worlds

Moderator:  Colette Morrow, Associate Professor of English, Purdue University                         Calumet

Nancy Alexander, "Mind the Gap: Border Crossings and Spaces Between"
Ilene Crawford, "A Multi-Media Exploration of 'First-World' Feminists Views of 'Third-World' Women"
Laurie Mengel, "Beyond Picture Brides: Japanese Women, Migration, Marriage and Divorce 1880-1930"
11:00am-11:30am

Beverage Break at the Women's Fair

11:45am-1:00pm

Concurrent Session D

D1 Gender & Science: Past, Present and Future

Shelia Tobias, "Gender Equity in Science, Recent Reflections"
Terri Bennett, "A Brief History of Women in Science"
Lynn Westling, "Feminist Critiques of Science"
D2 Three Generations Teaching & Learning in Women's Studies

Moderator: Rosalyn Amenta, Director of Women's Programs, SCSU

Rosalyn Baxandall, Distinguished Teaching Professor & Chair, American Studies, Media & Communication, SUNY, Old Westbury
Virginia Metaxas, Professor of History & Women's Studies, SCSU
Jessica York, Coordinator, Sexuality and Gender Equality (SAGE); Adjunct Professor, Women's Studies, SCSU
D3     Foremothers and Histories:  Balkans, Britain, and the U.S.

Moderator/Respondent: Polly Beals, Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies, SCSU

Anne Onyekwuluje, "Living Out Ida B. Wells-Barnett's Feminist Thinking: The Future of Georgia  Powers Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Feminism"
Ana Savic, "Victorian Ideology of Domesticity and British Imperialism:Mackenzie and Irby's Educational Efforts in the Balkans"
D4 Young Women & Feminism: A Roundtable

Jennifer Guarino, Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies, SCSU
Melinda Fiedler, High School Senior, & SCSU Students
1:15-2:30pm

Luncheon with Performance: AquaMoon Performs Feminist Hip-Hop

2:30-3:30pm

Plenary Session II

    Margaret Randall:  Forty Years of Revolutionary Feminist Activism

Margaret Randall, poet, writer, photographer
Introduced by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Professor of Literature and Women's Studies, Bard College at Simon's Rock
3:45-5:30pm

Film Screening

"Sisters of '77"  Film by Allen Mondell & Cynthia Salzman Mondell                                                 Website: www.mediaprojects.org

3:30-3:45pm

Beverage Break at the Women's Fair

3:45-5:00pm

Concurrent Sessions E

E1 Waves and Movements:  Some Feminist Interventions

Moderator: Dorothy Vazquez-Levy, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, SCSU

Medora Barnes, "White Wedding Rituals: Meanings, Modifications, and the Role of Feminism"
Shanta Evans, "The Evolution of Story within a Movement: Universal Story of Feminism v. The New Story of the Self"
Erin McKinney, "Blogging: A Third Wave Feminist Method"
E2 Politics of Black Women's Studies:  From the Local to the Global (A Roundtable)

Bahati M. Kuumba, Associate Director, Women's Research & Resource Center, & Associate Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College
AndrΘe-Nicola McLaughlin, Distinguished Chair in Social Justice; Professor of Cross-Cultural Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York
Trimiko Melancon, Assistant Professor of English, Auburn University
Leticia Thomas Brereton

E3 Why Women's Studies? An SCSU Women's Studies Alumnae Roundtable

Karina Danvers, Director, CT AIDS Education & Training Center
Randa Eason, Teacher, West Haven High School
Cathy Gennert, Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies, SCSU & U of Connecticut, Waterbury
Barbara Gurr, Doctoral student, Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Linda Maloney, Investigator, Fraud & Recoveries, Department of Social Sciences, CT
Nathalie Vaughn, Home Visitor, Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Katherine Wiltshire, Executive Director,  Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
Jessica York, Coordinator of Sexuality and Gender Equality (SAGE) & Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies, SCSU
Ellen Zitani, Doctoral Student, Modern European History, The City University of New York
5:00-6:45pm

Dinner & Plenary Session III

Beyond Imperialism: An Archaeology of Transnational Women's Studies

Shahrzad Mojab, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
Janet Bauer, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, Trinity College
Delia Aguilar, Professor of Women's Studies, University of Connecticut
Cristina Alsina Rφsguez, Associate Professor of U.S. Literature and Culture, University of Barcelona
7:00-8:15pm

Keynote Session with Beverly Guy-Sheftall

8:20pm-9:00pm

    Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa Award Ceremony and Reception

    Jennifer Kreisberg, of Ulali, performs

SIXTEENTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S FAIR

The Sixteenth Annual Women's Fair will offer conference registrants and other interested members of the community access to books, women-crafted products, women-oriented services, and women's political action groups. This event will only feature animal-friendly and cruelty-free products. For vending information, contact Cerella Griffin: griffinc1@southernct.edu , 203-392-6133.


ALTERNATE FORMATS

Information on the conference is available in alternate formats.  If you require an alternate format for the conference registration, please contact the Women's Studies Program at 203-392-6133 (voice), 203-392-6131 (TTY), or email: Cerella Griffin: griffinc1@southernct.edu or 203-392-6133.


ACCOMMODATIONS

For your convenience, we have blocked a number of rooms at area hotels. The hotels have a limited number of accessible rooms. Reservations should be made by the dates stated below to ensure conference rates. A credit card or a deposit is required. Please reference "SCSU Annual Women's Studies Conference" when making reservations, so that you receive the discounted rate.

Clarion Hotel, 2260 Whitney Avenue, Hamden CT, (203) 288-3831. Single and double rooms are reserved at $109, plus tax.  Rooms will be held at the conference rate until Tuesday, October 2, 2007.  For further information: www.schafferhotels.com.

Omni Hotel, 155 Temple Street, New Haven, 203-772-6664 or 800-THE-OMNI. Single and double rooms are reserved at $149, plus tax. Rooms will be held at the conference rate until Friday September 28, 2007. For further information: www.omnihotels.com.

Courtyard by Marriott at Yale, 30 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, 203-777-6221. Single and double rooms are reserved at $139, plus tax. Rooms will be held at the conference rate until September 28, 2007. Email: lloneill@courtyardmarriotyale.com.

La Quinta (Fairfield Inn), 400 Sargent Drive, New Haven, 203-562-1111. Single and double rooms are reserved at $84 plus tax. Rooms will be held at the conference rate until October 1, 2007.

AIR TRAVEL & GROUND TRANSPORTATION

If you are planning to fly into New Haven, contact your travel agent to determine the best prices.  The closest airports are: Tweed-New Haven, Bradley in Hartford, or any of the New York Airports. 

Amtrak/ Metro-North Information

Union Station in New Haven is an official stop for both Metro-North and Amtrak. For Metro-North schedule information, visit www.mta.nyc.ny.us, or call 800-638-7646. For Amtrak schedule information, go to www.amtrak.com, or call 800-872-7245. 

Connecticut Limo is one provider of conventional transportation to and from New Haven (approximate fares: $84 R/T Bradley, $126 R/T JFK or LaGuardia, $156 R/T Newark).  Connecticut Limo will also provide Handy Van service for chair users if you call at least one week in advance of arrival. Connecticut Limo's website for scheduling information is www.ctlimo.com, or call 800-472-5466.

Taxi Service is available for pick up from the train state and Tweed-New Haven airport. Call (203) 777-7777 for a taxi. The exact fare is $3.25 to start and $2.25 per mile. Ask the dispatcher for the exact fare to the campus or hotel and if the fare is for one person or all passengers in the taxi.

Bus Schedule & Routes: If  you are traveling by city bus to the conference, contact Connecticut Transit, at (203) 624-0151, during business hours for scheduling and route information.

Shuttle Bus Service: If you do not have access to a vehicle and cannot carpool with others, Shuttle Bus Service will be provided for a small fee to and from campus and the hotels listed above.  Please indicate on the registration form if you will need this service and what hotel you will be staying at so that the appropriate scheduling arrangements can be made. Please note this fee is nonrefundable and must be paid at time of pre-registrations.  As this service needs to be reserved in advance, we cannot provide transportation other that through this pre-reserved service.  A ticket to use the shuttle will be sent to anyone electing to use this service by October 2, 2007.

NON-SMOKING CAMPUS

Smoking is prohibited in all buildings and cigarettes are not sold on campus.

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE SCSU CAMPUS

From New York: I-95, Exit 44 (Kimberly Avenue).  Turn right at the end of the exit onto Kimberly Avenue, then left at the stoplight onto Ella Grasso Boulevard. (Route 10).  Ella Grasso Blvd. ends at Crescent Street.  Turn left onto Crescent Street and turn right onto Fitch Street. Continue on Fitch Street through two lights and take a right into parking lot #2.  Signs will be posted directing you to registration in Engleman Hall.

From Hartford: Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway (Rt. 15), Exit 60 (Dixwell Avenue). Turn right off the exit onto Dixwell Avenue. Continue on Dixwell Avenue for approximately 5 minutes and turn right at a light onto Arch Street (you will see the  Ann's church on your right).  Then, at the second light, take a left onto Fitch Street. Proceed through one light and take a left into parking lot #2.  Signs will be posted directing you to registration in Engleman Hall.

From New London: I-95, Exit 45 (Ella Grasso Boulevard, Route 10 North).  Follow Ella Grasso Blvd. north until it ends at Crescent Street.  Turn left onto Cresecent Street and turn right onto Fitch Street. Continue on Fitch Street through two lights and take a right into parking lot #2.  Signs will be posted directing you to registration in Engleman Hall.

CONFERENCE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Please help us publicize this conference by informing collegues, friends, and students of it. Duplicate the flyer enclosed and post in prominent locations. An electronic version is posted on our web site: www.southernct.edu/womensstudies. We would appreciate your assistance in announcing our conference on your listservs and bulletin boards. As you may know, our conference is self-supporting; in order to keep our costs low, we rely on, and deeply appreciate, the support of our colleagues in spreading the word about this event.

ACCESS NEEDS & FOOD RESTRICTIONS

Although we will attempt to accommodate disability-related needs, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so in all cases.  Food served at the conference will include dairy options but not meat or fish.  All spaces used for the conference are wheelchair accessible.  Please identify yourself if you need assistance with a wheelchair, with walking, or have certain food restrictions.  Please describe your needs below.

If you need sign language interpreting, please indicate which conference sessions you plan to attend.

If you require conference material in an alternate format, please indicate which conference sessions you plan to attend and the type of format you will need.  We will attempt to accommodate all requests.

Registration covers all conference events, materials, meals, beverage and food breaks.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Businesses, individuals, foundations, or organizations willing to sponsor participants of limited means will receive official acknowledgement in all conference publications.

Checks should be made payable to SCSU Women's Studies Program, with "donation for persons of limited means" written on the memo part of the check.

Thank you for making this conference open to everyone.

 

Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa Award Ceremony and Reception

For more information, please contact:
Women's Studies Program
EN B229
501 Crescent Street
New Haven CT 06515
(203) 392-6133
Womenstudies@southernct.edu

 

The 17th Annual Women's Studies Conference


"Global & Local Women's Studies: Going on Forty"

To be held on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University

Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, 2007


 

 

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The 17th Annual Women's Studies Program Conference:

"Global & Local Women's Studies: Going on Forty"

 

 

Keynote Speaker:

Beverly Guy-Sheftall