Friday, April 3
Session 1, 9:00-10:00
1A Women Migrants in Brazilian Film and Literature: The Case of Macabea in Clarice Lispector’s The Hour of the Star.
This presentation examines the representation of the situation of migrant women in Brazil in cultural discourses of the twentieth century with a special emphasis on the case of Macabea, the main character in Clarice Lispector’s popular novel, The Hour of the Star. It will be presented as cultural testimony to the unjust social situation of the majority of Brazilian women living in a democracy that affords them very little in terms of basic human rights. Catherine Bryan, Associate Professor of Spanish, UW-Oshkosh
A first in experiential learning, the LGBT Civil Rights Bus Trip provided students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about LGBT Civil Rights history and meet and talk with some of the early pioneers. For most of the students, this was their first exposure to experiential learning and the presenters will talk about their thoughts on experiential learning in comparison to traditional classroom learning, reflecting on the long-term effects on personal growth and development. Kia Block, Ten Percent Society Co-President, UW Madison; Matthew Tolbert, Outreach Coordinator for the LGBT Campus Center, UW Madison
This presentation discusses a new concerted effort to capture and archive the voices and stories of Madison’s and UW-Madison’s GLBT communities. Discussing the community/university collaboration and outlining progress to date, the presenters will solicit input and ideas as to what best to include in the repository so it can be a living map of the people, places, events, and groups, that well represent our varied communities. Michele Besant, Librarian, School of Library and Information Studies; Troy Reeves, Head, Oral History Program, Archives and Records Management; and, Scott Seyforth, Graduate Student, UW-Madison
- Sexuality, Race and Asian American Women at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, This paper investigates the intersection of race, gender and sexuality at San Francisco's 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The presenter examines the representation and participation of Asian-American women in the exposition, and the ways they used the fair as a site from which to challenge the social and cultural status of Asians in American culture. Abigail Markwyn, Assistant Professor of History, Carroll College
- “Sweet Girls” and “Manly Men”: Gender, Race, and the Construction of Identities in the Progressive Era. The presentation examines how gender and racial constructions shaped the hiring and work environment of teachers in the urban Far West. Exploring how increasingly diverse urban schools emphasized the critical role teachers played in acculturating children, the presenter considers how ideas about American identity influenced school policies and practices, and how teachers, students, and communities challenge the dominant understanding of who could be an American. Michelle Morgan, Academic Director, UW-Whitewater
As of March 2007, more than 160,500 American female soldiers have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. This presentation asks such questions as: Are women soldiers coping with their combat experiences, being diagnosed with PTSD at the same rate as men in combat, and receiving adequate medical care after they return, as well as, what effect does the military culture have on the reporting, assessing and treating of PTSD for women in the military? Christina M. Steele, MA Student in Women’s Studies, UW-Madison
Moderator Lisa Beckstand, Academic Planner, UW-System
The Gender Dialogues Project is an 18-month exploratory project centered on developing a series of social justice focused, evaluation-centered programs/sessions for students and staff living/working in three residence halls at UW-Madison focusing on gender equity, violence prevention, and homophobia. In addition to the programmatic goals listed, the project works to connect students with staff, learn more about the ‘learning curve’ students experience when discussing gender outside of the classroom, and observe how theories of violence prevention play out in student life. Elizabeth Spencer, Violence Prevention Assessment Coordinator, University Housing, UW-Madison Carmen Hotvedt, Violence Prevention Specialist, University Health Services, UW-Madison
What role does masculinity play in our society? How is masculinity socially constructed and how can it be deconstructed? What blueprint or script has been created for young boys and men to follow, and how does this impact on relationships, violence, politics, health, quality and meaning of life? In this session we will explore the challenges and opportunities of engaging men in the process of reconstructing masculinity. Matt Vogel, Health Educator & Adjunct Instructor, UW-La Crosse
Dr. Ruth Vanita, Professor of Liberal Studies & Women’s Studies at the University of Montana. Author of Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination and editor of Queering India, she formerly taught at Delhi University, and was founding co-editor of Manushi: a journal about women and society.
Session 2, 11:30-12:30
2A Collaboration through Characterization: Suffrage Allies Carrie Chapman Catt and Jessie Jack Hooper Speak!
For years, especially during Women’s History Month, educators have developed portrayals of important historical characters, attempting to reintroduce significant women to a general public who had largely forgotten them. Woman's suffrage leader, Carrie Chapman Catt, and her loyal follower from Wisconsin, Jessie Jack Hooper will talk about their own collaboration, working successfully for suffrage until 1920, and less successfully for world peace in the 1920s and 1930s. Then, the presenters, as their 21st century selves, will discuss the process of selecting and developing their characters and answer audience questions. Helen Bannan, Professor Emerita and historian, UW-Oshkosh, and Rose Stephenson, Benefits Policy Analyst and Continuing Education Instructor, UW System and UW Madison
Summer 2009 UW-La Crosse will offer a study abroad experience to Paris, France. Unique because the main goal is to provide a meaningful international experience for LGBTIQQAA students, the program is being extended to LGBTIQQAA students throughout UW System. Courses include a LGBTIQQAA Studies course as well as a Gay Paris course. Presenters will share with presentation participants our Study Abroad Survey results regarding their concerns and barriers to studying abroad. Will Van Roosenbeek, Pride Center Director; Sara Sullivan, Faculty in Psychology, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Gerontology, and Jason Kouba, Study Abroad Advisor, UW-LaCrosse
- The Need for Queer. This paper is a critical examination of Kate Bornstein s book, Gender Outlaw. Drawing on the works of Deborah Rudacille, Judith Butler, and Michel Foucault the presenter argues that the medical establishment’s traditional treatment of trans people leaves out a number of gender expressions and non-normative genders. Carrie Stehman, Student, UW-Milwaukee
- Being an It: Sex, Gender and the Third Body., This paper conducts a holistic interrogation of compulsory heterosexuality and the gender binary system. Drawing on the works of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler and Kate Bornstein, the presenter critically queers the aggressive gender construction and body regulation of Bruce/Brenda/David in John Colapinto s best-seller, As Nature Made Him. Tegan Gaetano, Student, UW-Milwaukee
- No Help Wanted: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's 'Different Voice.', This paper considers Sandra Day O'Connor's gender jurisprudence for evidence of the "different voice" claimed for women in the law by some feminist legal theorists. What has Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's tenure on the Supreme Court meant for the position of women under the law? Joan Sitomer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kalamazoo College
- Other panelists TBA
The presenter will discuss methods of contextualizing the multiplicity of feminisms and feminist voices within second and third wave histories for the purposes of classroom teaching. She will offer several detailed examples to support her contention that a post-structuralist approach to feminist history works to clarify the multiple struggles that have taken place within feminism as women from all racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds have claimed feminist as an identity. Caryn Murphy, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, UW-Oshkosh
Respondent: Carmen Faymonville, Academic Planner, UW System Administration
- Hemingway's Homophobia: A Study of His Early Stories, The presenter will discuss how Ernest Hemingway reveals his aversion to homosexuality, his homophobia, particularly of gay men, and also his fascination with lesbian relationships in a few stories written during the 1920's and 1930's that include grotesque homosexual characters. Jim Mulvey, Professor of English, UW-River Falls
- The Impact of M'M M'M M'M on Queasy Souls: Narrating the Unspeakable in E. M. Forster's Short Stories. E. M. Forster's posthumously published "gay stories," usually seen as the closeted author’s private voicing of the publicly unspeakable. The presenter argues they are, in fact, sustained efforts to narrate desire as inherently unspeakable. The often-criticized mixture of fantasy and realism in these stories is a stylistic choice serving a specific goal. While willing to name homosexual desire only privately, Forster narrates the unnamable quality of desire, its breaching of linguistic boundaries. Dejan Kuzmanovic, Associate Professor of English, UW-Stevens Point
Moderator, Pat Gott, Associate Professor of English, UW-Stevens Point
- Female Students as Online Learners: A Case Study in Navigating Academic Success. The growing emphasis on lifelong learning, coupled with a changing workplace that increasingly requires new skills and knowledge, intensifies the need for women to obtain advanced education to compete effectively. This qualitative case study investigated and described the relationship between the various challenges women face in a distance learning program and their other life events using a feminist and phenomenological approach. Dr. Noreen Powers, De Paul University
- Technology Use in the Anti-Violence Movement. The presenter will discuss how students use of technology for social networking (What is it? How is it used?) and considers the precautions individuals need to take if they choose to participate in Internet social networking. Also discussing how activists are creating online communities to educate others of the importance of anti-violence work, including survivors of sexual violence that have created communities that provide a secure space for honest discussion of topics related to the healing process. UW-Madison initiatives to promote awareness of online security will be discussed. Abby Panozzo, Student and Activist, UW-Madison
Session 3, 1:45-3:00
The presenters will discuss advances, obstacles, and collaborative efforts to move forward with diversity and inclusivity at UW-Stout, Wisconsin's Polytechnic, especially how we institutionalized and expanded Women & Gender Studies, and the work of the LGBTQ Resource Director, and Diversity Director. The presenters will explain the process, step by step, narrate their personal stories, and especially looking at the overlap of obstacles for LGBTQ, people of color, and women. Jeanne Foley, Math; Susan Wolfgram; Janette Hare, Human Development and Family Studies; Hollace Teuber, Speech Communication, Foreign Languages, Theatre and Music; Karin Stricker, Human resources; and Kate Thomas, Director of Women and Gender Studies, UW-Stout
- Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Labor Market Discrimination in the Midwest. Using the Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) for several years, this paper examines historical trends in gender, racial and ethnic wage gap in the Midwest, exploring the following questions: (1) Can we decompose the wage gap into two causes: (a) Difference due to human capital, such as education, experience and skills, and (b) Pure discrimination due to gender, race and ethnicity. (2) What portion of the wage gap is explained by each factor? Dr. Sanjukta Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor of Economics, UW-Eau Claire
- On the Question of Utilization of Ethnicity and Gender by Local Elites in a Russian city. The presentation will focus on the significance and functions of ethnicity and gender among local elites in one of Russia's cities after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Yuri Kitov, Lecturer at the Center of Ethnic Studies, UW-Milwaukee
- Bearding the Lion in His Den: "Whiskerino’s” New Axes of Categorization. According to that definitive source of American English, the Parker Brothers game, "Beyond Balderdash," the definition of a "whiskerino" is "a beard growing contest. It is also a biannually created an event that brings people together from all over the world to form a community that is in pretense constituted by the willingness to grow facial hair for four months, but in reality is defined through the development of a common verbal and visual lexicon. This presentation will examine the use of rudimentary, but internet-specific technologies, including the ability to chat and to post images and words to create not only a virtual social group, but also to constitute modern “masculine” subjects that transcend race, geographical location, economic status, education, sexuality, and even gender—or, in other words, most of the social axes that normally define men in contemporary Western society. Thomas Armbrecht, Associate Professor of French, UW-Madison
- “And I Think I’m Kinda Gay:” Correlations Between Visual Portrayal and Sexual Identity in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the well known TV series, the visual portrayal of the lesbian character, Willow, evolves along with her sexual identity. The presenter will examine the correlation between these changes and discuss how they demonstrate and challenge a broad spectrum of stereotypes, calling attention to their pervasive presence in our culture and sometimes inadvertently reinforcing them. Emily Koenig, Student, Lawrence University
- Gender Performances, Queer Femininity, and Challenges to Hetero-Male Power. Women doing male-identified actions, vocalizing and occupying space, and challenges to hetero-male power in women s self-defense demonstrates queer femininity and dissent[s] from the dominant organization of sex and gender (Duggan). Queer Here is a performance that crosses sex/gender boundaries and constructs more fluid gender identities. The presenter extends Warner’s assertion that sexuality is integral to queer politics and claims that racial and sexuality is clearly at stake in these women. Kathryn Ziegler, Professor, Albion College
- Destructive Leadership in Higher Education. The dimensions, factors and strategies of destructive leadership within higher education will be explored in the current climate of academic corporatism. Characteristics of destructive leadership, (namely psychological, gender based, and economic violence), situational factors that enable such violence, and outcomes of destructive leadership will be discussed. Participants will have opportunities to discuss questions and strategies for prevention and policy making. Sheri Klein, Professor of Education, UW-Stout
- Academic Mobbing: Is Gender a Factor? The topic of mobbing has recently received attention and more research. The highest numbers of mobbing incidents take place in institutions of higher education. One line of research that has not gotten too much attention, however, is the role that gender plays in academic mobbing. This session will feature the research on roles played by women in mobbing incidents. Sandra Stokes, Professor of Education and Women's Studies, UW-Green Bay
- Hearts above My Earth--Unbound and Free: Resiliency and the Northern Cheyenne Woman. There is a saying among the Northern Cheyenne tribe of southeastern Montana, "The battle is never over for the warriors until the women's hearts are in the ground." This presentation will provide a variety of visuals (painting, photographs slides, artifacts) from historical periods to engage interactive dialogue on struggle, social justice, equity, and celebration as it relates to the holistic view of the Northern Cheyenne women and their resilience in the face of the horror of attempted genocide, and the wisdom they passed to the next generation on how to deal with intolerance and other oppressive acts in today's world. Jerry Worley, Assistant Professor, UW Eau Claire
- A Dead Woman's Dress: Gender, Race and Ethnicity During the Dakota War of 1862. This presentation focuses upon Indian captivity narratives written as a result of the Dakota War of 1862. Both the Dakota Sioux and their white captives used their own notions of male and female gender roles to define and interpret interracial contact in the midst of Indian captivity. In August 1862, The Dakota Sioux of central Minnesota began a six-week war against the federal government and local white settlers in response to late annuity payments and continued pressure on Native American lands. Joanne Jahnke, Adjunct Instructor of History, Women and Gender Studies Committee, UW-Stout
Moderator: Julie Tharp, Professor of English and Associate Dean,
The panelists will discuss the exciting field of feminist and queer disability studies, and will also talk about course and program offerings in disability studies in the UW System. Ellen J. Samuels, Professor of Women’s Studies and English, UW-Madison, and Professor Kim Nielson, Professor of History and Women’s Studies, UW-Green Bay
The first phase of the UW System Campus Diversity Climate Assessment Project began with five institutions: the UW Colleges, UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Stevens Point. Data analysis and institutional reports are now complete and four institutions will participate in the next phase. Presenters will share results from phase one. Vicki C. Washington, Interim Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Lisa Beckstrand, Director of the Inclusivity Initiative, UW System Administration
3H “We Make the Road by Walking”: A Collaborative Inquiry into the Experiences of Women in Academia
The presenters will share information about their collective, which is made up of a diverse (by age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion, and academic discipline) group of six women, tenure-track faculty from across departments of the School of Education. For the past four years, they have been systematically examining (through collaborative inquiry) their processes of becoming acclimated, socialized, and enculturated into the academy. They draw from feminist philosophies, hermeneutic phenomenology, and critical theory. This session will facilitate a group, collaborative dialogue to gain further insight into how women faculty experience achieving tenure and advancing professionally. A larger objective of the session is to create a network of women scholars who share strategies and provide support. If academic institutions are committed to the long-term success of women faculty, it is important to critically understand the challenges they face. Jennifer Mueller, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education; Debora Wisneski, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education; Raquel Oxford, Assistant Professor, World Languages; Sandra Martell, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology; and Elizabeth Drame, Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education, UW - Milwaukee
Session 4, 3:15-4:30
Co-leading a travel course to London provided a jumping off point for discussion and studio tests that resulted in a set of wearables produced under the name of "Mates" by these colleagues and presenters, both of UW-Green Bay's art program. Exploring the relationship between art metals and textiles processes, as well as developing an understanding of one another's aesthetics and work habits, resulted in individual works neither would have created alone. Alison Gates, Associate Professor of Art and Visual Design, and Chair of Women’s Studies, and Jennifer Mokren, Associate Professor of Art and Visual Design, UW-Green Bay
4B How We Learned to Stop Worrying and to Start Enjoying Having it All: An Interdisciplinary and Personal Examination of the 'Mommy Wars'
Mothers' participation in the labor force has reached an all-time high -- a fact that has certainly not gone unnoticed in the popular and academic press or in the media. Two years ago a group of six academic women from five disciplines, all mothers, decided to tackle the literature. Since then they have read and discussed the current literature and taught courses that explore the issue of motherhood. Their paper will examine academia and motherhood. Michelle Mouton; Associate Professor of History, Michelle Kuhl; Professor of History, Orlee Hauser; Professor of Sociology, Margaret Hostetler; Professor of English, Tracy Slagter; Assistant Professor, and Druciilla Scribner; Assistant Professor of Political Science, UW-Oshkosh
In an era of expanding LGBTQ academic offerings and greater attention to serving the needs of LGBTQ individuals, but flat budgets, how are UW System Libraries meeting the challenge? The presenters will demonstrate examples of resources and services available in System libraries. They will also report on results of surveys of faculty, students, and librarians, and will lead a discussion of ongoing issues and needs.
Phyllis Holman Weisbard, UW-System Women's Studies Librarian, UW-Madison
Nerissa Nelson, Librarian/Assoc. Prof./Interim Women's Studies Coordinator, UW-Stevens Point
Melissa Adler, PhD Student - SLIS, UW-Madison
Nationally, few LGBTQ Centers focus explicitly on the needs of LGBTQ international students. Likewise, International Education lags behind in providing training and programming for LGBTQ international students. This roundtable explores the experiences of LGBTQ international students and faculty/staff and the challenges they face in immigration, acculturation, and coming out. It aims to increase participants’ awareness of this student population and explore ways to meet their needs. Tina Hatch, Associate Student Services Coordinator, UW-Madison; Nilhan Gunasekera- Dept. of Chemistry, UW-Colleges; Runhuan Feng- Assistant Professor, UW-Milwaukee; Dennis Christoffersen, Psychologist, Counseling and Consultation Services
Forbidden Love: Voices from the Closet is a lecture-recital examining the closeted voices that have created, performed and consumed the music presented. The recital challenges our traditional interpretation of the selected repertoire by placing it in the social context of the period in which it was conceived and by examining the importance of same-sex love in the music's creation and/or interpretation. The recital includes music of Handel, Britten, Massenet and Cole Porter. Dennis Willhoit, Assistant Professor of Music-Voice/Opera, and Michael Keller, Professor Emeritus – Piano, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Published in January 2009, the editors and contributors will discuss cutting edge women’s health topics. Panelists will introduce key issues and address resources and strategies for teaching these topics in women’s studies classrooms
- A Dangerous Combination: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising, Abstinence Only Education, and Young Women’s Health. Ronna Popkin, Women’s Studies teacher, women’s health and sexuality educator, Outreach Coordinator for the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives
- Education for Sexual Intimacy and Agency. Sue Pastor, Women’s Studies teacher, University Health Services’ Community Health Specialist
- Financial Vulnerability and Women’s Health. Stephanie Rytilahti, TA and graduate student in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
- LGBTQI Health. Mariamne Whatley, Associate Dean of Education, Professor of Women’s Studies and Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
- Women’s Health Information on the Web. Annie Kaatz, TA in Women’s Studies, graduate student in Public Health & Comparative Literature
Moderators: Nancy Worcester & Mariamne Whatley, editors of Women’s Health: Readings on Social, Economic, and Political Issues.
Using qualitative research methods the presenters compare responses of transsexual and natal women on a variety of topics, including how these groups of women construct their senses of being women, define what a woman is, define what femininity is, describe detractors of their senses of being women, view gender roles, and view male privilege. Stephanie Dykes, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, North Carolina
Collaboration, Co-operation, & Co-optation in the Academy
This presentation will explore strategic efforts in the UW System and beyond for placing broadly defined diversity and equity efforts at the core of the institutional practice. Come to this round table discussion to explore what Inclusive Excellence is in the UW-System and how it and similar efforts are being implemented to encourage institutional transformation. Presenters TBA
Faculitator, Helen Klebesadel, Director of the UW System Women's Studies Consortium, Veronica Delcourt, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Madison Area Technical College; Shirin Selph, Senior Organizational Planner for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; La Vonne Cornell-Swanson , Director of the Office of Professional and Instructional Development and Lisa Beckstrand, Director of the Inclusivity Initiative, UW-System.
Session 5, 9:00-10:00
- On the History of Women and Serpents. This is a multi-generational, interdisciplinary presentation that will offer a selective historical overview, across time and place, of different cultural conceptions of the serpent. The juncture between symbolism of the feminine and symbolism of the serpent, serves as a backdrop to an analysis of a work of art produced by Elizabeth Stingl, an undergraduate student and an artist. Elizabeth A Harry, Professor of History, University of St. Thomas, and Elizabeth R Stingl, Art Student, UW-Eau Claire
- A Tale of Two Serpents: Snakes in Folk Tales of Georgia and Spain.
Scholar Marija Gimbutas describes the symbolic meaning of the snake in sculpture and legend, noting the continuing reverence of the snake in her native Lithuania, where real and symbolic snakes are still considered “guardians of the home.” This benevolent aspect of snakes was replaced with the Indo-European belief characterizing female snakes especially, as malevolent, monstrous creatures. This presentation contrasts two folktales, demonstrating the change. Stephanie Branson, Professor Emeritus, UW-Platteville
In this research cafe Dr. Parker, Chair of the state's Affirmative Action Council, will discuss the outcomes of the last three years of hearings on Affirmative Action (AA) in Wisconsin. These meetings resulted in recommendations to both UW System Chancellors and Wisconsin State Agency heads as to how to significantly improve AA effectiveness. Learn about responses (or lack of response) to recommendations on the part of University and agency leaders. Learn about the current risks for AA and discuss what would work to improve the status and authority of AA statewide. How could UW System campuses move toward looking more like the nation in their ethnic and gender composition? How could grassroots support make a difference? This is an interactive workshop and discussion. Dr. James Parker, Emeritus Professor of History and Women’s Studies, UW-LaCrosse, and Chair of the State Council on Affirmative Action
H.A.T.E. is the award-winning multi-media experience that focuses on homophobia and campus climate. Using cutting-edge digital projection, audience members experience a myriad of sights and sounds, electronic images and music, text, interactive questions and victim/perpetrator narratives, all designed to explore their own attitudes toward students identifying as LGBTQ, while learning about campus climate, gender identity, and the devastating effects of homophobia and hate crimes. David Leo, Coordinator, Student Development Offices, Arizona State University
- Feminist Politics and Sex Work. This presentation formulates a dialogue about feminist politics and sex work. The presenter, a sex worker and a graduate with a women’s and gender studies major, will discuss the necessity of incorporating sex work as part of the mainstream feminist movement. This discussion will contextualize sex work within the queerness of third wave feminist politics. It will define, discuss, and create a dialogue about sex workers' rights, and the harms of criminality. Beth Sullivan, DePaul University, Desiree Alliance, Sex Workers Outreach Project USA
- Pink Ladies: Power and Prostitution in the Japanese Underground
"Pink Ladies" explores the legal sex trade in Japan, and the less-than-legal aspects associated with it. It examines commercial sex services as a power play within the Japanese social structure, including language, embodiment, and the hyper-sexualization of social norms and mores. This presentation seeks to question and uncover the use of sexuality as simultaneously a social destablizer and reinforcement. Kathleen Tow, student, Lawrence University.
This paper examines the negative effects of slot machine gambling on women who have turned to crime to pay their gambling debts, or in the case of Barbara Hermansen, have experienced extreme psychological disturbances and have attempted suicide as a result of engaging in what is being promoted as a harmless form of entertainment. This paper is an excerpt from a forthcoming book titled Confessions of a Slot Machine, an issues-oriented memoir that chronicles the author's own struggle with slot machine gambling. Sandra Adell, Professor of Afro American Studies, UW-Madison
Through presentation of models of sexual orientation, demonstration and conversation we will explore the day-to-day effects related to viewing sexuality in a dichotomous way. Ashley Olson, Graduate Assistant, Pride Center, Mara Gericke, Peer Educator, Pride Center, UW- La Crosse
This session will focus on LGBT foster care and the child welfare system, youth and parents. CSSW Staff member and a LGBT parent co-present about the importance of developing support systems for bio, foster and adoptive LGBT families. Join this presentation offered in a discussion style forum that allows plenty of time for audience question and answer. Jane Ottow, LGBT Program Coordinator, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, and co-panelist TBA
Session 6, 10:15-11:15
- The Struggles and Victories of 15 Latina Women Affected with HIV/AIDS. The session will describe the Community Based Participatory Research Approach to Investigate the Health Issues and Resource Needs of Latinas Living with HIV. Aims of the project were: a) to explore the impact of HIV in the lives of Latinas through qualitative interviews conducted in Spanish and b) integrate the dynamic involvement of a Community Advisory Board through all stages of the research. The presenter will share stories told to her by Latinas living with HIV. Virginia Zerpa-Uriona, Outreach Specialist for Community-based Research, Center for Urban Population Health
- How Sexual and Relationship Power Influence the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections. This presentation will begin by illustrating the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States along with the gender and racial disparities that exist in prevalence rates. The influence of sexual and relationship power on STI prevention will be explored by summarizing the empirical evidence for the relationship between power and STI prevention. Discussion about the implications of power in sexual relationships will be encouraged. Jessica L. Barnacj, M.A. UW- Milwaukee
- Predictors of Consistent Condom Use Among African American and Caucasian Female Adolescents, Given the potential consequence of mandatory parental notification for obtaining prescribed contraceptives and the prevalence of STDs in adolescents this study identified predictors of consistent condom use in female minors and racial differences in use between Caucasian and African American teen girls. Sabrina D. Nettles, student, UW-Milwaukee.
Taken from Her Own Mouth Since Her Confinement: Writing the Captive Bodies of Eighteenth-Century Female Husbands. Focusing on the Mary/Charles Hamilton's imprisonment, the presenter discusses writing the captive bodies of eighteenth-century female husbands. Emily Bowles-Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor, Lawrence University
Veiling and Captivity Narratives: The Linking of Traditions. The presenter posits the stories of contemporary Muslim women who have rejected the veil, characterizing it as oppressive, in a long and diverse narrative tradition of captivity that satisfy an appetite for sensationalism, serve as propaganda, and sometimes express strategies of women in patriarchal religions to find power, self-authorization, and spiritual legitimacy in the narrow space allowed to them by their traditions. Elizabeth M. Zanichkowsky, Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies, UW-Waukesha
The presenter is an intersexed speaker who has guest lectured at the UW Green Bay. Stephanie will give a first-person account of her experiences facing gender-related discrimination in Wisconsin and will address the medical, legal, and social issues that arise from being intersexed. Stephanie Tia Calewarts, Lecturer, UW-Green Bay
This roundtable discussion (back from last year) continues to explore the ways that Women's Studies teachers can better empower students to imagine themselves in leadership positions. Keeping in mind the barriers that many women leaders face, how do we better move students from the process of understanding social problems to understanding their own responsibility and capacity for civic engagement? Ellie Schemenauer, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies; Rebecca Shrum, Assistant Professor of History; Zohreh Ghavamshahidi, Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science; Mary Emery, Lecturer in English; and Lauren Smith, Chair and Professor of Women's Studies and Anthropology, UW-Whitewater
- Workplace Harassment of Sexual Minorities. This study empirically examines a model of harassment based on gender and sexual orientation. Experiencing sexual harassment or heterosexist harassment was linked with increased psychological distress and decreased job satisfaction, which in turn, was related to decreased organizational commitment and increased job burnout.
Julie Konik, Ph.D Psychology Lecturer, UW-Fox Valley
- Lost with a Moral Compass. For almost 100 years the Boy Scouts of America has been at the forefront of young men's development. Yet in 1990, Eagle Scout James Dale was denied membership because he is gay. The courts’ decisions are a monumental obstacle in anti-discrimination law, but groups outside of and within Scouting respond, countering and subverting this policy to make the BSA safe. By diversifying advocacy and protest efforts, even discriminatory groups can foster self-confidence and pride. Vince Tripi, III, Eagle Scout, UW-Milwaukee
- Internalized Homophobia and Outness
Does coming out decrease internalized homophobia? This session will review responses from LGB students ages 18-24 in the UW System regarding their outness and internalized homophobia. The presenter will highlight data that reveals who students are out to, and their internalized fears. Campus specific information will also be presented. The final part of the presentation will look at future research areas and the ramifications of this study. Cathy Lauinger, Graduate Student - Counselor Education, UW-Platteville
- A reading from “God Tries to Speak.” The author will read a short story about a women’s studies director hosting a famous feminist dramatist who’s the visiting speaker for Women’s History Month. The two experience a strange encounter in the hardscrabble mall of a small northern Wisconsin city called Superior. Dianna Hunter, Coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, UW-Superior
- UW-Superior A reading from So Close Beside Me. The author will read excerpts from her LGBTQ-ish mystery novel-in-progress, the first in a series featuring lesbian editor/sleuth Meg Higgins and a standard poodle named ‘Phred.’ JoAnne Lehman, Publication Editor, Office of the Women's Studies Librarian, UW-Madison
This roundtable will be a facilitated discussion focused on identifying practical ways to build coalitions, and overcome barriers to success in leadership and advancement for women of color in Higher Education. The panel will consist of women of color in leadership positions whose personal journeys and reflections shed light on the challenges and rewards of leadership in higher education. The panel will also help all participants, whether of color or not, understand how to support their students and colleagues advance the role of women of color in institutions of higher education. Facilitator: Shirin Selph, Senior Organizational Planner for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UW-System,
Moderator: Shirin Selph, Senior Organizational Planner for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UW-System; Joan M. Prince, Vice Chancellor - Partnerships and Innovation, and Kalyani Rai Assistant Professor, School of Continuing Education, UW-Milwaukee; and Maria del Carmen Martinez, Assistant Professor of English, UW-Parkside.
Honor Awards Speaker:
Danae Davis, Regent of the UW System since 2003, she serves on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Education Committee,
and Teaching Excellence Awards among other responsibilities. Danae Davis is a leading voice for excellence through diversity in the
Session 7, 1:30-2:45
- Middle Eastern Women: Activism, Immigration, and Empowerment
This session will describe activism efforts undertaken by women in Iran, Palestine, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia on issues such as women's rights, women's health, war, and government oppression. In the Western mind, Middle Eastern woman are often stereotyped as passive, silenced, and unempowered. The speakers in this session will dispel this image of the Middle Eastern woman by outlining peace and justice movements founded and run by Middle Eastern women, both past and present. Nancy L. Turner, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Immigrant Muslim Women in North America: A Historiographical Analysis. Immigrant Muslims constitute one of the fastest growing populations in North America. As a result of recent world events, there has been a greater need to understand the background of these communities and help them better connect to their host cultures. In this process, the role of Muslim women has become the most significant as they often take the role of leaders and educators in their own families and among the community. Using the existing literature in the field of History, this paper will look at the historical events and trends that forced Muslim women to immigrate to North America. Jackleen Salem, Graduate Scholars Associate, UW-Milwaukee
Moderator: Zohreh Ghavamshahidi,
Turn of the millennium assessments have provoked a series of new questions about what is at stake with/in women’s studies, ultimately forcing us to “trouble” our own taken-for-granted assumptions about our field’s claims to knowledge. The panelists propose to continue “making trouble” by unpacking a series of key terms that are embedded in those assumptions. These terms include, but are not limited to, secularism, interdisciplinarity, and activism. They argue that women’s studies practitioners' understandings of these and other key terms are both produced from and limited by the stories we tell ourselves about the nature of the field. Karlyn Crowley, Assistant Professor, St. Norbert College; Catherine M. Orr, Associate Professor and Chair Women's and Gender Studies, Beloit College, Diane Lichtenstein, Professor of English, Beloit College,
Sanctioned as an affliction of white, upper-class adolescent girls, disordered eating is, crossing lines of class, race and gender. This presentation will trace the history of the conceptualization of eating disorders in psycho-analysis, feminist and queer theories. Emma Nager, Student in Gender Studies, Lawrence University
The papers in this session examine representations of women's anger in three contemporary contexts: fairy tale (Cinderella in Grimm and Disney versions), film (High School Musical), and popular self-help and advice books. Collectively, the presentations address the legitimacy of women's anger (in what situations, which women's anger), the expression of anger (what modes of expression are available to which women), and its uses. Gwynne Kennedy, Director of Women's Studies and Associate Professor of English; Molly Magestro, Ph.D. Candidate, Creative Writing; and Amy Liebl, Graduate Student, Literary Studies, UW-Milwaukee
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries library leaders in the United States depicted public libraries as "the people's university," a place where the work of the common school could continue on a voluntary basis. On the whole, however, public libraries in the North as well as the South were not welcoming to African Americans, who were systematically excluded from these, as from other ostensibly public educational institutions. Print culture was vital in resisting racism, as black men and women publicized, debated, and protested the oppressive conditions of their everyday existence through reading and writing. Despite contending with pervasive institutional racism, some women librarians - both black and white - used their positions to leverage educational resources for African American communities. Christine Pawley, Professor, School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) and Director, The Center for Print Culture; Louise S. Robbins, Professor and Director, SLIS; and Ethelene Whitmire, Associate Professor, SLIS, UW-Madison
Mentoring for LGBTQ students in higher education is a critical component of academic success and personal development, but such formal programs rarely exist. This workshop will incorporate relevant research and multiple perspectives on best practices for mentoring LGBTQ students in higher education. Based on these perspectives, a unified model will be proposed. This workshop will be facilitated by two doctoral students and a new professional, who all identify as LGBTQ. Erin M. Doolin, M.Ed., Doctoral Student, Department of Counseling Psychology; Stephanie R. Graham, M.A., Pre-Doctoral Intern, Counseling & Consultation Services, UW-Madison; and Amney J. Harper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Professional Counseling, UW-Oshkosh
This is a feature-length documentary focusing on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various backgrounds. The documentary is structured by interviews/conversations the director/producer has with close to 50 out, Black lesbians including Poet/Author Cheryl Clarke, Filmmaker/Activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poet/Author Staceyann Chin, Filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, Artist Hanifah Walidah, Hip-Hop Duo KIN, and Author Fiona Zedde. Tiona.M, the film’s director and producer will be available to discuss the film and answer questions at the end of the film in session 8G.
Session 8, 3:00-4:15
- Dialogic Reading and Gender Equity in Learning Communities: The Impact of Other Women in Education. This paper presents a study conducted in Spain that explored how a dialogic approach to reading favors gender equity in classroom interactions. Dialogic Reading in the four schools studied, all Learning Communities, included the involvement in classrooms and libraries of women who were mostly non-academic and from minority groups, such as the Romà. Their dialogic interactions with students challenged gender stereotypes and increased students’ motivation for learning. Sandra Racionero-Plaza, Ph.D. Student, Departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison; and Silvia Molina-Roldán, Researcher at CREA-University of Barcelona
- Human Resources Development Through Co-Optation of Gender Mainstreaming into Educational Curriculum
The need to achieve gender equity in organizational structures necessitates that gender consciousness be mainstreamed into such organizations. The education industry is a major breeding ground for the development of the human resources of a nation. The quality and quantity of education available to citizens of a nation determines the level and capability of human resources of the nation. Mrs. Mojirayo Afolabi, Research Fellow, Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
This presentation will first explore the diverse nature of trans-racial adoption to provide a context for the study of one adoptee's experience. The contested nature of trans-racial adoptive practices will be explored, particularly with regard to racial concerns. The presentation examines the positioning of mothers in the adoption experience and describes a paradigm for analyzing an adoptee's relationship with his birth and adoptive mothers. Judy Martin, Professor of Social Work, UW-Green Bay
Women around the world have taken the lead in developing alternatives to the prevailing agri-food system. This session will examine their various efforts to create a synergy between sustainable agri-food systems and a sound environment, healthy people, and equitable communities. Specifically, it will focus on the ways that the intersection of gender, race, culture, and class shape their perspective on the issues arising from the dominant industrial agri-food system and the strategies they use to address them.
- Nurturing the Caretaker, Nurturing the Commons. Lynn Walter, Rosenberg Professor, Social Change and Development, UW-Green Bay
- Disordered Eating and Body Image. Cheryl Kalny, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, St. Norbert College
- Women and Food: Hungering for More (or Less). Christine Smith, Department of Human Development/Psychology, UW-Green Bay
The San Francisco Dykes on Bikes spent years locked in an argument with the US trademark office about whether 'dyke' was too vulgar and offensive a term to be registered as a trademark, despite being an internationally renowned and revered group in the queer and feminist communities. These questions of language--who controls it, who owns it and who has access to it--are particularly acute for librarians as scholars and practitioners who labor daily in the borders where the highly controlled vocabulary of standardized access and description systems meets the vernacular of our users. This panel of LIS graduate students and practicing librarians will take up these questions from theoretical and practical perspectives. How might librarians alter cataloging systems to account for these problems? How might librarians equip their users to critically engage standardized library languages? What particular demands do queer and feminist collections place on the librarians responsible for them? Laura Wynholds, MLIS Candidate, and Melissa Adler, Ph.D Candidate, SLIS, UW-Madison; Emily Drabinski, Electronic Resources and Instruction Librarian, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus; and K.R. Roberto, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Denver
- Gendered Traces, Colored Spaces: Designs that Investigate Cultural Hangovers in Design Typologies. The artist presents her design work which mixes philosophies of Eastern master Lao Tzu and etiquette expert Emily Post. Discussing her design work in the context of contemporary art and design threads of gender, domesticity, and the body, she will discuss how her work is inspired by influential women hidden by the shadow of their famous husbands and collaborators in the field. She will also introduce Design Orange, a studio that explores the socio-chromatic experience of objects, furniture, and spaces. Jada Schumacher, Assistant Professor of Design, UW-Stout
- Gaining a Clue in the Game We Call Life: Analyzing the Underlying Ideologies of Traditional Board Games
Despite society's increased technological ability, traditional board games continue to entertain - games like Clue and the Game of Life. These games symbolize an American pastime conjuring visual images of solid families participating in healthy competition. However, the accuracy of this mental picture should be questioned. This presentation posits that the traditional perception of seasoned board games overlooks the underlying ideologies that exist within the rules, goals, and structures of these popular forms of entertainment. Jillian Engl, Graduate Student, presenting the research of Lindsey Harness, Graduate Student, Department of Communications, UW-Milwaukee
This roundtable discussion will gather instructors in various disciplines to share their ideas and experiences regarding the integration of LGBTQ content into the curriculum. The emphasis will be on general education courses, and the discussion might include the following questions: What are the objectives of integrating LGBTQ content into the curriculum? How does integrating LGBTQ content into the curriculum contribute to the objectives of general education courses and to the overall educational experience of LGBTQ and all other students? What are some successful methods of incorporating LGBTQ content into specific courses? What specific issues, texts, activities, and assignments are helpful in achieving this goal? What have been the outcomes of integrating LGBTQ content into the curriculum? Dejan Kuzmanovic, Associate Professor of English, UW-Stevens Point; Tom Armbrecht, Associate Professor of French, UW-Madison; Sara Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, UW-LaCrosse; Amy Clarissa Barber, Lecturer in Communication Arts and Women’s Studies, UW-Madison; Victor Macías-González, Associate Professor of History, UW-La Crosse; and Susan Wolfgram, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, UW-Stout
This is a feature-length documentary focusing on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various backgrounds. The documentary is structured by interviews/conversations the director/producer has with close to 50 out, Black lesbians including Poet/Author Cheryl Clarke, Filmmaker/Activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poet/Author Staceyann Chin, Filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, Artist Hanifah Walidah, Hip-Hop Duo KIN, and Author Fiona Zedde. Tiona.M, the film’s director and producer will be available to discuss the film and answer questions.
Session 9, 4:30-5:45
There is no literature on LGBT First Year Experience, and little being done right now; the purpose of this Café is to share ideas and strategies for creating an LGBT First Year Experience program. Eric W. Trekell, Director, LGBT Campus Center, UW-Madison
This interactive café will be focused on questions of how to build a visible and accessible feminist community in Madison, but the same question could extend to other communities. How can we encourage people in our communities to join together, raise consciousness, and talk about issues like women did decades ago? Bring your ideas and experience and join this discussion. Elizabeth Morris, WS Alum, UW-Madison
9C Collaborating Across Disciplines to Create an Academic LGBT Studies Program: Steps to Success with a 5-Year Plan
The presenters offer an intergenerational panel that details their steps to successfully implement an academic LGBT Studies Program. This will provide an excellent opportunity to hear what you might expect as you work to build a program on your campus. Sally Conklin, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Public Health and Health Education Programs, Co-Coordinator, LGBT Studies Program; Diana Swanson, Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Co-Coordinator, LGBT Studies Program; Joshua Adair, Ph.D. Candidate in English and LGBT Studies, Graduate Assistant, LGBT Studies Program, Northern Illinois University
- Looking for Inspiration at the Crossroads of Orientation and the Church. The artist presents artworks from his portfolio that illustrates orientation and Church narrative crossing paths, exploring grace, pity and forgiveness. Jeffrey Morin, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, UW-Stevens Point
- The Inspiration of Gender … Exploring Assumptions about Gender and Creative Inspiration and Practice. Professor Deetz will discuss the works of painters such as Piero della Francesca and Yves Klein and how they provided formal and conceptual sources for her current paintings on wood panels and fabric. . Kristy Deetz, Associate Professor of Art, UW-Green Bay.
- …and the Gender of Inspiration. Professor Risden will relate how the medieval mystic and intellectual Hildegard of Bingen became the source for a stage play, which he has recently revised as a short novel. E.L. Risden, Associate Professor of English, St. Norbert College
Moderator Helen Klebesadel, Artist and Director, UW System Women’s Studies Condortium
Three student leaders of three feminist minded clubs and their faculty advisor will present. Each club has a slightly different focus and approach to tackling feminist issues. One is an academic club for students in the WAGS program, the second is for nursing students and the third is for all students. They will discuss how they work on similar issues together while remaining separate groups and how they work with other clubs who do not identify as feminist. Jourdan Togstad, Fighting for Our Rights and Gender Equality (FORGE) Facilitator; Annie Stadstad, Nursing Students for Choice Board Member and NARAL Rep - Winona State Campus; Kat Koslov Women's Initiative for Leading and Learning (WILL) President; and Tamara Berg, Associate Professor, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Winona State University
This presentation examines the ways secular law confronts religious conviction in the wearing of the hejab. Examples of responses that include arbitration and adjudication in response to wearing the veil in Germany and France will be shared. Zohreh Ghavamshahidi, Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science, UW-Whitewater; and Carmen Faymonville, Academic Planner, UW System
- From Sara Baartman to Li'l Kim: Bodily Politics of Black Female Sexuality. The presenter, an artist and furniture maker, will present a body of work called The Baartman Diaries, (2008). These furniture-based installations include writings and mixed media and imagine the voice of Sara Baartman, the South African woman who became known as the "Hottentot Venus" in early 19th-century Europe. The work discusses the history of Black female objectification and its continuing presence in contemporary culture. (artwork at www.fowilson.com). Fo Wilson, Assistant Professor, Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee
- The Black Female Body in Autobiography. This talk will consider the shifts in autobiography that have resulted from the increasing domination of visual culture. The presenter will examine a move toward visual autobiography in some writers work. Presenting on the benefits and limitations involved with using personal web space for autobiographical expression, the author will address the common assumption that such space allows more freedom because it lacks formal editorial processes like those required for books. Tracy Curtis, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, UW-Madison
This is an hour long documentary about a Western woman who creates Buddhas out of silk. Fabric thangka is a silk embroidered and appliquéd art form in Tibetan Buddhism. Fabric thangka is so rare that in some places it is only seen once a year. Trained in Dharamsala, for nine years, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of the few female makers in world. She became a master of a male tradition and we see fabric thangka through feminine eyes. Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, Documentary Film maker and Textile Historian, Ph.D. Student in Design Studies, UW-Madison
P.B. Poorman Awards Keynote Speaker:
Candace Gingrich is Senior Youth Outreach Manager for the Human Rights Campaign, Since 1995, Candace Gingrich has served as
a key advocate for issues of importance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Her 1996 autobiography, The Accidental
Activist, was a best seller in the GLBT community. Her involvement in the movement for equal rights began when her brother,
then-Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., was elected House speaker.
Contact the Women's Studies Consortium Office, (608) 262-3056 or WSCOffice@uwsa.edu
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