Thursday, March 22 – Morning Sessions

8:15 a.m. – Noon Registration is located on the 2nd floor of the David Student Union (DSU)
*Shuttles will run from the hotel to campus from 8 – 10 a.m.
9 a.m. Welcome Remarks Dr. Lori Underwood
9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Time Session Description Location
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Women and International Organizations “Choosing to be a NGOer: Gender, Age and the Occupational Segregation in NGOs Sector” – Weisun You

“The Significance of Culture and NGOs – Egyptian Case Study” – Christine Henderson

“Equality, Development, and Peace: Women’s International Organizing after the UN Decade for Women.” – Jessica Frazier

DSU Boardroom
Panel 2: Fertility, Childbirth, and Reproductive Rights “Abortion and Woman’s Citizenship: Roe v. Wade and Enduring Constructions of Motherhood” – Aya Farhat

“‘The Patient Refuses to Push’: Pain, Agency, and the Negotiation of Childbirth Anesthesia, 1847-1900” – Sara Black

“Bonbibi and Manasha’s Tryst: Tigers, Widows, Water Prostitutes and Fertility Rituals” – Amrita DasGupta

DSU Jefferson Room
Coffee Break
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel 3: Combating Gender Inequalities “What Does It Take to Be a Woman in South Korea?” – Yunah Woo
“Arab Women in Prisons” – Diana Obeid“Fighting Odds in Domestic Sphere: Mothers’ Role to Alter Cultural Values Governing Daughters’ Rights in Pakistan” – Anwar Shaheen“Feminist Praxis as a Site of Power and Change: A Study on Girls at Dhabas” – Sheema Khawar
DSU Boardroom
back to top Panel 4: Activism, Memory, and History “Cultural Amnesia: The Role of Active Commemoration in Countering Cultural Forms of Magdalene Forgetfulness” – Nancy Rochford Flynn

“That Mockingbird Don’t Sing: How Older Never-Married Childfree Women Recount Childhood Memories of the ‘laundries’ in Limerick” – Milyana Fusciardi and Lisa O’Rourke Scott

“Transnational Women & Philanthropic Networks in Italian Unification and State-Building” – Diana Moore

DSU Jefferson Room
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch on your own. If you attend the round-table, lunch will be provided, please RSVP.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

If you attend the round-table, lunch will be provided, please RSVP.

Round Table Sponsored by the History Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

Approaches to Women’s and Gender Studies, Inside and Outside of the Classroom – This interdisciplinary round-table lunch session aims to facilitate conversations about some of the challenges, strategies, and responsibilities related to teaching in women’s and gender studies. Panelists will address how to engage students in meaningful discussions of gender and social justice.

Moderator: Laura Puaca (History, and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies)
Panelists: Sharon Larson (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), Danielle Docka-Filipek (Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology), Danielle Stern (Communication), and Danielle Ward-Griffin (Music)

Thursday, March 22 – Afternoon Sessions

1:45 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Time Session Description Location
1:45 – 3 p.m. Panel 5:  Social and Familial Challenges to Equality “Early Marriage vs. Girl’s Basic Education in Sub-Sahara Africa: A Call for a Just Fight for the Girls” – Charles Nnamdi Ohanyelu

“Wife, not Husband Controls the Power of the Purse in the Philippines: Implications and Challenges” – Sharon Advincula Caringal

“The Split Subjectivity of Female Migrants Born in 1990s in China” – Tingting Liu

DSU Boardroom
Panel 6: Women and Political Concerns “The Fallist Movement:  The Call to Decolonize the African Society” – Cleopatra Mtembu

“Femininity in Retrospect: From Onwueme’s “The Reign of Wazobia”, Soyinka’s “Death and the King’s Horseman” to Yousafzai” – Toyosi Morgan

“Silence to Sex Violence in Myanmar: Women Leadership and Blind Politics” – Shampa Iftakhar

“Woman Question and Political Participation in Africa: The Nigerian Example” – Esther Ajayi

DSU Jefferson Room
back to top Panel 7:  Activism Through Art “Educating Women Through Artistic Involvement and Inclusion” – Wanda Lauren Taylor

“The Possibilities of Performance: Beyoncé’s Lemonade as a Social Justice Intervention” – Chelsea Charbonneau

“Why Art as Activism is Failing in India” – Smrita Jain

DSU Washington Room

Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Panel 8: Gender, Rights, and Legal Power “Gender, Domestic Space, and Disability Rights in the Post-World War II United States” – Laura Micheletti Puaca

“Debating Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: Illinois as a Model for the Nation” – Kate Brunk

“Prejudice Toward Women and Negligence of Law: The Process of Social Change and Neglected Rights of Women and Girls in the Society of Kosovo” – Fitore Rubovci

DSU Boardroom
back to top Panel 9: Race, Gender, and Social Justice Movements “Social Justice Awareness and Ontology Among African American Women Trapped in the Social Service Industry” – Colita Fairfax

Speak up or Pass the Mic: Hip-Hop, Popular Culture and Black Women in the Liberation Movement – Kina Collins

“You Know You That Bitch When You Cause all This Conversation: A Critical Analysis of the Negative Discourse Surrounding Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show” – Lily Kunda

“Female Soldiers in the Classroom:  The Role of the Modern-Day Educator in the Social Justice Movement” – Kimberly Underwood

DSU Washington Room
5 p.m. Opening Reception – DSU Ballroom – This event will feature a cash bar.

6 p.m. Play: Antigon – DSU Ballroom

Friday, March 23 – Morning Sessions

9 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Time Session Description Location
9 – 10:15 a.m. Panel 10:  Antigone: Staging Protest “Greek Theatre: Performing Protest, Past & Present” – Laura Grace Godwin

“Directing Antigone: Process of Protest” – Julian Stetkevych “Costuming Antigone” – Kathleen Jaremski

DSU Boardroom
Panel 11:  Activism and Religion “Buddhism, Nationalism, and Gendercide: The Situation of the Rohingya Today” – Christine Murphy

“Ecofeminism: Global Advocacy for the Earth” – Dawn Hutchinson

DU Jefferson Room
back to top Panel 12:  Gender in Fiction (Undergraduate) “Vampire Children and Resisting the ‘Normal’” – Reese Kirkpatrick

“Womanhood in Modern Gothic Literature and Film” – Nicole Manning

“Stiches: The Relationship between Women and Fabrication in Short Legal Fiction” – Alec Masella

DSU Washington Room
Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Panel 13:  Agency and Subjectivity in Literature “Walking It Off: Wandering as Protest in Mary Austin’s “The Walking Woman” – Beth Boyens

“I’m the Monster”: The Psychokinetic Madwoman in Popular Media – Jason Carney

“Suicide: A Female Hysteria or a Social Construction?” – Regina Cabreira

DSU Boardroom
Panel 14: Re-telling Gender Violence as Resistance “The Identity Politics of Erasure: Battered Women’s Contested Allegiances” – Carolyn Stauffer

“Sharing Experiences as Resistance to State Silencing?: The Quipu Project and Peruvian Women’s Testimonios of Enforced Sterilisation” – Rebecca Irons

DSU Jefferson Room
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Women and Social Change(Undergraduate)
“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: A Women Who Changed Liberia” – Katie Kozlowski

“It’s an Old Boy Network”: The Role of Female Jazz Instrumentalists” – Anna Perkins

“A Discourse on African Feminisms as a Reaction against Western-Oriented Feminism: Reviewing Darko’s ‘Beyond the Horizon'” – Ololade Faniyi

“Women & the War on Patriarchy: An Analysis of Reproductive Rights and Inequality in Today’s Global Society” – Jenifer Davis

DSU Washington Room
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch own your own.

Friday, March 23 – Afternoon Sessions

1:15 – 4 p.m. Concurrent Panels
Time Session Description Location
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Panel 16:  Equality and Empowerment in Sports “Strong ‘For a Girl’: Sports Science, Femininity, and Athletic Gatekeepers of Gender,” – Molly Kelly

“Empowering Women Through the Sport of Boxing in Uganda” -Emma Ariyo

DSU Boardroom
Panel 17:  Challenging Public Perceptions of Women “Prescripted, Proscripted, Or Unscripted? Authoring Melania Trump’s FLOTUS” – Carley Petersen

“Resisting the Dichotomy Victim vs Agent: Theorizing Young Women’s Agency”- Paula Talero Alvarez

DSU Jefferson Room
back to top Panel 18:  Women and Violence in Literature “The Banality of Femicide: Dehumanization and Modernity in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666” -Monica Bilson

“Women’s Masquerade and Sexual Contract: Representation of Women and Violence in Post-2000 Chinese Crime Films” – Tingting Hu

DSU Washington Room
Coffee Break
2:45 – 4 p.m. Panel 19: Women in the Public Sphere: Reframing Female Activism and Agency in History “What Female Lords and Leaders in the Medieval World Can Teach Us About Gender Roles” – Charlotte Cartwright

“Harper Lee’s Rhetoric in To Kill a Mockingbird: A Moderate – and Therefore Model – Act of Social Activism” – Michelle Kundmueller

“The Performative Role of the Purse in American Visual Culture, 1890-1920”- Kathleen Casey

DSU Boardroom
Panel 20: Gender and Identity in Literature “Mothering the Cubanía: The Representation of the Same-Sex Desire in The Forbidden Stories of Marta Veneranda by Sonia Rivera-Valdés” – Elena Valdez

“The ‘Things Around Their Necks’: Female Sexuality, Identity, and the American Male Lover in the Short Fiction of Chimamanda Adichie and Bharati Muhkerjee” – Jennifer A. Slivka

“¡Yo! Authorial Assertion under the Eye/I of La autora in Rosa Chacel’s Estación, ida y vuelta (1930)” – Amanda Mcmenamin

DSU Washington Room
Panel 21: Gender and Education (Undergraduate) “Women in STEM: An Intersectional Analysis of the Female Experience in a Male Dominated Industry” – Dilesha Stelmach

“The Trivialized History of Militant Women” – Aniyah Brown

“The Struggle for a Better Sexual Education”- Kymbre Robinson

DSU Jefferson Room
4 – 5 p.m.


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Invited Speaker by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Dr. Holly Tucker
Professor in the Department of French & Italian at Vanderbilt University. A specialist in history of early-modern medicine. She is author of three books: Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth and the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France; Blood Work: A Tale of Murder and Medicine in the Scientific Revolution; and most recently, City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris.“Women, Autonomy, and the Dark Arts”
What recourse is there for women living in a society where women have little say over their fates as daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives? During the reign of the Sun King (Louis XIV) in seventeenth-century France, women turned in droves to the Dark Arts in an attempt to break free of unhappy marriages, claim ownership of their bodies, or to otherwise settle emotional and /  or economic scores. This presentation will explore one of the greatest scandals in French history: the Affair of the Poisons.
DSU Boardroom
5 p.m. “Between the Sheets: Images of Women in Early Twentieth-Century American Popular Song” – Kevin Kelly and Stephanie Tingler, followed by CNU Female Chorus Performance
6 p.m. Dinner (provide) in the DSU Ballroom

7:15 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Yeonmi Park, DSU Ballroom

Twenty-three-year-old human rights activist and North Korean defector Yeonmi Park is fast becoming a leading voice of oppressed people around the world. At the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum and the One Young World Summit in Dublin, she became an international phenomenon, delivering passionate and deeply personal speeches about the brutality of the North Korean regime.Park’s escape from North Korea has given the world a window into the lives of its people. The BBC named her one of their Top Global Women. In 2017, Park joined the Tory Burch Foundation’s Embrace Ambition campaign, a global effort to dispel the double standard of ambition as a positive trait in men and a negative trait in women.

Saturday, March 24 – Morning Sessions

8:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided) – DSU Ballroom
9:30 a.m. – 12:15 Concurrent Sessions
Time Session Description Location
9:30 – 10:45 Panel 22:  Activism and Gender Equality in Education “STEM / Non-STEM Divide Structures Undergraduate Beliefs about Gender and Talent in Academia” -Kimberly Bailey

“Taught to Trailblaze: Education’s Role in the Life of the Black Female Activist” – Cindy Jones

DSU Boardroom
Panel 23:  Female Characters and Social Change in Literature “Philips’s “Sisterhood,” as Applied to Behn’s The Rover and Wycherley’s The Country Wife” – Kristin Leonard

“Reclaiming Dido” – Brandon Hubbard

DSU Jefferson Room
back to top Panel 24:  Gender and Rape Culture (Undergraduate) “Asking for It: How Rape Myths and Sexual Scripts Contribute to the College Rape Crisis” – Kaija Craft

“Towards an Entitlement Discourse: Reframing Feminist Theories of Rape” – Lauren Courtney

“Rape Across Nations” – Deja Petty

DSU Washington Room
Coffee Break
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel 25:  Activism and Social Media “How Internet Memes Have Become Powerful Weapons of Resistance for Women, Engaging Activism and Driving Social and Political Change” – Jeannine Owens

“Overcoming Epistemic Violence Online” – Heather Stewart

DSU Boardroom
Panel 26:  Resistance to Sexual Abuse and Violence “Reading the Pedophile: Deconstruction of Innocence Worship Through the Work of Henry Darger” – Grace Sparapani

“Shifting Through Cultural Conscience: Exploring Rape Myths in Young Adult Literature” – Marybeth Ragsdale-Richards

“Pedophilia: The Protest of the Silent Woman through Social Media” – Abiola Cynthia Adegbite

“Breaking the Silence (Without Saying a Word)” – Debra Miller and Sally Sledge

DSU Washington Room
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Gender Stereotypes and Public Perceptions (Undergraduate)
“The Glass Slipper: One Size Fits All” – Emily Bertrand

“When Vanity Knows No Limit. An Analysis of the Effects of Globalization on Beauty Throughout History” – Ashia Williams

“The Angry Woman” – Jacqueline O’Hara

“Why my heart hurt me so?” Decoding Whitewashed Perceptions of Lesbians and Bisexual Women” – Chris Utterback

DSU Jefferson Room
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch own your own.

Saturday, March 24 – Afternoon Sessions

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Time Session Description Location
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Panel 28:  Gender and Health Issues “Bordo, Alienation, & Distance Running” – Kayla Bohannon

“Stress as a Risk Factor for Heart Disease in Females” – Karol Watson and Kaycee Branchee

DSU Jefferson Room
Panel 29:  Women and Leadership Positions Presentation by Angela Spranger, Sierra Chen, and Brenna Gonsalves
“Leadership Styles of Female Deans and Organization Change in Public and Private Universities in Uganda” – Frances Naluwemba“Baby Boomer and Millennial Women in the U.S.: What Can We Learn From Each Other?” – Sally Sledge and Debra Miller
DSU Boardroom
 back to top Panel 30:  Fighting Gender Inequalities in Politics and the Military “Far from Those I have Left: Women and the Military since 1853 in Britain and America” – Rose-Ethel Althaus-Meza

“The Road to Equality: Reading in the Role of the Algerian Women in the Political and Social Life after 1989” – Omar Bouacha

“Women in Army – Opportunities and Limitations of Female Soldiers in the Polish Armed Forces during the Second War World” –  Anna Marcinkiewicz-Kaczmarczyk

DSU Washington Room