CNU faculty, students and staff are invited to attend conference panel sessions. Meals and keynote address are for registered guests.

Thursday, March 22 – Morning Sessions

8:15 a.m. Registration is located on the 2nd floor of the David Student Union (DSU)
*Shuttles will run from the hotel to campus from 7:30 – 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 Jessica Frazier – Equality, Development, and Peace: Women’s International Organizing after the UN Decade for Women

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

Weisun You – Choosing to be a NGOer: Gender, Age and the Occupational Segregation in NGOs sector

Moderator: Suparna Chaudhry

DSU Boardroom
Panel 2: Fertility, Childbirth, and Reproductive Rights Sara Black – ‘The Patient Refuses to Push’: Pain, Agency, and the Negotiation of Childbirth Anesthesia, 1847-1900”

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

Aya Farhat – Abortion and Woman’s Citizenship: Roe v. Wade and Enduring Constructions of Motherhood

DSU Jefferson Room
Coffee Break
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel 3: Combating Gender Inequalities Sheema Khawar – Feminist Praxis as a Site of Power and Change: A Study on Girls as Dhabas

Diana Obeid – Arab Women in Prisons

Anwar Shaheen – Fighting Odds in Domestic Sphere: Mothers’ Role to Alter Cultural Values Governing Daughters’ Rights in Pakistan

Yunah Woo – What Does It Take to be a Woman in South Korea?

Moderator: Margarita Marinova

DSU Boardroom
back to top Panel 4: Activism, Memory, and History Nancy Rochford Flynn – Cultural Amnesia: The Role of Active Commemoration in Countering Cultural Forms of Magdalene Forgetfulness

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

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

Moderator: Brian McInnis

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

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, Women’s and Gender Studies)

Panelists: Sharon Larson (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), Danielle Docka-Filipek (Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology), 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 Sharon Advincula Caringal – Wife, not Husband Controls the Power of the Purse in the Philippines: Implications and Challenges

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

Charles Nnamdi Ohanyelu – Early Marriage vs. Girl’s Basic Education in Sub-Sahara Africa: A Call for A Just Fight for The Girls

Moderator: Sara Black

DSU Boardroom
Panel 6: Women and Political Concerns Esther Ajayi – Woman Question and Political Participation in Africa: The Nigerian Example

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

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

Cleopatra Mtembu – The Fallist Movement:  The Call to Decolonize the African Society

Moderator: Hussam Timani

DSU Jefferson Room
back to top Panel 7:  Activism Through Art Chelsea Charbonneau – The Possibilities of Performance: Beyoncé’s Lemonade as a Social Justice Intervention

Smrita Jain – Why Art as Activism is Failing in India

Wanda Lauren Taylor – Educating Women Through Artistic Involvement and Inclusion

Moderator: John Thompson

DSU Washington Room

Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Panel 8: Gender, Rights, and Legal Power Kate Brunk– Debating Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: Illinois as a Model for the Nation

Laura Micheletti Puaca – Gender, Domestic Space, and Disability Rights in the Post-World War II United States

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

Moderator: Frank Garmon Jr.

DSU Boardroom
back to top Panel 9: Race, Gender, and Social Justice Movements Kina Collins – Speak up or Pass the Mic: Hip-Hop, Popular Culture and Black Women in the Liberation Movement

Colita Fairfax – Social Justice Awareness and Ontology Among African American Women Trapped in the Social Service Industry

Lily Kunda – 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

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

Moderator: Elaine Miller

DSU Washington Room
5 p.m. Opening Reception – DSU Ballroom – This event will feature a cash bar.
6 p.m. Play: Antigon – DSU Ballroom
8 p.m. Shuttles will begin returning guests to the hotels. The shuttles will continue until all guests have been returned.

Friday, March 23 – Morning Sessions

8:15 a.m. Registration is located on the 2nd floor of the David Student Union (DSU)
*Shuttles will run from the hotel to campus from 7:30 – 10 a.m.
9 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Time Session Description Location
9 – 10:15 a.m. Panel 10:  Antigone: Staging Protest Laura Grace Godwin – Greek Theatre: Performing Protest, Past & Present

Kathy Jaremski – Costuming Antigone

Julian Stetkevych – Directing Antigone: Process of Protest

Moderator: Ann Mazzoca

DSU Boardroom
Panel 11:  Activism and Religion Dawn Hutchinson – Ecofeminism: Global Advocacy for the Eart

Christine Murphy – Buddhism, Nationalism, and Gendercide: The Situation of the Rohingya Today

Moderator: Rocio Gordon

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

Nicole Manning – Womanhood in Modern Gothic Literature and Film

Alec Masella – Stitches: The Relationship between Women and Fabrication in Short Legal Fiction

Moderator: Ashley McHenry

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

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

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

Moderator: Mary Wright

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

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

Moderator: Sarah Finley

DSU Jefferson Room
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Women and Social Change (Undergraduate)
Jenifer Davis – Women & the War on Patriarchy: An Analysis of Reproductive Rights and Inequality in Today’s Global Society

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

Katie Kozlowski – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: A Women Who Changed Liberia

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

Moderator: Amina Bukasa

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 Emma Ariyo – Empowering Women Through the Sport of Boxing in Uganda

Molly Kelly – Strong ‘For a Girl’: Sports Science, Femininity, and Athletic Gatekeepers of Gender

Moderator: Linda Waldron

DSU Boardroom
Panel 17:  Challenging Public Perceptions of Women Paula Talero Alvarez – Resisting the Dichotomy Victim vs Agent: Theorizing Young Women’s Agency

Carley Petersen – Prescripted, Proscripted, Or Unscripted? Authoring Melania Trump’s FLOTUS

Moderator: Patricia Seuchie

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

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

Moderator: Alonso Varo Varo

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

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

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

Moderator: Laura Deiulio

DSU Boardroom
Panel 20: Gender and Identity in Literature Amanda McMenamin – ¡Yo! Authorial Assertion under the Eye/I of La autora in Rosa Chacel’s Estación, ida y vuelta (1930)

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

Elena Valdez – Mothering the Cubanía: The Representation of the Same-Sex Desire in The Forbidden Stories of Marta Veneranda by Sonia Rivera-Valdés

Moderator: Anna Teekell

DSU Washington Room
Panel 21: Gender and Education (Undergraduate) Aniyah Brown – The Trivialized History of Militant Women

Kymbre Robinson – The Struggle for a Better Sexual Education

Dilesha Stelmach – Women in STEM: An Intersectional Analysis of the Female Experience in a Male Dominated Industry

Moderator: Reese Kirkpatrick

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.
8 p.m. Shuttles will begin returning guests to the hotels. The shuttles will continue until all guests have been returned.

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 Kimberly Bailey STEM/Non-STEM Divide Structures Undergraduate Beliefs About Gender and Talent in Academia

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

Ngozi Ementa – Gender disparity in Enrollment and Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Business Studies in Anambra State, Nigeria

Moderator: Matthew Morena

DSU Boardroom
Panel 23:  Female Characters and Social Change in Literature Brandon Hubbard – Reclaiming Dido

Kristin Leonard – Philips’s “Sisterhood,” as applied to Behn’s The Rover and Wycherley’s The Country Wife

Moderator: Jana Adamitis

DSU Jefferson Room
back to top Panel 24:  Gender and Rape Culture (Undergraduate) Lauren Courtney – Towards an Entitlement Discourse: Reframing Feminist Theories of Rape

Kaija Craft – Asking for It: How Rape Myths and Sexual Scripts Contribute to the College Rape Crisis

Deja Petty – Rape Across Nations

Moderator: Ashley McHenry

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

Heather Stewart – Overcoming Epistemic Violence Online

Moderator: Natasha Beranek

DSU Boardroom
Panel 26:  Resistance to Sexual Abuse and Violence Abiola Cynthia Adegbite – Pedophilia: The Protest of the Silent Woman Through Social Media

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

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

Grace Sparapani – Reading the Pedophile: Deconstruction of Innocence Worship Through the Work of Henry Darger

Moderator: Dawn Hutchinson

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

Jacqueline O’Hara – The Angry Woman

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

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

Moderator: Nicolette DeFrank

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 Kayla Bohannon – Bordo, Alienation, & Distance Running

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

Moderator: Jessica Apolloni

DSU Jefferson Room
Panel 29:  Women and Leadership Positions Angela Spranger, Sierra Chen, and Brenna Gonsalves – Women’s Perceptions of Women in Leadership: A Developmental, Qualitative Study

Frances Naluwemba – Leadership Styles of Female Deans and Organization Change in Public and Private Universities in Uganda

Debra Miller and Sally Sledge – Baby Boomer and Millennial Women in the U.S.: What Can We Learn From Each Other?

Moderator: Mark Padilla

DSU Boardroom
 back to top Panel 30:  Fighting Gender Inequalities in Politics and the Military Rose-Ethel Althaus-Meza – Far From Those I have Left: Women and the Military since 1853 in Britain and America

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

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

Moderator: Rosa Motta

DSU Washington Room
2:45 p.m. Shuttles will begin returning guests to the hotel. The shuttles will continue until all guests have been returned.