Annual WGST Student Conference
2014 Conference Art Poster created by Maria A Muñoz
6th Annual WGST Student Conference 2014
The Women’s and Gender Studies Student Conference and dinner are held annually in March to celebrate Women’s History Month.
This year the March 13, 2014 WGST Conference Dinner featured keynote speaker, Dr. Alison Kafer from Southwestern University. Kafer is an associate professor of feminist studies at Southwestern University, and an expert in the areas of feminist and queer theory, disability studies, and activism. She discussed her most recent book, "Feminist, Queer, Crip" which is about the intersections between gay rights, disability rights and feminism.
The Sixth Annual Women's and Gender Studies Student Conference was held on Friday, March 14, 2014 in the Orton Center. The primary goal of the conference each year is to provide a forum where students can present their work in women’s and gender studies and important work with issues of gender, women and/or sexuality.
This year over 40 students from across the campus gave presentations. Faculty from multiple disciplines joined as commentators and moderators on panels. The conference features student research and writing in the area of women’s and gender studies, and provides a unique opportunity for students to come together to share ideas and papers. It is the only forum on campus that features student work from across many different disciplines and perspectives, including literature, history, anthropology, and psychology.
According to Dr. Jennifer Nelson, associate professor and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, welcoming students from diverse backgrounds serves as an inspirational and important element of the conference.
"There are a lot of students who don't major or minor in women's and gender studies, but still take courses in the field and do very interesting research,” she said. “We wanted a forum to show off their important work as well.”
Printable Conference Program Schedule
We invite you to join us next year for the 7th Annual WGST Student Conference. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 and the conference will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015. For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies Department at 909-748-8345.