WGST Conference 2014


In honor of Women's History Month, the Women’s and Gender Studies program will host itsĀ Sixth Annual WGST Student Conference March 13-14, 2014. The event is free and open to the public and University of Redlands community.

The conference will feature 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.”

Dr. Alison Kafer will present the conference’s keynote speech at 6 p.m. March 13 in the Casa Loma Room, following a dinner that is open to the public and students. 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 will present findings from her most recent book, “Feminist, Queer, Crip.”

The public is also invited to attend showcases and panels featuring students in Orton Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14. Topics that will be explored include women and God, feminism and fundraising and gender and economy.

For more information on the conference, please contact Nelson at Those who are interested in attending the dinner are asked to contact Denise Spencer at

Posted: March 6, 2014

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