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10th Annual Women's Studies Student Conference
December 1-2, 2011

Thursday, December 1 - Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

6:00 pm - Fire, Water, Earth, Wind: A Dance in Four Movements

Dancers: Cassandra Carter, Chaula Shukla, and Shawna Mackey.

6:30 pm - Welcome & Alumni Roundtable

Roundtable Panelists: Revital Aranbaev, Alysha Cooley, Jaclyn DeChiro, Minjeong Kim, Grace Mose, and Melissa Tacke.

Moderator: Kaitlin Wax, University at Albany

Opening Reception to Follow in the Futterer Lounge.


Friday, December 2 - Standish Room, Science Library

10:00 am - Breakfast

10:30 am - Changing Our Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

Nina Fei Yang, University at Albany (MA, '10), "From Victimization to Criminalization: A Legal Case Study on Battered Women Who Kill and Self-Defense Laws in North Carolina and Iowa."

Chaula Shukla, University at Albany (BA, '04) & Albany Law School, and Sarah Gabriels, Albany Law School, "Policing the Family: Race, Class, and Domestic Violence."

Raysa Capellan, University at Albany, "Echoes and Art Resist Silence: A Spoken-Word Performance."

Moderator: Alyssa Hennessy, University at Albany

11:45 am - Luncheon

12:30 pm - Media, Art, and the Body

Lauren E. K. Bartolotta, State University of New York at Fredonia, "Sexualizing Cinderella: Simulacra and Lack of Agency in the 'Princess Culture.'"

Amy Scott, University at Albany (BA/MA), "Three Daisy Selling: Marketing a Tween Girl Consumer Culture."

Kelly Johnson, Southwestern University, "Smudging It: Blurring the Boundaries between Feminism and Art."

Maureen Whitcomb, University at Albany, "Bodies of Flesh, Bodies of Knowledge: Representations of Female Genital Cutting and Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery."

Moderator: Zanetta Gary, University at Albany

2:00 pm - Keynote Speaker and Workshop:

Michele Tracy Berger, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Transform Your World: Exploring Career and Life Fulfilling Opportunities Using Your Women's Studies Degree."


Friday, December 2 - Standish Room, Science Library

Transform Your World:
Exploring Career and Life Fulfilling Opportunities Using Your Women's Studies Degree

2:00 pm

Michele Berger

Michele Tracy Berger

Keynote Speaker and Workshop

Wondering how to apply your training in women's and gender studies beyond college and graduate school? This small hands-on workshop is designed for upper level women's and gender studies majors and minors and MA students. It will provide a rare and exciting opportunity to explore career pathways in women's and gender studies. We will draw on several concepts from the book Transforming Scholarship as our starting point. This workshop will then help participants map their skills, training and interests to possible career and civic engagement pathways. We will use creative exercises to support self-discovery (e.g. prompt writing).

This workshop will help you to:

•Set goals that speak to your core interests and provide lasting motivation.

•Recognize and assess your internal strengths and external skills.

•Practice communicating the value of a women's and gender studies degree.

•Develop an action plan that you can implement.

•Find additional sources of encouragement, affirmation and advice for building and sustaining feminist communities after graduation.

Michele Tracy Berger is associate professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and adjunct professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She is also a creative writer and conducts seminars on women, leadership and creativity. She maintains a blog about the everyday practice of creativity: Creative Tickle


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