Conference Registration

This event is free and open to the public. There is no charge for registration; however, we encourage both conference participants and attendees to fill out the following registration forms and to send completed forms to by Monday, November 28, 2011.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT: Download and complete Registration Form (Word format).

CONFERENCE ATTENDEE: Download and complete Registration Form (Word format).

Conference Venue and Local Accommodations

The conference will be held on the Uptown Campus of the University at Albany (See Map). On December 1, we will welcome conference participants and attendees to our first event at the Recital Hall and Futterer Lounge, both located in the Performing Arts Center. On December 2, we will continue our conference in the Standish Room, 3rd floor of the Science Library. The campus is accessible by using Interstates 87 (New York Thruway) and 90. Albany also has an international airport and Amtrak and Greyhound stations. Please see the University at Albany's Visitors page.

We recommend that conference participants and attendees stay in lodgings close to campus. The Best Western Sovereign Hotel, located across from the uptown campus on Western Avenue, offers reasonable rates, and several hotels on the other side of campus, on Washington Avenue, are also available. Please visit the University at Albany's Accommodations page, which includes contact information for each nearby hotel.

Conference Mission

Every fall semester, graduate students in the Women's Studies department at the University at Albany organize an annual conference - often through the Feminist Theory graduate seminar or occasionally through another course. What began in Fall 2002 as a class conference, in which students presented their seminar papers in a public format, has grown into open calls for participation from both graduate and undergraduate students in different departments, colleges, and universities. The annual conference in the past has featured local, statewide, national, and international students and activists.

This year's conference, This Bridge Called Change: Transitioning Feminism, is a celebration of 40 years of Women's Studies here at the University at Albany and our 10th annual Women's Studies Student Conference. Because we have reached a milestone in student conference organizing, we will kick off this annual event with a dance performance that looks back at the amazing history of Women's Studies and Feminism, and a celebration of our alumni, featured in a special roundtable on December 1.

This event continues on December 2 with presentations and culminates with a special keynote workshop by Michele Berger, co-author with Cheryl Radeloff of the new book, Transforming Scholarship, which looks at the important work of Women's Studies graduates and how they can continue to work as "Change Agents" in whatever career and activist paths they take. Berger's other books include Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004) and the co-edited collections Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers ( Altamira Press, 2003) and The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Her teaching and research interests include multiracial feminisms, qualitative methods, and HIV/AIDS activism.

Conference Organizers

This Fall 2011 event has been organized by graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Orientation seminar (A WSS 510): Desiree Farley, Kolbe Franklin, Zanetta Gary, Alyssa Hennessy, Shawna Mackey, Meagan Morin, Fatma Ozdemir, Kaitlin Wax, and Zirong Wang.

Conference Sponsors
This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Women's Studies, the Institute for Research on Women (IROW), the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Gender and Sexuality, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, and CATALYST, Women's Studies GSO ("Your GSO funds at work").