Gender and Empire: A Truman Conference

in honor of Women's History Month
March 30-April 1
The 11th annual Women's and Gender Studies Conference
Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Committee, the Division of Language and Literature, and the Residential College Program

March 30 - VH 1000
11-11:50 a.m.
Resistance movements
Alexandria Lockett, "The Story of Algeria: How Women Secured Its Independence"
Alicia Barks, "Contextualizing the Rhetoric of Women's Rights Movements in the Middle East"

noon-12:50 p.m.
Postcolonial criticism
Neil Bales, "A Postcolonial Study of Universalisms and Imperialism in 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wide Sargasso Sea,'"
Emily Murdock, "Somewhere Over the Balcony: An Irish View of British Imperialism"

1:30-3 p.m.
VOX: Fighting for reproductive rights
Karen Smith et al., "The Current State of Reproductive Health Services and Policy"

March 30 - BH 218
3:30-6 p.m.
Film and discussion
Monica Barron, "Colonized Power and Indigenous Women in 'Rabbit-Proof Fence'"

March 30 - SUB Activities Room
7 p.m.
A Prism-sponsored related event: the transgendered life
Debra Davis, guest speaker, will discuss her male to female transition.

March 31 - VH 1000
10:30-11:20 a.m.
Women and American culture
Kiley Huges, "Isabella Bird: Cowboy, Lady, or Fellow?"
Julie Limbaugh, "Breaking Free: Women as Slaves to Fashion in the 'Fin de Siecle' and the Present"

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Colonialism and feminist theory
Alanna Preussner, "Assuming the Missionary Position: Imperialism, Faith, and Feminism"
Kristopher Stroup, "Feminism, Dhimmitude, and the Public Sphere: A Reconceptualization of Feminist Theorizing of the 'Dhimmit'"

1:30-2:20 p.m.
Colonized women in the Americas
Carol Marshall, "Brokenness and Identity: Chicanas Piece Together the Moon on This Side of the Border"
Marc Becker, "Beauty Queens and Empire at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela"

2:30-3:20 p.m.
Postcolonial women in Africa, part 1
Marijke Breuning, "Aid and Gender Equality in Africa"
Samuel Edeh, "The New Face of Women's Rights in Post-Military Nigeria"

3:30-4:20 p.m.
Personal testimony
J.J. Pionke, "Gaijin Girl: Foreigner Gender and Japan"
Gretchen Willier, "One Woman's Struggle with Day-to-Day Imperialism"

4:30-5:50 p.m.
Keynote performance
Stephanie Howell, "Atrocious Beauty: A Fattie Bites Back"
(Introduced by Christine Harker)

April 1 - VH 1000
10:30-11:20 a.m.
Women in government
Larry Iles, "Barbara Castle, Socialist UK Politician, and her Opposition to White, War-making Imperialism in Kenya, Egypt, Cyprus and South Africa, 1950-1993"
Betty McLane-Iles, "Women Changing French Government and Politics"

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Performance art workshop
Stephanie Howell, "Performance as a Way of Knowing"

1:30-2:20 p.m.
Postcolonial women in Africa, part 2
Ifeanyi Elechi, "The Devastating Effects of Colonialism on African Women: The Untold Story"
Alaina Denney, "Impossible Expectations: The Role of Motherhood in Sindiwie Magona's 'Mother to Mother'"

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Men and empire
Benjamin Reddin, "The Self-Made Man: George A. Custer"
Kade Schemahorn, "Metrosexual Emodiment and Perception: Confronting Hegemoney from a Male Perspective"

3:45-5:15 p.m.
Empire and masculinity: a panel discussion
Hena Ahmad, Nick Kremer, Bob Mielke, Arnie Preussner, Tom Useted, and Linda Seidel

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