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Texas Tech to Host 29th Annual Conference on Women in Higher Education

It starts with a viewing of the documentary “Girl Rising” in the International Cultural Center Auditorium.

Written by Callie Jones

Texas Tech University is hosting the 29th Annual Conference on Women in Higher Education on April 4 and 5.

This year’s theme, “Women and Global Change: Achieving Peace through Empowering Women, Part II” continues the conversations that began at the 2012 conference. The conference will explore the peace-building work of women that are the core of movements for social, political and economic change.

The conference kicks off with a film viewing of the documentary “Girl Rising” (2012) 6:30 p.m. April 4. in the International Cultural Center Auditorium located at 601 Indiana Ave (doors open at 6 p.m.) “Girl Rising” was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins and showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Events on April 5 begin at 8:30 a.m. with check-in at the registration table near the elevators on the upper level of the Student Union Building. Speakers for the day include:

  • Yifat Susskind, executive director of MADRE, 9 a.m. in the Matador Room
  • Susskind works with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa to create programs in their communities to address women’s health, violence against women, economic and environmental justice, and peace building.

  • Yanar Mohammed, co-founder and president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), 1 p.m. in the Matador Room
  • Mohammed is an activist for women’s rights in Iraq. Her work, like many other human rights activists in the country, has been undertaken at great personal risk.  In 2008, she was the recipient of the Gruber Foundation’s Women’s Rights Prize. She is the editor of the newspaper Al-Mousawat (Equality).

A pre-pay, ticketed luncheon will recognize the 2013-2014 Women’s Studies Scholarship Award recipients beginning at noon in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. Pre-registration is required to attend the luncheon.

Registration for the conference is $30 ($15 for students) and is available online, in person or by phone. A completed form and payment (checks only) should be submitted by March 29 to Texas Tech University, Women’s Studies Program, Attn: Conference Registration, Box 42009, Lubbock, TX. 79409-2009.

Visitors without a Texas Tech parking sticker can find parking information by entering from the 15th Street/University Ave. entrance to the campus. The traffic kiosk attendant will give directions to the SUB and nearest visitor parking location.

The Women’s Studies Program is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

For more information, the complete conference program/schedule and the registration form, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_2013.php.

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Women's Studies Program

Started in 1981, the Women’s Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.

Texas Tech offers a minor in Women’s Studies. Goals of the minor include helping student’s interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.

The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.

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