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Texas Tech to Host 30th Annual All-University Conference

This year's theme is "Women's Studies on the Edge," and will take place April 17-19.

Written by Callie Jones

Texas Tech University is set to host the 30th Annual All-University Conference on Women in Higher Education April 17-19. This year’s theme is “Women’s Studies on the Edge”. Presenters include Texas Tech University faculty as well as from universities and colleges across Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, New Mexico and Georgia.

This year’s keynote speaker is African-American feminist scholar, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, who is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College in Atlanta. She will explore the present and future of women’s studies programs in universities and colleges across the nation.

Guy-Sheftall received numerous fellowships and awards, among them a National Kellogg Fellowship; a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for dissertations in women’s studies; and Spelman’s Presidential Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Dillard University in New Orleans. She has been involved with the national women’s studies movement since its inception and provided leadership for the establishment of the first women’s studies major at a historically black college.

The All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women was held for the first time in 1984 as a small in-house conference at Texas Tech. It now attracts participants from regional and national universities and colleges, with nationally and internationally known keynote speakers such as Gloria Steinem, Yanar Mohammed, Paula Gunn Allen and Winona LaDuke.

“This year’s theme of Women’s Studies on the Edge is to encourage debate and reflection on the future of women’s studies,” said Charlotte Dunham, director of Texas Tech’s Women’s Studies Program. “We have a strong and diverse group of speakers this year, all of whom will provide unique perspectives on the study of women and gender and will certainly dispel the myth that there is nothing you can do with a minor in women’s studies.”

The conference kicks off with a film viewing of the academy award winning documentary “Inocente” (2012) on 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the Mesa Room located in the Student Union Building.

Events on Friday, April 18 begin at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and continental breakfast on the upper level of the Student Union Building. In addition to Guy-Sheftall, Robin Milstead, managing director of accounting and financial services for Wayne Russell Search Consultants based in Houston will speak on “Driving Your Career from the Backseat: A Journey from the Classroom to the Boardroom.” Dorothy Chansky, associate professor of theater and Carol Flueckiger, associate professor of art; both from Texas Tech, will give an artistic performance.

A pre-pay, ticketed luncheon will recognize the 2014-2015 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.

Events on Saturday, April 19 begin at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and a continental breakfast on the upper level of the Student Union Building. Speakers for the day include:

  • Texas Tech University, Women’s Studies Affiliated Faculty Panel
  • Regional Women’s & Gender Studies Directors Panel with special guests Jill Irvine, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma; Claire Sahlin, department chair and professor of Women’s Studies at Texas Women’s University; and Sandra Spencer, program director at the University of North Texas.

Registration for the conference is available online, in person or by phone. A completed form and payment (checks only) should be submitted 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_2014.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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