Women's Studies Program Hosts Gender and Gender Identity Colloquium

This is the seventh year the colloquium is hosted at Texas Tech.

The Texas Tech University Women’s Studies Program will host its annual Gender and Gender Identity Colloquium Friday (Oct. 23). Sessions are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Red Raider Lounge of the Student Union Building.

Since its inception in 2009, the colloquium has served as a forum where speakers, discussants, presenters, panelists and the general audience can engage in vigorous exchanges centering on gender and gender identity in terms of empowerment and commitment to social justice.

“I look forward to our colloquium each fall,” said Tricia Earl, Women’s Studies Program coordinator. “This year, I am especially excited because we decided to return to accepting proposals from researchers here on campus. Additionally, for the first time since 2009, we are delighted to host a keynote speaker, Blaine Bookey. Hosting faculty, staff and student research sessions along with our keynote speaker, participants will be able to gain insight into a wide variety of topics that center around the intersection of gender identities that influence us all.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Blaine Bookey, legal director and adjunct professor at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, University of California Hastings College of the Law. Bookey’s work focuses on advancing protection for women, children and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals fleeing persecution. Prior to joining the center, Bookey served as a federal appellate judicial law clerk and a fellow at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti/Bureau des Avocats Internationaux where she first began collaborating with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, to support grassroots organizations and Haitian lawyers fighting to end sexual and gender-based violence.

The colloquium program schedule is:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Check In & Registration
  • 9-9:50 a.m.: Session I
  • 10-10:50 a.m.: Session II
  • 11-11:50 a.m.: Session III
  • Noon-12:50 p.m.: Session IV
  • Lunch: $10 box lunch
  • 1-2 p.m.: Blaine Bookey

The event is open to the public and admission is free. Proof of attendance is provided to those students attending the colloquium for course credit. Off-campus visitors can enter through the main campus entrance at University Avenue and Broadway, and ask for directions and visitor parking location instructions at the traffic kiosk station.
To register, visit the Women’s Studies Program website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/colloquium_registration.php

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 and schedule and the registration form, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/events_gender15.php  


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 students 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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