April 18, 2017
Texas Tech University’s Women’s Studies Program will host its annual All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women Thursday and Friday (April 20-21).
The conference began as a small, in-house event in 1984. It now attracts attendees from colleges and universities regionally, nationally and internationally. Past keynote speakers include writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem; prominent Iraqi feminist, Yanar Mohammed; Native American poet, literary critic, activist and novelist, Paula Gunn Allen; and American activist, environmentalist, economist and writer, Winona LaDuke.
The conference opens with a free, one-night-only screening of “MAKERS: Women in Politics” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Escondido Theatre of the Student Union Building (SUB). The documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics by profiling women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields.
The second day of the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday with a check-in and continental breakfast on the upper level of the SUB. Concurrent sessions will be conducted throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Special guest speakers for the day include:
Women’s Studies also will host a scholarship awards luncheon at noon in the Matador Room to recognize the 2017-18 Women’s Studies Scholarship Awards recipients. Pre-registration is required to attend the luncheon.
The conference is free for all to attend and participants can register online, in person or by phone at (806) 742-4335.
To attend the luncheon, registrants must complete the form and pay the luncheon fee. The price to attend is $25 for students and $35 for non-students (checks only). Checks should be submitted to Texas Tech University, Women’s Studies Program, Attn: Conference Registration, Box 42009, Lubbock, Texas, 79409-2009.
Visitors without a Texas Tech parking sticker can find parking information by entering from the 15th Street/University Avenue entrance to the campus. Visitor parking will be available near the SUB.
For more information about the conference, including the conference program, schedule and registration form, visit the Women’s Studies website or download the Guidebook app.
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.Twitter