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Texas Tech Hosts Conference on the Advancement of Women

Hope Lenamon

April 5, 2018


Favianna Rodriguez and Norma Cantu will speak at the conference.

Texas Tech University's Women's & Gender Studies will host its 34th annual Conference on the Advancement of Women April 19-21.

The conference will begin with a free artist workshop, “Reproduce & Revolt: A Social Justice Poster Workshop,” by Favianna Rodriguez at 4 p.m. April 19 at the Helen Devitt Jones Print Studio, 602 Ave. J. Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice and ecology. She lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Space for the workshop is limited, and registration is required.

Concurrent sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 20 at the Student Union Building. Special guest speakers for the day include Rodriguez and Norma Cantu, professor emeritus at Trinity University in San Antonio. Cantu's research and teaching interests include specializing in Latino/Latina literature, Chicano/Chicana literature, border studies, folklore, women's studies and creative writing. She will be the plenary speaker at 10 a.m., and Rodriguez will be the keynote speaker at 1 p.m., both in the Matador Room.

The conference will close with a free literary workshop by Cantu at 10 a.m. on April 21 in English Building room 201. Refreshments will be served prior to the workshop at 9 a.m. in the English Building Atrium.

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 $15 for students and $25 for non-students. The fee is payable by cash or check only.

Visitors without a Texas Tech parking pass can receive parking information by entering from the 15th Street and University Avenue entrance to the campus.

For more information about the conference, including the conference program, schedule and registration form, visit the conference website or download the Guidebook app.

About the conference

The annual Conference on the Advancement of Women began in 1984 as a small, in-house event that has since grown exponentially. The event attracts attendees from colleges and universities regionally, nationally and internationally. More than 50 guest scholars and activists have spoken on campus since the conference's inception. Past keynote speakers included Gloria Steineim, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer; Yanar Mohammed, prominent Iraqi feminist; Paula Gunn Allen, Native American poet, literary critic, activist and novelist; and Winona LaDuke, American activist, environmentalist, economist and writer.

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