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Multimedia: Symposium considers directions for gender in the future

March 03, 2011

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With 30 events taking place over the course of three days, the 30th Annual Gender Studies Symposium seeks to inspire conversation about where gender may be headed in the future. Beginning March 9, the campus will be bustling with guest speakers from across the country and the local community leading sessions on topics ranging from feminist rhetoric to gender in religion.

With the theme “New Directions: Gender in the Future,” the symposium will encourage audiences to contemplate how conceptions of gender and identity have changed in years past and how society might understand these issues in another 30 years.

In the following video, members of the Lewis & Clark community discuss society’s expanding notions of gender and identity—the progress that has been made by previous generations and the work the current generation is committed to do.

Symposium details

The 30th Annual Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark, “New Directions: Gender in the Future,” will take place March 9-11. The schedule includes lectures, roundtable discussions, workshops, performances, and an art exhibition. All events are free and open to the public.

About the keynotes:

  • “Ranting and Raging: Translating Rhetoric into Action”
    Feminist activist, writer, and organizer Amy Richards is a leading voice for young feminist issues, lecturing widely and writing extensively about feminism today. March 9, 3:30 p.m.
  • “The Past, Present, and Future of Men’s Anti-Violence Work”
    University of Southern California professor Michael Messner is an award-winning teacher and leading scholar whose examinations of gender and sport have been widely influential, and he has been a pioneer in the study of men and masculinities. March 9, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Compulsory Genderqueerness: Transsexuality, Feminism and the ‘End of Gender’”
    Trans activist and spoken word performer Julia Serano is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity and works as a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley in the field of evolutionary and developmental biology. March 10, 3:30 p.m.
  • “Who Doesn’t Wish to Rescue Poor Third World Women?: Some Suspicious Centerings in Contemporary Feminism”
    Chair of Philosophy at Vassar College, Uma Narayan is a leading scholar examining transnational and global feminisms. March 10, 7:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule of event times and locations, please visit the symposium website. For more information, contact

**Ethan Allred ’12 helped produce this video.

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