March 07, 2007

26th Annual Gender Studies Symposium

Our Voices, Ourselves
March 8-10, 2007

Our Voices, Ourselves

Wednesday, March 7 - Friday, March 9, 2007


Art Exhibit, March 8-10, Stamm

Curated by Barbara Bartholomew, LC Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, LC students Emily Scavarda and Laine Shipley, and the Gender Studies Symposium Art Committee.

Featuring work by LC contributors as well as by Portland artists and others from around the nation, this juried exhibit displaysed a variety of approaches to questions of gender and identity in a wide range of different media. The exhibit is open daily throughout the symposium.


“Get on the Soapbox”, located throughout the symposium at various locations around campus, used the open microphone to share stories, songs, and poems, adding to the ongoing conversation about gender and feminism.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

9:00-10:30 A.M., Council Chamber
Advertising Gender: Oprah, the Harvard Business Review, Philip Morris, and Maidenform
Moderator: Daena Goldsmith, LC Associate Professor of Communication
Sassafras Lowrey, PSU student, “Modern Freak Show: Explorations of Oprah’s Transgender Representations, 2003-2005”
Amber Case, LC student, “The Male-Dominated Business World: An Analysis of Gender Roles in the Harvard Business Review
Pearl Kilpatrick, LC student, “A Look into The Schizophrenic Messages of Philip Morris and Maidenform”


9:00-10:30 A.M., Thayer
Gen(d)erations: Telling Family Stories
Moderator: Susan Kirschner, LC Senior Lecturer in Humanities
Susan Lilly, LC Instructor of Physical Education and Athletics, “Phys. Ed. and Sex Ed. in a Progressive Era, 1905-1915”
Molly Miles, LC Administrative Assistant, Art Department, “Kezia D. Benton: A Life Undercover”
Hafidha Sofia Acuay, “The Only Sane One in the House “


10:45 A.M.-12:15 P.M., Council Chamber
Roundtable: African Americans and Cultural Dislocation in Higher Education
Moderator: Lisa Webb, LC Associate Dean of Students and Director of Ethnic Student Services
Naiomi Cameron, LC Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Aman Kubrom, LC student
Lisa Moore, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Reed College


10:45 A.M.-12:15 P.M., Thayer
Limitless Love: Stories of Responsible Non-Monogamy
Moderator: Laura Rose Gage, LC student
Jessyka Lafferty
Angel Kelly
Nicolle Wynia-Eide, LC ‘96
Allena Gabosch, Executive Director, Seattle’s Sex Positive Community Center
Devan Robbins
Ember Burns
Ashley Allegro


12:30-2:00 P.M., Council Chamber
Feminism and Crafts: Reclaim Your Domesticity through Art
Moderator: Linda Tesner, Curator of LC Hoffman Gallery
Sue Taylor, Associate Professor of Art History, Portland State University, “Hildur’s Grandma”
Namita Gupta Wiggers, Curator, Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, “New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily”
Presentations followed by a DIY workshop
Embroidery facilitated by LC student Jess Hirsch
Crocheting facilitated by LC student Sarah LaLonde
Bookbinding facilitated by LC student Jean Marie Pearce


12:30-2:00 P.M., Thayer
But what if they didn’t live happily ever after?: Fairy Tales for the 21st Century
Moderator: Katja Altpeter-Jones, LC Assistant Professor of German
Marta Blanchard, Joseph Blosser, Brian Cancio, Jenn Diederich, Rob Dietrich, Emma Oberländer, Rachel Sloan, LC students


12:30-2:00 P.M., Evans Auditorium
Vocal Performance with discussion: “Rita”
Performance and discussion of one-act opera, a farce about domestic violence, deception, and gender roles.
Susan McBerry, Director of LC Opera Theater
Sadie Gregg, soprano
Thom Jacobs ‘06 LC alumni, tenor
Garrett Waagmeester, LC student, bass
Stephanie Thompson, LC Instructor, accompanist


2:15-3:15 P.M., Stamm
Informal conversation with Dolores Huerta
Introduced by Emily Webb, LC student


2:15-3:15 P.M., Thayer
Fat Politics: Taking Up Space on the Margin
Moderator: Nikki Williams, LC Access Services/Technology Specialist, Watzek Library
Jenny Bruso and Chelsea Lincoln, members of the Fat Action Troupe Allstar Spirit Squad (F.A.T.A.S.S.)


3:30-5:00 P.M., Council Chamber
Featured Performance and Presentation
E. Patrick Johnson, “Pouring Tea: Narratives of Black Gay Men of the South”

Introduced by Ariel Kazunas, LC student and symposium co-chair

E. Patrick Johnson is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies, School of Communication, Northwestern University. In addition to publishing articles in numerous academic journals, Johnson is the author of the award-winning Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (2003) and co-editor (with Mae G. Henderson) of Black Queer Theory: A Critical Anthology (2005). He is also a performing artist, touring with his one-man show “Strange Fruit” from 1999 to 2004. His current projects include an oral history of black gay men in the South and an anthology of black queer performance texts. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD from Louisiana State University.


7:30 P.M. Council Chamber
Keynote Presentation
Dolores Huerta, “Reflections on 50 Years of Activism and the Challenges Ahead”

Introduced by Elizabeth Fussell, LC student

Dolores C. Huerta is the co-founder (with César Chávez) of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which focuses on community organizing and leadership training. As an activist and organizer for 50 years, Huerta has battled segregation and police brutality, conducted voter registration drives, and led the struggle to secure numerous gains for farm workers, including collective bargaining rights, better wages, improved work conditions, and unemployment and disability insurance. She has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award, bestowed by President Clinton in 1998, and nine honorary doctorate degrees. Ladies Home Journal named her as one of the “100 Most Important Women of the Twentieth Century,” Ms. Magazine honored her as one of three “Women of the Year” in 1998, and she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

9:00-10:30 A.M., Council Chamber
Our Communities, Ourselves: Seeking Gender-Specific Utopia in Oregon
Moderator: Jim Kopp, Director of LC Watzek Library
Jim Kopp, Director of LC Watzek Library, “Voices from the Wilderness: The Rise of Gender-Specific Communities in Oregon”
H. Ni Aódagain, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages, Umpqua Community College, “Empowerment through Community: From Separatism to Sanctuary”
Linda Long, Manuscripts Librarian, Division of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon, “Legacy, Trust, and Legitimacy: Establishing the Lesbian Collections at the University of Oregon”


9:00-10:30 A.M., Thayer
Let’s Talk about Sex: Confessions from a Catholic School
Moderator: Sister Loretta Schaff, LC Adjunct Chaplain
Dan McKanan, Associate Professor of Theology, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, and Patricia Cespedes-Schueller, Director and Chaplain of Campus Ministry, College of Saint Benedict, “Talking About Sex at a Catholic College”
Ann Jensen, LC student


10:45-11:45 A.M., Council Chamber
Multimedia Presentation: What Becomes You: Gender, Transition, Identity
Aaron Raz Link, Director, The Museum of Nature, and Hilda Raz, Professor of English and Women’s/Gender Studies, University of Nebraska and Luschei endowed editor of Prairie Schooner magazine
Performance and author’s talk on What Becomes You, a memoir of a parent/child experience of gender transformation.


10:45-11:45 A.M., Thayer
Mock Teach-in: Gender and Sexual Health Education in Belize
Shevaun Llewallen, LC ’06, Former Co-coordinator of Cornerstone Foundations HIV/AIDS Outreach Program, San Ignacio, Belize
Dominic Alexander, Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize from 2004-06, Former Co-coordinator of Cornerstone Foundations HIV/AIDS Outreach Program, San Ignacio, Belize


12:00-1:30 P.M., Council Chamber
Bodies that Matter: Medical and Legal Discourses
Moderator: Jenny Bornstein, LC Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Watzek Library
Kate Drabinski, LC Adjunct Professor of Gender Studies, “Making Transgender Selves: Technologies of Freedom”
Ann Mussey, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, Portland State University, “Racing the Subject of Sexology, 1920-1940”
Jillian St. Jacques, Instructor of English, Oregon State University, “Body vs. Voice in Contemporary Strip Search Procedures”


12:00-1:30 P.M., Thayer
Silent Lives, Literary Voices
Moderator: Andrea Hibbard, LC Adjunct Professor of English
Andrea Parada, Associate Professor of Spanish, SUNY-Brockport, “Reconstructing Constanza Nordenflycht’s Voice through His-story”
Corinne Stevens, LC student, “Silenced Women, Hidden Secrets: An Exploration of Secrecy in Wide Sargasso Sea
Kimberly Fanshier, LC student, “A Polite Subversion from Submission: Literary Counters to Tradition and Ploys for Power in Victorian and Contemporary Times”


12:00-1:30 P.M., Stamm
Roundtable: I’m Not A Feminist, But…
Moderator: Kristi Williams, LC Adjunct Professor of Humanities
LC students Grant Cole, David Krom, and Mary Sackley


1:45-3:15 P.M., Thayer
Feminism, Literature, and Philosophical Interpretations
Moderator: Deborah Heath, LC Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Gender Studies
J.M. Fritzman, LC Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Jeffrey Gauthier, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Portland, “Feminism and Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: ‘Lordship and Bondage’ and ‘Ethical Action’”
Parizad Dejbord Sawan, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Akron, “Reconstructing the Female Body in Three Poems by Cristina Peri Rossi”
Jerry Harp, LC Visiting Assistant Professor of English, “Reading Synthesthetically: Biblical Interpretation in the Work of Aemilia Lanyer”


1:45-3:15 P.M., Stamm
Pass/Fail Politics: Identity Tests
Moderator: David Rosengard, LC Resident Director
Becca Norman, LC ’06, “Passing Tales: Toward a Phenomenology of Liminal Bodies”
Priya Kandaswamy, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, Portland State University, “State Austerity and the Racial Politics of Gay Marriage”
Kermit Pace, LC staff, “The exploitation of Black Male Student Athletes by Division I Universities”


2:00-3:15 P.M., Fir Acres Black Box Theatre
Gender, The Body, and Political Theatre: A Performance of Scenes from Heroes and Saints by Cherrie Moraga
The play Heroes and Saints was written in 1989 in response to the struggles of Latino farmworkers trying to overcome the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning and social injustice. The activism of Dolores Huerta is the inspiration for one of the play’s major characters. Professor Stephanie Arnold will introduce the performance with a brief discussion of the playwright’s strategies in considering gender, religion, and activism.
Participants include Kimberly Beaty, Maya Chensue, Tessa Idlewine, Sydney McClune, Rebecca Ortenberg, Matthew Poole, Danielle Prados, Leslie Smith, Kelly Snow, Hannah Stafford, Richard Wax, and Brandon Zerr-Smith, LC students.


3:30-5:00 P.M., Council Chamber
Featured Event
Daisy Hernandez, “Personal Essays: Writing About Familia, Raza, and Feminism”

Introduced by Caitlin Standish LC student and symposium co-chair

Daisy Hernández is the Managing Editor of ColorLines. Her writing focuses on race, gender, sexuality, and other issues affecting young women of color. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received a BA in English from William Paterson College in 1997 and an MA in Journalism and Latin American Studies from New York University in 2001. She is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press, 2002), a collection of twenty-eight personal essays. She has reported and written editorials for the New York Times, written a column for Ms. Magazine and published with Newsday, the National Catholic Reporter, the Progressive Media Project, bitch magazine, Curve, Criticas, and In These Times.

7:30 P.M., Council Chamber
Keynote Presentation
Mab Segrest, “Social Justice and Narratives of (Be)Longing”

Introduced by Danni Biondini LC student and symposium co-chair

Mab Segrest is Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at Connecticut College. An activist and a scholar, Segrest has been involved with a wide range of social justice organizations. Her work in antiracism initiatives is recounted in her award-winning book Memoir of a Race Traitor (1995). Segrest is also the author of My Mama’s Dead Squirrel: Lesbian Essays on Southern Culture (1985) and Born to Belonging: Writings on Spirit and Justice (2002). In addition, she is co-editor (with Jacqui Alexander, Lisa Albrect and Sharon Day) of Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray: Feminist Strategies for a Just World (2003). Segrest graduated Summa Cum Laude from Huntingdon College in 1971 and received her MA and PhD from Duke University in Modern British Literature in 1979.

Friday, March 9, 2007

9:00-10:15 A.M., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Behind the Walls: Gender in Prison
Moderator: Kate Rubick, LC Reference Librarian, Watzek Library
Alex Wills, Corrections Counselor, Coffee Creek
Robyn Steely, Executive Director, Write Around Portland
Cheryl Lynn Youngren
Ann Staley, LC Northwest Writing Institute


9:00-10:15 A.M., Thayer
Sign Language: Gender and Astrology
Moderator: Danni Biondini, LC student and symposium co-chair
Andy Gehrz, psychic and astrologer


10:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M., Thayer
Crossing Borders, Resisting Boundaries
Moderator: Julie Hastings, LC Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Simona Sharoni, Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies, St. Martin’s University, “De-Militarizing Masculinities in the Age of Empire”
Laurie Fuller, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Women’s Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, “Contextualizing Histories, Transforming Futures: Using the Teachings of Lillian Smith and Mab Segrest to Account for, and Dismantle, White Supremacy”
Kestryl Lowrey, LC student, “No-Man’s Land: Dialectics of Masculinity in Non-Male Individuals”


10:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M., Stamm
Fifth Anniversary Presentation of Race Monologues
Rape & Pillage: The Consequence of Polarity
Kito Alvarez, LC ‘02
Zied Manai, LC student
Brian Federico, LC ‘05
Liz Posey, LC ‘03
Moe Uema, LC ‘01
Emiko Yoshikami, LC ‘02


12:15-1:30 P.M., Council Chamber
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Private Experiences, Public Rhetoric
Moderator: Jennifer Hubbert, LC Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Diana Wiener Rosengard, LC ’04 and student at Lewis & Clark School of Law, “The Commodification of Choice: A Personal Story of Survival, Public Rhetoric, and the Abortion Debate”
Kate Merrill, LC ‘06, “Stories of Suffering: The Importance of Illness Narratives in the Personal Agency of Chronic Pain Patients”
Sydney Linden, LC student, “History of the Body”


12:15-1:30 P.M., Thayer
Race(s) to Progress: Gender and Civilization
Moderator: Jane Hunter, LC Associate Dean of the College and Professor of History
Kimberly Alecia Singletary, “Coloring Germany: Representations of Blackness in German Media”
Susanna Morrill, LC Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, “Women in the World’s Columbian Exposition: Symbols of Religious and Cultural Progress”
Susanne Steinmann, LC Adjunct Professor, “Gender, Race and Class in Southern Morocco: A Mosaic of Ancient Realities in a Modern World”


12:15-1:30 P.M., Stamm
The Second Sex: Men’s Studies and Masculinities
Moderator: Caitlin Standish, LC student and symposium co-chair
Jack Straton, Assistant Professor, Portland State University, and Coordinator of the Task Force on Child Custody Issues for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS)
Brian Federico, LC ‘05
Paul Lee, LCSW, domestic violence intervention counselor, Men’s Resource Center


1:45-3:15 P.M., Council Chamber
For Kids’ Sake!
Moderator: Melissa Osmond, LC Coordinator of Student Success and Wellness Programs
Peter Mortola, LC Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, and Kasi Fuller, LC Assistant Professor of Education, “Girls and Boys: Just How Different are They?”
Melia Tichenor, LC student, “To Be or Not to Be: A Reevaluation of Gender Identity Disorder in Children”
Ken Lewis, Director, Child Custody Evaluation Services of Philadelphia, “Custody Evaluations: Gender-Neutral and Child Centered” THIS PAPER HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN


1:45-3:15 P.M., Thayer
Balls, Sweat, and Gears
Moderator: Judy McMullen, LC Associate Director of Physical Education and Athletics
Sarah Compton, LC ’06, “Roller Derby’s Fight for Legitimation”
Tori Bartman, bike mechanic at Bike Gallery, bike polo player
Molly Cameron, owner of Veloshop and cyclocross racer


3:30-5:00 P.M., Frank Manor House, Armstrong Lounge
Commemorating the Women’s Building and Celebrating the Women’s Albany College League
Please join us for the plaque dedication and reception honoring this group’s contribution to the College and recognizing the history of the Manor House.
Co-sponsored by the Albany Society


7:30 P.M., Council Chamber
Featured Performance by Staceyann Chin
Introduced by Vanessa Stine, LC student and symposium co-chair

Staceyann Chin is an activist, agitator, and artist, and her impassioned work draws upon her identity as a lesbian and her upbringing in Jamaica as the child of a Chinese businessman and Jamaican woman. She made her first mark in performances at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and has since given poetry workshops around the world, has co-written and performed in the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, and has written and performed three one-woman plays. She is currently working on a memoir.