Spring Symposium: Gender Studies
The 38th annual Gender Studies Symposium, held in March, approached the theme of care from a variety of perspectives: self-care, domestic care work, paid and unpaid care labor, bodily autonomy, medical care, and care as a form of resistance.
“This symposium was designed to challenge pre-existing frameworks of care and gender, while also posing new approaches to thinking about and enacting care—for ourselves, for our communities, and for our world at large,” says event cochair Megan Glavin, a sociology and anthropology major and gender studies minor.
The symposium featured three keynote speakers: Monica Raye Simpson, activist, performer, and executive director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective; Anna Guevarra, award-winning associate professor and founding director of the Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and award- winning author Maggie Nelson, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and professor of English at the University of Southern California. The event also included panels featuring L&C students, alumni, and staff.
The event was organized by student cochairs Megan Glavin BA ’19, Zoë Maughan BA ’19, and Jamie Strickler BA ’20 under the direction of Kimberly Brodkin, associate professor with term of humanities and faculty director of the symposium.