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Women’s Studies’ 35th Anniversary Conference
October 20, 2009, Volume 56, No. 08

The Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center are holding their 35th Anniversary Conference on Friday, October 30, from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Houston Hall. There will be a day of panels with Penn faculty on:

Gender, Work, and Health

Gender and Literature

Gender and Education

Gender and Violence

Gender and Sexuality

Sexuality, Film, and the Media

Feminist Historiographies

Gendered Bodies

The Penn community is invited to all or part of the conference; no registration required.

9:30–11 a.m.

Panel 1: Gender, Work, and Health

Julie Fairman, “Nursing Activism and Women’s Health”

Ruth Cowan, “Feminism, Bioethics, and Genetic Screening”

Bobbie Iversen, “Gender, Depression, and Economic Crisis”

Panel 2: Feminist Historiographies

Melissa Sanchez, “Desiring the Past”

Karen Detlefsen, “Women, Philosophy, and History”

Phyllis Rackin, “The Present Tense of Feminist Shakespeare Criticisms”

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Gendered Subjects in Literature

Catriona MacLeod, “Paper Cut-Outs: Gender and the Aesthetics of Fragility”

Heather Love, “Sarah Orne Jewett’s Spinster Aesthetics”

Liliane Weissberg, “Simple Pleasures: The Adventures of the ‘Lonely Doll’”

Panel 4: Gender and Sexuality in Asia

Si-Yen Fei, “Chastity Sagas in Late Imperial China”

Linda Chance, “The Tale of Genji in 2008: On Gender, Commodification, and the Canon”

David Eng, “Reparations and the Human”

Lunch 12:30–2 p.m.

Remarks on 35 Years of Women’s Studies at Penn; Dean Rebecca Bushnell

Plenary: Gender, Inequality, and Education

Peter Kuriloff, “Educating for Hegemony: Peer Policing and Teacher Collusion”

Jerry Jacobs, “Women as Students, Women as Faculty”

Toni Bowers, “Gender, Class, and Inequality at Penn”

2–3:30 p.m.

Panel 5: Violence, Discrimination, and Policy

Ann Mayer, “Saudi Arabia and Women’s International Human Rights”

Susan Sorenson, “Violence against Women: A 35-Year Retrospective”

Marie Gottschalk, “On Gender and Penal Policy”

Panel 6: Sexuality, Film, and Media

Regina Austin, “What Does Choice Look Like?: On Julie Gustafson’s documentary, Desire

Simon Richter, “Lola Doesn’t: Cinema and the Pleasure of Impunity”

Katherine Sender, “Makeover Television and its Audiences”

Salamisha Tillet, “Black Feminism in the Age of Michelle Obama”

3:30–5 p.m.

Plenary Histories of the Body: A Panel Discussion

5–6:30 p.m.

Reception and Light Dinner 

Remarks on 35 Years of Women’s Studies at Penn

Visit the Conference’s website for complete details: www.sas.upenn.edu/wstudies/events/35anniversaryconference.html



Almanac - October 20, 2009, Volume 56, No. 08