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Women and Creativity

1st annual Conference

Nov. 3-5, 2011

Conference Abstracts

The BYU Women's Studies Conference on Women and Creativity, an interdisciplinary conference, will feature speakers from a variety of universities. Panels will treat many topics, including literature, visual arts, film, music, engineering, anthropology, and other fields. Conference highlights will include a plenary speaker, Dr. Susan Pickett--Catharine Chism Professor of Music Theory and Violin, a music recital by concert pianist Stephen Beus, and exhibits in the BYU Museum of Art, the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, and the Harold B. Lee Library.

The conference is free of charge. All students, faculty, and visitors are invited to attend and participate in the event. Come and enjoy the rich history of women and creativity!

Conference Organizer: Dr. Anca Sprenger

Conference Intern: Trace Lund

BYU Women’s Studies Conference 2011

Women and Creativity

November 3 – 5, 2011

Conference Program Here

Thursday, November 3, 2011

11:45 Conference Registration (HBLL Auditorium foyer)

Pre-Conference Women’s Studies Colloquium Presentation

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium (1060 HBLL) Noël Valis, Yale University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, "Carolina Coronado and Martha Perry Lowe: Translating Sisterhood"

5:00 – 6:00p.m. Museum of Peoples and Cultures (700 North 100 East) Conference Registration and Opening Reception Tour of the Exhibit: Entwined: A Vibrant Heritage of the Modern Maya

Friday, November 4, 2011

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration 3101 JFSB (Joseph F. Smith building)

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. 3101 JFSB   Welcome to the Conference: Dean John R. Rosenberg, Women’s Studies Coordinator Valerie Hegstrom, and Conference Organizer Anca Sprenger

Session 1: Women at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 3082 JFSB

Dane Spencer, Brigham Young University Department of English, “Mary Braddon and Lady Audley: Creatively Flourishing in a Masculine Domain”

Amy Easton-Flake, Brandeis University Department of English, “Imagining the Vote: Suffrage and Antisuffrage Fiction as a Creative Force”

Bonnie Moore, Utah State University American Studies Program, “Amy Teresa Leavitt Richardson: One Woman’s Creative Expressions of Humor Within Mormon Polygamy at the Turn of the Century in Mexico”

Session 2: Women and Spirituality

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 3101 JFSB

Tova Leigh-Choate, Independent Scholar, “‘A Blazing Mind Longing to Soar above the Clouds’: Hildegard of Bingen, Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, and the Creative Self-Consciousness of Medieval Women”

Julie M. Smith, Independent Scholar, “‘I Will Sing to the Lord’: Women’s Songs in the Scriptures”

Jacqueline S. Thursby, Brigham Young University Department of English, “Maya Angelou: A Life of Orderly Chaos”

Session 3: Mid-Twentieth-Century Women

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 3082 JFSB

Monica Bowen, Seattle University Department of Visual Art & Art History, “The Hillwood Collection and Estate: Self-Portrait of an Heiress”

Evan R. Ward, Brigham Young University Department of History, “The Woman Who Loved China: Dorothy Needham’s Travel Diaries and the History of Science and Civilization in China Project”

Hilary Demske, Utah Valley University Department of Music “Music in the Novels of Carson McCullers”

Session 4: Women and Creative Identities

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 3101 JFSB

Rachel Payne, Brigham Young University Department of English, “Repression, Oppression, and Rewriting Monsters”

Ian Weaver, Utah State University Department of English, “From Pristine to Human Nature: Emily Dickinson’s Questioning of Authority”

Kristina Gibby, Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University Humanities, "Frida Kahlo and the Monstrous Female: Confronting Colonial and Male Desires"

12:15 p.m. 3101 JFSB, Museum Exhibit Announcement

12:15 -1:45 p.m. Lunch Break

Session 5: Women Reinterpreting Classic Themes

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. 3101 JFSB

Lindsay Brown, Brigham Young University Department of English, “Pregnant Orlando: The Unexpected Embodiment of Perfection”

Andrew Wells, Brigham Young University Department of English, "'Translated from darknesse to light': Lucy Hutchinson and Creative Translation"

Haleigh Burgon, Brigham Young University French Studies, “Ecstasy, Falling, and Redemption as Themes in the Works of Camille Claudel”

Session 6: Early Modern Women’s Art and Literature

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. 3082 JFSB

Emily Larsen, Brigham Young University Art History Program, “Gender and Portraiture: A Sympathetic Portrayal in Catharina van Hemessen’s 1551 Portrait of a Lady”

Jennifer Haraguchi, Brigham Young University Department of French and Italian, “Vita di Eleonora: A Unique Example of Autobiographical Writing in Early Modern Italy”

Robert J. Hudson, Brigham Young University Department of French and Italian, “Clément Marot and Proto-Feministic Discourse in Lyrical Lyon”

Session 7: Women in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 3101 JFSB

Kelly R. Summers, Brigham Young University Family History, “Creativity and Individuality of the Women of Garganta La Olla, Spain in the18th Century as Expressed in their Textiles”

Michelle S. James and Carrie Cox, Brigham Young University Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, “Pushing the ‘Scented Envelope’: Elisa von der Recke at the Cultural Crossroads”

Elise Barker, Idaho State University Department of English, “Romancing the (Un)Satisfying Endings in Austen's Biography and Novels”

Session 8: Women in the Applied and Social Sciences

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 3082 JFSB

Richard Grimmett, Brigham Young University-Idaho Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, “Social Networks and Non-Traditional Engineering Student Retention and Success”

Lisa C. Barrager, Brigham Young University College of Engineering & Technology, “Addressing the Unique Needs of Women Students in Engineering and Technology”

Connie Lamb, Brigham Young University Anthropology, Middle East Studies & Women’s Studies Librarian, “Three Waves of Women Anthropologists and Their Creative Endeavors”

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner Break

7:00 – 7:20 p.m. BYU Museum of Art (Warren & Alice Jones and Paul & Betty Boshard galleries – MOA lower level)

Tour of the Exhibit: From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Plenary Session, Recital, and Reception

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Museum of Art Auditorium (260 MOA)

Keynote Lecture: Dr. Susan Pickett, Catharine Chism Professor of Music Theory and Violin, Whitman College, "The Blessed Circle and Tales of Woe"

Piano Recital: Stephen BeusGraduate of the Julliard School and Gold Medalist in the 2006 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, will perform works by Marion Bauer

Saturday, November 5, 2011

9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections foyer (1130 HBLL)

Women and Creativity Exhibit and Breakfast muffins and fruit 

Session 9: Contemporary Authors

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Library Auditorium (1060 HBLL)

Bruce W. Jorgensen, Brigham Young University Department of English, “Recovering Creation in Gina Berriault’s ‘The Island of Ven’”

Dale J. Pratt, Brigham Young University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, “Virtual Lives, Virtual Memories: Female Posthumans in Rosa Montero’s Latest Novels”

Rex P. Nielson, Brigham Young University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, “Violence and Silence in the Domestic Landscape: Adriana Lisboa’s Sinfonia em Branco

Tiffany Martin, Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy, “Soaring Larks and Shattering Glass: Creativity and Freedom in Jennifer Johnston’s Fiction”

Session 10: Creativity and Women’s Bodies

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Library Special Collections (1130 HBLL)

Felicia L. Jones, Brigham Young University Department of Anthropology, “The Feminine Peter Pan”

Heidi Olsen, Brigham Young University, “Natacha Lesueur and the Abject”

Susan Garver, Brigham Young University, “‘Une transformation profonde’: Nature and Death in Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7

Closing remarks

11:30-12:00 Library Auditorium (1060 HBLL)