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November 7-9, 2013
The 3rd Annual Women’s Studies Conference will focus on Women, Race, and EthnicityWomen have been perceived as the “exotic” other, exhibited as curiosity objects, and have also succeeded sometimes in overcoming racial, gender, and social barriers. Women have worked as slaves, they have owned slaves, and they also have fought in the desegregation movement. Enslaved women have raised their masters’ children, and transmitted their cultural heritage to their own children. Women have built both walls and bridges between racial and ethnic groups. Colonial arts and literatures have depicted women stereotypically, and postcolonial arts and literatures have allowed women’s voices to be heard. Women, sometimes excluded and barely tolerated, can impose their presence as legitimate and gain recognition for their roles and contributions to society. For schedule click here

Award-winning Jewish Studies Scholar to Deliver Plenary Speech at Women’s Studies Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pamela S. Nadell, the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History, Chair of the Department of History, and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University will give the plenary presentation on “Making Women’s Histories Beyond National Perspectives.” She will also direct a workshop on “Teaching Women’s History at the Intersections.” Conference participants are encouraged to bring questions, ideas, syllabi, and other materials to share.

In 2007, Nadell received American University’s highest faculty award, the Scholar/Teacher of the year, and in 2010 she received the Lee Max Friedman Award from the American Jewish Historical Society for distinguished service to the profession. She was awarded Anti-Defamation League Community Leadership Award (1995) and American University's Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Development (1997) for her work in pioneering the teaching of African-American/Jewish Relations at American University and Howard University.

Some of Dr. Nadell’s recent publications include Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives (with Kate Haulman, NYU Press 2013), New Essays in American Jewish History (with Jonathan D. Sarna and Lance Sussman 2010), American Jewish Women’s History: A Reader (NYU Press 2003), and Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives (with Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University Press 2001).

Documentary Filmmaker to Screen Two Films at Conference

We are thrilled to announce that Korean filmmaker Yunah Hong, resident of New York City, will share two of her works on Asian American women in the arts at the conference. Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words (2010) deals with the personal and professional challenges, disappointments and accomplishments of the first Chinese-American woman actress. “Between the Lines: Asian American Women’s Poetry” (2001) treats the relationship between the writers’ works and their lives. Hong will also present a plenary presentation, “Searching for Anna May Wong and Other Creative Asian American Women,” as part of the Women’s Studies Colloquium lecture series.

Yunah Hong has worked in film for twenty-three years and made eight films in different genres, experimenting with new ways to depict personal histories. Hong has received various grants and fellowships to support her work, and several awards in honor of her films. The critically acclaimed Between the Lines earned a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2002. Hong's visit will be cosponsored by American Studies, Asian Studies, University Honors, and the Humanities Center.

Dina Titus, Nevada Congress will give a special presentation, "The Changing Role of Women in the U.S. Military"

Sessions at this year’s conference will include:

Women, Exoticism, and Violence in Span and Guatemala
Women and Political Stereotypes
Ethnicity and Gender Stereotypes
Literary and Theatrical Representation of Indigenous Girls and Women
Black Literature: Gender, Feminism, and Womanism
Women, Ethnicity, and the Impact of the Economy and Education
Otherness and Gender Stereotypes in Early Modern Literature from Spain and New Spain
Discrimination and Exoticism

For a schedule click here