WGS to present first student conference on Wednesday, May 13

WSRC's Rosalind Barnett highlights variety of discussions and presentations on contemporary feminist research

Rosalind Barnett

“Persisting Inequalities: The Importance of Feminist Research in Contemporary Society”
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Women’s Studies Research Center

The first Women's and Gender Studies student conference will be held at the Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC) on Wednesday, May 13. During the conference, 14 students, consisting of a mixture of graduate students and undergrads, will present their original research on a myriad of inter-disciplinary topics. Following the student presentations, Rosalind Barnett, research director of the WSRC’s Community, Families & Work Program, will be speaking about current research soon to be published in her upcoming book, "The Truth about Boys and Girls."

“This conference will explore the relevance of feminism in today's society from an inter-disciplinary point of view,” said conference co-chair Elizabeth Perten, of the Music Department. “We are definitely looking forward to learning from these enlightened student presentations and sharing them with the Brandeis community. We are so proud that the first-ever Women's and Gender Studies student conference will be filled with such intellectually stimulating scholarship.”

A full schedule of conference events is below:

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Round table discussions
“Women Within the Legal System”
“Women in Judaism” 
“Women, Health and Family” 

2 p.m.
Massachusetts premier of “Yajilarra - To Dream”
A documentary about the courage and resilience of Aboriginal women in the remote Kimberley region of outback Australia.

2:20 - 4 p.m.
Student presentations

4 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Rosalind Barnett of the WSRC Scholars Program
“The Truth about Boys and Girls”
A presentation from her upcoming book with Columbia University Press.

For more information about the conference email persistinginequalities@gmail.com.

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