WGST Undergraduates Compete in Graduate Conference
Last Fall (2016), WGST majors and minors participated in a Feminist Theory course taught by director of the program Dr. Gill Wright Miller. The research component of that course required students to draft, revise, and edit a scholarly paper on some aspect of the upcoming election, given that a women was running as a major party candidate. This past summer University of Kentucky put out a Call for Papers for their first annual UK Gender and Women’s Studies Conference: Post-Election Analysis. Dr. Miller submitted the student papers and six of them were accepted for presentation.
The conference opened with a panel titled “Clutching Past Privilege: Framing an New Politics” was aptly shared in three papers by majors Alena Lassen and Makynzie Horvath, and minor Elizabeth Corronel. Following the Denison students’ work was a morning keynote by Dr. Susan Bordo, author of 8 books including her latest The Destruction of Hillary Clinton.
An afternoon panel including a panel titled “Disrupting Dominant Ideologies: Interrogating 21st Century Politics” by majors Sara Hartsock, Justine Morelli, and Molly Reckinger. The conference concluded with an afternoon keynote by Dr. Patricia Hill Collins speaking on Taking a Stand: Intersectionality and Political Solidarity.
There was a buzz in the air about Denison. A shout-out from the front of the house by the director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program Dr. Carol Mason, ‘86, an alum who graduated in English and philosophy. The morning panel, the participation in other workshops, and speaking up and speaking out created a buzz that resulted in a full house for Denison’s second panel. After a stimulating discussion, asking questions of the keynoters (thank you, Linh Duong ‘19), we were abuzz ourselves!
In fact, the students were so moved both by their inclusion and by the work of Dr. Collins that they have determined to start a reading group to interrogate Dr. Collins’ latest book Intersectionality. Meeting 8 times over the semester, they are issuing an invitation to an student who wants to invest in a deeper understanding of Intersectionality as it applies to every facet of our daily lives.
Brava, Denison Women! You made us proud!!