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Gender Matters Focus of Gathering on Friday, May 13
May 09, 2011CSUB hosts its third annual interdisciplinary symposium "Gender Matters" Friday, May 13, from noon to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.
This free event focuses on student research and presentations on subjects including women in gaming, gender in art, changing family structures, gender and the study of math, and gender roles in Kern County churches. Some students have prepared posters and will be available to discuss their research ideas with attendees. Following the opening poster presentations, student panels will examine gender using various discipline-specific lenses.
A community resource session involving CSUB's Safe Zone project and the Kern County Public Department of Health will be available in the nearby Blue Room from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Student panelists resume at 4 p.m. and run until 5:30 p.m.
The symposium concludes at 5:30 p.m. with a one-man play by Dave Barker, a theater professor at Arizona State University, entitled "Dodging Bullets." In this play, the author/actor plays 10 different roles, including his mother, in this compelling drama about a pivotal event in his life – when his then-brother-in-law fired point blank at Barker and his sister during a domestic violence dispute, striking his sister.
"It's invigorating to perform this show because everything actually happened. I'm not performing about imaginary circumstances as I usually do," said Barker. He knew early on that the traumatic experience would make for vivid storytelling.
"This promises to be an exciting opportunity for CSUB and the community to see what our students are developing as far as understanding gender variables in many disciplines," said chair of CSUB's Women and Gender Studies Committee Judith Pratt. She noted that more than 240 students attended last year's symposium.
For more information about this event, which is free and open to the public, please call Pratt at 661-654-2255.