May 10, 2013 - The Women's and Gender Studies program and CSUB Club GEN (Gender Equality Now!) is proud to present its annual regional conference on women and gender issues on Friday, May 17 from 10 AM to 5PM in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. This event is free and open to the public, with parking available in Lot L.
This event focuses on student research on diverse subjects such as reproductive justice, representations of gender in literature, women in history and the treatment of gender issues in the 2012 presidential election. Included in the event will be poster presentations and a workshop on feminist leadership.
"We reviewed submissions from graduate and undergraduate students at CSUB that underscore the interdisciplinary treatment of gender-related issues," says CSUB English Professor, Monica Ayuso. "Representing work in philosophy, history, literature, psychology and religious studies, the papers are thoughtful and engaging. The organizing committee expects essays, presentations, and posters to trigger a lively discussion."
This year's keynote speaker is UCLA professor and former director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Dr. Sandra Harding. Her address, which begins at 3:30 PM, is entitled "Gender and Science: News Issues." Dr. Harding is the editor or author of 15 books, including "The Science Question in Feminism" (1986), "Whose Science? Whose Knowledge?" (1991), "Is Science Multicultural?" (1998), "Science and Social Inequality" (2006), "Sciences From Below" (2008), and "The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader" (2011). She served as the coeditor with Kathyrn Norberg of the academic journal "Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society" from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Harding has previously worked as a consultant on epistemology and philosophy of science issues for several UN organizations, including the Pan American Health Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Culture Organization (UNESCO), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
"It is an honor to have Dr. Harding speak at CSUB," says Debra Jackson, CSUB philosophy professor. "She is a pioneer in feminist theory and science studies."
The daylong conference will feature a community resource session that will highlight agencies that meet the diverse needs of men and women. These include Valley Oasis, the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Bakersfield PFLAG, Democratic Women of Kern, Feminist Majority Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield as well as various campus organizations such as CSUB Club GEN (Gender Equality Now!) and CSUB Safe Zone.
The effort is co-sponsored by CSUB's Women's and Gender Studies program and CSUB Club GEN (Gender Equality Now!). Funding is provided by ASI and the Instructionally Related Activities committee.
For more information about this event, please call Dr. Debra Jackson at 661-654-6829.
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