31st Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women
Framing a New Narrative: Intersecting Gender and Sexuality
Texas Tech University-- April 16-18, 2015 | Student Union Building
About the Conference
This three-day conference kicked off with a pre-conference event on Thursday, April 16 and continued on Friday, April 17 with simultaneous panel sessions conducted throughout the day and including the keynote speaker. Saturday, April 18 continues the discussion with panel sessions and special guests and concluded with a final group workshop.
Message From the Director
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 31st annual Conference on the Advancement
of Women here at Texas Tech. The theme of this year's program, Intersecting Gender
and Sexuality, is a response to the many challenges that our society has been facing
as women and men deal with changing expectations about sexuality. These issues range
from the changing acceptance of gay marriage, concern about rape culture on campus
and elsewhere and changing climate around reproductive justice. We have some distinguished,
and at times provocative, speakers who will address a range of these issues. I hope
you will be able to attend the luncheon and keynote address by Ms. Loretta Ross, who has a long and distinguished career fighting for reproductive justice for women
of color. In the evening, young feminist, Laci Green, who is a widely followed video blogger, will speak about "taking down rape culture."
Finally, on Saturday Ms. Pamelya Herndon, the Executive Director of the Southwest Women's Law Center, will speak on the economy
Also don't forget to check out the performances, including the Ordinary Wars dance performance and a performance of the Vagina Monologues in the evenings.
Director of Women's Studies
Associate Professor of Sociology
Texas Tech University