Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall
April 18, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses.
At the age of 16, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education. After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English. In 1968, she entered Atlanta University to pursue a master’s degree in English; her thesis was titled, “Faulkner’s Treatment of Women in His Major Novels.” A year later she began her first teaching job in the department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. In 1971, she returned to her alma mater Spelman College and joined the English department.
She has published a number of texts within African-American and women’s studies, which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she co-edited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); and an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd titled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001).
Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, "Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities" (Random House, 2003). In 1983, she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women that was devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.
Women's Studies Regional Directors Panel
April 19, 2014
Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
Dr. Jill Irvine, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma
Irvine was named a President's Associates Presidential Professor in Spring 2010. Her research has been supported by the Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center, American Council of Learned Societies, The U.S. Fulbright Program, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the University of Oklahoma, and Harvard University among others.
She was educated at University of Michigan (BA), Faculty of Law in Belgrade and Zagreb Yugoslavia (Fulbright Scholar), and Harvard University (Ph.D.).
Teaching: Gender and Global Politics; Gender, War and Peace; Women and the Military; Women, Religion, and Secularism; Feminist Theory and Methods (Graduate and Undergraduate Courses); Religion and Violence (Graduate and Undergraduate Courses); Religion and Global Politics; Religion, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict; Comparative Political Analysis (Graduate Course); Political Ideologies; Crisis in the Balkans (Graduate and Undergraduate Courses)
Dr. Claire Sahlan, Department Chair and
Professor of Women's Studies, Texas Women's University
Dr. Sahlin's research examines controversies about women prophesying in the later Middle Ages through an analysis of treatises and sermons about Birgitta of Sweden, a visionary writer who claimed the authority of divine inspiration. Her work interprets theological writings about Birgitta within the context of late-medieval preoccupation with spiritual discernment, i.e. the art of distinguishing authentic revelation from diabolical delusion.
Graduate: Foundations for Scholarly Inquiry in Women's Studies; Feminist Theories; Feminism and Religion; Feminist Ethics; Ecofeminist Theorizing, Spirituality, and Activism; Feminist Pedagogies; New Directions in Feminist/Womanist Theories; Transdisciplinary Studies Colloquium; Holistic Pedagogies Colloquium
Religion in women's studies classrooms; feminist perspectives on religion and spirituality; ecofeminism; feminist ethics; women's spirituality in later medieval europe; single-sex education; the institutional development of women's studies
Dr. Sandra Spencer, Ph.D., Program Director, University of North Texas(UNT)
Spencer joined the UNT Department of English faculty in 1996 after earning her doctoral degree in Victorian literature from the department. She also holds a master's degree in British literature from UNT. As a master's student, she was named an outstanding teaching fellow for the Department of English. She said she has had a lifelong interest in women's studies "My mother and I have both worked in positions traditionally filled by men and have faced unique challenges because of those experiences," she said. "This is an exciting time to be in women's studies. The complex issues faced by the women of Afghanistan, for example, raise questions about issues facing not only women's studies scholars, but all women at this time." Topics for the courses that Spencer has taught for the women's studies program include 19th-century women and work. Her courses on Jane Austen and Victorian novels also have featured an emphasis on women's studies. Spencer also taught courses in Scotland and England as part of UNT study abroad programs. Besides UNT, Spencer has taught at the Richland College campus of the Dallas County Community College District. She was also a visiting scholar for the National Faculty at Delta Teachers Academy in Eudora, Ark. At UNT, she has served on the Curriculum Assessment Committee, English as a Second Language Committee and the University Task Force on Developmental Education. She was the College of Arts and Sciences representative for a study abroad exchange between UNT and five universities in the United Kingdom in 2000. Spencer has published essays and encyclopedia entries in Women's Writing, Victorian Periodicals Review and Directory of Literary Biography, among other publications. Her original poetry has appeared in The Wormwood Review and North Texas Review. In addition to her graduate degrees from UNT, Spencer received a bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Where is the Conference? - SUB Map
The all-day conference begins with a Pre-Conference Event on Thursday. Concurrent Sessions, the Keynote Speaker and the luncheon occurr on Friday, all day. This year we have exstended the conference to Saturday to include a Women's Studies Directors regional panel. The registration desk is located on the upper level of the Student Union Building, opposite the Matador Room, near the elevator.
Lubbock Location: Texas Tech University Map
Campus Location: Student Union Building Map
How do I access the program?
For more information and details of the concurrent panel sessions and the guest speaker presentations go to Conference Program
Who is required to register?
Registration is required for all presenters and attendees (student and non-student). Registration Form PDF
What if I want to attend the keynote speaker presentations? Do I need to register?
Registration is required for all. For both student & non-student attendees wishing to hear the morning & keynote speaker presentations, you can also register for FREE . The registration desk is located on the upper level of the Student Union Building, opposite the Matador Room, near the elevator.
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- February 28 - CFP due
- March 7 - Presenters Notified
- April 4- deadline for pre-registration (includes breakfast & lunch ticket)
- April 5 - April 18 - any late registrations, received after this date as well as on the day of the conference,will not guarantee the continental breakfast and/or luncheon
- April 2 - Volunteer Training
- April 3 - Volunteer Training
- April 17 - Pre-Conference Event TBA
- April 18-19 - date of conference
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