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April 16, 2015 - Ordinary Wars

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7:00 p.m. (Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m.)
Louise H Underwood Center for the Arts | Firehouse Theater | 511 Ave K (Mac Davis Lane)

  • The Women's Studies Program presents "Ordinary Wars" as part of the 31st Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women April 16-18, 2015. This year we are kicking off the conference with a FREE performance of "Ordinary Wars", a presentation of social science data through dance featuring Flatlands Dance Theatre.

    Featuring the research of Elizabeth Sharp and Genevieve Durham-DeCesaro, "Ordinary Wars" is based on social science data investigating women’s identities and notions of femininity. The concert is 1 hour in length (including intermission) and features professional dancers and actors from Flatland Dance Theatre,

    As of this writing, the live performance of "Ordinary Wars" has been presented four times in four different venues in three states, with considerable success.

    In connection with the performance, a ‘talk back’ session (approximately 30-45 minutes) immediately following the performance for audience members to engage deeper with the ideas and ask the performers and researchers about the project.

    This project is sponsored by:  Texas Tech University Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences Seed Grant and Anthony Marchionne Small Grants Foundation.



    Live dance performance as a means to re-analyze and re-present social science exposes differing relationships to data by Dr. Elizabeth Sharp

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This three-day conference will kick off with a pre-conference event on Thursday, April 16 and continue on Friday, April 17 with simultaneous panel sessions conducted throughout the day and including the keynote speaker. Saturday, April 18 will continue the discussion with special guest panels, concluded by a final group workshop.

Our annual conference provides a multitude of educational offerings for professionals at all levels of experience and specialty.

Past Film Screenings include:

  • Girl Rising
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell
  • The Education of Shelby Knox

Past Poetry & Readings include:

  • "Wonder Woman" - poem by Genny Lim (read by Jeanne Haggard)
  • "Sisterhood" - by Gloria Steinem (read by Felicia LaFuente)
  • "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" by Audre Lourde (read by Dr. Aretha Marbley)
  • "Real Women Have Curves" - by Josefina Lopez (read by Jeanne Haggard)

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Girl Rising


pray the devil back to hell film

Pray the Devil Back to Hell


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The Education of Shelby Knox

Film & Panel Discussion


voices of feminism opening performance

"Voices of Feminism"

Poetry & Reading


 What attendees have said about the conference

  • Just wanted to send my hearty and heartfelt congratulations for an EXCELLENT conference! Wow! It was absolutely light years above any previous conference. I really was impressed.  I also thought the Shelby Knox/Gloria Steinem intergenerational interplay was really effective. I heard quite a few people thinking about intergenerational feminism in a deep way. - Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Ph.D.,Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Texas Tech University (2009)
  • I just wanted to thank you both for the opportunity to present in the conference last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other presenters and academicians while sharing future research ideas. I even had a chance to meet Gloria Steinem, which made my week :) It was a wonderful learning experience for me and a great opportunity for the University. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. - Erin D. Murphy, Graduate Student & Part-time Instructor, Applied and Professional Studies (2009)

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  • February 6 - CFP due
  • February 20 - Presenters Notified
  • April 3- deadline for pre-registration (includes breakfast & lunch)
  • April 4 - April 17 - 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 1 - Volunteer Training
  • April 2 - Volunteer Training
  • April 16 - Pre-Conference Event
  • April 17-18 - date of conference

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  • Program/Panel Session Monitor
  • Technical Equipment Monitor
  • Greeters/Guides
  • Volunteer Training


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