Pre-Conference Event

April 16, 2015 - Ordinary Wars

ordinary warsOrdinary Wars
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

ordinary wars

Program At-A-Glance 

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)

girl rising

Girl Rising


pray the devil back to hell film

Pray the Devil Back to Hell


education of shelby knox

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)

womens studies conference

Conference Prep Workshop

Learn how to submit a proposal

Fall & Spring

Conference Program

For more information and details of the sessions click here

Call for Proposals

For more information click here

Deadline February 6, 2015

Press Links


Student Union Building (Upper Level)

For more information click here.


Frequently Asked Questions


Click here for details


All participants will check-in at the registration table located on the upper level of the SUB near the elevators.

TTU Campus Parking

For visitors without a TTU parking sticker on their vehicle, enter off of University and Broadway for directions from the traffic kiosk to this area.

Visitors unable to find parking in this area will be directed to the closest available parking upon inquiry at the traffic kiosk. Read more...


The Program, unless otherwise noted, is unable to offer travel scholarships at this time. We will announce potential funding for travel scholarships as they become available. Likewise, any discounts for area hotels will be announced as they become available.

- Information about area chain hotels can be found on this link:

- Information about visiting the Texas Tech University campus can be found here

Volunteer Needs

Please help make the Women's Studies Conference a huge success by serving as a volunteer. Specific tasks, as well as miscellaneous duties, are offered to provide you an experience of a behind the scenes look at organizing and planning a conference of this nature. Read more...

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Conference Registration and Information Table Monitor
  • Program/Panel Session Monitor
  • Technical Equipment Monitor
  • Greeters/Guides
  • Volunteer Training 


Please direct questions about submitting proposals or questions of a general nature to: 
Please include "Women's Studies Conference" in the subject line so that your question can be found