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Pre-Conference Event

Film Viewing & Discussion

Date: Thrusday, April 12th
Location: International Cultural Center
Office of International Affairs | Auditorium | 601 Indiana Ave.
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Guest Speaker: Robin Chandler, Ph.D. (Northeastern University, 1992) Associate Professor of African American Studies, author of "Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism", and the Director of The Peace Doors Project, a movement to create nine monumental peace doors at nine sites around the world. Read more here.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

(2008) Pre-conference Film Viewing & Discussion
International Cultural Center |
Office of International Affairs
| Auditorium | 601 Indiana Ave. | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

pray the devil back to hell film

Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) Directed by Gini Reticker, chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

Remarks will follow from one of our keynote speakers Dr. Robin Chandler, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Northeastern University and author of "Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism about the experiences of women with the war in Liberia.

This year's conference theme, "Women and Global Change: Achieving Peace Through Empowering Women" was inspired by the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Bbowee, who is featured in the documentary, from Liberia and Tawakkol Karman from Yemen. The peace-building work each of these three women have endured and continue to work on to this day, has set in motion an empowering movement for social, political and economic change. This year's conference is sure to inspire, educate, and transform how global movements are local movements.

We hope you will make plans to join us for our kick off event and celebrate our 31st year as an academic program. Visitors will find FREE parking available at the International Cultural Center.

Watch the trailer and other interviews here.

From the Director

2012 conference poster

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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: http://www.visitlubbock.org/

- Information about visiting the Texas Tech University campus can be found here http://www.visit.ttu.edu/

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: womens.studies@ttu.edu 
Please include "Women's Studies Conference" in the subject line so that your question can be found