Texas Tech University

Gender & Gender Identity Colloquium 2017 Schedule

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Is gender relevant to the 21st Century? How do gender difference and power relations influence us? How do transgender and gender identities intersect with other identities? The Women's & Gender Studies announces a public colloquium, Gender & Gender Identity Colloquium, which will take place on the campus of Texas Tech University, Friday, October 13, 2017, SUB Matador Room.

Since its inception in 2009, the colloquium has served as a forum where speakers, discussants, presenters, panelist and the general audience can engage in vigorous exchanges centering on gender and gender identity in terms of empowerment and commitment to social justice.

This event is FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Colloquium Schedule

Friday, October 13 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Texas Tech University | Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
map icon($10 box lunch available for purchase)

8:30 a.m. -
9:00 a.m.
Check in and refreshments

Session I
9:00 a.m. -
9:50 a.m.

  • Presentation I-1. - True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Dr. Emily Skidmore, History, Texas Tech University
  • Presentation I-2 - "You're gay? But you're trans!": An investigation into the biopsychosocial influences on the transitioning sexualities of transgender men, Louis M. Lindley, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Presentation I-3- LGBTQIA Inclusion in Academia at Texas Tech University, Matthew Koehl, Human Development & Family Studies, Texas Tech University
Session II
10:00 a.m. -
10:50 a.m
  • Presentation II-4 – Women and Power in Therapy, Valerie Handley, Alex Gowdy, Shelby Sewell, and Sara Elshershaby, Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
  • Presentation II-5 –"He Put Me Through Hell, I Still called It Love": The Voices in Intimate Partner Violence, Charity Embley, M. Ed , Texas Tech University
Session III
11:00 a.m. -
11:50 a.m.
  • Presentation III-6 - Addressing Health and Medical Education Disparities for LGBTQIA and Gender Nonconforming Individuals, Brian Buford, Assist Provost for Diversity & LGBT Center, Executive Director, University of Louisville, Jody Randall, Office of LGBTQIA, TTU, Luke Bacon, MD Student, VP TTUHSC/GSA, Dr. Kelly Bennett, and Dr. Fiona Prabhu. Moderator: Katie Miller, MD Student, President TTUHSC/GSA, TTU Health Science Center
Session IV
12:00 p.m. -
12:50 p.m.
  • Presentation IV-7 – Spinoza On Pregnancy and Gender Inequality, Dr. Francesca di Poppa, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Texas Tech University
  • Presentation IV-8 – Impact of Climate change on Nutritional Status in Bangladesh: Does Gender Matter? Asmal Hossan, M.A., Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, Texas Tech University
  • Presentation IV-9 – Big Bad Blind Spots: Standpoint Epistemology on Privilege, Dr. Mark Webb, Professor and Chairman, Philosophy, Texas Tech University
  Lunch ($10 box lunch available for purchase)
Keynote Speaker
1:00 p.m. -
2:00 p.m.

Denise Brogan-Kator, Esq., Chief Policy Officer, Family Equality Council

Keynote Speaker

Denise Brogan-KatorDenise Brogan-Kator, Esq., Chief Policy Officer, Family Equality Council

Denise Brogan-Kator is the Chief Policy Officer for the Family Equality Council. She is responsible for spearheading efforts to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families nationwide. A US Submarine Service veteran, she graduated from the University of Michigan Law school (matriculating as the first openly transgender law student and later returning as the first openly transgender law professor) and earned her MBA from the University of Colorado. Denise has a 20+ year history of public and private advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community, coming to us as a former Executive Director of a statewide LGBT advocacy organization. She lives in Florida with her spouse, Mary, her mother-in-law, Kitty, and 6 cats. She has three grown daughters and two grandchildren who are, collectively, the lights of her life.

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Pre-registration is encouraged. Use the online form to register for the colloquium. All presenters must complete a registration form. 

Lunch is $10 for students and non-students and includes morning refreshments and lunch. Note: Bring your cash or check (pay to Texas Tech University) the day of the colloquium. 

Note: Registration is required for all. Students can register for FREE if they need to attend one or more sessions and/or the guest speaker presentation for course credit. You will be required to sign in after the session you attend. See the session monitor in the room for details.