Seton Hall University
Women's Conference 2015

Conference Schedule
Friday, March 27, 2015

Chancellor's Suite, University Center

  • Registration, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 1 p.m.
  • Book Exhibit, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Coffee and tea, 8:30 - 9 a.m.

Session I (9:30 - 10:45 a.m.)

1a. Gender Fluidity in Haitian Vodou and Cuban Lukumi (Santería) in the U.S.
Stafford Hall 06

Moderator: Dr. Gisela Webb, Professor of Religion, Seton Hall University

  • "Feminine 'Heads' on Masculine Bodies (and varied other arrangements): Gendered Implications of Possession and Identification with Tutelary Orisha Among U.S. Lukumi," Dr. C. Lynn Carr, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Seton Hall University
  • "The Body Does Not Always (or Ever) Make the Woman or the Man: Explorations of Spirit (Lwa) Embodiment in the Healing and Ritual Tradition of Haitian Vodou in the Haitian Diaspora," Dr. Peter Savastano, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Seton Hall University

1b. Women and Gender Studies Essay Contest Winners
Stafford Hall 07
Moderator: Dr. Angela Jane Weisl, Professor of English, Seton Hall University

  • Winners of the Elizabeth Ann Seton writing prize will present their work

1c. Queer Theory and the Catholic University
Stafford Hall 08

Moderator: Dr. W. King Mott, Associate Professor of Political Science, Seton Hall University

  • Roundtable discussion with Abigail Brown, Taylor Brown, Leonel Cantillo, John Capobianco, Victoria Crozier, Vincent Delriccio, Chris Fielder, Allan Garcia, Samantha Giedris, Nadia Hanson, Jacqueline Higueruela, Brittany Kowalski, Antonio Lobardo, Lauren Petrillo, and Katherine Wolchko, BA candidates, Seton Hall University

1d. Women in Developing Nations
Stafford Hall 09

  • "Going Beyond Numbers: Women Politicians and the Question of Empowerment in Post-War Sierra Leone," Dr. Fredline M'Cormack-Hale, Associate Professor of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University
  • "Domestic Violence Prevention and Remedies: Due Diligence and Some Cross-Cultural Issues," Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, Assistant Professor of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University

Keynote Address

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Chancellor's Suite, University Center
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Race and Gender in Black Women's History."
Dr. Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University.
This lecture is made possible by Dr. Simone Alexander, Professor of English and Africana Studies, the Africana Studies Program, and the Presidential Advisory Committee Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Luncheon

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Chancellor's Suite, University Center
Please bring your registration receipt to the banquet to assure that you may be seated. Although members of the Seton Hall community may attend both the conference and the luncheon, only participants who registered in advance will be seated.

  • Woman of the Year award, presented by Dr. Joan Guetti, Senior Associate Provost
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies writing prize, presented by Dr. Angela Jane Weisl, Professor of English
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies high school essay prizes, presented by Dr. Mary Balkun, Chair of the Department of English

Session II (2 - 3:15 p.m.)

2a. Gender, Propaganda, Media
Stafford Hall 06

Moderator:
Dr. Vanessa May, Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, Seton Hall University
  • "Gender and Race Purity in America's 'Birth of a Nation' and the Third Reich's 'Jud Suess': Comparative Cinematic Racism," Dr. Larry Greene, Professor of History, Seton Hall University
  • "The Rosie We Hardly Knew: Exploring the 'We Can Do It!' Poster as a Site of Cultural Struggle," Dr. James Kimble, Associate Professor of Communication, Seton Hall University

2b. Women Acting Up: Gender, Violence, and Resistance
Stafford Hall 07

Moderator: Dr. Angela Jane Weisl, Professor of English, Seton Hall University
  • "Into the Hands of a Woman: How the Biblical Jael became a Feminist," Dr. Colleen Conway, Professor of Religious Studies, Seton Hall University
  • "Taking Back the Night in the Fourteenth Century: Christine de Pizan and the Resistance to Courtly Love," Dr. Martha Easton, Assistant Professor of Art History, Seton Hall University

2c. Sister Miriam Teresa: Woman and Saint for New Jersey
Stafford Hall 08

Moderator: Dr. Ines Murzaku, Professor and Founding Chair of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University

  • "The Formative Path of a Saint for the Modern Age, Sister Miriam and Her Journey from Bayonne to Convent Station to Elizabeth to the World," Alan Delozier, University Archivist and doctoral candidate, Seton Hall University
  • "A Carmelite among the Sisters of Charity? Contemplative Spirituality of Sister Miriam Teresa," Dr. Monika Rice, Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University

2d. Shifting Definitions of Anglo-American Womanhood in the Long 18th and the 19th Centuries
Stafford Hall 09

Moderator: Katlin Kocher, MA candidate in English, Seton Hall University

  • "You Can't Say That!: Mary Davys and the Forbidden Sciences," Dr. Karen Gevirtz, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, Seton Hall University
  • "'Hester at Her Needle': Cloth Production and the Making of Womanhood in Antebellum America," Dr. Mary Balkun, Professor of English and Chair of the Department, Seton Hall University
  • "Sympathy in Negotiation: Women Mediators in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South," Dr. Aruna Sanyal, Senior Faculty Associate in English and Director of the Writing Center, Seton Hall University

Session III (3:30 - 4:45 p.m.)

3a. Next Generation Scholarship"
Stafford Hall 06
Moderator: Dr. Judith Stark, Professor of Philosophy, Seton Hall University

  • "'Her Very Particular Friend': Ambiguity and Intimacy of Female Friendship in Austen's Emma," Katlin Kocher, MA candidate in English, Seton Hall University
  • "Giving It Up: Belinda's Body and Religion in The Rape of the Lock," Jackie Jaewono, MA candidate in English, Seton Hall University
  • "Beer or Juice: Understanding Women's Motivation to Attend Fraternity Parties," Mary Donnelly, BA candidate in Modern Languages and Philosophy, Seton Hall University
  • "Discrimination in the Bathroom, Admissions, and Athletics: An Examination of the Gendered American University," Antonio Lombardo, BA candidate in Political Science, Seton Hall University

3b. Maids in the Movies: The Help, Django Unchained, and The Butler
Stafford Hall 07

  • Dr. Vanessa May, Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, Seton Hall University
  • Shana Russell, Doctoral candidate in American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark

3c. Of Border Spaces and Border Crossings: South Asian Women's Narratives
Stafford Hall 08

Moderator: Dr. Martha Carpentier, Professor of English, Seton Hall University

  • "Let me call a 'Mukhbir' I still cook dinner for Muhajids: Surviving Counterinsurgency in the Borderlands of Kashmir," Dr. Ather Zia, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Northern Coloradoo
  • "Taking the Stage by Storm: Theatre of, by and for the Youth in Kolkata, India," Dr. Arnab Banerjee, AsiaNetwork Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College
  • "Nationless Bodies at the Hinterlands of Border: Chitmahals and Gender Crossings," Dr. Amrita Ghosh, Instructor of English, Seton Hall University

3d. Gender Normativity and Sex Roles in Gay Male Relationships
Stafford Hall 09

  • Dr. W. King Mott, Associate Professor of Political Science, Seton Hall University



Registration

Register now to attend the 2015 Conference on Women and Gender.

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When registering, please be sure to indicate if you will be attending the luncheon. Although members of the Seton Hall community may attend both the conference and the luncheon, only participants who registered in advance will be seated.

Presentation of the annual "Woman of the Year" Award

This university award, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, recognizes and honors outstanding leaders at Seton Hall who have made significant contributions to the success of women at the University. In celebration of Women's History Month and the Seton Hall University Women's Conference, we are seeking nominations for the University's 2015 Woman of the Year.

Please follow this link to learn more about this prestigious award and to submit a nomination »

Travel Information

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Thank You

Thanks to Senior Associate Provost Joan Guetti; Dean Tracy Gottleib; Dean Robin Cunningham; Dean Michael Zavada; Assistant Dean Sheila Riley; Mrs. Brenda Knight; David K. MacNichol, Vice President of Human Resources; Dr. Simone Alexander;t he Presidential Advisory Committee Distinguished Lecture Series Fund, the Departments of English, History, Languages Literatures and Cultures; Psychology; and Communication and the Arts; the Schools of Diplomacy, Education, and Nursing; Poetry-in-the-Round; and the Africana Studies Program. We particularly appreciate the generous financial support of these divisions, departments, and programs for the conference, which enables us to offer free registration to members of the Seton Hall Community. Thanks also to Dr. Mary Balkun, Dr. Nathaniel Knight, Dr. Angela Weisl, and to the Women and Gender Studies advisory board: Dr. Mary Balkun, Dr. Cecelia Marzabadi, Dr. W. King Mott, Dr. Peter Savastano, and the inimitable Dr. Judith Stark.

The organizers would also like to thank the following for their indefatigable and generous contributions of expertise, time, and effort, without which this conference could not exist: Assistant Dean Sheila Riley, Mrs. Brenda Knight, Mrs. Rebecca Warren, Fernanda Bruno; the remarkable web team of Mimi Fisher, Michael Hyland, and Elysse Carter; and the PR team of Laurie Pine, Margaret McCorry, McKenna Ronquilo, and Brian Bozzo.

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