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Conference on Women and Gender 2016 (photo credit: Malala Yousafzai photo by Antonio Olmos; Toni Morrison photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

Conference on Women and Gender 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

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The Women and Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce that the annual Seton Hall University Conference on Women and Gender will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This year's conference is not organized around any one theme. Rather, the organizers are looking to offer a collection of exciting sessions that reflects the dynamic, productive diversity of perspectives and approaches characterizing the current discussion about women and gender.

The conference's primary goal is consistent with the ideals of a liberal arts institution such as those articulated by Cardinal Newman in The Idea of a University: to provide an interface between the academic and the experiential in order to enrich lived life.

Keynote Speaker

Rifat SalamThe Seton Hall Women and Gender Studies Program welcomes Dr. Rifat Salam as our keynote speaker at this year's Seton Hall University Conference on Women and Gender. Dr. Salam will give a talk titled, "Negotiating Identity, Navigating Divides, and Building Bridges: South Asian Women in Millenial America."  Dr. Salam is Associate Professor of Sociology at CUNY.  She is the author of Negotiating Tradition, Becoming American: Family, Gender, and Autonomy for Second Generation South Asians (2013).  Her recent work is about South Asian American Identity amid the shifting politics since September 11th.

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 2016 Woman of the Year. Please follow this link to learn more about this prestigious award and to submit a nomination.

Please contact the conference organizers, Dr. Vanessa May ( and Dr. Karen Gevirtz ( with any questions or for further information.

Photo credit: Malala Yousafzai photo by Antonio Olmos; Toni Morrison photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders


Register now to attend the 2016 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.

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