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Conference Schedule
 
Wednesday, April 3
Student Showcase
 
(All Wednesday sessions take place in the Student Union Building Ballroom D/E unless otherwise noted.)
 
10:00-3:00      Registration (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
10:00-10:15    Coffee and Conversation (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
10:15-10:30    MTSU Student Showcase Opening Remarks
                        Dr. Newtona (Tina) Johnson, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies/
                        Conference Co-Chair
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
10:30-11:45    Feminist Readings: Gender and Identity
                        Moderator: Becky King
            Middle Tennessee State University               
 
“William’s Women: Feminist Analysis of Geoffrey Chaucer’s and Brian Helgeland’s ‘Knights Tale’”
Jacquelyn Hayek, Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Building Bridges with Feminist Bildungsroman: Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm and Toni Morrison’s Sula”
Khristeena M. Lute, Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Masculinity and Race in Rebecca Harding Davis's Waiting for the Verdict
Jessica Hanson, Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Homophobia and Discrimination: A Sociocultural Examination of Literature on Gender and Sexuality”
Anne Uselton, Middle Tennessee State University
 
12:00-1:15      Featured Performance
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                        Moderator: Madia Cooper
                        Middle Tennessee State University
                       
Choreographer:   Madia Cooper
                             Middle Tennessee State University
                       
Dancers:          Meghan McCrary   
                        Kelsey Muskin
                        Kiara Smith
                        Jasmine Meriwether
                        Morgan Davies
                        Brittany Howell
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
1:30-2:15        Preferences of Clothing Styles and Fit for Aging Women
                        Moderator: Lauren Rudd
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
Panelists:        Precious Creavalle
                        Bethaney Bowen
                        Samantha Cali
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
2:30-3:45        Feminist Readings: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers and Reform
                        Moderator: Mischa Renfroe
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Becoming Her Own Master: Feminism and Spiritualism in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘The Masked Marriage’ and Moods
Shelley Maddox, Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Fanny Fern: Conservative Dress Reformer?”
Elizabeth S. Robinson, Middle Tennessee State University/Tennessee Technological University
 
“Defining Nineteenth-Century Womanhood: The Cult of Marmee and Alcott’s Little Women”
Sarah Rivas, Middle Tennessee State University
 
“’Self-Definition and Self-Reliance’ in The Awakening”
Sara E. Hays, Middle Tennessee State University
 
4:00-5:15        Undergraduate Session (TODD 348)
                        Re-visioning Rumplestiltskin
                        Moderator: Claudia Barnett
                        Middle Tennessee State University
                       
Play Coordinator: Dr. Claudia Barnett
                              Middle Tennessee State University
 
Students:         Elliot Burrows
                        Ashley Delk   
                        Mark Griffin
                        Robert Jones
                        Zachary Killion
                        Jeremy Legatzke
                        Phillip Maloney
                        Kyle McCarthy
                        Emily Swaim
                        Kegan Taylor
                        Rachel Vines
                        Samuel Willey
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
Thursday, April 4
 
(All Thursday sessions take place in the Student Union Building Ballroom D/E unless otherwise noted.)
 
8:00-4:30        Registration (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
8:00-8:30        Coffee and Conversation (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
8:45-9:00        Conference Welcome
          Mischa Renfroe, Conference Co-Chair
          Middle Tennessee State University
 
9:00-10:15      Global Discourses: Gender and Violence
                        Moderator: Meredith Dye
                        Middle Tennessee State University               
 
“Disrupting Patriarchy: Challenging Gender Violence in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Post-Conflict Northern Ireland”
Erin Tunney, Carlow University
 
“Historical, Political, Cultural, Socio-Economic and Religious Forces Influencing Gender Equality Experiences in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone”
Jasmine Renner, East Tennessee State University
Arnold Nyarambi, East Tennessee State University
 
“Are Muslim Women Really ‘Silent’ and ‘Invisible’? An Analysis in the Context of Bangladesh”
Farjana Mahbuba, University of Western Sydney – Australia
 
10:30-11:45    Featured Film and Discussion (Video Theater)
                        Moderators: Linda Badley and Clare Bratten
                        Middle Tennessee State University   
 
"Saving Face"
A film by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
 
12:00-12:45    Lunch on your own
 
1:00-2:15 Global Discourses: Gender, Education, and Activism
                        Moderator: Samantha Cantrell
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
“A Question of Gender: A Personal Narrative of the Transition of an International Transgendered Graduate Student”
Jamie Crowsley, The Ohio State University
 
“Heteronormative Feminism: Straight Women and Anti-Lesbian Speech in Gender Studies Courses”
Gayatri Devi, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
 
2:30-3:45 Global Discourses: Gender and Health
                        Moderator:  Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Examination of Nutritional Patterns for Female College Students”
Sharon E. Whitlock, Western Kentucky University
Heather Cowherd, University of Kentucky
 
“College Women's Wellness in the 21st Century”
Joel Malone, Middle Tennessee State University
 
4:00-5:30 Professional Development Workshop
 
Workshop Welcome:
Dr. Jan Leone, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Middle Tennessee State University
 
Introduction of Facilitators:
Beth Emery
Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Hunger as a Global Challenge for Higher Education”
June M. Henton, Professor and Dean of the College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
Harriet W. Giles, Director of External Relations/Managing Director, Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI), Auburn University
Paula Gray Hunker, World Food Programme Senior Policy Advisor, Auburn University
 
5:45-6:15 Reception (Pre-Function Area) 
 
6:30-7:30 Featured Performance I (Student Union Building Ballroom A/B)
                       
“Scent of Jasmine: A Music and Dance Concert Presented by the Confucius Institute at MTSU”
Organizer: Guanping (Ping) Zheng, Middle Tennessee State University
 
Friday, April 5
 
(All Friday sessions take place in the Student Union Building Ballroom D/E unless otherwise noted.)
 
8:00-4:30        Registration (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
8:00-8:30        Coffee and Conversation (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
8:00-4:00 Students Active for Feminism and Equality (S.A.F.E.), Women’s Studies Student Organization Silent Auction (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
8:30-9:45 The Performance of Global Feminist Politics: Women’s Musical Lives as Adaptive Strategy
                        Moderator: Felicia Miyakawa
                        Middle Tennessee State University
 
“The Dance of Liberation: Gender Equality as Masquerade”
Sidra Lawrence, University of Chicago
 
“Women’s Gamelan in Bali: Harmless Novelty or Dawning Empowerment”
Mary Natvig, Bowling Green State University
 
“Yoko Ono and the Gendered Global Voice”
Kara Attrep, Bowling Green State University
 
10:00-11:15    Global Discourses: Women, Work, and Law I
          Moderator: Tom Strawman
          Middle Tennessee State University 
 
“The Global Economy and Stratified Reproduction: Caribbean Women, Migrant Labour and Domestic Work”
Charmaine Crawford, University of the West Indies – Barbados
 
“Equal Pay for Equal Work to Both Men and Women: A Myth or Reality”
Samiksha Godara, Shamsher Bahadur Saxena College of Law – India
 
“An Inquiry of the Language of Gender Pay Equity”
Cher Weixia Chen, New Century College, George Mason University
 
11:30-12:45    Roundtable
Grassroots Organizing and Community Advocacy among African-American Women in Middle Tennessee

          Moderator: Sekou Franklin
          Middle Tennessee State University
 
Melissa Gordon, Neighborhood Organizer for the Neighborhood Resource Center and Founder of the Urban Village Initiative
 
Tene’ Franklin, Health Committee Chair for the Tennessee State Conference NAACP and Executive Committee of the Nashville NAACP
 
Marilyn Brown, State Labor and Industry Chair for the Tennessee State Conference NAACP and prominent labor organizer
 
D.J. Hudson, Board Member of the Urban EpiCenter and Member of the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict
 
Kazi Wilkins, Organizing Director for the Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment 
 
1:00-2:15 Pre-Keynote Luncheon (Student Union Building Ballroom A/B)
          Conference Welcome  
          John Omachonu, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
          Middle Tennessee State University
              
2:15-3:00 Featured Performance II (Student Union Building Ballroom A/B)
                       
“The Exodus Project II: Understanding Diversity through Dance”
Organizer: Kim Neal Nofsinger, Middle Tennessee State University
 
3:15-4:45 Keynote Address (Student Union Building Ballroom A/B/C)
         
Introduction
Kaylene Gebert
Middle Tennessee State University
 
“Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond”
Lilly Ledbetter
Co-Author, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond
Instrumental in the passing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act
 
Q&A Facilitator:
Clare Bratten, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee
 
4:45-5:30 Book Signing   (Student Union Building Pre-function Area)
 
Saturday, April 6
 
All Saturday sessions take place in the Student Union Building Ballroom D/E unless otherwise noted.
 
8:30-10:00      Registration (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
8:30-8:45        Coffee and Conversation (Student Union Building Pre-Function Area)
 
9:00-10:30      Global Discourses: Intersectionality and Education
                        Moderator: Danielle Joy Davis
                        Middle Tennessee State University/Walden University
 
“Academic Achievement and Black Women’s Historical Leadership in African American Home Education”
Danielle Joy Davis, Middle Tennessee State University/Walden University
 
“Women as Educational Leaders: Psychic Duality and Emotional Neutrality”
Talia Esnard, University of Trinidad and Tobago
 
“Empowering Women: An Innovative Project for Minority and First Generation College Students”
Teresa Collard, University of Tennessee at Martin
Lisa C. LeBleu, University of Tennessee at Martin
 
“The Wedding Dress Project”
Cara Hagan, High Point University
 
10:45-12:00    Global Discourses: Women, Work, and Law II
     Moderator: Gretchen Webber
     Middle Tennessee State University
 
“What Can a Graduate Interest Survey Teach Us About Gender Differences in Saudi Arabia?”
Mohamed A. Elgeddawy, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University – Saudi Arabia
 
“Gender Based Representation in Legislative Assemblies: Quota An Instrument for Securing Gender
Rights”
Mussarat Jabeen, University of Sargodha Pakistan
 
“’Nothing to Do, No One to Tell?’ Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant-Worker Women in Israel and their Willingness to Report it Formally and Informally”
Ohad Green, Bar Ilan University – Israel
 
12:15-1:45      Global Discourses: Family, Intimacy, and Gender Roles 
                        Moderator: Christie Williams
                        Middle Tennessee State University
                       
“African American College Student’s Attitudes to Romantic Relationships: Family, Personality, and Availability”
Rebecca Reviere, Howard University
Barbara Medley, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
 
“Emasculation, Male Effeminacy and Female Masculinity in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love”
Roya Yaghoubi, Islamic Azad University – Iran
 
“’Thick Life’ in Literature: Elizabeth Povinelli and Middlemarch”
Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze, Northeastern University
 
“Transformation of Gender Roles under the Impact of Immigration Experience: Examples of the East-European Immigrants in Germany”
Tetiana Havlin, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany