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graduate symposium committee 2014

Symposium Committee 2014

The annual graduate symposium is typically held in the fall semester, and is generated by a committee of graduate students from across the disciplines. The symposium affords graudate students who are either earning the graduate certification or who have a research interest in Women and Gender Studies to present their research   to their colleagues. The inaugural symposium took place Fall 2014.


The TCU Women and Gender Studies Program held the third annual Women and Gender Studies Graduate Symposium: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women, Gender, and Politics” on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 12-5 pm in Rees-Jones Hall. The schedule from that day is below.


Luncheon 12-1:00 RJH 113
“We Women in Politics: The Case of Rwanda and the Difference We Make”
Keynote address by Professor Mathilde Mukantabana, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.


 Poster exhibit featuring graduate student research from 1-1:15pm


1:15-2:10 “We Women in Politics: Implications for the Global Community” 

Interview with H.E. Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana conducted by Dr. Carrie Currier


2:15-3:30 Panel Presentations


I. “Culture, Community, and Politics”
1. Candace Carlisle Vilas, “Prey: Viewing Maya Women Through the Lens of the Hunt”
2. John Paul Luft, “Women’s Spirituality in Gynecologic Oncology: A Paradigm Shift from Purity to Womanhood”
3. Charles McCaslin, “Women Who Want to be Women: Lottie Beth Hobbs, Antifeminism, and the Religious Right”
4. Stephanie Cole, Discussion of feminist theory from margin to center


II. “Politics in the Public and Private Spheres”
1. Geoffrey Johnson, “Women and the Military”
2. Brittany Harris, “A Woman’s Worth: Should the Military Allow Females to Serve in Combat Roles?”
3. Mandy Martinez, “The Lack of Women in United States Politics”
4. Jennifer Hester, “Politics and the Stay-At-Home Parent”


3:30-3:45: Refreshments


3:45-4:30 pm RJH 102 #TeenMoms Disrupt Dominant Discourses: An Interactive Workshop  
Meta Henty, winner of the WGST Graduate Research Award