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On behalf of Middle Tennessee State University's Women's and Gender Studies Program, I cordially invite you to participate in our tenth biennial conference: Global Discourses in Women's and Gender Studies, April 4-6, 2013. Our conference theme reflects our interest in promoting feminist perspectives that foreground the influence of global forces on women's and/or gendered existence and in examining connections between local/national and global issues that relate to women's and/or gendered existence. We welcome scholars, activists, non-profit professionals, students, and others who engage issues of social justice, particularly those related to women and gender.

Our keynote speaker is Gender Pay Equity Activist, Lilly Ledbetter.  Ledbetter was the plaintiff in the historic gender pay discrimination case against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company that was instrumental in the passing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. Ledbetter is the co-author of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond published in February 2012.
We aim to make this conference a very satisfying experience for all participants; consequently, we offer the following:

  • Very reasonable conference costs. (Please see registration information.)

  • Single panel per session conference format. This format worked extremely well at our 2009 and 2011 conferences as it provided the opportunity for larger audiences at sessions, substantive audience engagement with material presented, and sustained exchange of ideas among presenters and conference participants. This format also promotes interaction among conference participants that can contribute to a positive conference experience.

  • Professional development workshop. This workshop is free and open to all registered participants.

  • Film screening and discussion.

We hope you will seriously consider attending the conference. We strive to make our conference a safe and comfortable space for sharing perspectives, ideas, and experiences.

Please feel free to email or call us if you have any questions.

Newtona (Tina) Johnson
Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program

Contact Information:

Women's and Gender Studies Program
Box 498
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN   37132

Phone:  615-898-5910
Email: womenstu@mtsu.edu
Fax: 615-898-5289