2015 Conference Program

PRECONFERENCE DAY: MTSU STUDENT SHOWCASE

 Wednesday, March 25 

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Registration, Student Union Building Prefunction Area

10:15–10:30 a.m. MTSU Student Showcase Opening Remarks
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Ida Fadzillah, Conference Cochair, Middle Tennessee State University

10:30–11:15 a.m. The Subtext of Gender in Policy and Literature
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Ida Fadzillah, Middle Tennessee State University

“Opportunity in Development: Costa Rican Policy Initiatives and Pathways to Women’s Socioeconomic Success”
Gabrielle Thompson, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Flying the Plane Together”: Reading and Teaching Lesbian Subtext in Code Name Verity
Melody Cook, Middle Tennessee State University

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Isadora Duncan’s Feminist Dance Pedagogy
Student Union Building, Ballroom D
Moderator: Margaret Brooker, Middle Tennessee State University 

Choreographer
Margaret Brooker, Middle Tennessee State University 

Dancers
Hannah Allen
Brooke Blomgren
Morgan Davis
RaShidah Hudson
Madison Moore
Annah Slayton
Bianca Spencer
Athena Sweeten
Rachel Vassar
Middle Tennessee State University

1:00–2:15 p.m. Fraternity Men’s Hooking Up Experiences: A Communication Approach
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Jessica Kratzer, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Hookup Culture in Fraternity Life”
Kelley Benson, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Fraternity Men: The Hookup Culture”
Katherine Bibee, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Fraternity Men’s Communication about Hooking Up”
Samantha Crossland, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Sexual Communication and Fraternity Men”
Haley Ferrell, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Let’s Talk About Sex: Fraternity Hookup Culture”
Molly McCormack, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Sexual Communication: Hookups among Fraternity Men”
Olivia Overstreet, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Fraternity Hookup Culture and Sexual Communication”
Emilie Rosenberry, Middle Tennessee State University 

“A Peek into Hookup Culture in Fraternities”
Theodore Savoy, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Communication and the Hookup Culture amongst Fraternity Men”
Tara Smith, Middle Tennessee State University

2:30–3:45 p.m. Social Constructions of Gender and Sexuality
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Laura White, Middle Tennessee State University 

“What Makes a Man? Interpreting Gender Roles in Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea
Shannon Keller, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Masculinity, Femininity and the Re-conceptualization of Violence in Pan’s Labyrinth
Connor Methvin, Middle Tennessee State University 

“‘Dirty’ Vaginas and ‘Fresh’ Vaginas: Misconceptions of Vaginal Odor”
Dylan Miller, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Romance? No Thank You: Analyzing the Experiences of Aromantics and Why It’s Important”
Shelby Doré, Central Magnet High School 

4:00–5:15 p.m. Queering the Classroom: Feminism is Coming to Class
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: TBA, Middle Tennessee State University 

Presenters from Students Active for Feminism and Equality, MTSU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization:
Emily Matheney
Jamez Huff
Haley Imhoff
Lauren Shuler
Middle Tennessee State University 

Thursday, March 26

8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Registration, Student Union Building Prefunction Area 

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. S.A.F.E. Silent Auction
Student Union Building Prefunction Area

8:00–8:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation
Student Union Building Prefunction Area 

8:45–9:00 a.m. Conference Opening Remarks
Student Union Building, Video Theater
Mark Byrnes, Middle Tennessee State University 

9:00–10:15 a.m. Interpreting Women’s Bodies
Student Union Building, Video Theater
Moderator: Laura White, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Upskirting: A First Amendment Right or Objectification of Women’s Bodies?”
L’Oreal Stephens, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Creating a College Women’s Wellness Program: Innovation for Health Promotion”
Joe Malone, Middle Tennessee State University 

Damage A Film
Allie Sultan, Middle Tennessee State University 

10:30–11:45 a.m. Gender, Education, and Opportunities
Student Union Building, Video Theater
Moderator: Marian Wilson, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Anti-development, Decolonization, and Girls’ Education in the Majority World”
Tami Fawcett, Oregon State University

“STEM Fields and the Gender Gap: Evidence from the CA State Science Fair”
Nanneh Chehras, University of California–Irvine 

“The Long-Run Decline of Male Teachers in the United States”
Shahar Sansani, College of Management, Israel

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch on your own 

1:00–2:00 p.m. Equality and Issues of Equal Pay
Student Union Building, Video Theater
Moderator: Samantha Cantrell, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Equal Pay and the Paycheck Fairness Act: Why it Matters”
Lisa LeBleu, University of Tennessee, Martin
Teresa Collard, University of Tennessee, Martin 

“Pay Inequity”
Alice Camuti, Tennessee Tech University
LaNise Rosemond, Tennessee Tech University 

2:15–4:00 p.m. The Need for Resources for LBGTQ Youth and Their Families
Student Union Building, Video Theater
Moderator: John Sanborn, Middle Tennessee State University 

Panel Participants
Justin Bucchio, Middle Tennessee State University
Donna Scott Davenport, J.D., Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge
Tobi Gore, Student, Middle Tennessee State University
Lindsey Hester, Social Services Team Leader, Department of Children’s Services, Rutherford County
Morgan Hunlen, Student, Middle Tennessee State University
Jessica Kratzer, Assistant Professor, Communication, Middle Tennessee State University
John Sanborn, Associate Professor, Social Work, Middle Tennessee State University
Eileen Woodside, School Social Worker, Rutherford County Schools Department of Special Education 

4:30–5:45 p.m. Keynote Address
Student Union Building, Ballroom C/D/E

Conference Welcome
President Sidney McPhee, Middle Tennessee State University 

Greetings - NWHM Committee Chair
Barbara Scales, Middle Tennessee State University 

Introduction of Keynote
Newtona (Tina) Johnson, Middle Tennessee State University 

“The Importance of a Global Perspective”
Lisa Ling, Journalist, Social Activist, and Author 

Question and Answer Facilitator:
Clare Bratten, Middle Tennessee State University 

7:00 p.m. Featured Performance: Nilaja Sun, “No Child...
Student Union Building Ballroom B
Moderator: Claudia Barnett Middle Tennessee State University 

Friday, March 27 

8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Registration, Student Union Building Prefunction Area 

8:00–8:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation
Student Union Building Prefunction Area

9:00–10:00 a.m. Models for Education and Empowerment
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Jessica Kratzer, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Woman to Woman: A Model for Community Based Women’s Empowerment”
Chandra Allen, Scarritt-Bennett Center 

“UNICEF and Gender Equality: Programs in Education”
Katharine Barcy, US Fund for UNICEF 

10:15–11:30 a.m. Youth, Gender, and Sexuality in Education
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Beth Emery, Middle Tennessee State University

“The Exclusion of the ‘Queer’ Student in the Ontario English Secondary Classroom and Curriculum”
Shawna Carroll, University of Toronto, Canada 

“Sex Education and Desire: Moving Away from Normativity”
Erika Carpenter, Virginia Commonwealth University 

“‘Why Marry?’ Marriage, Women, Social Status, and Education in Japan”
David Corwin, George Mason University 

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Conference Luncheon
Student Union Building, Ballroom A

1:30–3:00 p.m. Professional Development Workshop
Student Union Building, Ballroom C 

Workshop Welcome:
John Omachonu, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, Middle Tennessee State University 

Introduction of Facilitator:
Lana Seivers, Dean, College of Education, Middle Tennessee State University

 “Campus Interaction in the Age of Social Media: Civility, (Sexual) Aggression, and Self Care”
Rachel Simmons, author, educator, and coach 

3:00–4:00 p.m. Book Signing (Student Union Building Prefunction Area) 

3:15–4:45 p.m. Presenting and Interpreting “The Other”
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Vicky MacLean, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Gender and Politeness Negotiation Online: A Case of An Arab Blog”
Cherifa Benkaddour, University of Relizane, Algeria 

“Religious Intolerance: Islamic Fundamentalism, Women, and Education” Poster Presentation
Mozhgan Malekan, University of Cincinnati 

“Latina Movers and Shakers: A Fresh Look at the Transnational Gender Dynamics Embedded in Contemporary Latino Migration”
James P. Chaney, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Imagining the Other: An Exploration of Latina Caregivers”
Gisele Cardoso de Lemos, Texas A&M University 

“Women Faculty in Korea: Fighting Discrimination”
Jid Lee, Middle Tennessee State University

5:00–7:30 p.m. Featured Film and Discussion
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Clare Bratten, Middle Tennessee State University

Panelists:
Tina Johnson, Middle Tennessee State University
Kari Neely, Middle Tennessee State University
ZamZam Sangau, Middle Tennessee State University
Nancy Roche, Vanderbilt University 

“Girl Rising”
A film from Academy Award-nominated director, Richard E. Robbins 

Saturday, March 28 

8:30–10:00 a.m. Registration, Student Union Building Prefunction Area

8:30–8:45 a.m. Coffee and Conversation, Student Union Building Prefunction Area 

9:00–10:30 a.m. Gender Support for Diversity and High Performance
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Janet McCormick, Middle Tennessee State University

“The Relationship between Policy Wording and Gender on Support for Diversity in the Fortune 500”
Amanda Layne Stephens, Indiana University–Bloomington 

“Bullying and the Case of the HPW (High Performing Woman)”
Jackie Gilbert, Middle Tennessee State University 

10:45 a.m.–Noon Who Are Our Students? Nontraditional is the New Traditional for the 21st-Century Public School Student
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Samantha Morgan-Curtis, Tennessee State University 

Samantha Morgan-Curtis, Tennessee State University
Sheri Bartlett Browne, Tennessee State University
Rebecca S. Dixon, Tennessee State University 

12:15–1:45 p.m. Textual Analysis and Feminist Pedagogy
Student Union Building, Ballroom E
Moderator: Tom Strawman, Middle Tennessee State University

“Reading Women’s Testimonio as Feminist Praxis and Pedagogy in Opposition to Development Discourse, Practice, and Ruling Relations”
Dawn Shickluna, University of Toronto, Canada 

“‘All Sorts of Lives’: Ecofeminism in Katherine Mansfield’s At the Bay
Justyna Kostkowska, Middle Tennessee State University

“Women’s Narratives in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Black Feminist Reading”
Parmis Tasharofi, Azad University, Iran

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