WEDNESDAY, March 22
LEVEL 2 STUDENT UNION BUILDING (STU)
Student Showcase Preconference Day 

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration
STU Prefunction Area 

Coffee and Conversation 
STU Prefunction Area

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
SAFE Silent Auction Fundraiser and Student Organization Tables
SAFE, MT Lambda, Generation Action, AAUW-Students, MT Student Sociologists
STU Prefunction Area 

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Student Showcase Opening Remarks
STU Ballroom E

Dr. Ida Fadzillah, Anthropology and Asian Studies
Middle Tennessee State University

9:10 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
WOMEN, GENDER AND SEXUALITY - PAPER PANEL I
Sponsored by AAUW-Students
STU Ballroom E

Moderator:
Dr. Mary Magada-Ward, Philosophy, MTSU

"Mormon Feminist Activism and Ordained Women: Social Responses to Religious Norm Defection in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints"
Jennifer Crow, Middle Tennessee State University

"Women and the Political Glass Ceiling of the American Presidency"
Chelsea Reeves, Middle Tennessee State University

"Tolerance of Gay-Straight Alliances in Public Schools: LGBT Adolescents' Struggle for Support and Coexistence"
Robin Stone, Middle Tennessee State University

10:20 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
WOMEN, GENDER AND SEXUALITY – PAPER PANEL II
Sponsored by MT Student Sociologists
STU Ballroom E 

Moderator:
Dr. Meredith Dye, Sociology, MTSU

“Hilary Mantel’s An Experiment in Love: Women’s Place in Academia”
Joy Lewis, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Meat and Masculinity: Exploring Men’s Experiences with Vegetarianism”
Jacob Lax, Middle Tennessee State University 

"Sexuality Online: Women, Fan-fiction, and the Subversion of Gender Norms"
Kellye Guinan, Middle Tennessee State University

11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
MTSU STUDENT DANCE PROGRAM - Our Lives, Herstories
STU Ballroom D 

Choreographer: Meg Brooker, Theatre and Dance, MTSU
MTSU Dancers:
Rachelle Bennett
Angel Briley
Rylie Brinley
Jaimie Flores
Amber Jordan
Dylan McMurry
Meagan Mcpherson
Rachel Miller
Marina Phillips
Jessie Reeder
Sarah Robertson
Claudeidra Taylor
Ginny Whaley

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break  
Student Tables, SAFE Silent Auction
STU Prefunction Area

1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
WORKSHOP - Our Bodies, Our Rights: Rejecting the Stigma of Abortion
Sponsored by Generation Action
STU Ballroom E

Moderator:
Lori Stephens, Communication Studies and Organizational Communication, MTSU

Facilitator: Lauren Shuler, MTSU

2:20 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
PERFORMANCES: SPOKEN WORD ART, POETRY AND READINGS
Sponsored by SAFE
STU Ballroom D

Moderator:   
Lisa Williams, English, MTSU

Performers:
"A Different Fight"
Rachel Lloyd, Middle Tennessee State University

"Nasty Woman"
Nina Mariah, Middle Tennessee State University

"Back of the Line"
Madeline Meunier, Middle Tennessee State University

"I Forgive You"
Hilary Hoover, Middle Tennessee State University

"Canary"
Kara Stallings, Middle Tennessee State University

"The Spirit Place"
Tess Shelton, Middle Tennessee State University

4:10-5:05 p.m.
FILM AND PANEL DISCUSSION
"Becoming Johanna"
Sponsored by MT Lambda
STU Ballroom E 

Moderator:   
Rebekah Dawson, President, MT Lambda, MTSU

Facilitators:
Kristopher Roberson, Vice President, MT Lambda, MTSU
Marie Heisig, Secretary, MT Lambda, MTSU
Elizabeth Burns, Educational Committee, MT Lambda, MTSU

THURSDAY, March 23                        
LEVEL 2 STUDENT UNION BUILDING (STU)

8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  
Registration  
STU Prefunction Area

Coffee and Conversation
STU Prefunction Area 

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Conference Opening Remarks
STU Parliamentary Room

Dr. Karen Petersen, Political Science
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Middle Tennessee State University

9:40 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
EXPRESSIONS OF GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND PLACE 
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. LaToya Eaves, Global Studies and Human Geography, MTSU

“Whispers in the Women’s Majlis:  Feminist Expressions in the United Arab Emirates”
Pernille Arenfeldt, American University of Sharjah

“Mapping Women’s Exclusion: The Private, The Public and the Reproduction of Gendered Spaces in Urban Yerevan”
Arpi Atabekyan, Friedrich Schiller University 

“The ‘Goodwill Ambassadors’: Japanese War Brides and the Cosmo Club”
Sonia Christina Gomez, University of Chicago 

“Exploring the Effects of Social Networking Sites Use on Marriage among Egyptian Youth” 
Abd El-Basit Ahmed Hashem Mahmoud, Yarmouk University 

"Adam, Eve, and...Dana: Christians and Intersex Awareness"
Jeniece Lusk, American University of Sharjah and
Jodien Johnson, Baylor University

11:20 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
QUEER PAIN IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONTEXT  
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Laura White, English, MTSU

“’This is Queer Pain’: Queer Studies and Politics after Orlando”
Eric Hughes, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Confession of Cherubino: A Postmodern Lens”
Kara Russell, East Tennessee State University 

“LGBT Foster Youth”
Justin Bucchio, Middle Tennessee State University and
Wanda Davidson, Tennessee State University 

“Homosexual Rape in Abu Khal’s Throwing Sparks (2009): Performing Gender as Social Criticism”
Robert Petersen, Middle Tennessee State University 

1:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
CRITICAL AND FEMINIST ARTS-BASED PEDAGOGY AND THE CHALLENGES OF REPRESENTATION
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Marion Hollings, English, MTSU

“Liminal Address: The Bi-racial Necessities of Direct Address in Black Female Poetics”
Isaac Pickell, Miami University 

“Feminist Postcolonial Scholarship: Pedagogical Failures of Representation, Intersectionality, Language, Power, and Resistance”
Molli Spalter, Wayne State University 

“The Oppressed and Revolutionary: Gender Identity Construction of Chinese Women in Opera Nixon in China”
He Xian, Chinese University of Hong Kong 

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                 
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
“Irresistible Revolution: Understanding the LGBT Movement Today”
Urvashi Vaid
Attorney, Activist, LGBT Leader 
STU Ballroom A/B/C

Conference Welcome
Barbara Scales, Director, June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students
NWHM Chair and Coordinator, MTSU 

Acknowledgements
Dr. Vicky MacLean, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies
NWHM Committee Associate Chair, MTSU

Introduction of Speaker
Dr. Pippa Holloway, History, MTSU

Question and Answer Facilitator
Dr. Meredith Dye, Sociology, MTSU           

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Book Signing Meet and Greet
Urvashi Vaid 
STU Prefunction Area

5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.          
Conference Buffet Dinner               
Prepay at Registration 
STU Ballroom D/E

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     
FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Andrea Gibson
Spoken Word Artist, Author, Activist    
STU Ballroom A/B/C                  

Welcome and Introduction of Performer
Rebekah Dawson
President, MT Lambda
Middle Tennessee State University 

8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.     
Merchandise Sale Meet and Greet
Andrea Gibson 
STU Prefunction Area

FRIDAY, March 24                                    
LEVEL 2 STUDENT UNION BUILDING (STU)

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration
STU Prefunction Area

Coffee and Conversation
STU Prefunction Area 

9:10 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.
GENDER INEQUALITY AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE  
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Gretchen Webber, Sociology, MTSU

“Gender Barriers: Using Negotiation to Bridge the Pay Gap”
Teresa Collard, University of Tennessee at Martin and
Lisa LeBleu, University of Tennessee at Martin 

"One Size Fits All? Fashion Magazines, Idealized Imagery, and Female Body Image"
Aimee Jones, University of Tennessee at Martin and
Elizabeth Sanders, University of Tennessee at Martin 

“Dual Job Holding in the WTA and ATP: Does Playing Doubles Alleviate the Gender Pay Gap?”
Ivonne M. Torres, New Mexico State University,
Ryan Cruz, New Mexico State University, and
Miguel A. Zuniga, Morgan State University 

10:20 a.m.  - 11:15 a.m.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN RECORDING AND FILM 
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Jennifer Woodard, Journalism, MTSU

“The Artificial Celluloid Girl: Doris as Filmmaker in Irmgard Keun’s The Artificial Silk Girl”
Katherine Schaller, Vanderbilt University

“Understanding Cultural Competency and Proficiency in Higher Education”
Stacy L. Merida, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Realism in South Korean TV Drama among Jordanian Youth: A Survey Study“
Bashar Abdel-Rahman Mutahar, Yarmouk University and
Abd El-Basit Ahmed Hashem Mahmoud, Yarmouk University 

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP
“Beyond Hashtags: Using New Media to Combat Campus Rape Culture” 
STU Ballroom C

Facilitator
Wagatwe Wanjuki
Ac
tivist, Writer, Educator 

Introduction of Facilitator
Joy Lewis, President, Students Active for Feminism and Equality
Middle Tennessee State University 

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Break

1:50 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
LOVE, SEX, AND BEAUTY: THEMES IN EMPOWERMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle, History, MTSU

"Innocent Men and Dangerous Women: Venereal Disease Propaganda Posters of World War II" 
Kelsey Lamkin, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Artificial Selfie Girl: Reading Irmgard Keun in the 21st Century”
Amy Lynne Hill, Vanderbilt University 

“The Raw Beauty Project: Women Leaders with Disabilities in Media and Art”
Bethany Hoppe, Middle Tennessee State University

"Exploring The Sexuality Continuum: A Look at Women in Swinging"
Felicia Brown, Middle Tennessee State University 

3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
EXPLORING WOMEN AND GIRLS IN STEM
Roundtable Discussion  
STU ROOM 218

Moderator and Discussant:
Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross, Chemistry and Women in STEM, MTSU

3:55 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Break

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.                       
FEATURED FILM AND DISCUSSION   
UnSlut: A Documentary Film” 
STU Ballroom C

Introduction and Welcome
Jennifer Crow, President, American Association of University Women – Students
Middle Tennessee State University 

Discussant:
Dr. Allie Sultan, Electronic Media Communication
Middle Tennessee State University 

SATURDAY, March 25                             
LEVEL 2 STUDENT UNION BUILDING (STU)

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Registration
STU Prefunction Area

Coffee and Conversation
STU Prefunction Area

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 
WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: GENDER AND VIOLENCE
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Rebekka King, Religious Studies, MTSU

“Kurdish Women Fighters against Terrorists and the Expectancy of Achieving Full Gender Equality in Iraqi Kurdistan”
Shabnam Dadparvar, Wuhan University of Technology

“In the Light of What We Know: Sex Violence and Our Women
Shampa Iftakhar, Daffodil International University 

“Ethno-nationalist Violence and the Marginalised Women of India’s Northeast Periphery”
Uddipana Goswami, University of Pennsylvania 

“Women and Rape in Ondo State, Nigeria: Rethinking Justice”
Adebukola Foluke Osunyikanmi, Adekunle Ajasin University 

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM NOTABLE WOMEN AND CASE STUDIES 
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Janet McCormick, Communication Studies, MTSU

“Can You Keep a Secret? Marie Sharp: A Case Study”
Deborah L. Wagnon, Middle Tennessee State University 

“In Faithful and Faith-Filled Service: A Case Study of a Modern Woman Religious Leading a Diversified Student Population in an Urban Catholic School”
Sara M. West, Cleveland State University 

“The Burden and Blessing of Henrietta Lacks”
Henri Giles, University of Tennessee at Martin 

“Cascading Influences: Long-Term Impacts of Informal STEM Experiences for Girls”
Dale McCreedy, Discovery Center, Murfreesboro

"Navigating Difference: Exploring Possibilities for Transnational Feminist Activism in a Local US Context"
Anna Carella, Vanderbilt University,
Hasina Mohyuddin, Vanderbilt University, and
Melissa Jean, Lesley University

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
FEMINIST MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE 
STU Parliamentary Room

Moderator:
Dr. Vicky MacLean, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, MTSU

“Feminist Movements in the Universities in the Region of Valparaíso, Chile”
Rachel Willis, Duquesne University 

“Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017: Because Women’s Rights are Human Rights”
Lori Stephens, Middle Tennessee State University 

“Waves of Change: The Women’s Rights Movement and the Waves Metaphor”
Charlotte Archer, Middle Tennessee State University

"Women as Change Agents"
Alice Camuti, Tennessee Technological University,
LaNise Rosemond, Tennessee Technological University, and
Ann Kerlin, Luther Rice College

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