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10-18-2013

Clarkson to Host Gender & Sexuality Studies Conference Oct. 25

The Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty of Clarkson University invites  the community to the first annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference of the Associated Colleges on Friday, October 25. The event is free and open to the public.

The goal of the conference, "Why Gender and Sexuality Studies Still Matter," is to bring together faculty, students and staff from all four colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley to examine new challenges, review current strategies and develop fresh perspectives on gender and sexual justice and inclusion.

Friday’s events start with an opening lecture at noon in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 212 (hill campus, building #18 at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf .) by Mecke Nagel, professor of philosophy at SUNY Cortland, who explores the implications of anti-slavery abolitionism as applied to human trafficking and prison eradication.  

Following the lecture, conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in conversations at student poster sessions and information tables from 1:15 to 2:45 in the Snell Atrium.

Examples of poster topics include the inclusion of transgender cultures in young adult literature, the scripts and conventions of contemporary pornography, the effects of Title IX on student athletes, and sexual discrimination laws in the work place. Student organizations include SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Activists) from St. Lawrence University, Value U., the Gay Straight Alliance at Clarkson University and others.

The keynote speaker at 3:00 in Snell Hall Room 213, Jyoti Puri, professor of sociology at Simmons College in Boston, has published widely on how constructs of gender and sexuality are shaped across national and transnational contexts. She will speak about her latest book, Sexual States: Governance and Decriminalizing Sodomy in India’s Present, where she examines police responses to the anti-sodomy laws in India, and raises questions about obtaining sexual justice through law.  

The conference will end with a book launch and signing party from 4:15 to 5:15 in the President’s Conference Room (Educational Resources Center Room 1504) celebrating the works of faculty from the four colleges who have published books on gender and sexuality. Refreshments will be served.

The authors and their books are Danielle Egan (Saint Lawrence University): Becoming Sexual: A Critical Appraisal of the Sexualization of Girls, S.N. Nyeck (Clarkson University) and Marc Epprecht (Queens University), Editors: Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship, Emily Hamilton Honey (SUNY Canton): Turning the Pages of American Girlhood: The Evolution of Girls’ Series Fiction, 1865-1930 and Susanne Zwingel (SUNY Potsdam) et al.: Feminist Strategies in International Governance.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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