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Wednesday, March 25
Location TBA

Screening and Panel Discussion (in Honor of Women's History Month) of "Daughters of the Dust"

Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Black Studies and English, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Daughters of the Dust is a 1991 film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash; it is the first feature film by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. It tells the story of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island in 1902, as they prepare to migrate to the North. The movie gained critical praise, for its rich language and use of song, and lyrical use of visual imagery. PANELISTS: Professor Karanja Carroll (Black Studies), Professor Heather Hewett (WGSS/English), and Professor Rachel Rigolino (English)

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference "Sex, Money & Power: A Dialogue between Feminism and Economics"

Friday 17 April 2015, 12:00 - 8:30 pm
SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center 102 and Terrace Restaurant

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Economics Department
History Department
Campus Auxiliary Services
Provost's Special Event Fund
Student Association

The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites

Historically women's studies and the study of women in economics have developed relatively separately. Women's studies in economics has had a strong focus on empirical research and used mathematical modeling to makes its voices heard. When Feminist Economics emerged in the 1990s, putting women and gender at the center of the analysis, a bridge between the two fields was constructed but not fully crossed: theorizing in feminist economics remained strongly focused on the debates in economics, rather than those in women's studies. Issues of intersectionality were discussed in feminist economics but not widely addressed let alone perceived as the core to feminist economic theorizing. Theorizing in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, on the other hand, developed further in the direction of identity issues and away from a focus on economic structure and systemic change. The institutional settings of the American Universities where WGSS programs were mostly located placed WGSS scholars in separate programs while feminist economists had appointments in economic departments. These different locations strengthened differences in theoretical focus.

This conference aims to bring together, connect and further develop feminist economic thinking on intersectionality and feminist thinking on economic institutions and structure, addressing the changing conceptualizations of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the economy. Moreover, this conference will bring together communities of researchers and students in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Feminist Economics, to develop and explore further shared interests on sex, money and power.

(Preliminary) PROGRAM:

11:30-12:15 Registration & Buffet Lunch at the Terrace
12:30 - 1:40 Opening Plenary "Appropriating the Economy: A Dialogue"
LC 102 in conjunction with Women: Images and Realities Class


Professor Rose M. Brewer, University of Minnesota
Professor Julie A. Nelson, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Chair and Moderator, Professor Nancy Folbre, UMass-Amherst

1:45-2:00 pm BREAK

2:00 - 3:30 pm Afternoon Session I: Responses from the Disciplines (Terrace)
2:00 - 2:15   Prof. Mona Ali (Economics Department, SUNY New Paltz)
2:15 - 2:30   Prof. Heather Hewett (WGSS Program, SUNY New Paltz)
2:30 - 2:45   Prof. Susan Lewis (History Department, SUNY New Paltz)
2:45 - 3:00   WGSS and Economics Student Responses (one from each)
3:00 - 3:30   Q & A and discussion
Moderator, Professor Edith Kuiper, WGSS/Economics, SUNY New Paltz

3:30 pm Coffee Break

3:45- 4:30 pm Afternoon Session II: Collaboration on Cooperation (Terrace)

Exploration and presentation of institutes, organizations, existing cooperation, ongoing and planned academic and community projects, as well as possible future projects.

4:30-5:30 pm Coffee Break and Student Research Poster Session (Terrace)

5:30 Bus Departs from Terrace to Hyde Park for Dinner and Tour of Valkill

7:00 pm Musical Chairs Dinner at Roosevelt Estate