Conference on Gender Begins Saturday – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Conference on Gender Begins Saturday

Do you have something to say about Gender? If so, come observe prose drawings, art, dance and photographs and participate in workshops and conversations as part of the Social Justice Collective and Women’s Collective Conference on Building Community and Envisioning Possibilities. Events will take place on Saturday, March 28, Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31.

The Social Justice Collective is an innovative group that combines students and faculty interests. “At an institution whose history is defined by gender, I hope people reflect on what it means to be a Statesman or a Heron,” says Lauren Alleyne, assistant professor of English, who is a member of the Collective. “It is something that engages the entire campus.” Alleyne is editing this year’s SJC publication, “Telling Our Stories,” which is a collection of the HWS community’s writing and art around the theme of gender.

On Saturday, March 28, the conference opens with workshops facilitated by a diverse group of educators, advocates, activists and scholars.  Beginning at 11 a.m., participants will meet the workshop facilitators in the Library Atrium for a tabling fair.  The fair will provide information about each workshop and allow for informal conversation.

A sustainable lunch will follow the fair, from noon to 1 p.m. in Stern Hall atrium, with the first concurrent workshops beginning at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m.  The second set of workshops will run from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.  All workshops will be held in Stern Hall except the movement workshop, which will take place in the Dance Studio in Winn-Seeley. The first day will close at approximately 4 p.m. with a reading from the book of social justice writings the Collectives have put together.

The workshops include range from discussions on gender differences and understanding masculinity to femininity through movement, and the challenges women face in leadership. A full list of workshops are available on the events calendar.

The second day of the conference will take place on Monday, March 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Vandervort Room. There, artists, musicians and dancers from campus and the community will present their work in an expression of art and activism around the issue of gender.

The third and final day of the conference is Tuesday, March 31, when the Collectives and the campus group Amnesty International will be joined by Invisible Children. This event, sponsored in part by the Genocide Speaker Series, will be held in Albright Auditorium.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Invisible Children is a non-profit organization that works to transform apathy into activism by educating students around the United States on the crisis in Uganda.  This year, the group is heavily involved in petitioning governments to end the conflict and save lives.  At the screening, the group will show their newest documentary as well as short films featuring the experiences of individual people.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs will sponsor a reception for the speakers – Sarah Chaplin, Ivory Mobley, JoLeah Stiles and Nathan Canning — from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that same day in the Intercultural Affairs Center. All are invited.