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Gender Studies Symposium

Event Details

  • Event Details

    All symposium lectures, panel discussions, performances, and workshops are free and open to the public. 

    We hope you can join us at the upcoming Gender Studies Symposium.  Please get in touch with us at if you have any unanswered questions after reading the information on this page.

    Parking and Transportation

    Daytime visitors are advised to purchase daily permits online or at the campus entrance marked Information (Gate #3). Parking on campus is free after 7 p.m. Parking during the weekday can be challenging, so please allow time to find a space.

    The College is also served by Trimet Bus #39 and a free shuttle from downtown.

    Campus Maps

    Lewis & Clark maps and directions to campus are available online.

    Dining Options on Campus

    Bon Appétit operates several dining facilities at Lewis & Clark:

    • Fields Dining Room and the Trail Room in Templeton Campus Center–follow links for menus and hours
    • Maggie’s Café in Roberts Hall, near Templeton Campus Center–espresso drinks, smoothies, grab-and-go options
    • the Dovecote, a café in Albany Quadrangle–espresso drinks, pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, other grab-and-go selections


    Places to stay near Lewis & Clark College.


    Participation in the symposium is free, but we ask all presenters to submit a registration form.  The link to that form will be sent to presenters via email in December.  Please contact us at if you have not received the email containing that link.

    During the symposium, we invite all participants to stop by our information table outside the Council Chamber in the Templeton Campus Center to pick up a printed program and other symposium materials.  Presenters will have a pre-printed name badge waiting for them.  The table will be staffed daily during the symposium from roughly 9 am until 5 pm.


    We are committed to providing a meaningful and accessible experience for everyone who attends the symposium. If you would like to request a specific accommodation, please contact the symposium organizers at or at the information table outside Council Chamber.

    Unfortunately, many spaces at Lewis & Clark College are not fully accessible, particularly by wheelchair.  Symposium events are primarily scheduled in Templeton Campus Center and Agnes Flanagan Chapel/Gregg Pavilion. Templeton can be particularly difficult to navigate because of its confusing layout. Maps are posted throughout the building. This building is accessible by wheelchair from the lower Templeton parking lot on the first floor, at the bookstore/Trail Room entrance on the second floor, and from the street outside Stamm Dining Room on the third floor.  Those entrances all have power doors. Inside the building, the elevator is accessible on the third floor through the kitchen and Stamm Dining Room. This elevator is not very easy to locate on the other two floors, but symposium volunteers are happy to direct you to it.  Gregg Pavilion is accessible by wheelchair but does not have a power door.

    All-gender bathrooms are located in different buildings across campus, including Templeton Campus Center and the Chapel. For details, please consult this campus map identifying locations of non-gender-specific bathrooms. (PDF version)

    Sign language interpreters will be provided at all keynote events.  Some speaker videos may not include subtitles or captioning. If you would like a large-format printed program or other large-format materials, please contact the symposium organizers directly.

    We ask that symposium participants remain fragrance free as much as possible so the symposium can remain an accessible space for people with chemical sensitivities.

    We are sorry that we are unable to provide childcare during the symposium.

    Wellness Support and Resources

    Various support services are available during the symposium. Please feel free to talk with a symposium volunteer if you need direction or assistance.

    Feminist Student Union (FSU) sponsors services supporting the safety, leadership development, empowerment, and community engagement of gender minorities.  All members of the community, regardless of gender, race, age, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, or ethnicity are welcome. Drop-in office hours are scheduled from 1-4 during the week. Visit the FSU in Templeton near the Trail Room.

    The Queer Student Union (QSU) serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, omnisexual, polysexual, pansexual and allied community at Lewis and Clark College.  

    All L&C community members have access to confidential support through the Sexual Assault Resource Network. Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARAs) are trained to respond to and support survivors of sexual violence. To speak with a SARA anonymously, call 503.202.3319 on weekdays during business hours.

    For after-hours support, contact Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women’s Crisis Line) at 503.235.5333 or 1.800.235.5333 or the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) 24-hour hotline (503.640.5311 or 1.800.640.5311).

    The L&C Campus Safety emergency number is 503.768.7777

    Description of Presentation Formats

    In addition to the evening keynote events, the symposium program includes a series of other sessions, plus an art exhibition. Many of these sessions emerged through the call for papers in the fall, and others were created by the planning committee. The following glossary spells out what you can expect at different kinds of sessions:

    Panel: Typically consists of 3-4 individual presentations, sometimes submitted as a fully formed panel, but often assembled from individual papers submitted separately by people who do not know each other or work together. For papers that are submitted and accepted individually, the program committee identifies common themes or shared areas of inquiry that tie 3-4 presentations together, devises a panel title based on the abstracts that are submitted, and selects a chair to preside over the session. In some cases, panelists have coordinated their presentations and worked together in advance of the symposium. Panels typically last 90 minutes, including 20-30 minutes for discussion and interaction among the panelists and with the audience.

    Workshop: Sessions of 60-90 minutes (in rare cases workshops are scheduled for a longer period of time) in which the facilitator leads participants through some activity or exercise.  Past sessions have included hands-on crafts or artistic productions, writing workshops, meditation sessions, and skills trainings.

    Roundtable discussion: Usually includes 3-6 people who bring different perspectives to a set of questions or issues determined in advance. The typical format is for each panelist to speak briefly at the outset, followed by moderated discussion among the presenters and with the general audience. A roundtable is distinguished from a panel in that the entire session involves interaction and dialogue among the presenters rather than a series of individual presentations followed by conversation.

    Reading: Presenters share poetry or prose rather than scholarly papers. 

    Performance: May include music, dance, performance art, or other theatrical performances. 

    Photography and Video recording

    Please do not photograph or record any speakers, events, or participants without permission. If the keynote speakers grant permission, we will record their presentations and make the videos available on our website after the symposium. If you do not want to be recorded during the Q&A portion of the keynote events, please let us know.

    Symposium volunteers will take photographs at many of the events. If you do not want your photo taken, please inform the photographer.

    Additional Information for Presenters

    Audiovisual Needs: We ask presenters to communicate their AV needs via email at any time before the symposium. We are able to provide a shared laptop, data projector, and large screen at all sessions. Please indicate if your presentation requires audio playback, special software, or other lighting or sound support. We ask presenters to bring their work on a flash drive and to take a few moments to download their presentations to the shared computer desktop before the session begins. We strongly recommend that all presenters test their presentations on a computer other than the ones on which the presentations were initially created. We have been advised that the recommended resolution for PowerPoint presentations is 16:9 for optimal display. The College provides wireless Internet access. Instructions are available at the symposium information table.

    We are committed to providing a meaningful and accessible experience for everyone who attends the symposium. All presenters will be asked to use the microphone and are welcome to bring print copies of their slides.