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Gender Studies Symposium

38th Annual Gender Studies Symposium
Who Cares?
March 13-15, 2019 

All symposium lectures, workshops, performances, exhibits, and panel discussions are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by our information table in Templeton Campus Center outside the Council Chamber from 9-5 daily to talk with symposium organizers, pick up a program, and learn more about the events.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. 

Watzek Library Displays

In this Special Collections & Archives exhibit, we examine the life and work of Dr. Alan Hart. Hart graduated Albany College, the precursor to Lewis & Clark. The first transgender man to undergo surgery in the United States during a repressive period of our country’s history, Hart faced professional and social discrimination. Although he hoped that he would be remembered for his medical research more than his private life, the events of Hart’s life became emblematic of the challenges and obstacles trans people would face in the early twentieth century. The exhibit explores some of the following questions: How did Hart want to be remembered? Did Hart practice self-care?  How did his personal life influence his career in medicine as a caregiver? Finally, how is Hart remembered today and to what extent may we look to him as a representative for LGBTQ causes?

Curated by L&C students Fiona McNerney and Justin Howerton. This exhibit is on the top floor of Watzek Library and will remain on display until the end of the spring semester.

Additionally, the Diversions book display in the Watzek atrium features books related to this year’s theme, including publications by the keynote speakers. These books can be checked out at the circulation desk.


Wednesday, March 13  

9:30–11 a.m., Council Chamber
Reproductive Politics
Moderator: Deborah Heath, L&C associate professor of anthropology and director of gender studies
Odunola Oladejo, graduate student, women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University, “Reproductive Justice Framework: A Strong Pillar of Care and Resistance for Women and other Body Types in Nigeria”
Audrey Barrett, L&C ’21, “Abortion: ‘The Vomitorium of Modernity’”
JaDee Y. Carathers, L&C instructor of sociology, PhD candidate, Portland State University, “Radical Doulas: Practices in Birth Work and Beyond”
Evelyn Newman, L&C ’19, “‘Shout Your Abortion?’ Processing and Vulnerability in Post-Abortion Narratives


9:30–11 a.m., Thayer
Workshop: Tell Me You Care: Orienting Away from Harm and Toward Care in Everyday Language
Facilitated by Jeana Moody, graduate student, women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University

“Sticks and stones may break my bones,” but words can contribute to systemic trauma and marginalization. This workshop will deconstruct the popular misogynistic words and phrases people use in their daily lives, and participants will examine the place of obscenities, swears, and slurs in the cultural context of the United States.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Council Chamber
Tracing Health Care Throughout History
Moderator: Reiko Hillyer, L&C assistant professor of history
Isaiah Silvers, Reed College ’19, “The Visiting Nurses: Charitable Medicine and Public Service in Oregon, 1906-1926”
Colin Whitmore, Reed College ’19, “Segregating the Epileptic Body: Social Control and Epileptic Colonies in the United States in the Early Twentieth Century”
Zachariah Selley, L&C associate head of special collections and college archivist, “Dr. Alan L. Hart: ‘An Idyll of a Country Childhood,’ An Oregon Transgender Pioneer”

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Roundtable: Concerning Care in Institutions
A discussion of institutional care, gender, and disability.
Featuring Alexandria Andreotti, Kate Baker Williams, Ashley Couch, Laura Nash, graduate students in critical studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art


1:45–3:15 p.m., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Gender Disparities in STEM
Moderator: Naiomi Cameron, L&C associate dean of faculty and associate professor of mathematics
Emily O’Sullivan, L&C ’17, director of the Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center, and program coordinator for Noyce STEM Teacher Pathways Capacity Building Program
Antoinette Foster, PhD candidate, Oregon Health & Science University, president of the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science
Mary B. James, dean for institutional diversity and A.A. Knowlton Professor of Physics, Reed College
Deena Pierott, CDP, co-founder, Black Women in STEM 2.0
Anne Bentley, L&C associate professor and chair of chemistry

1:45–3:15 p.m., Thayer
Workshop: Tearing Down Gates and Building Ramps: A Self-Advocacy and Community Care Skill Sharing Workshop
Facilitated by Sossity Chiricuzio

We regret that this workshop has been canceled. 

3:30–5 p.m., Council Chamber
It’s Personal!: Embodied Narratives of Health Care
Moderator: Sepideh Bajracharya, L&C visiting assistant professor of anthropology
Zoë Maughan, L&C ’19 and symposium co-chair, “Somewhere Between Sickness and Wellness: Chronic Pain, Care, and Accessibility”
Emily Davis, L&C ’19, “Have You Tried Losing Weight?: Fatness and Care”
Kadyn Frawley, L&C ’21, and Phoenix Bruner, L&C ’21, “18 Years Undiagnosed, Now I’m in a Wheelchair. Thanks, American Healthcare System”
Katherine McDonagh, L&C ’20, “Taking Up Space: A Phenomenology of Fatness”

7 p.m., Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
Keynote Presentation
Redefining and Transforming the Concept of Care: A Reproductive Justice Approach
Monica Raye Simpson, activist, performer, and executive director of SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Introduced by Jamie Strickler, L&C ’20 and symposium co-chair

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. For additional information about accessibility, please consult our “Events Details” page.

No tickets needed. Please note that seating is limited. First-come seating.


Thursday, March 14 

9:30–11 a.m., Gregg Pavilion
Workshop: Meta-Performances of Gender: Improv as Agency
Facilitated by Morgan Clark-Gaynor, L&C ’19, and members of The Swamp

The Swamp is an improv space that critically engages with gender performance and humor. In this improv workshop, participants in The Swamp will bring their community practices, humor, and space-making tools to a larger group, extending their space of gender-focused confrontation and care to all participants. Techniques will be inclusive of all gender expressions, allowing the group to create an intentional space of humor, vulnerability, agency, and care.

9:30–11 a.m., Stamm
The World Doesn’t Care but I Do: Community Organizing and Social Justice in the Archive
A discussion of archival collections and community engagement centered on Portland-area groups and individuals whose work engages questions of public health, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ solidarity, and feminist activism.
Pamela Pierce, repository librarian at Oregon Health & Science University
Steve Duckworth, university archivist at Oregon Health & Science University
Marti Clemmons, KBOO community radio archivist

9:30–11 a.m., Council Chamber
Strategies and Structures of Care Work
Moderator: Jennifer Hubbert, L&C associate professor of anthropology and Asian studies
Clelia Davis Del Piccolo, L&C ’18 and former symposium co-chair, “‘Between Juvie and Home’: Detention-Limited Care Work in the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program”
Heidi Taylor, associate professor of medical sociology, Bates College, “‘We have to give you a hard time – they teach it in nursing school!’ Gender, Humor, and Hierarchy Among Psychiatric Unit Staff”
Megan Glavin, L&C ’19 and symposium co-chair, “‘Sometimes Heartbreak is Just a Part of the Job’: Entangled Emotions and a Dialectic of Care Among Wilderness Counselors”

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Stamm
Aesthetic Expressions of Care
Moderator: Therese Augst, L&C associate professor of German
Maurice Hamington, professor of philosophy, Portland State University, and Ce Rosenow, director of honors program, Lane Community College, “Care Ethics and Poetry: Habits of Moral Progress”
Kelly Johnson, University of Puget Sound ’19, “Performing Freedom: The Art of Gender and Identity Performance”
Lou Ellingson, Reed College ’19, “Invisible Touch: Making Up the Gendered Skin in Fiction”
Shelby Rockelein, L&C ’19, “We Took Back Control: The Healing Art of Post-Mastectomy Tattooing”

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Women of Color and the Politics of Racialized, Gendered Care Work in the Academy
Michelle Boyd, founder of Inkwell Academic Writing Retreats
Patti Duncan, associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University
Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English, Linfield College
Nana Osei-Kofi, director of Difference, Power, and Discrimination program, and associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University
Mehra Shirazi, associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University

1:45–3:15 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Workshop: The Masking of Self in Captive Spaces
Facilitated by Joshua Wright

Joshua Edward Wright, who has recently been released from serving over four years in prison, will discuss the struggle to remain true to yourself and the toll it takes to conform to a hostile environment. This workshop will be based on their personal story that culminated in the co-founding of the first Gender and Sexuality class in the Oregon Department of Corrections. Format is 30-minute presentation, followed by communal discussion and collaboration.

1:45–3:15 p.m., Stamm
Violence and Resistance Across Borders
Moderator: Clelia Davis Del Piccolo, L&C ’18 and former symposium co-chair
Kristin Yarris, associate professor of international studies, University of Oregon, “Ethnographic Encounters with Care: Between Violence and Solidarity”
Magalí Rabasa, L&C assistant professor of Hispanic studies, “‘Politics in Feminine’: Decentralized War and Everyday Resistance in the US and Argentina”
Zoey Norling, L&C ’21, “The Angel on the Corner: Gentrification, Police Brutality, and the Rise of the Radical Sex Worker Activist in Ecuador”


1:45–3:15 p.m., Council Chamber
Reading: Poetic Inquiry and the Practice of Care
A reading by L&C alumni who will share lyric and/or prose reflections informed by embodied experiences as professionals in nursing, teaching, and other care work. The reading will be followed by a discussion of how poetry informs the way we imagine ourselves within care practices.
Moderators: Erin Perry, L&C ’07, and Consuelo Wise
Sophia Díaz, L&C ’11, multimedia artist, organizer of PDX Childcare Collective
Heather Edgerton, L&C ’07, registered nurse
Ryan Mooney, L&C ’12, MAT ’15, West Linn High School teacher
Julian Morris, L&C ’12, songwriter, performer, and caregiver

3:30–5 p.m., Stamm
Representations of Girlhood in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Liminality, Madness, and Dread
Moderator: Andrea Hibbard, L&C assistant professor with term of English
Cassidy Curra, L&C ’19, “‘I Think I’ve Changed Several Times Since Then’: Wonderland and Extended Adolescence in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
India Roper-Moyes, L&C ’20, “Wonderland: Indulgence, Questioning, and Queer Femme Narratives”
Gracie Wilson, L&C ’19, “The Liminal Space of Girlhood”

3:30–5 p.m., Council Chamber
Queer Voices, Queer Images: Video Essays as Queer Media Scholarship
Moderator: Meagan Bradley, L&C ’19
Cyan Cowap, L&C ’19, “Queer Visibility in Children’s Media”
Brendan Nagle, L&C ’19, “Point Break: Searching for Queer Liberation in the Ocean”
Sally Wang, L&C ’19, “Top Gun: These People are GAY”
Samantha Weingarten, L&C ’19, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Rebellious Representation of Queer Love and Desire” 


5–6:30 p.m., Thayer
Information Session and Reception hosted by Oregon State University graduate program in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Learn about MA and PhD programs in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, as well as the Queer Studies minor, Oregon State Queer Archives, and Feminist Formations, a national journal currently based at OSU. Light refreshments.


7 p.m., Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
Keynote Presentation
From Heroes and Supermaids to TNTs: Racial Branding and the Geopolitics of Care Work
Anna Guevarra, award-winning author and associate professor and founding director of global Asian studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Presentation abstract: This presentation examines the organization and brokering of global care labor through the process of what I call ‘racial branding,’ a process that indelibly marks the comparative advantage of immigrant labor. Centering this discussion on the Philippines—a nation that brands itself as the home of the “dakilang manggagawa,” and the “great care worker” in particular—I explore the gendered moral economy of an institutionalized system of labor export represented by Filipinx care workers. Such care workers are represented by the iconic figures that haunt the Philippine social imaginary—ranging from the ubiquitous self-sacrificing Filipina nurse, the “supermaid” who re-trains in order to offer “premium” services, and even the undocumented “irregular migrant,” the TNTs (tago ng tago; always in hiding)—all of whom have come to represent the added value of the Filipinx diasporic worker. In this talk, I illustrate how global care labor operates through the logic of race and gender, show how the processes of racial branding organize the global care chains, and explore their implications for global/local movement building in this neoliberal capitalist world order. 

Introduced by Megan Glavin, L&C ’19 and symposium co-chair

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. For additional information about accessibility, please consult our “Events Details” page.

No tickets needed. Please note that seating is limited. First-come seating.


Friday, March 15 

9:30–11 a.m., Thayer
Workshop: The Emotional Labor of Women of Color in Higher Education
Angela Gintz, L&C director of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement
Dominique Gardner, L&C assistant director of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement and International Students and Scholars
Marissa Marquez, L&C ’19
Tori Leder, L&C assistant director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

We regret that this workshop has been canceled.


9:30–11 a.m., Council Chamber
Care in a Neoliberal State
Moderator: Magalí Rabasa, L&C assistant professor of Hispanic studies
Michaela Park, Reed College ’20, “Caring Against Neoliberalism: An Alternative Politics from Precarity”
Lauren Levitt, PhD student, University of Southern California, “Sex Workers’ Networks of Support: Caring Practices”
Altana Elings-Haynie, Reed College ’20, “#MeToo and the Neoliberal Political Rationality”
María Laura Andrade Laso, L&C ’18, “(Re)imagining Law through Care: A Transfeminist Proposal for Trans Autonomy in Ecuador”

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Stamm
Trauma and Healing
Moderator: Rebecca Lingafelter, L&C associate professor of theatre
Samuel Z. Shelton
, PhD student, women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University, “‘Being Trans is Being Traumatized’: Re-theorizing the Relationship Between Traumatic Experience and Transgender Existence”
Shilo George, MS, owner, trainer, consultant at Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting (which means “a great awakening of the heart & spirit” in Chinuk Wawa); founder of  Body Sovereignty Project; and teacher of healthcare self-advocacy, Native American culture and history, and intersectional equity, cultural humility, and trauma informed care
Brittany M. Wake, MA, NCC, professional mental health counselor, consultant, and trainer centering the equitable treatment and healing of marginalized communities through cultural and trauma responsiveness
Fawn Livingston-Gray, volunteer coordinator, Call to Safety

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Council Chamber
Challenging Medical Practices
Moderator: JaDee Y. Carathers, L&C instructor of sociology, PhD candidate, Portland State University
Hannah Carroll
, L&C ’19, “Reevaluating Anorexia Treatment: A Nature-focused Approach”
Abby Mulcahy, PhD student, women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University, “Queering the Concept of Successful Aging”
Julia Burns, L&C ’16, communications chair of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative, “Women’s Sexual Pain and the Call for a Narrative Approach to Medicine”
Lara Pacheco, Yerbera, Brujx, educator, “Reclaiming Our Medicine: Honoring and Celebrating Black and Indigenous POC Herbal Traditions”

1:45–3:15 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Workshop: Beyond Disposability: Transformative Justice as “Ordinary” Care Work
Facilitated by Cassandra Hall, Lzz Johnk, and Sasha Khan, PhD students, women, gender and sexuality studies, Oregon State University

Through embodied and relational Theater of the Oppressed (TO) exercises, this workshop traces how ordinary, everyday encounters are shaped by the prevailing “culture of prisons” and its logics of disposability, criminalization, revenge, and punishment, particularly in moments of harm or uncaring. Exercises and facilitated reflection will enable participants to consider how a framework of transformative justice may be applied in our everyday lives and to re-imagine how we might enact care as we move through our worlds.

1:45–3:15 p.m., Stamm
Love, Kinship, and Economies of Care
Moderator: Daena Goldsmith, L&C professor of rhetoric and media studies
Annie Reynolds, L&C ’18, “Queer(ing) Mother Love and Care through Open Adoptions”
Melody Waring, PhD student, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, “Close to Home: Women, Work, and Caring for Aging Parents”
Bridgette Hickey, Portland State University ’19, “A Thousand Mothers Housed in My Body Catch Air”
Amy Beacom, Ed.D., L&C ’94, founder and CEO, Center for Parental Leave Leadership, “When a Child Arrives, a Parent is Born: The Inadequacies of Parental Leave in the United States”

3:30–5 p.m., Stamm

Care in the Classroom
Moderator: Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell, L&C professor of psychology and director of Teaching Excellence Program
Samuel Z. Shelton, PhD student, women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University, “Care-full Pedagogies: Confronting Trauma in the Classroom”
Devon Graham, graduate student, women, gender, and sexuality studies, Oregon State University, “Queering Elementary Classrooms: Self-Care, Classroom Care, and Community Care”
Laura Pilkington, M.A., M.Ed., GCNPM, “‘A’ is for Advocate: Using Technology to Provide Access to Lobbying and Advocacy Work in Early Childhood Education and Child Care”
Jacqueline Dirks, professor of history, Reed College, “Educating for Equality: Mrs. Beatrice Stevens and Inter-Cultural Curricula in Post-World War II Portland, Oregon”

3:30–5 p.m., Council Chamber

Roundtable: Gender-Based Violence at Lewis & Clark College: Coordinating Care Through Prevention and Response
Margeaux Reed, L&C ’19, “Balancing Subjectivities in Institutional Care on Campus”
Melissa Osmond, L&C associate director for health promotion
Mark Figueroa, L&C associate vice president for institutional research and planning, Title IX coordinator
Elizabeth Gillingham, L&C ’20
Madeleine Bentley, L&C ’19
Emily Gibbs, L&C graduate student ’20

7 p.m., Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Keynote Presentation
Songs of Care and Constraint
Maggie Nelson, award-winning author, recent recipient of MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, and professor of English at the University of Southern California

Introduced by Zoë Maughan, L&C ’19 and symposium co-chair

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. For additional information about accessibility, please consult our “Events Details” page.

No tickets needed. First-come seating. Doors open at 6:30.

Books sales and signing in Gregg Pavilion after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Reception co-sponsored by L&C Department of English.