This schedule remains subject to change.


Wednesday, March 8 

9:30–11 a.m., Council Chamber
Sex and Death in Cultural Expression
Moderator: Karen Gross, L&C associate professor of English
Nora Kirsch, Willamette University ’19, “Between the Holy and the Erotic: Medieval Sexuality and Church Architecture in Spain”
Regan Stewart, L&C ’17 and GSS art exhibit co-curator, “The Aesthetic of Broken Bodies: The Normalization of Dead Female Bodies in Modern Fashion Photography and its Roots in Nineteenth-Century Painting”
Jess Bever, St. Martin’s University ’17, “Fridging: The Unfortunate History of Women in Comic Plot”

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Gender Stories: Making Performance Theories of Gender Accessible
Moderator: Daena Goldsmith, L&C professor of rhetoric and media studies
L&C students Brooke Alexander ’17, Madeleine Bentley, Meagan Bradley, Nick Hensel ’18, Maddy Saboe ’18, and Ajna Weaver

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Gregg
Roundtable: Art, Gender, Activism: Graphic Reportages from The Other Russia
Moderator: Rebecca Pyatkevich, L&C visiting assistant professor of Russian studies
Viktoria Lomasko, independent artist
Bela Shayevich, translator and cultural expert

1:15–1:45 p.m., Thayer

Performance: Fat Woman Yelling
Provvidenza Catalano,
artist and organizer

Focusing on the uncompromising fat woman, this solo performance navigates issues of body politics via a personal experience living in a fat, queer, chronically ill body.  What happens when your body, your words, and the way you move through the world is deemed Too Much?

1:45–3:15 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Identity and Selfhood: Borders, Boundaries, and Boxes
Moderator: Maureen Reed, L&C instructor and college advisor
Sara Appel, L&C adjunct professor of humanities and gender studies, “I Don’t Want the World: Class, College, and the Politics of Global Selfhood”
Minerva Zayas, student in women & gender studies and psychology, Eastern Washington University, “Beyond Labels and Boundaries: Queer Chicana Individuals and Psychological Identity Development”
Annie Want, Whitman College ’17, “Non-Binary: A Genealogy”

1:45–3:15 p.m., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Navigating Feminism, Gender, and Intersectional Identity in Higher Education
Kimberly Fanshier, Ethelyn Tumalad, Sarah Dougherty, and Kelsey Kinavey, all recent MA graduates in English literature from Portland State University

3:30–5 p.m., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Sex Work Sampler
Featuring Jette, Bobbi, and Colton Inabox
Four sex workers will share their perspectives on the work they do in Portland, using an intersectional analysis to compare their experiences and discuss the politics of sex work
. This panel was cancelled.

7 p.m., Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
*Keynote Presentation
Defective, Deficient, Burdensome: Thinking about Bad Bodies
Eli Clare, writer, speaker, and activist

Introduced by Daena Goldsmith, L&C professor of rhetoric and media studies

Presentation abstract: Across the centuries, many communities have been declared inherently defective: white women suffragists fighting for the right to vote, called defective as a way of undercutting their demands; Black people kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in the Americas, named defective as a way to justify and strengthen the institution of slavery; lesbians and gay men declared defective in 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s and given hormones and shock therapy to cure their homosexuality. Join Eli Clare as he uses history, storytelling, and poetry to examine  ways in which some bodies and communities are named as bad. Ranging widely from police brutality to disability-based bullying, he reveals the deep damage done by the notion of defectiveness.

Sign language interpretation in American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided.
No tickets needed. Please note that seating is limited. First-come seating.


Click here to watch the video on Youtube.


Thursday, March 9

9:30–11 a.m., Council Chamber
Regulating Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Moderator: Reiko Hillyer, L&C assistant professor of history
Samantha Tucker, MA student in American history, California State University Fullerton ’17, “From the Modeled Minority to Black Motherhood: Race, Gender, and Structural Policies”
Jess Faunt, Whitman College ’17, “Managing Abnormality: The Politics of Epidemiology and the Public Health Response to Zika Virus”
Emma Biddulph, L&C ’17, “Citizenship and the Family: State-Enforced Heterosexuality in Native American Boarding Schools”
Kevin McKenna, L&C visiting instructor in history, “Sexual Politics and Access to Public Space”

9:30–11 a.m., Stamm

Girlhood: Experiences, Representations, Narratives
Moderator: Andrea Hibbard, L&C assistant professor with term of English
Sarah Simon, MA Candidate in women’s history, Sarah Lawrence College ’17, “I’m Gonna Ruin Your Childhood: Girl Power, Badasses, and the Social Impact of YA Literature and Film from 1997-2007”
Shawna Lipton, adjunct assistant professor, University Studies program, Portland State University, “Girls Like Us: Transgender Girlhood in the Memoirs of Janet Mock and Jazz Jennings”
Metadel Teshome, student, Lund University, Sweden, “Early Marriage and its Negative Effects on Girls in Ethiopia”
Elizabeth Muir, L&C ’17, “‘C’est le complexe’: Colorism and Beauty Standards for Girls in Dakar, Senegal”

11:15–11:45 a.m., Thayer

36 Perfectly Appropriate Mealtime Conversations: A Play about Gender, Sexuality and Identity
Brianna Barrett, writer and performer, member of Portland Storytellers’ Guild

A romantic comedy that explores the implicit biases of the audience by rotating actors of different genders into different roles.  Funny, honest, and a little outlandish.

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Moving Beyond Pity and Inspiration: Disability as a Social Justice Issue
Workshop with Eli Clare, writer, speaker, activist and keynote presenter
Introduced by Nick Hensel, L&C ’18

Abstract: Many people frequently interact with disabled people but have little awareness of disability-based oppression (ableism). Often the major disability issues faced by disabled people are not about health but about marginalization, discrimination, and lack of access to education, employment, and housing. In this workshop, we will talk about disability stereotypes, ableism and its connections  to sexism, racism, and classism, doing ally work, and creating access.

Sign language interpretation in American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided.

Closest ADA parking for this workshop is in lot H (Akin). Campus accessibility map (PDF).

1:45–3:15 p.m., Thayer
Writing Workshop:
Boundary Breakers and Makers in Young Adult Literature
A creative writing workshop exploring stereotypes surrounding eating disorders and other mental health issues in young adult literature.
Facilitated by Catherine Alene, L&C ’95, author of The Sky Between You and Me, a young adult poetry novel, recovery speaker, and language arts teacher at alternative high school
Maximum 20 participants. First-come seating.


1:45–3:15 p.m., Council Chamber
Art Space
Moderator: Rebecca Lingafelter, L&C assistant professor of theatre
Jesse Allen, MA student in English, Wichita State University, “At a Distance: Inclusivity for Artists with Disabilities”
Elly-Jean Nielsen, PhD candidate in psychology, University of Saskatchewan, “Spoken Word Poetry: A Point of Access for Queer Canadians?”
Hilary Devaney, L&C ’14, and Rien Rosenheim, L&C ’14 and former symposium co-chair, co-founders of Art Show magazine

1:45–3:15 p.m., Stamm

Inclusion, Equity, and Legitimacy
Moderator: Maryann Bylander, L&C assistant professor of sociology
Savannah Wohlstattar, L&C ’17, “Equitable Teams? Gender and Difference in the Student-Athlete Experience”
Eliza Hazen, University of Montana ’17, “Wild Places and a Thing Called Gender: An Examination of How We Work and Play Outside”
Solange Impanoyimana, L&C Dallaire fellow 2016-17, co-founder of Resonate, “Gender Equality in Rwanda Today and the Future Vision of Gender Equality”
Jennifer de Saxe, L&C assistant professor of education, and Sarah Bucknovitz, L&C ’17, “The Deprofessionalization of Educators: Examining Anti-Feminism, Racism and a Neoliberal Ideology”

3:30–5 p.m., Stamm
Roundtable: Let’s Talk: Disability, Neurodiversity, and Gender
Moderator: Maya Litauer Chan, L&C ’19
L&C students Sarit Cahana ’20, Michael Daellenbach ’17, Gabby Gray ’18, and Taylor Walters ’18
This panel aims to create an honest, open, and accountable space to raise awareness and encourage dialogue about issues of disability at Lewis & Clark College.  Students will share stories and discuss their experiences with disability, neurodiversity, and gender.  Audience members will be encouraged to participate by asking questions and engaging in conversation.

3:30–5 p.m., Council Chamber

Roundtable: Reclaiming Access to Our Histories: Intervening in the Archives
Moderator: Patti Duncan, associate professor and program director, women, gender & sexuality studies, Oregon State University
Featuring Khatera Afghan, Kali Furman, Rebecca J. Lambert, Leida Mae, Jennifer Venable, and Luhui Whitebear-Cupp

Join the first doctoral cohort in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University in a discussion of the importance of examining archives and archival loss.  This session will examine archives as a point of access, as well as the impact of the loss of archives on our understandings of gendered, racialized conquest.  Panel members will discuss what stories are told, which ones are missing, and how we can reread archives to explore the implications of such erasures or losses.

5–6 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, and 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.

Friday, March 10

9:30–11 a.m., Stamm
Empowerment, Defiance, and Identity
Moderator: Jessie Starling, L&C assistant professor of religious studies
Priscilla Wu
, Reed College ’17, “Language, Myth, and Feminist Chinese American Identity in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior
Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, “‘A Voice from the Underworld’: Sex Worker Activism in the West, 1911-1917”
Erin Keoppen, L&C ’17, “Wild Words: Space, Place and Gender in Tamil Feminist Poetry”
Maggie O’Leary, MA student in English, Portland State University, “‘A Position of Tragic Dignity’: The Colonial Conflict of the Armagh Women’s ‘Dirty Protest’

9:30–11 a.m., Council Chamber

Abortion Access
Moderator: Melissa Osmond, L&C associate director for health promotion
Elizabeth Kissling, professor of women’s & gender studies and communications, and Jessica Willis, visiting assistant professor, Eastern Washington University, “Online Activism, Abortion Access, and the Continuity of Radical Feminism”
Felicia Vargas, L&C ’17, “Human Rights in Gender: Consequences of the Ban on Abortion in El Salvador”
Kat Soll, L&C ’17, “The (False) Link Between the IUD and Abortion”
Hannah Rosenau, program director for Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Dance and Movement Workshop: Accessing Dance: We Can Dance
Gabrielle Boyle, graduate student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University

This interactive workshop will queer perceptions of dancing with a specific focus on partnered, social dancing.  It is designed to challenge anyone who thinks they “can’t dance” due to physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual barriers.  We will use music to explore the possibilities of movement and connection to our bodies and other people. 
No partner necessary.  Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended but not required.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Council Chamber

Ethical Uncertainties
Moderator: Deborah Heath, L&C associate professor of anthropology and director of gender studies
Arthur Shemitz, Whitman College ’17, “A Theory of Compulsory Humanity”
Cassandra Hall, graduate student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University, “(Un)Natural Minds: The (Neuro)Queer Other in Natural Birth Discourse”
Eric Lohman, adjunct professor of journalism and media studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Balancing Access and Privacy: The Ethics of Activism on Behalf of Intersex Children”
Ken Hassell, professor emeritus, Elon University, “Muddied Waters: A Feminist/Queer Response to the Academy of ‘Problem Solving’”

1:45–3:15 p.m., Council Chamber

Queer Youth: Resistance and Experience
Moderator: Briana Stansbury, student, L&C Graduate School of Education
Patrick Harhai, graduate student, Portland State University, “Through Codes and Modes: Queer Youth Access to Education”
Alika Masei, Willamette University ’17, “Does It Get Better?: LGBTQ+ College Student Experience Beyond Queer Positivity”
James Doll, L&C ’17, “LGBT Youth Art and Activism in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina”

1:45–3:15 p.m., Stamm

Doing Feminism
Moderator: Magalí Rabasa, L&C assistant professor of Hispanic studies
Abbey Griscom, L&C ’17 and symposium co-chair, Morgan Jarvis, L&C ’17, and Shannon Gilb, administrator of @sensualmemes, “Feminism by Any Memes Necessary”
Clelia Davis Del Piccolo, L&C ’18, “Negotiating a Way Forward: Transforming the Role of the FSU at Lewis and Clark”
Additional presenter(s) to be confirmed.

3:30–5 p.m., Stamm
Beauty, the Body, and Aesthetic Expression
Moderator: Brianne MacEanruig, L&C ’16
Lollini, University of Oregon ’17, “Before the Spectacle: Shaping Gender and Class in Beirut’s Beauty Salons”  This presenter is no longer able to participate.
Clara Irving, L&C ’17, “Violence of Being Seen: Recognition of Queerness and Non-normativity”
Frankie Lorenzini, L&C ’17, “Putting the Femme Back in Feminism: Understanding the Transfeminine Aesthetic of Survival”
Neal Rock, L&C ’17, “On the Pedestal: The Infrahumanizing Nature of the ‘Goddess’ Trend and Dehumanization through Admiration”

3:30–5 p.m., Council Chamber

Paying Attention: Advocacy and Care
Moderator: Sepideh Bajracharya, L&C assistant professor of anthropology
Samuel Z. Shelton
, MA student in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University, “A Queer Theorist’s Critique of Online Domestic Violence Advocacy: Critically Responding to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence”
Pooja Desai, MD candidate, UC-Riverside School of Medicine ’18, “Understanding the Social Stressors of Motherhood During Residency: The Need for Creative Solutions”
Zoё Maughan, L&C ’19, “Still Pretty: The Invalidation of Female Pain in Medical Settings”
Nicole Huizinga, L&C ’17, “Medical School Curriculum Reform: Improving Health Care for LGBTQIA+ and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals”

7 p.m.,  Agnes Flanagan Chapel
*Keynote Presentation
An Evening with Roxane Gay: Making a Point of Access
Roxane Gay, author and cultural critic

Introduced by symposium co-chairs Abbey Griscom and Shade Samuelson

Sign language interpretation in American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided.


Click here to watch the video on Youtube.