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Gender Studies Symposium

39th Annual Gender Studies Symposium

Tensions of Possibility
March 11-13, 2020 

Imagining future possibilities can provoke a combination of terror and hope. Imagining past possibilities can fill us with regret and relief. The present, then, serves as a forum on the possibilities of the past and future—the peril and promise, the cost and opportunity.

The 39th Annual Gender Studies Symposium invites us to think about invention, speculation, and possibility through theoretical lenses that focus on gender and sexuality. How have we imagined prospects for community, politics, and artistic expression? What might the future hold for understanding intimacy and the human body? In what ways are institutions, social ties, and ideologies entangled with the drive to innovate? Where are we headed, and what will those possibilities mean in relation to gender and sexuality?


COVID-19 update (March 12, 2020): 
We regret that all symposium events for Friday, March 13 have been canceled.


COVID-19 update (March 9, 2020):
Symposium events are still scheduled to take place as planned. The College is taking extra steps to clean and sanitize campus facilities, but we understand that some participants may be unable to attend because of individual health risks. Per the recommendations from the CDC and Oregon Health Authority, you are advised to stay home if you have any flu-like symptoms. The Oregon Health Authority states, it is “important that people with symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) stay home; it’s one of the most effective ways to minimize exposure. Public health is everyone’s responsibility.” Please review these recommendations before joining us at symposium events.


2019-20 student co-chairs: Val Perry ’20 (fall only), India Roper-Moyes ’20, 
Rayce Samuelson ’20, and Sharon Soffer ’20


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