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Past Keynote Addresses

We are proud to have hosted the following keynote addresses: 

Year Keynote speaker        Title of keynote address
2019 Dr. Uma Narayan, (Professor and Andrew W. Mellon Chair at Vassar College)   "Sisterhood and Doing Good"
2018  Duchess Harris (Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College)   "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA"



Valerie Steele (Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC)   "Chanel and Her Rivals"
2016 Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago)        “On Being in Life Without Wanting the World: Rankine, Isherwood, and Dissociative Life”
2015 Katina Sawyer (Villanova University)   "What’s Gender Got to Do with it? The Impact of Gender on your Life at Villanova"
2014 CJ Pascoe (University of Oregon)   "Bullied: Youth Gender, and Homophobia."
2013 Stephanie McCurry (University of Pennsylvania)   "The Tale of the Solder's Wife: War, Gender, and Emancipation"
2012 Cynthia Enloe (Clarke University)   "The Risks of Not Learning from Iraqi Women's War Experiences"
2011 Noel Sturgeon (Washington State University)   "Avatar and Activism: Ecological Indians, Climate Justice and Disabling Militaris."
2010 Lori Ginzberg (Pennsylvania State University)   "A Very Radical Proposition: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Meanings of the vote"
2009 Linda Greenhouse (Yale Law School)   "What Judges Know (or Don't Know) About Sex Discrimination (or Anything Else)"
2008 Susan Aberth (Bard College)   "Frida Kahlo: Mexican Hydra"
2007 Afsaneh Najmabadi (Harvard University)   "Feminism, Secularism, and the Challenges of Women's Rights Activism in a Islamic Republic"
2006 Bonnie Dow (University of Georgia)   "Screening the second Wave: Images and Activism in 1970s Feminism"
2005 Elizabeth L. Hillman (Rutgers University Law School at Camden)   "Guarding Women: Abu Ghraib and Military Sexual Culture"
2004 Yopie Prins (University of Michigan)   "Ladies' Greek"
2003 Maria DiBattista (Princeton University)   "Fast-talking Dames"
2002 Alan Sinfield (The University of Sussex)   "Using Two Noble Kinsmen to read Midsummer Night's Dream against the Grain"
2000 Marion Roydhouse (Philadelphia UIniversity)   "A New Zealander Abroad: Unexpected Journeys and Women's History in Unexpected Places"
1999 (10th) Janice Madden (University of Pennsylvania)   "Gender Discrimination in Labor Market: Constructing Evidence in the Classroom and in the Court Room"
1998 Mary Crawford (West Chester University)   "Feminist Research: Generations of Change"
1997 Madelyn Gutwirth   "My Life in Women's Studies, and Why We Still Need Them"
1996 Adele Lindenmeyr, Ryan McDonough    
1995 Dr. Rachel Hare-Mustin, Kelly Biessel    
1994 Marie McAllister, Sherry Masters   "The Value of Women's Studies Education"
1993 Barbara E. Wall, O. P. (Penn State University)   "Women and Mass Communication"
1991 Farrah Griffith (Bryn Mawr College)   "Black Feminist Contributions to Women's Studies"

Contact Information

Travis Foster, PhD
Director of Academics

Melissa Hodges, PhD
Director of Programming

Lorretta Chiaverini
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 610-519-4750

Office: SAC 077