Gender and Women's Studies Program Showcases Student Research in Annual Conference 4/7

lauren berlant

Leading Scholar Lauren Berlant, PhD is Keynote Speaker

Villanova, Pa. – Each year, Villanova students get a unique opportunity to present their work on gender and women’s studies in a student-only forum. This year, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University will be presenting its annual Student Research Conference Thursday, April 7 at 10 am in the Connelly Center.  Featuring lively panel discussions and unique performances the Conference serves as a showcase for Villanova undergraduate and graduate students’ work from the past year.

The Conference’s keynote speaker will be Lauren Berlant, PhD, the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. She is a major figure in the fields of literature and affect theory,  and many of her published books are considered to be major contributions to her field. Dr. Berlant will be presenting the keynote, “On Being in Life without Wanting the World: Rankine, Isherwood, and Dissociative Life.” She is the author of a series of ground-breaking works on the politics of affect and emotion, including Cruel Optimism (2011) and Sex, or the Unbearable (2014). Her work and teaching has focused on politics, emotion, and intimacy in the U.S. from the nineteenth century through today.

The keynote address by Dr. Berlant will take place at 4:30 pm in Connelly Center Cinema. This event is co-sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Villanova University as well as the Departments of English, Philosophy, and History.  

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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Jennifer Schu

Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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