Villanova University’s 30th Annual Gender and Women’s Studies Conference Welcomes Uma Narayan, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Humanities, Vassar College

Uma Narayan is the Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Humanities at Vassar College

VILLANOVA, Pa. – With today’s increasingly globalized world comes greater exposure and understanding of the struggles of others. Nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit organizations and initiatives work to alleviate issues around the world, including poverty, education inequities and women’s issues. On Friday, April 5, Uma Narayan, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Humanities at Vassar College, presents, “Sisterhood and Doing Good,” as the keynote address at the 2019 Gender and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference. Dr. Narayan’s talk addresses how existing aid structures can best engage in progressive causes and the global political economy from a feminist perspective.

An accomplished scholar of social and political philosophy and feminist theory, Dr. Narayan is the author of Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism. She has coedited Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives with Mary L. Shanley, PhD, Having and Raising Children with Julia Bartkowiak, PhD and Decentering the Center: Postcolonial and Feminist Challenges to Philosophy with Sandra Harding, PhD. Dr. Narayan received her BA and MA in Philosophy from The University of Mumbai and Savitribai Phule Pune University, respectively, and earned her PhD from Rutgers University.

Dr. Narayan’s presentation is part of Villanova’s annual, day-long Gender and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference. For the third consecutive year, the University is hosting its conference in conjunction with the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium—inviting students from the 14 colleges and universities in the Consortium to submit their research for consideration. This year nearly 150 graduate and undergraduate students—a majority of whom are from Villanova—will present their written and performance research.

The conference is free and open to the public, and the schedule is as follows:

8:45 a.m. - Coffee and Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. - Panels: Session One

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Panels: Session Two

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch Reception and Awards Ceremony, Villanova Room

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. - Uma Narayan, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Humanities, Vassar College
"Sisterhood and Doing Good," Connelly Cinema

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. - Performance Showcase

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Panels: Session Three

4:30 p.m. - Reception (Coffee and Cookies), Outside Connelly Cinema

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 challenging and changing world. With more than 40 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.