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Gender and Women's Studies Program Presents 26th Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Student Research Conference

Leading Scholar Lauren Berlant, PhD to be Keynote Speaker

Lauren Berlant

Villanova, Pa. – The Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University will be presenting the 26th Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Research Conference Thursday, March 26 at 10 am in the Connelly Center on campus.  Each year, the Conference serves as a showcase for Villanova undergraduate and graduate students’ work from the past year. Students present their work highlighting and celebrating gender on panels or through performances.

The keynote speaker will be Lauren Berlant, PhD, a professor and 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 “Arts of Survival: On Dissociation and the Attachment to 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: Since 1842, Villanova University's Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges - the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.