The keynote address will be given by Alice Kessler Harris. Harris is a women’s historian and author of Difficult Women: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman. As if that wasn’t enough, she also teaches at Columbia University. Another notable woman attending the conference will be Blanche Weisen Cook who will be leading a round table discussion about Amy Swerdlow’s life and work. The conference is aiming to look at the issues we still face now through an interdisciplinary approach. While Swerdlow made strides in overcoming issues like economic injustice, unending war, hunger, etc., the work isn’t done. By looking at the work of past activists, we need to explore ways in which we can move forward.
Now back to the call for proposals part of this. If you’re really interested in these ideas, or you have a piece of work you know would be perfect for one of these issues, then submit them to the conference! You could submit anything from a paper to a performance piece. While not limited to these, here are some of the topics the conference is aiming to explore: Women Strike For Peace,Women’s Peace Movements (Globally and Historically), Global LGBT Rights Movements, Occupy Wall Street, Labor Movements, Immigration Rights, Activism Among the Religious Left, Women and racial justice. The proposals should be no longer than two pages maximum. A short description is required for the presentation and a one-page c.v. for each presenter. Proposals are due no later than December 3rd, 2012. Email you submissions to the Associate Directer of the Graduate Program in Women’s Studies, Tara James, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions welcome!