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Challenges, Opportunities, Possibilities
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Nisha VariaThe 2014 Seton Hall University Conference on Women and Gender, entitled "Challenges, Opportunities, Possibilities," will be held on Friday, March 28. Newly housed in the Women and Gender Studies Program, the conference will take an academic approach to gender issues. The conference offers a range of presentations by scholars, students, and professionals on issues involving gender and women. Continuing the tradition of openness established by earlier women's conferences at Seton Hall, this year's conference organizers, Dr. Vanessa May and Dr. Karen Gevirtz, welcome students, staff, alumni and community members to explore and discuss a variety of topics. Dr. Gevirtz notes that, "We want to gather professionals in the field of women and gender studies to share their thoughts and insights and infuse these ideas with experience gained in their professions."

Speakers from within the University and outside of Seton Hall, including keynote speaker Nisha Varia of Human Rights Watch, will discuss topics related to women and gender studies.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast at the University Center, followed by panel sessions in the Arts and Science building. Among the topics which will be covered during the conference are: Women at Seton Hall Past and Present; the Politics of Legislating Marriage; Representations of Race and Gender; Women at Work; and Gender and Literature.

Dr. Joan Guetti, Senior Associate Provost, will present the Seton Hall Woman of the Year Award, during a special luncheon program at the University Center that begins at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Mary Balkun, chairman of the English Department will announce the winners of the high school essay contest. In addition, Dr. Angela Weisl, a professor in the English Department, will present the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies prize for undergraduate essays. The winning Seton Hall students will read their papers on women and gender in an afternoon panel session.

The luncheon program will conclude with a keynote address by Nisha Varia. Ms. Varia will speak about challenges and opportunities facing women seeking equal rights around the globe.

From there the conference continues with sessions in the Arts and Science Building through 4 p.m.

To register for the Women's Conference or see the full schedule, please visit our Website.

For more information please contact:
Karen Gevirtz
(973) 761-6075


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