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Seton Hall University

Conference on Women and Gender 2018

Friday, March 29, 2019
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Toni Morrison
Sonia Sotomayor

The Women and Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce that the annual Seton Hall University Conference on Women and Gender will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Conference schedule will be available soon 

The past year has seen tremendous change and revealed places where there is potential or need for change. New forces and historical forces alike have shaped the world and its systems such as economies, legislatures, schools, religions, arts, and media. This year's conference addresses the issues driving change and prompting the resistance to it, offering papers that engage critically with women's and gender issues in the world today, in the distant or recent past, and in possible or probable developments or challenges in the future. This year, Seton Hall University again offers a conference comprised of exciting sessions that reflect the dynamic, productive diversity of perspectives and approaches characterizing the current discussion about these subjects.

The conference's primary goal is consistent with the ideals of a liberal arts institution such as those articulated by Cardinal Newman in The Idea of a University: to provide an interface between the academic and the experiential in order to enrich lived life.

Keynote Speaker

Danielle McGuire will be the keynote speaker. McGuire is the author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance–a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. The book has been widely recognized for its groundbreaking discovery of Rosa Parks’ work for justice in the case of Recy Taylor, a twenty-four year old mother and sharecropper, who was raped by a group of white men. McGuire reframes the Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Black Power movement, in terms of black women’s protests against sexual violence and harassment. The book has won multiple awards, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Lillian Smith Award and has been reviewed in a variety of national publications. Her research has also lent itself to a documentary on the Recy Taylor case.

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When registering, please be sure to purchase a lunch ticket in addition to your conference ticket if you will be attending the luncheon. Only participants who have purchased a ticket to attend the lunch will be seated.

Presentation of the annual "Woman of the Year" Award

This university award, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, recognizes and honors outstanding leaders at Seton Hall who have made significant contributions to the success of women at the University. In celebration of Women's History Month and the Seton Hall University Women's Conference, we are seeking nominations for the University's 2018 Woman of the Year.  Learn more about this prestigious award and to submit a nomination »

Travel Information

Nestled in the charming village of South Orange, New Jersey, Seton Hall University is easily accessible by car, bus and train. Directions to the University »

Regarding air travel, Newark Liberty Airport is the closest and most convenient airport to campus.

For hotel accommodations, there are a few in the area that offer special rates to Seton Hall families and visitor. View a listing of area hotels »


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the conference organizers, Dr. Vanessa May or Dr. Karen Gevirtz.


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