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Seton Hall University

Conference on Women and Gender 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018
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 16, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

View the conference schedule »

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

Camille Nelson, Dean and a Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law.Dr. Camille Nelson has been the Dean of the Washington College of Law at American University since 2016. Previously, she served as Dean of the law school at Suffolk University and as Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School. She was also both a Dean’s Scholar in Residence and a Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis’ law school. A distinguished scholar and visionary administrator, Dr. Nelson is, as American University’s announcement stated, “an expert on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies with particular emphasis on criminal law and procedure, health law, and comparative law.”

Dr. Nelson’s contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and appointments. Lawyers Weekly named Dr. Nelson one of the “Top Women in Law” in 2013 and she was identified her as one of the Power 100: Most Influential Black Lawyers in the United States. Awards include the Paul Robeson Distinguished Alumni Award (Black Law School Students Association, Columbia University School of Law), the Trailblazer Award (Black Law Students’ Association, Suffolk University), the Malcolm Donahue Award (Suffolk University), the Ida B. Wells Award (Massachusetts Black Women Lawyers), and both Faculty Member of the Year and the Faculty Excellence Award at Washington University in St. Louis. Her service to the law includes terms as a Board Member of the Boston Bar Association and on the Senator Warren and Senator Markey Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations and currently involves, among other organizations, the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation and the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools.

Since earning her BA from the University of Toronto, Dr. Nelson earned her LLB from the University of Ottawa, and her LLM from Columbia University School of Law, and clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada (the first black woman to do so). She is the first Black person to serve as Dean of American University’s law school, and both the first person of color and the first woman to serve as Dean of Suffolk University’s law school. The Suffolk University Law School’s diversity award has been named in her honor.


Register Today!

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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