25th Anniversary Annual Conference 2007: Critical Challenges, Real Solutions

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - Saturday, June 2, 2007

 

Critical Challenges, Real Solutions: How Women Can Change Our World

Thursday May 31, 2007– Saturday June 2, 2007
Spelman College
Atlanta, Georgia 

 

Hosted by: Spelman College and the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman

Lead Sponsor: Prudential Financial

Co-sponsors: The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, The Sister Fund, and Agnes Scott College, Georgia State University, The Institute for Women’s Studies, University of Georgia, The Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech

THURSDAY, May 31st
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WELCOME
Johnnella Butler, Provost, Spelman College

GREETINGS
Elizabeth Kiss, President, Agnes Scott College
Sue V. Rosser, Dean, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Institute of Technology

INTRODUCTION
Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies, Spelman College

THURSDAY, May 31st
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
PLENARY
Gearing up for 2008: Acting on Women’s Agendas
Women leaders and activists will discuss the difference women’s leadership can make in furthering progressive agendas. Panelists will highlight key challenges in electing feminist candidates committed to connecting with and advancing women’s priorities. Read more...

Panelists:
-Gael Murphy, Executive Committee, CODEPINK
-Ritu Sharma, Co Founder & President, Women’s Edge Coalition
-Representative “Able” Mable Thomas, House District 55, Georgia
-Marie Wilson, President, The White House Project*
-Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women (Moderator)

THURSDAY, May 31st
6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
RECEPTION

THURSDAY, May 31st
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
DINNER
Entertainment: Pearl Cleage, Spelman College

FRIDAY, June 1st
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
PLENARY
What Matters to Women: Turning Research into Action
Building on policy priorities identified in the Council’s 2006 pre-election poll, panelists will look more deeply at the issues identified, like healthcare, violence and security – and explore critical issues that were missing, for example, tax policy and immigration. How can women leaders, activists, and scholars deepen our understanding of these issues, move them to the front of national agendas, and make them a significant focus of political platforms and campaigns? Read more...

Panelists:
-Linda Burnham, Executive Director, Women of Color Resource Center
-Stephanie Davis, Policy Advisor on Women’s Issues, City of Atlanta
-Bonnie Thornton Dill, Founding Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, University of Maryland*
-Meizhu Lui, Executive Director, United for a Fair Economy
-Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women (Moderator)

FRIDAY, June 1st
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Small Group Discussions: Further exploration of issues and insights emerging from the opening Plenary

Introduction : The View from Washington
-Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation*

Addressing Women’s Priorities at the State Level
Discussion Leader:
-Representative “Able” Mable Thomas, House District 55, Georgia

Getting out the Vote
Discussion Leader:
-Jehmu Greene, Political Consultant and Former President, Rock the Vote

Working Across Research and Policy Divides
Discussion Leader:
-Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation*

Lessons from the Michigan and California Ballot Initiatives
Discussion Leader:
-Sue Kaufmann, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor*

Immigration as a National Policy Issue
Discussion Leader:
-Dina Refki, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, SUNY Albany*

Addressing Critical Health Disparities
Discussion Leader:
-Stacie Geller, Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, University of Illinois at Chicago*

FRIDAY, June 1st
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
NETWORKING LUNCHEON

Dessert Panel: Student Activism and Leadership at Spelman and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
-Cynthia Spence, Director, UNCF/Mellon Program, Associate Professor, Spelman College
-Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director, Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College*
-M. Bahati Kuumba, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies/Associate Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College

Film Screening: “ A Journey Shared ”

FRIDAY, June 1st
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The Interface of Research and Action
Concurrent Sessions

Corporate Women Leading Social Change
-Pinney L. Allen, Partner, Alston and Bird, LLP
-Ilene H. Lang, President, Catalyst
-Annalisa Jenkins, VP, Full Development, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Bristol Myers Squibb
-Elizabeth K. Blake, Senior VP, Advocacy, Gov’t Affairs & General Counsel, Habitat for Humanity
-Jane Smith, LEADS, Spelman College (Moderator)

Young Women as Voters and Activists
-Naisha Bradley, Women in Public Policy Program, Harvard University*
-Moya Z. Bailey, PhD Candidate, Emory University
-Erin Vilardi, National Program Director , White House Project* (Moderator)

Women, Development, and Security
-Aaronette White, Asst Professor, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University
-Chris Cuomo, Director, Institute for Women’s Studies, University of Georgia
-Theresa Lund, Research Manager, Women in Public Policy Program, Harvard University* (Moderator)

Research and Grassroots Activism
-Bonnie Bazata, Associate Director, Center for Women’s InterCultural Leadership, Saint Mary’s College* (Moderator)
-Pei Yao Chen, Research Analyst, Girls Incorporated*
-Meizhu Lui, Executive Director, United for a Fair Economy

Faith, Feminism, and Academe: A panel sponsored by the Sister Fund
-Amy Caiazza, Politics, Religion, and Women’s Public Vision, Institute for Women’s Policy Research*
-Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for the Advancement of Muslims
-Katharine Henderson, Executive Vice President, Auburn Theological Seminary
-Kanyere Eaton, Executive Director /Lilyane Glamben, Deputy Director, Sister Fund
-Lynn Szwaja, Program Director for Theology, Henry Luce Foundation (Moderator)

Violence Against Women as a Cultural and Legal Issue
-Ayonna Johnson, Counselor & Legal Advocate, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
-Lisa McClain, Program Director, Gender Studies Program, Boise State University* (Moderator)
-Dina Refki, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, SUNY Albany*

The Female Face of HIV/AIDS
-Patricia Antoniello, Associate Professor & Director, Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women, Brooklyn College
-Dr. Carla Stokes, Executive Director/Founder, Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)
-Dr. Hazel Dean, Acting Deputy Director, CDC, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
-Lisa Diane White, Health Education Advocacy & Prevention Program Manager, SisterLove, Inc.

Where is the Cutting Edge of Feminist Scholarship
-Felicity Schaeffer-Grabiel, Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz
-Layli Phillips, Associate Professor, Georgia State University
-Sandra Morgen, Professor, Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University
-Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College* (Moderator)

FRIDAY, June 1st
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PLENARY
Women Leaders Speak Truth to Global Power
UN Officials, activists, and researchers will discuss the critical issues confronting women on the global landscape, the difference it makes to have women in positions of power, and the pivotal sites for women’s organizing. Are there central galvanizing issues, or are issues and efforts more regionalized – even fragmented? Read more...

Panelists:
-Patricia McFadden, Scholar and Activist, Cosby Chair in the Social Sciences, Spelman College*
-Debra Schultz, Director of Programs for OSI’s Network Women’s Program
-Rosina Wiltshire, UNDP Resident Representative/UN Coordinator, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
-M. Bahati Kuumba, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies/Associate Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College* (Moderator)

FRIDAY, June 1st
6:30 p.m. –8:30 p.m.
RECEPTION AND DINNER
The Milestone Project
Celebrating 25 Years, Honoring our Founders
The Women’s Research and Resource Center
The National Council for Research on Women

FRIDAY, June 1st
8:30 p.m. – 10:00pm
ENTERTAINMENT AND DANCING

SATURDAY, June 2
(NCRW MEMBER CENTERS’ DAY)
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
“RESEARCH-ACTION” GROUP MEETINGS

Economic Security and Justice
Women and Poverty

Discussion Group Leader:
-Sandra Morgen, Professor, Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Women and Science
Advancement across Employment Sectors: Academic, Industry, and Government

Discussion Group Leaders:
-Veronica Arreola, CRWG, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, University of Illinois at Chicago*
-Sue V. Rosser, Dean, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Institute of Technology
-Dr. Olivia Scriven, Women's Research and Resource Center, Spelman College*

Women and Politics
Women Shaping Political Agendas and Actions

Discussion Group Leader:
-Dina Refki, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, SUNY Albany*

Women and Health
Shaping Women’s Health Agendas
Discussion Group Leader:
-Stacie Geller, Director, CRWG, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, University of Illinois at Chicago*

Girls
Encouraging Feminist Leadership within Institutions
Discussion Group Leaders:
-Pei Yao Chen, Research Analyst, Girls Incorporated*
-Heather Johnston Nicholson, Director of Research, National Resource Center, Girls Incorporated

Women in Higher Education
Networking to Sustain Diversity

Discussion Group Leaders:
-Ines Hernandez-Avila, Director, Chicana-Latina Research Center, UC Davis*
-Donna Shavlik, Principal, The Timberline Group
-Caryn McTighe Musil, Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives, AAC&U*

Human Security
Discussion Group Leader:
-Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women

SATURDAY, June 2
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
WORKSHOPS/DISCUSSIONS
Media Training II

A. Making Research Accessible: Writing for Magazines
Facilitator:
-Katherine Spillar, Executive Editor, Ms. Magazine

B. Op-Ed Master Class: Shaping Debate
Facilitator:
-Vivienne Heston-Demirel, Director of Communications, National Council for Research on Women

C. Hands-On Filmmaking
Facilitators:
-Ayoka Chenzira, Former Cosby Chair, Fine Arts, & Director of Digital Moving Salon, Spelman College*
-Laura Rahman, Filmmaker, Spelman College

D. Funding Feminist Research and Activism
Discussion Leader:
-Deborah J. Richardson, CEO, Atlanta Women’s Foundation

E. Making It Pop: Translating Your Ideas for Trade
Facilitator:
-Deborah Siegel, Author/Consultant, Fellow, Woodhull Institute

Saturday, June 2, 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
LUNCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Saturday, June 2, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PLENARY
The Difference Difference Makes: Building and Sustaining Racial and Generational Diversity in Research Networks and Women’s Studies
Panelists:
-Peggy Antrobus, Founding Member, DAWN
-Johnnella Butler, Provost, Spelman College*
-Caryn McTighe Musil, Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives, AAC&U *
-Bridget Harris Tsemo, Coordinator, NWSA Women of Color Leadership Project
-Linda Basch, President, National Council for Research on Women* (Moderator)

 

 

Conference Advisory Committee:
Linda Basch
, President, National Council for Research on Women
Victoria Budson, Executive Director, Women in Public Policy Program, Harvard University
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College
Carol Hardy-Fanta, Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, McCormack Institute of Public Affairs, UMASS, Boston
Ines Hernandez-Avila, Director, Chicana-Latina Research Center, UC Davis
Heather Johnston Nicholson, Director of Research, Girls Incorporated
Shari Miles-Cohen, Senior Director, Women's Program Office, American Psychological Association
Sandra Morgen, Professor, Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

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