University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND to host 13th Annual Red River Women’s Studies Conference

The 13th Annual Red River Women’s Studies Conference, “R/Evolution: Creating Women and Gender Studies,” will be held Friday, Oct. 4, on the second floor of the UND Memorial Union. The conference organizers expect to have more than 200 participants from the UND campus and campuses across our region, as well as from the Upper Midwestern community.

The noon keynote speaker is Cristina Alcalde, associate professor of gender and women studies at the University of Kentucky; her presentation is titled Negotiating Gendered and Racialized Identities Across Borders.  The conference also features Adeyinka A. Bruce Omotunde, independent scholar in women and gender studies, comparative politics, African Politics, and International Relations. The title of her talk is Gender and Power Politics.

The Women and Gender Studies (WGS) conference will include  lectures and roundtables, there will be more than 40 scholarly and creative paper presentations. Attendees are also invited to a free Community Expo which includes many Red River Valley visual artists and organizations.

This year, WGS also is celebrating its transformation from “Women Studies” to “Women and Gender Studies.”

“We are excited to celebrate with the community our name change,” said Kathleen Dixon, professor and director of UND Women and Gender Studies. “With the change in name comes something of a change in emphasis in the program. Our course offerings now include WGS 200  Introduction to Gender Studies. And all of our courses now consciously foreground transnational feminism. These new emphases appear also in our conference program."

For more information, contact Kathleen Dixon at 777.4115,

-- Juan Miguel Pedraza, writer/editor, national media relations coordinator, University & Public Affairs, 777.6571,

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