4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being
42nd Wisconsin Women and Gender Studies Conference
April 11-13, 2019
Pyle Center, Madison, WI
Transformative Education: Then. When? Now!
Join us for the 2019 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being, with the theme of Transformative Education: Then. When? Now! Proposals were accepted from across the disciplines addressing feminist perspectives on women, gender and social justice in education, research, scholarship, program development, pedagogy, curriculum, creative work and/or community activism. With a bow to the 150th anniversary of women earning bachelor degrees from the University of Wisconsin, we interpret ‘Transformative Education’ broadly and considered proposals focused on topics of transformative progress in gender equity and women’s autonomy in and out of the academy, from self-defined community action, to UN Policy development, to grassroots advocacy, to institutional or classroom transformation, and beyond. We sought responses from traditional disciplines as well as the fields of History, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, LGBTQ Studies, and Sexuality Studies, especially as they as they intersect with such areas as: Ethnic Studies, Class Studies, Disability Studies, International Studies, Poverty Studies, Peace Studies, Global Health, and Environmental and/or Sustainability Studies, and other inter-disciplines. Submitters were encouraged to draw upon the range of perspectives on gender and social justice to examine the present and future of well-being, education, and empowerment for women, girls and their families, in Wisconsin and the world. We especially welcomed proposals that address the use in women’s and gender studies of high impact practices (learning communities, service-learning, undergraduate research, internships and fieldwork, study abroad, and capstone senior experiences) that have been found to promote student learning and help in the retention of culturally and economically diverse students and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects addressing these issues as well.
Plan to join 100+ presenters: students, faculty, activists, artists, and community members, as we consider how gendered knowledge is created and experienced at the axes of identities. The 4W Summit organizers support, respect, and value all people’s identities, and see this Summit as part of work toward a transformed, multicultural, and inclusive environment, that promotes increased understandings of feminism and its interconnections with issues of race, ethnicity, age, class, ability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity; and encourage participation representative of our campuses and communities.
For those coming in Thursday, April 11, 2019, you are welcome to attend the Soffa Lecture by Dr. Brigitte Baptiste, Director, Humboldt Institute of Biological Resources taking place at 4:00 pm in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center with a reception to follow. This lecture is a J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture sponsored by the Human Rights Program, The International Division, and the Global Legal Studies Center.
A program of concurrent sessions will be offered throughout Friday and Saturday, interspersed with keynote and plenary presentations by local and national activists, artists, scholars, and educators. These presentations are free and open to the public, however, registration is required. Please do so here.
Past Wisconsin Women and Gender Studies conference programs.