USD Hosts Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference April 9-10

Documentary “Honor Diaries” To Be Screened Friday in Muenster University Center

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference will be hosted by the University of South Dakota Thursday and Friday, including a screening of the documentary film “Honor Diaries” on Friday afternoon.

The theme of this year’s conference is Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance and Identity. Keynote speaker is Alice Kessler-Harris, Ph.D., a professor of American history at Columbia University and an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.

The documentary film “Honor Diaries” will be screened 1:45 p.m. Friday in Ballroom B-C of the Muenster University Center. The film explores the treatment of women in honor-based societies, and will be followed by a discussion period sponsored by the USD Cross-Media Council.

The public is invited to attend the “Honor Diaries” screening and discussion at no charge, said Miglena Sternadori, a professor in the Department of Media & Journalism and coordinator of the USD women and gender program.

One of the women featured in the documentary, Raheel Raza of Toronto, Canada, will attend the screening and discussion. Raza, an author and outspoken critic of inequality toward Muslim women, leads the Council of Muslims Facing Tomorrow.

During the two-day conference students and professionals will present papers and on a wide-range of topics affecting women in today’s world. Prizes for the best student papers will be presented at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

View additional information and the full conference program.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News