Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Research Conference 2018

The deadline for submitting paper proposals and artwork has passed. Contact wgss@usd.edu if you have further questions. 

Conference Schedule at a Glance

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Tuesday, March 12
6 p.m.
John A. Day Gallery, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts
Opening Reception and Performance
Wednesday, March 13
9-11:45 a.m.
Muenster University Center (MUC)
Concurrent Panels
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
MUC, 2nd Floor
 Involvement Fair
12-1:15 a.m.
MUC Ballroom
Plenary Roundtable: Marginalized Populations and Sexual Assault
Lunch will be served
1:30-2:45 p.m.
MUC, 2nd Floor
Concurrent Panels
3:30 p.m.
Al Neuharth Media Center
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Sunshine Manning, "Radical Narrative Shifts in Media Representation of Indigenous Women"
Thursday, March 14             
8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
MUC, 2nd Floor
Concurrent Panels
12:30-1:45 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Adrianne Pinkney, "It All Starts in the Mind: A Discussion on Gender"
Lunch will be served
2-4:45 p.m.
MUC, 2nd Floor
Concurrent Panels
2 p.m.
Farber Hall
Screening of Tricked (2013)
5 p.m.
Colton Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building
Closing Recital: "The Music of (Un)Told Stories"
Plan your visit to Vermillion.

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Sunshine Manning
“Radical Narrative Shifts in Media Representations of Indigenous Women”

Sarah Manning keynote speaker at the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies ConferenceSarah Sunshine Manning is an award-winning, independent journalist writing and reporting on Indigenous issues. Her work has been published at Truthdig, Levo League, YES! Magazine, Whetstone Magazine, Red Ink Magazine, Indian Country Today and other publications. She is currently working as the lead producer of the NDN Collective podcast and blog. Sarah is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in northern Nevada and southern Idaho. She is also a descendant of the Chippewa-Cree Tribes of Rocky Boy, Montana.


Adrianne Pinkney, Ph.D.
"It all starts in the mind: A discussion on gender"

Adrianne Pinkney keynote speaker at the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies ConferenceAdrianne Rochelle Pinkney is the founder of B. Well: Live Consciously, an integrative wellness and life coaching service that offers individual coaching, group coaching, corporate training, wellness retreats and motivational speaking. She inspires others to consciously create loving lives that work! Dr. Pinkney specializes in Integrative Wellness, Mindfulness, Career coaching, Codependency, Family and Relationship Issues, Men and Women of Color, Bullying, Difficult Teens and Body Image and Health. Pinkney has graduated from some of Georgia’s finest schools including Spelman College, the University of Georgia and Emory University, where she completed her doctoral studies. She is an Ambassador for the Integrative Wellness Academy and promotes whole-life wellness to all. As a coach, she encourages, “Conscious creation through conscious choice.”

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  • Center for Diversity and Community
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Chiesman Center for Democracy
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Political Science
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  • Native American Studies
  • Office for Diversity
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  • Students Against Trafficking
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