Group hopes to emerge with a research proposal

The first research symposium of Gendering Research Across the Campuses (GRACe) will be held on the Washington State University-Pullman campus Friday, Feb. 13, in the CUB Ballroom and Cascade Room. Comprised largely of female faculty at WSU, GRACe provides a framework for discussion of scholarly work on gender and plans collaborative research and teaching activities which have gender as a central theme.

The goal of the symposium is to foster academic discussion of gender research, said organizer Amy Mazur, WSU political science professor.

“We have an exciting lineup of participants from across all the disciplines,” Mazur said. “We particularly encourage graduate student involvement at the symposium. This is an excellent way for them to network.”

Aili Tripp, associate dean and director of the Women’s Studies Research Center at University of Wisconsin, Madison, will give the keynote presentation. Her talk is titled, “Making Women Matter: Global Norms and Local Struggles on Gender Equality.”

In a half-day workshop on Saturday, Feb. 14, Tripp will assist GRACe faculty in development of a research proposal and funding strategy. The group’s goal is to complete, by fall 2004, a large-scale, interdisciplinary research project proposal on gender for submission to various funding agencies.

GRACe was founded in fall 2002 by Mazur and Women’s Studies Chair Noël Sturgeon. Collectively the group boasts more than $1.1 million in research and teaching grants on gender. GRACe’s ultimate goal is to create and sustain a new space for a research community that cuts across traditional disciplinary lines.

Panel discussions, located in CUB 212, for the Feb. 13 symposium include:

9-10:15 a.m. Women as Activists and Oppressors: A Historical Perspective.
10:30 a.m.-noon. Keynote panel.
1:30-2:45 p.m. Constructing Race and Gender Norms in Education.
3-4:15 p.m. Power, Policy and Social Inequalities at Home and Work.
4:30-5:45 p.m. Cultural Reproduction of Gender Identities through Myths, Manuscripts and the Media.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., more than 40 researchers will present their work in a poster format in the CUB Ballroom. A light complimentary buffet will be provided for visitors.

From 6-8 p.m. the public is invited to attend a reception in the ballroom. WSU musicians will perform music by women composers.

For more information on the symposium or GRACe go to http://libarts.wsu.edu/GRACe.

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