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UW-Eau Claire to Host Women's|
Studies Consortium Conference
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The 23rd annual University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Consortium conference, "Speaking Out: Women, Poverty and Public Policy," will be held Oct. 29-31 in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Davies Center.
The three-day conference is open to the public and features keynote addresses, open forums and workshops presented by scholars, activists and policy-makers from throughout the United States.
Keynote speakers for the conference include June Jordan, a poet, novelist, essayist, political activist and professor of African American studies at the University of California-Berkeley; Heidi Hartmann, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women's Policy Research; Deborah Doxtater, chairwoman of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; and Judith Stacey, Streisand professor of contemporary gender studies and sociology at the University of Southern California.
The conference will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, with a welcoming reception and will conclude with a Call to Action Session at noon Saturday, Oct. 31. A free all-campus forum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, will feature several of the conference keynote speakers discussing "Last Words: Teaching and Learning at Century's End." Ruth Conniff, associate editor and Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Progressive magazine, will serve as panel moderator.
Conference coordinator Katherine Rhoades of the UW-Eau Claire School of Education said the conference is timely because welfare reform is sweeping the country and many questions about the effectiveness of these reforms remain unanswered.
"This conference will begin to answer some of those questions and provide a platform for thinking about how public policy can address the root causes of poverty in our nation," Rhoades said.
Conference attendees also will have an opportunity to help build an action agenda that state and national groups are committed to pursuing, she said.
The fee for the conference is $90 for professionals and the general public or $45 for full-time students and low-income participants. Undergraduate students may attend two of the sessions for $2 and the forum lectures for $3. A limited number of scholarships are available.
For more information or to register, contact La Vone Sneen in the Arts and Sciences Continuing Education Office at (715) 836-2031. Registration deadline is Oct. 21.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 13, 1998