UW-Platteville well represented at 4W Summit

April 25, 2018
Dr. Manal Lofty Kabesh and Dr. Rosalyn Broussard
Alysha Andrews and Dr. Dong Isbister

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville was well represented at the third annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-Being and the 41st annual Wisconsin Women’s and Gender Studies Conference held April 12-14 at the Pyle Center at UW-Madison, with five students and 13 faculty, staff and visiting scholars showcasing their research on women, gender and well-being in a variety of panels. 

The purpose of the conference was to collectively discuss and consider how gender informs culture, society, environment, economy and social justice. The broadly-defined theme of the conference was “Our Bodies, Our Earth: Voice, Violence and Peacemaking.”

“I really enjoy the 4W Conference,” said Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, professor of political science and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. “I think it is very beneficial to students because of the diversity of speakers on women and family issues across the globe.”

“As a faculty member, the conference offers a wonderful opportunity to present your ideas in front of your peers from the Midwest,” said Dr. Laura Wendorff, professor of English. “It tends to have a fair number of students as well as non-academic community people, and getting feedback from those groups can help you to look at your ideas in a different way.”

“I believe it’s imperative to have conversations with folks from other institutions to gain strategies in research and instructing,” said Dr. Frank King, assistant professor of ethnic studies. “Unlike many conferences, the 4W is informal and has a relaxing atmosphere. It makes the presentations and discussions fun.”

College of LAE faculty and staff presenters and other UW-Platteville presenters included:

Panel “Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Harassment: Interdisciplinary Insights and Pedagogical Praxis”
Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, professor of political science; Dr. Dong Isbister, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies; Dr. Frank King, assistant professor of ethnic studies; Dr. Rea Kirk, professor of special education; and Dr. Mary Lenzi, associate professor of philosophy

Panel “Activism, Blowback, and Power: Responses to Black Lives Matter”
Becky Fernette, senior lecturer of psychology; Dr. Frank King, assistant professor of ethnic studies; and Dr. Laura Wendorff, professor of English

Panel “Gender, Culture and Social Change”
Dr. Chi Jiang, visiting scholar, women’s and gender studies; for more information about Jiang’s panel, visit: www.uwplatt.edu/news/visiting-scholar-showcase-research-bullying-chinese-schools.

Panel “Through Different Eyes: An Interactive Workshop”
Dr. Rea Kirk, professor of special education; and Regina Pauly, senior academic librarian

Panel “Women Fighting for Reform in Africa”
Josephine Gurira, librarian

Panel “A Portrait of Rural Egyptian Women: Peaceful Voices from the Siwa Oasis, Upper Egypt, and Nubia”
Dr. Nancy Turner, professor of history; and Dr. Manal Lofty Kabesh, visiting Egyptian scholar and activist

Panel “Interdisciplinary Knowledge Building-Black Women’s Experience in the U.S.”
Dr. Dong Isbister, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies; Torin McCaw, junior agriculture business major and women’s and gender studies minor; Alexandra Mines, senior chemistry-criminalistics major; and Meghan Weber junior English education major

Poster Presentations:
Alysha Andrews, junior biology major: Healthcare Resources and Cancer in African American Women; and Abbey Pignatari, political science major: Women Representation in Politics: The Potential Impact on Policy-Making

Student presenters:
Alysha Andrews, junior biology major; Meghan Weber junior English education major; Torin McCaw, junior agriculture business major and women’s and gender studies minor; and Alexandra Mines, senior chemistry-criminalistics major; for more information about the student presentations, visit: www.uwplatt.edu/news/students-showcase-research-race-and-well-being

At the UW-Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium council meeting on April 12, Isbister was elected co-chair elect of next year’s UW-Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium. Her co-chair elect is Ellie Schemenauer, chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at UW-Whitewater.

“It is truly a great honor to serve as co-chair elect,” said Isbister. “I also feel happy and proud that UW-Platteville has been more visible because of the collective efforts of our students, faculty and staff. I could not have accomplished anything without the support and recognition of students, colleagues and people around me, who truly care about social justice and human well-being.”

The College of LAE presentations at the third annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-Being were made possible with the support of UW-Platteville’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Education’s Travel Fund.

For more information about the conference, visit: consortium.gws.wisc.edu/conference/.

High-impact practices, such as undergraduate and faculty research, are an important component of UW-Platteville’s 2017-2018 strategic work plan, which includes the institutional priorities of improving student learning, data-informed decision making, budgeting and planning, supporting student success through retention and recruitment initiatives, and campus climate.
 

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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