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Women and Gender History symposium to run March 13-15


Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
(217) 333-2177; alynn1@illinois.edu

3/12/2003

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The fourth annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History begins Thursday (March 13) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It will run through Saturday (March 15).

The symposium kicks off with a keynote address by Ann Laura Stoler, a history professor at the University of Michigan. Stoler’s talk, titled "Habits of a Colonial Heart: The Affective Grid of Racial Politics," is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana. It also is a Center for Advanced Studies/MillerComm lecture.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public and will be held in the Levis Center. The Web site for the symposium includes a full program.
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Graduate students from across the United States and Canada will present 42 papers in 16 sessions including women, nation and identity; the history of women in the U.S. armed forces; and selling sex: gendered images in the media and advertising.

With a few exceptions, faculty members at Illinois will chair the sessions, and Illinois graduate students will serve as commentators.

The symposium is sponsored by many campus units, including the department of history; the Center for Advanced Studies and the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; Office of the Chancellor; Office of Women’s Programs; Spurlock Museum; and Women’s Studies Program. The journal Gender & History also is a sponsor.

Kate Meehan, a graduate student in history at Illinois, is the program coordinator. She can be contacted at (217) 359-5573.