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Racialization, gender, academy, topic of conference

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 05 - September 26, 1996

Nationally known figures Bonnie Thorton Dill, Becky W. Thompson, and Nikki Giovanni, plus a follow-up teleconference of the United Nations Conference on Women, will highlight the Virginia Women's Studies Association Conference and Virginia Tech's Feminist Research and Pedagogy Conferences at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center September 27-28.

The conference, "Racialization, Gender, and the Academy," will present interdisciplinary works that discuss ways the constructs of racialization and gender identity inform academic discourse, pedagogy, research, and classroom activities. Scholars from around the state will present work focused on making linkages between teaching and research, including topics such as successful teaching strategies, different "ways of knowing," global women's issues, and the impact of new technologies on research and teaching.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a teleconference discussion on the Platform for Action stemming from the Beijing Conference on Women.

Dill is the author and editor of numerous books, including Across the Boundaries of Race, Class and Gender and Women of Color in U.S. Society. Thompson is the author of A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women's Eating Problems. Giovanni is an internationally renowned poet and professor of English at Virginia Tech who the author of numerous books of poetry and essays, including Racism 101 and Short Stories and Reminiscences About the Keepers of Our Traditions.

The program is sponsored and piloted by the Virginia Tech Women's Studies Program (Center for Interdisciplinary Studies), with co-sponsorship from the Black Studies Program, the Women's Center, the Division of Continuing Education and the Virginia Women's Studies Association.

For information about registration, call the conference registrar at 1-5182. For information about the program, call the Women's Center at 1-7806.