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Registration - 8:30-9:00 a.m.


Introduction and Welcome - 9:00-9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks: Dr. Doveanna Fulton & Dr. Theresa Case


Session A: 9:15-10:15 a.m.


Session B: 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Session C: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


12:45-1:30 p.m. - Lunch Coffee House


1:30-2:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker Dr. Sheri Davis-Faulkner
"Precious Opportunities: A Critical Race Feminist Approach to Media."


12:45-2:30 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote Speaker


Session D: 2:45-3:45 p.m.


Session E: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Session A: 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Muslim Women and the Veil
Room: White Oak
Moderator: Dr. Giuliana Lund, English


“Under the Veil of the Algerian Women”
Alma Sanchez
University of Houston-Downtown


“Mental Enslavement of Women in Algeria and the Orient”
Damaurriah Butler
University of Houston-Downtown


“Muslim Women are Capable of Making their Own Choices”
Kiara Balthazar
University of Houston-Downtown


“Oppression of Women in the Middle East”
Cheyanna Phillips
University of Houston-Downtown


Gender, Sexuality, and Stereotypes
Room: Houston
Moderator: Dr. Joe Sample, English


"Gold Digging Women and Money Hungry Men”
Aida Sliva
University of Houston-Downtown


“Income Constraints and Alienation from Financial Services: Retirement Savings Difficulties in the LGBTQIA Community.”
Kelly Moynihan
University of Houston-Downtown


“Heterosexism and Gender Stereotypes: The Root of Homophobic Bullying”
Kenneth Foster
University of Houston-Downtown


“Trans-people: Different but Equal”
Diane Conkling
University of Houston-Downtown


"Race, Gender and Spirit in African and Diaspora Literature and Literary Characters "
Room: Bayou
Moderator: Dr. Sara Farris, English


“Power, Spirit and the Quest for Autonomy in African and Diaspora Women’s Literature”
Jennifer Julian (Panel Chair)
Texas Southern University


"The Traditional African Woman Laments the Colonizing of African Men."
Stephanie Curry
Texas Southern University


“Racism, Reality and Spirit in African American Women’s Literature”
Hoda Moghaddam
Texas Southern University

Session B: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Race, Gender, Power, and Performance
Room: White Oak
Moderator: Dr. Stacie DeFreitas, Psychology


“African American Students Academic Performance in Predominately White Institutions”
Gregg Pelt
University of Houston-Downtown


“Exploring the Agency of Female Slaves in 12 Years a Slave”
Tianna Thomas
University of Houston-Downtown


“Black Women Exercising Power”
Aubrey McKenzie
University of Houston-Downtown


“Oroonoko’s Imoinda”
Alexandra Maranos
University of Houston-Downtown


Race, Gender, and Healthcare
Room: Houston
Moderator: Dr. Claude Rubinson, Sociology


“The Infant Mortality Rate among African Americans”
Courtney Coleman
University of Houston-Downtown


“Gender and Healthcare”
Laura Hunter
University of Houston-Downtown


“PTSD Among Female and Male Soldiers”
Kathryn Arnst
University of Houston-Downtown


Analyzing Women in Literature
Room: Bayou
Moderator: Dr. Merrilee Cunningham, English


“Murderous Ambition, Queen Gertrude vs. Ophelia”
Stephanie Ramirez
University of Houston-Downtown


“It’s Not Real, But It’s Okay”
Sara Cox
University of Houston-Downtown


“The Fairy Queen’s Silence: Women’s Inequality in
William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Anita Jones
Prairie View A&M University


“Exploring the Poetic Genius of Ntozake Shange”
Kathryn Velasquz
Houston Baptist University

Session C: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Faith: A Hypothetical Narrative of a Woman of Color in STEM (UH-Clearlake Panel)
Room: White Oak
Moderator: Dr. Aimee Roundtree


Eva Bergara
University of Houston-Clear Lake


Linda Sulpacio
University of Houston-Clear Lake


Heather Tolleson
University of Houston-Clear Lake


Sonya Herridge
University of Houston-Clear Lake


Martha Sendejo
University of Houston-Clear Lake


Gender and History: Sexism, Ideology, and Tourism
Room: Houston
Moderator: Dr. Johanna Schmertz, English


“From Housewives to Pieces ofok w Meat: An Analysis of the Evolution of Sexism in Print Media”
Chelsea Davila
University of Houston-Downtown


“The Infernal Feminine: Women, Ideology and Political Violence in Fascist Europe (1934- 1945)”
Brahim Ammoune
University of Houston-Downtown


“Silent Triumph of the Divine Feminine”
Dana Ayres
University of Houston-Downtown


“Gendering Tourism: Representations of Race, Gender, and Power in Cancún, 1970-2000”
Tracy Butler
University of Houston


Creative Writing, Plant, and Media
Room: Bayou
Moderator: Dr. Jane Creighton, English


"My Lady, Valentine"
Rachel Lee
University of Houston


“What Media Makes Us”
Ashe Vernon
Stephen F. Austin State University


“Everything but the Plant”
Nicole Starch
University of Houston-Downtown

Session D: 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Gender, Education and Influence
Room: White Oak
Moderator: Dr. Amy Larsen, English


“Gender vs. Education”
Yolanda Melendez
University of Houston-Downtown


“Education the Root of Problems”
Samuel Bernal
University of Houston-Downtown


“Pushing the Human Divide: The Feminist Influence among Primatology and Communication”
Amanda Kott
University of Houston-Downtown


“The Shewolf”
Catherine Joor
University of Houston-Downtown


Poster Presentations and Visual Arts
Room: Houston
Moderator: Dr. Sharon Worley, Arts & Humanities


“Labels” (Poster Presentation)
Monica Villareal
University of Houston-Clear Lake


“Fluidity” (Visual Art)
Aisha Bouderdaben


University of Houston
“Latina Representation in Politics” (Poster Presentation)
Phylicia Real
University of Houston-Downtown


Gender, Power, and the Role of Women Filmmakers in Early Cinema
Room: Bayou
Moderator: Dr. Johanna Schmertz, English


“I Will Write Myself into Film History, and I’m Taking You with Me, Sister!”
Melissa Catalan
University of Houston-Downtown


“Alice Guy Blache: Sexuality and Gender Staged for Cinema”
Elizabeth Tekulve
University of Houston-Downtown


“Moving Pictures: How Lois Weber Showed the World Its Faults in The Blot”
Zhuwen Zhang
University of Houston-Downtown

Session E: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Gender, Power and De-colonialist Literary Analysis
Room: White Oak
Moderator: Rachel Dickson, MFA, LMSW Arts and Humanities


“Lashes on a Nigerian Woman’s Back: An African Woman’s Reading of African American Literature”
Ekwutosi Egbuna,(Chair)
Texas Southern University


“Tradition and Liberation in African Women’s Literature”
Sarah Moustapha
Texas Southern University


“Colonialism and Women’s Disempowerment in African/Diaspora Literature”
Ravin Porter
Texas Southern University


Gender Roles and Literary Analysis
Room: Houston
Moderator: Dr. Tammis Thomas, English


"The Origins of Masculinity in Fairy Tales: An Analysis of Grimms' 'Rumpelstiltskin'"
Salina Sanchez
University of Houston-Downtown


“Law and Women in Antigone”
Justin Tellez
University of Houston-Downtown


“Macbeth: Sexual Roles Redefined”
Cassandra Rodriguez
University of Houston-Downtown


“Challenging Patriarchal Sexual and Social Order in John Cheever’s ‘The Five-Forty-Eight’”
Todd Snider
University of Houston-Downtown


Women, Violence, and Power
Room: Bayou
Moderator: Bill Davis, MA, LPC-S, LMFT, Social Sciences


“Positive Discrimination in Federal Sentencing”
Diana Metzger
University of Houston-Downtown


“We, the Oppressed”
Candice Gordon
University of Houston-Downtown


“Algerian Women’s Voice and Silence”
Lisa Kurland
University of Houston-Downtown


5:00-5:15 p.m.: Closing Remarks



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