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Half-Day Conference: Higher Ed in the Era of #MeToo

Higher Ed in the Era of #MeToo


The graduate students from nine universities of the Boston-area Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality present an interdisciplinary symposium entitled "Higher Ed in the Era of #MeToo" to be held at MIT on April 20, 2018. 

Join us for a free half day symposium on how the recent #MeToo movement has impacted higher education, specifically at the graduate level. There will be a mix of panels and workshops to encourage dialogue and learning between graduate students, faculty, activists, and other experts. 

The #MeToo movement, started by Tarana Burke in 2006, has highlighted the prevalence of sexual violence within all aspects of our society - from Hollywood to college campuses. As more survivors share their experiences, we need more creative ways to support, prevent, innovate, and collaborate on this issue. Many marginalized communities have led the fight to end sexual violence yet history has put their work and experiences on the margins. In order to truly focus on prevention and support, we must elevate these communities and their leaders. The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception to share what was learned and continue the discussion!

Conference Schedule


1:00pm Plenary Panel

Building 3 Room 270

Chardonnay Madkins, End Rape on Campus
Dr. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland at College Park
Dr. Kimberly Theidon, Tufts University
Moderated by: Dr. Sarah Jackson, Northeastern University

2:30pm Breakout Sessions

Building 4, Rooms 163 & 237

Panel: #MeToo in the Media
Dr. Barbara Gottfried, Boston University
Julianne Escobedo Sheperd, Jezebel
Dr. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland at College Park

Workshop: From Margins to Center: Working Toward Intersectional Justice and Sexual Freedom
Aida Manduley, MSW

4:00pm Breakout Sessions

Building 4, Rooms 163 & 237

Panel: Critical Perspectives of Title IX
Katharine Silbaugh, Boston University
Moriah Silver, MSilver Consulting
Ruth Vaughn, Victim Rights Law Center

Workshop: Bystander Intervention
Featuring: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

5:30pm Cocktail Reception

Building W20 - 306

Earlier Event: March 1
Feminist Intellectuals Dinner
Later Event: September 27
A Celebration of GCWS Authors