Student Conference Schedule 2019

GCWS Student Conference

Location: MIT Stata Center

32 Vassar Street Cambridge MA
All sessions will take place on the 1st floor
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Friday March 29, 2019

5:15PM: Registration and Check-In

6:00PM: Keynote address by Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and media critic whose writing appears regularly in national and international media including The Atlantic, The Nation, Verge, Quartz, TIME, Salon, The Guardian and The New Statesman. She speaks frequently on topics related to inclusivity, free speech, sexualized violence, data and technology. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project an initiative dedicated to expanding women’s civic and political participation. She currently serves on the national boards of the Women's Media Center and Women, Action and the Media, as well as on the advisory councils of the Center for Democracy and Technology, VIDA, and Common Sense Media. As an activist, Ms. Chemaly has spear-headed multiple successful campaigns challenging corporations to address online harassment and abuse, restrictive content moderation and censorship, and institutional biases that affect free speech.

Find more information on her recent book: Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger (2018)

7:00PM: Performance by Porsha Olayiwola 

Porsha Olayiwola is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists.  Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston and has her first full collection of poetry forthcoming with Button Poetry in November 2019.

7:30PM: Welcome Reception

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Please bring a government ID if you plan to have alcoholic beverages.

Saturday March 30, 2019

8:45AM - 9:30AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:30AM - 10:45AM: Session A

  • PANEL: Injecting Empathy into the Medical Model: Understanding Trauma and Diagnoses

  • PANEL: Ethnographies of Gender, Labor, and Self-Care

  • PANEL: Can You Buy It? Commercialization versus Activism

11:00AM - 12:15PM: Session B

  • WORKSHOP: Nurturing Self-Care Practices through the Arts, Movement, and Reflection

  • PANEL: The Paths We Walk: Studying the Impact of Gendered Violence

  • PANEL: Fighting -isms from the Inside Out: Reclaiming Self-Love and Sexuality

12:15PM - 1:15PM: Lunch on your own

1:15PM - 2:30PM: Session C

  • PANEL: Constructing Queer Spaces and Selves

  • FILM AND DISCUSSION: Stories of Black Motherhood

  • PANEL: Restorytelling: Finding and Creating Healing Narratives

2:45PM - 4:00PM: Session D

  • WORKSHOP: The Power of Time and Self-Care: Addressing Complexities of Procrastination

  • PANEL: Through My Lens: Healing through Gendered Performative Art

  • PANEL: Seeing Thru the Fumes of Toxic Masculinity

4:15PM - 5:30PM: Session E

  • PANEL: The Co-Optation of Self-Care

  • PANEL: Different Modes of Empowerment: Our Roles in Creating Power

  • PANEL: Fighting Back and Demanding More: A Call for Wellbeing in Higher Ed