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Fri, August 23, 2019

Women's Studies Institute

Women’s History Month 2018

Women’s History Month 2018

Women’s History Month 2018

Women’s History Month 2018

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Women’s Studies Institute

Women’s Studies Institute

Women’s Studies Institute

Women’s Studies Institute


WHM 2019 Schedule

Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence 


WHM Mission Statement 

Our mission is to recognize and celebrate women’s contributions and causes by providing space for educational events from a feminist perspective, promoting a commitment to diversity, and aiming to achieve social justice and women’s empowerment. 

Friday, March 1 


Madrid Lecture & Symposium: Chicana Teatristas: Past & Present

9:00am – 5:45pm  |   William Knox Holt Center, Trinity University 

Keynote speakers: Denise Chavez & Cherri Moraga

Other Speakers: Vicky Grise, Ruby Nelda Perez, Marisela Barrera, Maria Ybarra

Sunday, March 3


Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era: A Roundtable discussion and book celebration with editors and contributors to the volume. 

2:00pm - 4:00pm  |  Esperanza Peace and Justice Center (922 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX)

Chicana Movidas includes contributions from a wide array of scholars and activists, including leading Chicana feminists from the period. In this roundtable discussion and book celebration, co-editors Dionne Espinoza, Maria Cotera and Maylei Blackwell along with contributors Martha Cotera and Brenda Sendejo will discuss the volume and its interventions. The authors will be available to sign copies of the book, which will be on sale at the event.


Monday, March 4 


“I Didn’t Come to School for This” Black Women’s Experiences with Discrimination and Coping Strategies at a PQI 

10:00am  |  HSU Travis Room 2.202

Presented by: Dr. Noelle Fritz Hurd, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia 

Exposure to race-related stressors such as discrimination may take a toll on black female undergraduates attending predominately white institutions. The aim of this study was to explore black female students’ experiences of race related stressors and their coping responses. Dr. Hurd will discuss trade-offs associated with identified coping responses and the need for institutional efforts to reduce race-related stressors and foster more inclusive campus environments. Co-sponsored with Honors College.

“Everyone Needs an Anthropologist…The Relevance and Utility of Applied Medical Anthropology to Pressing Health Concerns”

1:00pm  |  BB 3.04.06

Presented by: Dr. Pamela Rao

Dr. Pamela Rao is a noted applied medical anthropologist who has worked in medical schools, the federal government, non-profit organizations, and independent consulting. By applying methods and theories from medical anthropology, she has improved the health and wellbeing of communities in the United States. Dr. Rao will discuss the opportunities in applied medical anthropology, career trajectories, and the relevance of medical anthropology in efforts to address persistent health challenges, especially those that disproportionately impact women. 


Tuesday, March 5


“Comparative Reproductions: Motherhood in Women’s Travel Writings of the Circum-Caribbean, 1800-1860”

11:30am  |  MH 4.04.34

Presented by: Dr. Rikki Bettinger

Using a historian’s perspective informed by feminist and transatlantic approaches, Dr. Bettinger privileges women’s experiences and women’s writing, and explores those experiences in an interconnected, combative framework. Dr. Bettinger will discuss how placing these women’s travelogues in dialogue with each other, we garner new insights into the gendered process of empire. 

Women’s History Month Opening Program and Reception

3:00-5:30pm  |  HSU Harris Room 2.212

Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Flores

Women’s Advocate of the Year will be honored, and Women’s Studies Undergraduate Scholarship will be awarded. Rebecca Flores worked for 30 years with the United Farm Workers in South Texas. She organized thousands of workers into colonia committees, passed historical farmworker legislation in Texas, held strikes in the fields, and had picket lines around the state to boycott products on the UFW list. She graduated magna cum laudefrom St Mary’s University and earned a degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. 


Music Festival 

7:30pm  |  Art Building Recital Hall

Faculty Chamber Ensemble performing works by living composers, including Gwyneth Walker, and Kirsten Broberg



Wednesday, March 6


“Love in Drug War Years: Gendered Obligation and Bodily Vulnerability in Reynosa’s Prostitution Zone”

1:00pm  |  HSU Harris Room 2.212

Presented by: Dr. Sarah Luna, Kathryn A. McCarthy, Assistant Professor in Women's Studies, Anthropology Department, Tufts University 

Dr. Luna’s talk conceptualizes gendered obligation to explain intimacies and vulnerabilities in la zona, a prostitution zone in Mexican border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Gendered notions of love and obligation shaped the desires, fear, and migrations of Mexican Central American sex workers and white American South African missionaries who hoped to love them. She shows how sex workers’ maternal obligation and their spatial location in la zona intersected in their scrutiny by drug organizations, state actors, and foreign missionaries. As the city became increasingly militarized, drug organizations co-opted the state apparatus for the moral and bio-political surveillance of sex workers, increasing their vulnerability.

Music Festival

7:30pm  |  Recital Hall

Soli Chamber Ensemble performing works by six finalist composers from a four-university competition (UTSA, TSU, UIW, Trinity). Winners will be announced at the end of the program, including an audience choice winner. 


Thursday, March 7


“Gender and Aesthetics in Contemporary Music: An Exploration of Gender, Semiotics and Musical Meaning in Music by Living Composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Chaya Czernowin, Augusta Read Thomas and Julia Wolfe.” 

11:30am-12:30pm  |  Art Building Recital Hall

Presented by: Dr. Kirsten Broberg, Composer, Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Director of Undergraduate Studies University of North Texas 

Co-sponsored with Department of Music

Presented by: Dr. Judith F. Baca, Interdisciplinary Artist and Muralist

10:30-11:30 am  |  SU Retama Auditorium 2.02.02

Dr. Judith Baca is Los Angeles-based artist, activist, and educator. She will talk about her murals and her career as a professor at UCLA. Her murals will be screened during her presentation. 


“#metoo in the Courts: Legal Advocacy for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence”

1:00pm  |  SU Mesquite Room 2.01.24

Presented by: Shelli Lyons Egger, Staff Counsel, Rio Grande Legal Aid

One in every four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and one in every six women have experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault, yet these are among the most chronically underreported crimes in the United States. Too often, when victims do come forward they face a society that doubts them and a judicial system that fails them. This talk examines the dangerous myths and misconceptions that discourage victims from coming forward in the first place and lead to revictimization when they do report. Co-sponsored with Honors College. 

Lecture: Carina Adly MacKenzie

4:00pm  |  Harris Room HSU 2.212

Presented by: Carina MacKenzie 

Ms. MacKenzie will talk about her experiences as a female TV producer and writer in Hollywood. She will discuss the process of getting started, becoming a show runner of her own show, life in the writer’s room, and her experiences as a woman working in a male dominated profession. She is the producer/writer of the CW series Roswell New Mexico.

McNay Museum Chiego Lecture

6:30pm  |  McNay Art Museum (6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio TX)

Presented by: Dr. Judith F. Baca

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Los Angeles-based artist, activist, and educator, Judy Baca speaks about her work and commitment to equity for all people. A natural leader, Baca has claimed space for Women of Color in both the Feminist Movement and the Chicano Art Movement beginning in the 1970s. She founded the first city of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974 which continues today as SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center). Her work Las Tres Marias, 1976, was on view in the fall as part of Pop America, 1965-1975, and her work Absolutely Chicana, 2008, is on view in current exhibition Estampas Chicanas. Free to UTSA students and faculty. Register online at Mcnayart.org or call (210) 805-1768. Co-sponsors: Mexico Center, McNay Museum, Department of Art and Art History, Women’s Studies Institute, Department of History


Music Festival

7:30pm  |  Art Building Recital Hall

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform works by living composers, including a major new work by Dr. Broberg.



Friday, March 8


“Esperanza: San Antonio Women of Resistance”

1:00pm  |  SU Retama Auditorium 2.02.02

Panelists: Graciela Sanchez (Director), Yaneth Flores (Cultural organizer), Lilliana Saldaña (Board of Directors)

The panel will discuss the history and work of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio. Honors College Event. 



Monday, March 18


“Operationalizing Leadership: The Impact of Sponsorship on Women’s Leadership”

3:30pm  |  JPL Assembly Room 4.04.22

Moderators: Lisa Carrington Firmin, and Shannon Heuberger

Panelist: Maricela Oliva, Rosa Garza Girdey, Astrid Cardona, and Kelly Nash

Knowing and understanding the culture of sponsorship and how it differs from mentorship are important tools for women to achieve positions of senior leadership. Learn about the following key aspects of sponsorship: being prepared to serve as a protégée, how to look for talent as a sponsor, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, practical leadership application tips and strategies around negotiation. Hear firsthand narratives from the careers of both academic and staff protégées and sponsors who have been involved in the UT System’s Chancellor’s Network for Women’s Leadership. 


“Monsoon Wedding”

6:00-8:30pm  |  BV 2.304

Hosted by: Dr. Anne Hardgrove

This Bollywood Rom-Com explores a New Delhi family who reworks traditional values in a globalized world while organizing the marriage of their eldest daughter. Directed by Mira Nair. 

Tuesday, March 19


Masterclass Presentation: Dr. Candace Magner

11:30-12:30pm  |  AR 2.03.02B

Dr. Magner is a renowned expert and publisherof Barbara Strozzi’s works, making her the leading authority on this important female composer. In this master class, Dr. Magner will be working with several undergraduate musicians from UTSA. The string, vocal, ensemble, and keyboard departments will all be represented. Dr. Magner will work with each individual or ensemble in front of an audience, using her expertise with the music of this female composer as well as the period style to enhance their performance capabilities and accuracy. Open to UTSA community. 


“Women in Resistance: From Socialist Tenant Farmers’ Wives to Hippie Chicks”

1:00-2:15pm  |  SU Denman 2.01.28

Presented by: Dr. Sarah Janda

Dr. Janda’s presentation will examine subversive uses of traditional gender roles by comparing the role of women in the draft resistance movement of the WWI era and counterculture of the 1960s. Co-sponsored with Department of History.



Wednesday, March 20


Exploring the Music of Barbara Strozzi

10:00-10:50am  |  AR 2.03.18A

11:00-11:50am  |  AR 2.03.18A

Presented by: Dr. Candace Magner

This lecture will explore Dr. Magner’s work as a feminist musicologist, the music of Barbara Strozzi from a theoretical standpoint as well as historical. This lecture will give the audience an idea of how they might go about having a specific interest in the music field and using that interest to promote and explore the music of underrepresented minorities, and especially women. 

Womanness in the United States: A History of Trauma

10:00am   |  HSU Harris Room 2.212

Presented by: Dominique Christina

Dominique Christina will read from her book Anarcha Speaks: A History in Poems.She will also speak to the vulnerability of bodies of Black Women and the history of medical experimentation endured. Co-sponsored with Honors College, African American Studies, Department of English, and Department of History, American Studies.

Structured Dialogue: Body Beautiful: Health, Identities, and Bodies in Pop Culture 

6 – 7:30 p.m.  |  HSU Harris Room 2.212

Small group, facilitated discussion on the topic of beauty and image as it pertains to the following: What does pop culture tell us about what it means to be beautiful? Have we seen this change over time? How does it differ for different kinds of people? Co-sponsored by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion. 

Thursday, March 21


“Diasporic Sounds across Borders”

11:30am- 12:45pm  |  MH 3.04.20

Presented by: Ximena Violante

Ximena Violante, co-founder of Philly-based Interminable and Son Revoltura, will share their latest futuristic music project rooted in diasporic connection. Their debut album, (rebirth::renacer) is a call to action and takes listeners on a sonic journey through the band’s three years performing with a variety of instruments and musicians across the United States and Mexico. This interactive talk will particularly explore improvisation shifts across culture, gender, sexuality, and the body. 



Friday, March 22


“Monsoon Wedding”

11am-1:30pm  |  MH 3.04.28

Hosted by: Dr. Anne Hardgrove

This Bollywood Rom-Com explores a New Delhi family who reworks traditional values in a globalized world while organizing the marriage of their eldest daughter. Directed by Mira Nair. 



Monday, March 25


“Reflections on Gender and the Global Refugee Crisis”

12:00pm  |  JPL Assembly Room 4.04.22

Presented by: Dr. Rawan Arar

Gendered narratives are used to construct “morally worthy” refuges. While these stories often support some refugees, they can also create disparities in aid and protection. Dr. Rawan Arar discusses the social construction of the global refugee story, focusing on gendered experiences in everyday life that fall outside the mainstream story of refugee displacement. Her research draws on 16 months of ethnography in Jordan and in-depth interviews with Syrian refugees, Jordanian citizens, and aid workers. Co-sponsored with Honors College.


“The Big City/ Mahanagar”

6pm-8:30pm  |  BV 2.304

Hosted by: Dr. Anne Hardgrove

This film explores a housewife’s quest to find a job challenging family values. Directed by Satyajit Ray. 

Tuesday, March 26


Equity-based, Trauma-informed Sexual Violence Prevention and Healing: A Conversation with The Rape Crisis Center

11:30-12:30pm  |  MH 3.02.48

Presented by: Page Martin

Within the context of patriarchy, colonization, and racism, sexual violence is a toll of oppression and domination. Intersectional, trauma-informed interventions are needed to address the myriad ways sexual violence affects different communities and individuals. Ms. Martin will share how the Rape Crisis Center engages trauma-informed, person-centered, prevention-based approaches to promote norms and behaviors that advance safe, health, inclusive spaces for all. Participants will also learn about how to access services and way to get involved. 



Wednesday, March 27


Workshop: "Creating New Performance" (two workshops, three hours in length)

Time TBD  |  Location TBD 

This workshop utilizes autobiographical history as a vehicle for performance. Using movement, text, vocalizations, theatre games, memory exercises, autobiographical musings, and storytelling we will create theatre mined from our real-life experiences. This workshop will focus on content rather than what is considered to be "traditional" form. We will examine our relationships, both public (political) and private (personal). This workshop will also examine the use of theatre as a “healing tool" in order to begin the process of creating a dialogue where we can begin to examine the conditions which greatly effect our daily lives, i.e., racism, sexism, homophobia, addictions, and fear. Helpful to artists, interested in creating solo or autobiographical work, this workshop is also of interest to teachers, activists, social workers, mentors, and all those engaged in some form of art as social change. At the end of the workshop participants will perform a five to ten minute mini-performance created during the process. Participants are asked to dress warm, soft, and fluid ready to move.
Creating New Performance has been conducted at Yale University, the Tampa Bay Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Missouri, New York State University at Albany, and for many other colleges and universities.

***There is a cap of thirty students in each workshop. If you are interested in participating, please emailjessicalouise.wright@utsa.edu.

Public Lecture: Rhodessa Jones: A Woman for the 21st Century 

Time TBD  |  Location TBD 

In her passionate, provocative oratory style, Jones will assess the process of art, creativity, and creative/cultural survival in the 21st century. This lecture/multi-media performance examines the use of theater as a "healing tool" in order to begin the process of creating a dialogue where we can begin to examine the conditions which greatly affect our daily lives. Topics include Jones’ work with her award — winning company, Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women/HIV Circle. For close to thirty years Medea has helped to bridge the community-prison division by providing opportunities for structured artistic interactions between community members, female inmates, formerly incarcerated individuals and HIV positive women to positively impact their lives. Rhodessa will also speak about her nearly half century life as a performance artist reading from her writings, showing videos, and demonstrating her performance technique. Followed by a Q & A session.



Thursday, March 28


The CIA and Torture: Case Studies, the Law, and Government Accountability

11:30 – 12:45pm  |  BB 3.02.30

Presented by: Jennifer K. Harbury

Jennifer Harbury is an activist, author, and attorney who has spent much of the past twenty hears working monitor and promote human rights in Guatemala. Her husband, Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, was a Mayan resistance leader who was “disappeared” by the Guatemalan military in 1992; subjected to long-term, severe, torture; then extrajudicially executed. Since learning of her husband’s death, she has devoted much of her time to pressing for human rights reforms both in the United States and Guatemalan governments. 



Friday, March 29


“The Big City/ Mahanagar”

11am-1:30pm  |  MH 3.04.28

Hosted by: Dr. Anne Hardgrove 

This film explores a housewife’s quest to find a job challenging family values. Directed by Satyajit Ray