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Geis Student Research on Women Conference

Geis Student Research on Women Conference

Open to the Member Institutions of the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium

Saturday, April 28, 2012 University of Delaware



The Geis Student Research on Women Conference invites submissions by students attending institutions in the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium who have done research on women or gender issues. The thirteen institutions of the Consortium include:

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Drexel University
  • Haverford College
  • LaSalle University
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Joseph’s University 
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Ursinus College
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University

The conference is open to female and male students, at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. Group-authored projects are acceptable. Faculty help and advice are assumed, but the paper must be entirely student-written. All papers will be reviewed, and acceptance will be based on excellence and relevance of the research to women and/or gender issues. Past winners are encouraged to submit new work for presentation but are not eligible for awards.


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Photos of our Teach-In

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Thanks for your curiosity & bravery

Hello all!
I just wanted to write to thank each of the students in the in class/outclassed course for participating in the conversation we held last Thursday, Dec. 1. I really enjoyed being able to come and speak with you about the ways we personally wrestle with our class statuses and how we try to make sense of this very absurd system of "classifying" people. One aspect that I did not get to address during the class was the topic of class in context of a capitalist system. In response, much your feedback to my zine has revolved around the question of "how could a wealthy person ever feel bad/guilty about having wealth?" My answer is that I feel this way due to my opposition to a capitalist system that is based in (and provokes) many social ills - competition, exploitation, persecution, and unequal wealth distribution. If you remember a quote from Ty in my zine, "people are wealthy BECAUSE other people are poor." People are poor, in part, because of the concentrated wealth that I have benefitted from. My disdain for my wealth is connected to my political desire to be anti-capitalist and to work for another economic system that does not involve colonialism and unjust resource extraction; for a economy that does not simultaneously create poverty and the many social traumas poverty brings. As you can see, this commitment is tied up into so many other causes and issues that I am devoted to. I'm open and interested to continue working through this with each of you. Please feel free to get in touch with me with further thoughts, questions, & ideas.

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as promised: some handy links for further reading...

You can find the the map of the Sundarbans @ the start of The Hungry Tide @

Albert Camus’ 1957 lecture, “Create Dangerously":

Jane Tompkins, "Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History,"
Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction:

Lauren Berlant, "The Subject of True Feeling: Pain, Privacy and Politics":

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Pesakh: Exile and Home

Tonight I celebrated Passover @ a seder @ the home of friends, and was caught by the opening line of the ritual:

"It could be said with some accuracy that the tension between home and exile is central to the Jewish experience. From God's first instruction to Avram, 'Go forth on the road,' to the modern Diaspora, to be a Jew has meant to be a transient, in search of home. To be at home nowhere and everywhere, always to be seeking a reutrn to the Promised Land..."

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Images of Laurel Hill

I really enjoyed our visit there y'day; my images capture some of the stories on the gravestones (what are Isaac Hull's "private virtues," affectionately remembered by his wife? where was Olga Demidoff "laid"?--since she clearly didn't make it back to Laurel Hill, as she had hoped? what are the "rare merits" of William Wood? and what does "mayhem in the bedroom" REALLY commemorate?)--as well as the river, the budding trees and flowers, many of the images of angels, pointing upward, and people preserved in their life activities (not to mention you all, in various states of rest and reflection....;)

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checking out the cemetery nearby

Turns out there are links (bodies moved) between the cemetery in Morris Woods (behind English House)
and Laurel Hill (where they are marked by an enormous memorial--a great granite obelisk--and three gravestones).  Agatha and aphorisnt--this campus cemetery is where you should go this weekend; of particular note is that this graveyard, on Bryn Mawr College property, contains the remains of enslaved people who worked at Harriton House (while the bodies of those who served as field slaves are in unmarked graves on the plantation itself). More @ and from my own earlier visits....we look forward to hearing what y'all have to add!

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"I have a story to tell you"

This public installation of a casita @ Congreso (where my daughter Marian has just accepted a job)
provides, for me, a very nice image of what I imagine for our story slam:

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More on Peter Singer

I'd promised you some links to the work of Peter Singer.

Unspeakable Conversations, by Harriet McBride Johnson, is the 2003 NYTimes article I referenced, written by a disabled activist who agreed to two speaking engagements with Singer @ Princeton. You might also have a particular interest in Animal Liberation, his 1975 book which is pretty much thought to be the founding philosophical statement for that movement; and "Family, Affluence and Morality," written in 1972, is probably his best-known essay. But there's PLENTY more @

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To inspire your reflections on Jody's prompt...

--"what are some ways we might think about outdoor spaces as sites of learning/education?"--here are a few images from an "outdoor classroom" that David just told me about; I've been @ BMC for over thirty years, and had never seen this space. What-and-how might we learn here?

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