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194. Activism in the Academy: Generational, Historical, and Theoretical Perspectives

Wednesday, 6 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Willow B, Sheraton

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession

Presiding: Coppélia Kahn, Brown Univ.

Speakers: Arlene R. Keizer, Univ. of California, Irvine; Ellen Lee McCallum, Michigan State Univ.; Catharine R. Stimpson, New York Univ.; Lisa Surwillo, Stanford Univ.

Session Description:

We often hear that the academy has been "feminized," but what does that really mean? What can we learn from activists of the previous four decades? How can women today make the university a more democratic and gender-equal place? Has feminism become another "f-word" on our campuses? Is feminist research rewarded? When women spend extra effort on teaching, is it rewarded? Where are the opportunities and what are the challenges for women working to change the academy?


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