Wilkes University

Women's and Gender Studies Conference

The 2020 Women's and Gender Studies conference will be held April 6th and 7th, 2020 at Wilkes University.

The theme of this year’s conference is, “Gender, Politics, and Power”

The year, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of American women being granted the right to vote.  The theme of this year’s conference, “Gender, Politics, and Power,” is meant to honor this momentous occasion and also allow opportunities to critically explore challenges women continue to face in terms of having their voices heard and their rights protected in our country.

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This year’s keynote address will occur on Monday, April 6th at 7pm in the Henry Student Center Ballroom.

Speaker: Gwendoline Alphonso, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Politics
Title: Promise of Equality? Gender, Family, and American Politics in 2020

Gwendoline Alphonso

Are women voters and candidates poised to make history in the 2020 Presidential Election? On the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, the keynote lecture will address some of the continuing challenges facing women’s equal representation in American Politics, as well as promising pathways for their greater political inclusion. Using historical examples of women candidates such as Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin who sought and held nationwide political office, the address will highlight changing political values and ideologies of gender, family, and race in the 21st century and their shifting impact in structuring the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and in mobilizing women to vote, participate, and influence the outcome of the 2020 Election. 

Gwendoline Alphonso is Associate Professor, Fairfield University, where she teaches in the Department of Politics and in the interdisciplinary programs of American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of Polarized Families, Polarized Parties: Contesting Values and Economics (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and has published in academic journals, including Studies in American Political Development, Polity, Journal of Policy History, and Perspectives in Politics. She is the recipient of the Walter Dean Burnham Best Dissertation Prize in Politics and History (2011) and the Ellis Hawley Prize for her article in the Journal of Policy History (2016). She holds a PhD from Cornell University, JSD (Doctor of Juridical Science) from Cornell Law School, and BCL (Bachelor of Civil Laws) from Oxford University, UK.

  • Opportunity to share research, discuss ideas, engage in artistic expression, and raise awareness for issues surrounding gender, sexuality, and social justice.
  • Forum to celebrate the achievements women, non-binary and transgender individuals
  • Chance to raises awareness for areas of inequity that continue to exist according to one’s gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, or other identity categories
  • Anyone!  All students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited 
    WGS minors and those in WGS courses are especially encouraged to attend

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  • Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 6th and 7th, 2020 at Wilkes University

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