SLU 200: Symposium, Panels Celebrate Legacy of SLU's Women
As Saint Louis University’s bicentennial celebrations continue, the University’s Women’s
Commission, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Department of English have
come together to host “Women at SLU: The Quest for Knowledge, Power, and Legacy.”
The two-day events series is also sponsored by SLU’s Bicentennial Committee.
This event brings three units together to discuss both the challenges and opportunities
women confront as female students, staff and faculty at SLU. External speakers will
talk primarily from historical perspectives, while four panels will look more at current
Two panels bring a diverse range of students, staff and faculty together to speak
about everyday life as women at SLU and about women and leadership. A third roundtable
explores how feminism has changed and is changing academic disciplines here, from
the questions asked in academic discussions to the methods used in research. The final
roundtable of graduate students and recent doctoral students explores the legacy of
a recently deceased and cherished faculty member, Georgia Johnston, Ph.D., who was affiliated with both the Department of English and the Department of Women’s
and Gender Studies.
As part of the discussions, there will be several opportunities for the speakers and
the audience to interact informally, at meals and at a Friday evening celebration,
which includes a silent auction to benefit the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
and the Women’s Commission.
3 p.m., Opening remarks by Michelle Lewis, director of SLU's Office of Equity and
3:30 to 5 p.m., Panel 1, “Women and Leadership at SLU: Student, Faculty and Staff
Perspectives.” This panel will feature Annesley Clark, Ellen Harshman, Ph.D., Mona
Hicks, Ph.D., Donna LaVoie, Ph.D., Wynne Moskop, Ph.D., Sara Van den Berg, Ph.D.,
and Emily Witko.
8:30 to 9 a.m., Welcome bagel breakfast and coffee.
9 to 10:30 a.m., Panel 2, “The Impact of Feminism on the Disciplines.” This panel
will feature Ellen Crowell, Ph.D., Jami Curley, Ph.D., Noelle Fearn, Ph.D., and Julie
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Panel 3, “The Everyday Experiences of Women at SLU: Student,
Faculty and Staff Perspectives.” This panel will feature Elisabeth King, Katlyn Martin,
Jennifer Semsar, Tandra Taylor and Constance Wagner, J.D.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Catered lunch.
2 to 3:30 p.m., Panel 4, “Georgia Johnston, Ph.D. as Teacher and Mentor.” This panel
is a memorial tribute to Johnston, who passed away in 2017. A roundtable tribute of
six of Johnston’s former doctoral students reflect on her continuing legacy, featuring
Margaret Sullivan, Ph.D., Ina Seethaler, Ph.D., Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Ph.D., Candis
Bond, Ph.D., Annie Rues-Neidel, Ph.D., and Melissa Burgess, Ph.D.
4 to 5:45 p.m., V. Woolf Keynote Address and Reception. This event is also part of
the memorial events dedicated to Johnston’s memory. Jane Garrity, Ph.D., University
of Colorado-Boulder, will give the address. Her talk is, “The Haunting of Mary Hutchinson.”
This talk seeks to counter the view that Mary Hutchinson’s writing is peripheral to
more substantive accounts of modernity by demonstrating how her complex articulation
of early 20th-century femininity has been unjustly trivialized because of its association
with fashion. Garrity desires to revive interest in this brilliant but marginalized
writer’s only book, Fugitive Pieces (1927), paying homage to Georgia’s commitment to recuperating non-canonical women
6 to 8 p.m., “Women at SLU: A Celebration and Silent Auction at the Saint Louis University
Museum of Art (SLUMA).” Join the Women’s Commission and the Department of Women’s
and Gender Studies at their celebration and silent auction to honor the accomplishments
of the women at SLU. Funds raised will benefit the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial
Grant, the Women’s Commission grant that financially supports individual leadership
development opportunities and community impact projects that advance women, and the
Women's and Gender Studies Giving Circle Endowment, which provides support to student
research. All members of the SLU community are invited.
There will also be a memorial brunch on Saturday, March 24, hosted by the Department
Register now for the celebration and silent auction. No registration for the symposium or memorial
is needed. Everyone is welcome to attend all the events. For questions, contact Jennifer Semsar.