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2015 Seton Hall University Conference on Women and Gender

March 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, will discuss Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Race and Gender in Black Women’s History in her keynote address at the 2015 Seton Hall University Conference on Women and Gender. The public is encouraged to attend the all-day conference on Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Students who are able to analyze the role that gender plays in different issues and systems will have an advantage in their careers and lives,” explained Karen Gevirtz, conference co-organizer. She shared that examples like female education advocate Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize win attests to the fact that gender and women’s issues are pressing ones for all individuals. “Seton Hall University’s commitment to preparing students for a life in which success is measured by many criteria is exemplified by this conference and by the University’s commitment to it.”

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a book exhibit featuring faculty publications and coffee and tea at Seton Hall University’s Chancellor’s Suite, University Center. Morning and afternoon panel sessions will take place in Stafford Hall. Scholars, students and professionals from around the country will discuss numerous themes including: Maids in the Movies: The Help, Django Unchained, and The Butler; Of Border Spaces and Border Crossings: South Asian Women’s Narratives; Sister Miriam Teresa: Woman and Saint for New Jersey; Gender, Propaganda, Media; and Women Acting Up: Gender, Violence, and Resistance.

White will deliver her keynote address at 11 a.m. in Chancellor’s Suite, University Center made possible by Simone Alexander, professor of English and Africana studies. A luncheon will follow where the Woman of the Year award, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women’s Studies writing prize and high school essay prizes will be presented.

“We are very excited to be able to offer students, faculty, staff and visitors the opportunity to contribute to and learn from a conversation about themselves and their world that shapes who they are and offers such possibilities for who they can be,” said Gevirtz.

The conference is open to the public for a nominal fee, which includes coffee and tea in the morning and the luncheon and keynote address. Registration can be completed at The conference organizers request pre-registration by Thursday, March 19 in order to provide the luncheon.

Seton Hall University is located at 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079. For additional information, please visit the conference’s website at or contact the conference organizers, Vanessa May at or Karen Gevirtz at Stay connected at #SetonHallWomen.


March 27, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079 United States


Karen Gevirtz