Calendar of Presentations
Check out our amazing spring line-up!
March 7, 2014
Sarah Mirk, Bitch Magazine
Bitch Media online editor Sarah Mirk is a journalist and editor who has strong opinions on the future of print and digital media. Raised on the internet, Mirk received a degree in History from Grinnell College and worked for five years as reporter and columnist for weekly newspapers The Stranger and The Portland Mercury. She has also published an acclaimed series of nonfiction comics about Oregon history and her guidebook to nontraditional relationships, Sex From Scratch, is due out from Microcosm Publishing in 2014. Mirk has taught media literacy and self-publishing classes to diverse audiences, led workshops on nonfiction writing, and spoken to groups large and small about feminism, politics, and journalism. Mirk will be a guest presenter at this year's Women's Leadership Conference. You can register to attend here.
April 4, 2014
Mike Monssor, Assistant Professor of Speech
Title: A Tale of Two Friendships: Joji and Jennifer
Despite considerable research suggesting that it is no longer appropriate to do so, scholars routinely use the labels “female” and “male” to indicate biological sex, and “masculinity” and “femininity” to denote the rich range of gender identities. In this presentation I contend that cross-gender friendship researchers, and by extension, all scholars investigating gendered relationships, should move away from “sexual dimorphism” and conceptualize gender and biological sex as occurring on continuums rather than treating them as dichotomous constructs. My friendships with two “members of the opposite sex”, Jorji and Jennifer, will be used to illustrate principles about the protean and permeable nature of postmodern gender identities as they relate to conventional and nonconventional friendships between “women” and “men.” These issues, and more, will be clearly connected to contemporary themes in the feminist literature.
May 2, 2014
Shannon Coffey, Affiliate Faculty for Sociology and Women's Studies
Title: Transgressing Hegemony: Utilizing Constructivist Pedagogies Within the First Year Classroom
This presentation reflects upon the utilization of transgressive/constructivist pedagogies within the first year classroom. Applications of constructivist pedagogies are explored including hip hop as well as Disney and Monster High. The primary hip hop artists whose narratives were brought into the classroom are: Tupac Shakur and Emmanuel Jal. Popular culture elements that were employed are: Disney and Monster High. Particular attention is paid to projections of racial, ethnic, and gender constructions. The combination of these pedagogies – hip hop and popular culture – provide a tangible basis for first year students, namely students who were underrepresented within academia, to build upon. Utilizing these constructivist peagogies in the classroom and their overall effectiveness will be discussed.
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