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CHSS 15th Annual Gender Studies Conference April 15

UHD Student Panels Present Original Research


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) is hosting its 15th Annual Gender Studies Conference, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

The Zoom virtual event features 25 students participating in panel discussions that explore gender issues, identity social justice, and more. Each panel will be moderated by faculty members of CHSS.

“The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is excited to once again showcase research from our UHD and regional undergraduate and graduate students during the 15th Annual Gender Studies Conference,” said Crystal Guillory, CHSS Assistant Dean. “This high-impact experience offers students the opportunity to present their original research that explores many angles and intersectional aspects of gender.”

10 - 10:10 a.m.

Introduction: Crystal Guillory, Assistant Dean, CHSS
Welcome: Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Dean, CHSS

10:10 - 11:20 a.m.

Panel: Gender, Identity, Desire, and the World
Moderator: Assistant Dean Crystal Guillory

Aiyana McRae - “Designing Desire: Postwar Media and the Cultivation of the Cishet American Dream"
Yvonne Bates - “Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation”
Natalia Limon - Gender Non-conformity and the ‘Decoloniality’ of Gender in Latin America”
Sinclaire Collins - “The Relationship of Gender and Nature in Global Literature”

11:25 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Panel: Fairy Tales for Social Justice 
Moderator: Dr. Tammis Thomas, Professor of English

Sydney Castro - “The Big Blue Wolves: A Radical Revision of Little Red Riding Hood”
Sam Pueblos - “Color Theory”
Evelyn Salazar - “Crestfallen: Rumpelstiltskin Revisited” 
Sasha Smith - “Paper - Out of Control White”

1:05 - 2:15 p.m.

Panel: Gender Bias, Othering, and Out of Control
Moderator: Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, Associate Professor of French

Nile Dixon - “Exploring Gender Bias in Pre-Trained Language Models for Zero-Shot Text Classification” 
Quinesha Bentley - “Between Morality and Custom: Woman Labeled as ‘Other’”
Moira Estrada - “Gender Identity in Today’s Society”  
Gisele Phalo - “Bad Apples”

2:20 - 3:30 p.m. 

Panel: Looking at Masculinity: Video Shorts 
Moderator: Dr. Tammis Thomas, Professor of English

Sommer Waller - “Prisoners of Masculinity”
Zurisadai Avila - “Let Men Cry”
Tom Adams - “Who Is Hurt by Masculinity?”
Gabriel Armendariz - “Love and Acceptance in the ’80s Hardcore Scene”

3:35 - 4:45 p.m. 

Panel: Gendered Oppression, Honoring Women, Social Media, and Intersectionality
Moderator: Nisreen Elsayegh, Lecturer of Psychology 

Susie Herndon - “Exploring Gendered Oppression in Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’” 
Latonya Jones - Poem: “Honor the Woman, Beauty Is Imperfection”
Karen Vanessa Valdez - Poem: “Dedicated to All the Women Who Screamed Before Me” 
Shelby Thomas - “Gender as a Controversial Topic within Social Media”
Crystal Martinez - “Criticism, Racism, and Sexism, Oh My! The Intersectionality of Gender” 

4:50 - 6 p.m.  

Panel: Patriarchy, Toxic Masculinity, and Gender Roles
Moderator: Dr. Guiliana Lund, Associate Professor of English

Brittany Henderson - “Jane Campion: Sufferings of Women in a Patriarchal Society”
Jordynn Godfrey - “Toxic Masculinity in Jane Campion’s: The Power of the Dog:” Synesthesia, Objects, and Repressed Sexual Desire” 
Mary Mink - “Gender Roles and Science Fiction: Examinations of Exemplifying and Challenging Female Traits in ‘All You Need is Kill’”  
Vijetha Sreerama - “Saris and Suits”

To attend, register online.

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About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.