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Women & Gender Brown Bag Series

Highlighting Scholarship and Creative Work in Our Community 

Fall 2014 Series

"Play Like a Girl: Approaching Gender Through Collaborative Interdisciplinary Arts"
by members of the BASK Collective
Tuesday, September 30, 12:30-1:30 pm
Panorama Room, Idaho Commons

Program description:
Members of the BASK Collective will discuss their recent interdisciplinary collaboration, Play Like a Girl, and the ways visual art, poetry, movement, and piano can combine to create layered artistic responses to personal and social questions.  The BASK Collective began when four UI professors/artists—Belle Baggs (movement), Alexandra Teague (poetry), Stacy Isenbarger (sculpture), and Kristin Elgersma (piano)—began talking about social expectations and limitations for women in the arts, particularly the denigrating phrase “play like a girl.”  With the help of a UI Student Arts Fee Grant, the BASK Collective spent the past year exploring new, more empowering redefinitions of this phrase as well as exploring the challenges and possibilities of interdisciplinary arts work.  They will also discuss the ways they involved their students and the broader UI and Moscow community in workshops and vignettes, and how they worked to create a project that was inclusive and wide-ranging, while still relating to their initial inspiration and concerns.

About the presenters: BASK is a dance/poetry/sculpture/piano collaboration founded at UI in 2013 that seeks to consider the overlaps—and productive divergences—among these art forms;  the founding members spent the past year focusing the project Play Like a Girl, which considers social projections and sources of empowerment for women in the arts.  Belle Baggs, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Movement Sciences at UI, is a movement artist, choreographer, and performer.   Alexandra Teague, Assistant Professor of Poetry at UI, is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea 2010) and The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea 2015) and is an editor for Broadsided Press.  Stacy Isenbarger is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at UI and the President of Foundations in Art: Theory & Education (FATE).  Kristin Elgersma is a specialist of contemporary American piano repertoire and a frequent interdisciplinary artistic collaborator;  she is a founding member of the saxophone/piano duo duality, which tours throughout the US.

"The Political Theatre of Arab American Women"
Special guest lecture by Dalia Basiouny
Tuesday, October 7, 12:30-1:30 pm
Women's Center lounge (Memorial Gym, 109)

Program description: This talk will introduce the audience to the emerging Arab American Theatre movement, focusing on plays by women dramatists.  It will present an overview of contemporary theatre and performances by Arab American women and explore the writer’s focus on political theatre and identity politics.  The emerging of this relatively large group of women theatre writers of Arab descent is a significant cultural phenomenon because their productions not only help to create and solidify an Arab American identity for themselves, they also offer this constructed identity to their audiences.  The discussion will also look at the impact of 9/11 on the writings of these women and how it solidified the political voice of these women writers while creating cultural conditions that may have favored the work of women writers.

About the presenter:
Dalia Basiouny is an Egyptian writer, theatre artist, activist, academic, and translator.  Her theatre work includes directing 18 plays performed in Egypt, England, USA, Morocco, Iraq, Zimbabwe, and Germany.  Her Ph.D. from CUNY Graduate Center explores the political theatre of Arab American Women after 9/11;  she is a recipient of many awards including the Fulbright Arts Grant (USA), and the British Council Chevening Scholarship (UK), the theater award from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) for her play “Solitaire.”  Dr. Basiouny teaches theatre in Egypt, translates, and writes fiction.  She is currently writing a film script and greening a piece of land in the Egyptian western desert.

"Promotion to Full Professor: Does Gender and Discipline Matter?"
by Dr. Craig Chatriand
Tuesday, October 28, 12:30-1:30 pm
Panorama Room, Idaho Commons

Program description:  Research geared toward understanding the experience of tenure-track faculty members in higher education has typically focused on early career faculty.  This presentation will focus on a study that analyzed a step further along in a faculty member’s career:  promotion from associate professor to full professor.  Using data covering 19 years, this study used discreet-time survival analysis to examine how gender and academic discipline impacted the promotion to full professor. Results of the promotion rates of women and men faculty members in all academic disciplines will be discussed as well as the promotion rates of women in STEM fields compared to men in STEM fields.

About the presenter: Craig Chatriand currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students at UI.  He has previously worked in housing and residence life, academic support, and institutional research.  Dr. Chatriand earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University.  His research interests include academic leadership, faculty career trajectory, and student success.  As the Associate Dean of Students, he oversees the student conduct system, institutional response to reports of sexual misconduct from students, violence prevention programming, and new student orientation.

"Human Trafficking at the US-Mexico Border and the Role of the Client in the Commercial Sex Trade"
by Dr. Lori Celaya and Dr. Marta Boris Tarre
Tuesday, Novomber 18, 12:30-1:30 pm
Panorama Room, Idaho Commons

Program description: In spite of efforts initiated in 1926 by the United Nations to address human trafficking for sexual exploitation, almost a century later, the problem persists and positive outcomes have not materialized.  Mexico (a country that is both a source and destination for trafficked individuals) has launched efforts, both federally and regionally, to eliminate human trafficking for sexual exploitation;  implementation of these laws dates back only to 2007.  On the other side, Mexico sanctions a Regulationist approach to commercial sex trade or prostitution.  The presenters argue that there exists an intrinsic relationship between client and human trafficking and that geography at Mexico’s Northern Border exerts undue influence on the capture and enslavement of vulnerable groups, such as women, indigenous women, and others who do not conform to the usual immigration pattern of following a husband with the goal of leaving poverty behind by emigrating north.

About the presenters:

Lori Celaya and Marta Boris Tarre are Assistant Professors of Spanish at UI.  Lori Celaya is from México’s northern border, and she grew up in Los Angeles.  She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a focus on Latin America and a specialization in Border Studies;  she is the author of México visto desde su literatura norte: identidades propias de la transculturación y la migración / México Viewed from its Northern Border: Identities that Result from Migration and Transculturation (Pittsburgh 2013).  Dr. Celaya has taught Spanish language and culture for over fifteen years, and she researches issues related to the United States-Mexico Border, Cuban Americans, and US Latin@s.  Marta Boris Tarre is originally from Barcelona.  She earned a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Alabama, with a specialization in Iberian literature culture and language;  her dissertation was on Latin American and Spanish women directors and the link between gender and films directed by women.  Dr. Boris Tarre is on the editorial board of Puente Atlántico, and she has taught Spanish language, literature, and culture for over ten years, including classes in Iberian literature and cinema, Spanish for the Professions, and Medical Spanish.  Her research focuses on the trafficking of women, female migrations, and gender.

The Women and Gender Brown Bag Series is co-sponsored by:
The Women’s Center
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program