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University of Idaho
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University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1064
Moscow, ID 83844-1064

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Women & Gender Brown Bag Series

Highlighting Scholarship and Creative Work in Our Community 

2013-2014 Academic Year Series

"V-Day Teach-in" by Lysa Salsbury
Tuesday, January 28, 12:30-1:30 pm

Program description: The V-Day Campaign is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broad attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world, in 167 countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and all of North America. V-Day distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. Learn how, in just 14 years, the outreach from Eve Ensler's celebrated play, The Vagina Monologues, has raised over $90 million and educated over 300 million people on international grassroots efforts to combat gender-based violence on a global scale.

About the presenter: Lysa Salsbury is the Director of the University of Idaho Women's Center, where she leads campus efforts to provide education, outreach, and engagement in social and gender justice issues. 

Special guest lecture by Dr. Harriet Hall
Program co-sponsored by the Humanists of the Palouse

Friday, February 7, 12:30 pm, Women's Center lounge (Mem Gym, 109)

About the presenter: Harriet A. Hall, MD is a retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon. Dr. Hall writes about medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, science, quackery, and critical thinking. She is an editor and one of the 5 MD founders of the science-based Medicine blog. Dr. Hall writes the SkepDoc column in Skeptic magazine, and is a contributing editor to Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer. Dr. Hall is a medical advisor and author of articles on the Quackwatch website. She recently published "Women Aren't Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon," and is the co-author of the recently released textbook "Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions." Dr. Hall was recently appointed to the Executive Council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

"From the Voices of Mothers: Re-imagining Queer Issues in Chicano/a Folklore" by Wendy Silva
Tuesday, February 25, 12:30-1:30 pm, Panorama Room

Program description:  This original poetry project centers around creating myths for several characters that exist in a Mexican bingo game called Loteria.  These myths are being created (or re-imagined from existing folklore) in the voices of the characters' mothers.  Many of the myths are shaped directly, or indirectly, by contemporary queer issues that have really been there all along, but have hardly, if ever, been discussed in Chicano/a culture. 

About the presenter: Wendy Silva is an MFA student in poetry at UI and completed her undergraduate degree in creative writing at UC Riverside.  In 2010, she won the Judy Kronenfeld award in poetry, and in 2013, the Academy of American Poets award.  Her most recent work can be found in Cloudbank5 and APR. Her work is forthcoming in Miramar and SOLO NOVO.

"How Can We Get More Women in Engineering? Climate Issues in the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho" by Dr. Denise Bauer
Tuesday, March 25, 12:30-1:30 pm, Panorama Room

Program description: Nationally, women comprise of 18 to 19 percent of the undergraduates in engineering. At the University of Idaho, women’s enrollment in engineering is below the national average at approximately 14%. Comparing that value to the demographics of Idaho (50% female), there should be no reason why UI is below peer institutions. What is the issue? Besides the well-cited reasons women do not go into engineering (e.g., not encouraged, not aware of field, no link to the human explained), we wanted to understand why some of our brightest women students were leaving engineering. Is there something else going on? From focus groups with women engineering students as well as other underrepresented groups (Hispanic/Latino and African American) and a white male group, we discovered there are some climate issues occurring in the college that may discourage students from staying in engineering. The findings in the focus groups have led to initiatives in the College of Engineering to improve the climate for all students, including creating cohorts and connecting students early in the first-year, creating awareness of implicit biases, and demonstrating a connection between engineering and helping others.

About the presenter: Dr. Denise Bauer is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UI. She received her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2007.  She received her MS in Industrial Engineering and her BS in Engineering Science from The University of Tennessee. Dr. Bauer is one of the few women faculty members in the College of Engineering, and she teaches both first-year and senior-level courses. Her main research area is Human Factors and Ergonomics, and she is currently working on a pedestrian guidance system for the visually impaired. She also conducts research in Engineering Education; past projects include the use of online communication methods during group work and determining how capstone course design may affect student self-efficacy. Currently, she is working on several initiatives improve the undergraduate experience in the College of Engineering and the retention rates of underserved students (women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students).

"Social Factors in Women's Land Access among Women Engaged in Sustainable Agriculture" by Dr. Ryanne Pilgeram
Tuesday, April  29, 12:30-1:30 pm, Panorama Room

Program Description:  Despite an overall decrease in new farm operations, the number of women farm operators grew 30% between 2002 and 2007, with 300% growth since 1978.  Using in-depth interviews with women engaged in sustainable farming in the Mountain West, the presenter explores how women engaged in sustainable agriculture access land to farm.  The findings suggest three distinct methods for accessing farmland:  1) access through the traditional means of marrying a male farmer and then carving out space for one’s self as a farmer;  2) access later in life (average age 43) after a life-altering event like divorce and using personal financial means, such as retirement income or selling appreciated property;  3) access at a young age (average age 27) through prudent financial planning and the pooling of marital resources with a husband who works off the farm.  The research suggests that these different methods of land access should not be presumed a progressive narrative of greater access to land for all women.  The research showed that the women are all white and largely well educated.  Furthermore, the youngest women in the study, who are also newest to farming, generally are attempting to balance the demands of mothering infants and farm work, and thus, they may be vulnerable to economic losses if the farm or marriage fails because off the farm their care work and farm labor are not particularly valuable within the economic market. 
About the presenter: Dr. Ryanne Pilgeram is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Idaho, and she is currently exploring how women are accessing farm land.  Her research focuses on issues of social inclusion and social justice within agriculture.  Dr. Pilgeram received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon in 2010.  At the University of Idaho, she teaches classes on Gender, Race, and Diversity.  Her work on the topic has appeared in Gender, Work, and Organization;  Rural Sociology;  and Race, Class and Gender. She is a recent recipient of a UI Seed Grant and Key Fund Grant.

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