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Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux

Posted on March 1, 2010

The Guerrilla Girls will bring their provocative and amusing feminist message - not to mention their gorilla masks - to Cal U when they headline the fifth annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference on March 18.

The daylong series of workshops and panel discussions, "The Arts and Activism: Equality for All," focuses on the visual and performing arts.

The conference opens with a continental breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m. Talks throughout the day will address themes including "Building Community Connections Through Art," "Embracing Silence, Gaining Voice" and "A Feminist Lens in Art, Film, Media."

The Guerrilla Girls will appear at 7 p.m. in the Performance Center. These anonymous women, who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms, don gorilla masks and employ humor to convey information, provoke discussion and show that feminists can be funny.

The work of these "feminist masked avengers" has been highlighted on the BBC and National Public Radio, as well as in The New York Times, The Nation and a number of art texts and feminist journals.

"The Guerrilla Girls have found a creative strategy to use humor and activism, raising awareness of the absence of women in prominent, respected roles in art, film, politics, and the broader culture," said conference organizer Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, director of the Women's Studies program at Cal U.

"The Guerrilla Girls inspired a conference addressing the arts and activism," she added. "My hope is that they will spark thought, discussion and activism regarding issues of social justice on campus and in the broader community."

The Women's Studies program, in the Department of Justice, Law and Society, plans and coordinates the annual conference. This year's conference is also sponsored by the Art and Design Department, the Art Club, the Women's Center, the Frederick Douglass Institute, Provost Geraldine Jones and President Angelo Armenti, Jr. It is named for the late Audrey-Beth Fitch, the program's former director.

Conference attendance is free, and registration is not required.


Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference:

"The Arts and Activism: Equality for All"

March 18, 2010

California University of Pennsylvania

All events in the Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center,

unless otherwise noted.

8-8:30 Continental breakfast

8:30-9:15 a.m. panel: Building Community Connections through Art

Participatory Art, Dr. Patricia Milford and Mr. Todd Pinkham

English Royal Entry Procession as a Visual and Performing Art, Ms. Valerie Schutte

9:30-10:45 panel: Embracing Silence, Gaining Voice

The Sound of Silence: Female Muslim Converts Negotiation with Faith and Society through Musical Choice in Dresden, Ms. Emily Joy Rothchild

Silenced Female Voices in the Academy: A Pragmatic Approach, Dr. Karen L. McCullough

Goodbye Mariann: A Story of the Kindertransporte: Introducing Holocaust Studies into the Curriculum through Theatre for Young Audiences, Dr. Margaret Joyce Ball

Seven: A Contemporary Based Dance Raising Awareness about Domestic Violence, Ms. Jennifer Errante

11-12:30 Lunch (Presenters and other invited guests)

Social and Political Activism through the lens of African American artists: Anexhibit from the collection of Drs. Caryl J. Sheffield and James Stewart. Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute at California University of PA.

12:30-1:45 p.m. panel: A Feminist Lens in Art, Film, Media

Georgia O'Keeffe's Cityscapes: Icons of Modernity, Dr. Melissa Geiger

A Woman and Her Lens on Cinematography, Ms. Rori Ayala

Depiction of Nurses in the Media, Dr. Cheryl Hettman

Beyond Art in the Dark: Women in Art Seminar, Ms. Maureen Vissat

2-3:15 p.m. workshop: Rhetoric of Modern Contraceptive Advertisements

Ms. Shauna Gobble and Ms. Meg Mikovits

3:30-4:45 panel: Redefining Theory, Art, Craft, and Sexuality

Eco-feminism and feminism, Ms. Caitlin Sowers

Crumb and the Feminine Form, Ms. Kari Galensky

Intertwined: Women and Fibers, Ms. Megan Prall

5 p.m. Dinner (Presenters and invited guests; Kara Alumni House)

7 p.m. Guerrilla Girls performance

8:30 p.m. Art show featuring Ms. Amanda Hornak and Cal U students (Performance Center Lobby)

Open microphone performances with the Underground Café (Natali 206-207)