WGS 2024 Conference

Continuities, Ruptures, Resurgences: Still in Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens

24th Women’s & Gender Studies Conference at Southern Connecticut State University

April 19th and 20th, 2024

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The entire conference is held in the School of Business Building (10 Wintergreen Avenue) except the keynote program, on Friday, which takes place in the Adanti Student Center Ballroom.  See the SCSU interactive map here.

Keynote Address

Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Beverly Guy-Sheftall

  • Founding Director of the Women's Research and Resource Center
  • Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Comparative Women's Studies at Spelman College

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.  For many years she was a visiting professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she taught graduate courses in Women’s Studies.  At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education.  After graduating with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English.  In 1968, she entered Atlanta University to pursue a master’s degree in English; her thesis was entitled, “Faulkner’s Treatment of Women in His Major Novels.”  A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.  In 1971 she returned to her alma mater Spelman College and joined the English Department.  Beverly Guy-Sheftall has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University.

She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges:  Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she co-edited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow:  Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire:  An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd entitled Traps:  African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001); a book co-authored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk:  The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003); an anthology, I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, co-edited with Rudolph P. Bryd and Johnnetta B. Cole (Oxford University Press, 2009); an anthology, Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies (Feminist Press, 2010), with Stanlie James and Frances Smith Foster. Her most recent publication (SUNY Press, 2010) is an anthology co-edited with Johnnetta B. Cole, Who Should Be First:  Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign. In 1983 she became founding co-editor of Sage:  A Scholarly Journal of Black Women which was devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent. She is the past president of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) and was recently  elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017).

Two Plenaries

Opening Plenary
Decolonize, Indigenize, Resurge: Rematriation and Liberation

Closing Plenary
Claiming Our Roots as Resurgences: A Dialogue on Spiritual Ruptures and Continuities

Conference Registration

Registration and payment information for attendees and vendors is included in the two forms for both the conference and the Community Fair.

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We also have a negotiated rate with the New Haven Village Suites

  • $129 per night for a single
  • $139 per night for a double
  • $249 per night for 2BR/2BA Loft

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