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SFD Proposals 2016Seneca Falls Dialogues Call for Proposals: Keynote Speaker, Brenda Ann Kenneally

The 5th Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues

October 21-23, 2016

Lean Out; Gender, Economics, and Enterprise

Featuring award-winning artist, documentarian, and creator of "Upstate Girls," Brenda Ann Kenneally as Keynote Speaker and WILL recipient.

The Biennial Dialogues is a collaborative effort to reinvigorate Seneca Falls as a site of feminist activism and intellectual exchange. We invite faculty, students, activists to participate in a weekend of dialogue on any of the following themes:

  • Divisions of Labor
  • Class, Gender, & Sexuality
  • Teaching Economic Justice
  • Representations of Work
  • Gender and Entrepreneurship
  • Global Economies
  • Art, Activism, and Social Justice
  • Women in Business

We are seeking group-led sessions that involve active audience participation and focused discussion of issues raised by the conference themes.

Submit proposals to

Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2016

Conference participants will be invited to submit essay versions of their dialogues for publication consideration in the new online, peer-reviewed, Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal. For more information about proposal submissions please see the Seneca Falls Dialogues website or email Dr. Barbara LeSavoy


WMS Program Leads International 2016 Summer Program to St. Petersburg, Russia

This summer, the Women and Gender Studies Program, led by Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, is going to St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of Stony Brook University's "Explore St. Petersburg!" Cultural Studies and Internship Program. This study abroad opportunity allows students to earn college credit while experiencing all the cultural opportunities that Russia has to offer. In addition, this opportunity is one of the most affordable study abroad programs available, where housing at St. Petersburg University dormitories is included in the cost, as well as a daily food stipened and local transportation.

Trip Information:

  • Dates: July 9 – August 7, 2016
  • Language proficiency is NOT required
  • Institute is instructed and led in English
  • Open to students in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher)
  • Flexible Credits: Students can register between 3 – 9 institute credits, articulated to a range of disciplines, e.g. WMS, MLC, PLS, ENG, HST.

Course Offerings (subject to change):

  • Special Topics in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Comparative Cultural and Media Studies
  • Film, Politics, Literature, Performance Studies
  • Generative Linguistics
  • Russian Language (Beg. – Adv. Levels)

Visit the NYI website for additional course information and 2016 institute updates.

New in 2016: Credit-bearing Internship Opportunities on site in St. Petersburg

How to Apply:

Further information is available at the Study Abroad Russia Program Website or you can contact the Office of International Education at or (585) 395-2119.

To contact faculty leader Dr. Barb LeSavoy, email or call (585) 395-5799.


New Online Course in Collaboration with MCC

For spring 2016, a section of WMS 101: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies will be offered entirely online. The course is taught by Megan Backer through The College at Brockport but is also open to Monroe Community College students. This exciting option will allow for an even greater level of community dialogue and collaboration.

To enroll, MCC students should complete an inter-instructional enrollment form available through the MCC registrar and submit it in person to the Office of Registration and Records at Brockport.

Additional information is available from Dr. Barbara LeSavoy at or (585) 395-5799.


Seneca Falls Dialogues eJournal New Seneca Falls Dialogues eJournal

Women and Gender Studies is thrilled to announce publication of The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal, a new, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal collaboratively published by The College at Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Monroe Community College, St. John Fisher College, the University of Rochester, the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, and the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning.

The publication serves to build a collaborative, open-access forum for students, faculty, and the community on topics relating to the themes of the Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues conference. In the journal, its founders seek to recognize the importance of creatively engaging diverse tools for feminist activism, particularly those that support dialogues across difference.

Co-editors of Volume I are Dr. Deborah Uman, Professor and Chair, Department of English at St. John Fisher College, and Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, Women and Gender Studies Director at The College at Brockport. Managing Editor Pat Maxwell, Project Manager in Library, Information and Technology Services at Brockport, meticulously guided the eJournal design and implementation.

Journal Editorial Board Members and Founders are:

  • Betty Bayer, PhD, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Maria Brandt, PhD, Monroe Community College
  • Angela Clark-Taylor, MS, University of Rochester
  • Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, The College at Brockport
  • Ashley McKay, BA, The College at Brockport
  • Jill Swiencicki, PhD, St. John Fisher College
  • Deborah Uman, PhD, St. John Fisher College

Additional Editorial Contributors:

  • Lisa Cunningham, PhD, St. John Fisher College
  • Elizabeth Johnston, PhD, Monroe Community College

Read Volume I of The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal .


Dissenting Voices Senior Seminar Students Author and Publish Volume IV of Dissenting Voices eJournal

The Women and Gender Studies Program is proud to announce publication of the fourth volume of Dissenting Voices, a faculty-reviewed journal featuring the capstone projects of WMS Senior Seminar students. In the journal, diverse student authors straddle an array of women and gender topics, writing in traditional essay format that infuses theoretical depth and dimension into the volume. Readers are invited to consider how the student authors carry out the commitment to inclusive community building and feminist activism boldly envisioned and initiated by the founders of Dissenting Voices.

Editor-in-Chief Barbara LeSavoy envisioned Dissenting Voices as a publication that would bring to light undergraduate creative agency realized on the cusp of feminist knowledge. Her students continue to be inspired by that vision, collaborating to improve the journal's layout and design in addition to their individual scholarly and creative contributions.

Managing Editor Pat Maxwell worked with seminar students, guiding the eJournal design and implementation. Editorial Board members are Tristan S. Bridges, Amber Humphrey, Barbara Mitrano, and Megan Obourn.

Read Volume IV of Dissenting Voices .


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