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Members of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are readying for an interdisciplinary conference titled “The Personal, the Political and the Patriotic: No Limits 2007.”
Set for Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, the conference is sponsored jointly by the Women’s Studies Programs at UNK, University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The UNL Women’s Studies Association (WSA) is also a cosponsor of the event.
Supported by donations from academic departments and other University of Nebraska entities, as well as fundraising efforts by WSA, the conference has no registration fee.
Most of the sessions and presentations at the conference will be held at the UNL City Campus Union. The exceptions are the Friday keynote address and reception, which will take place at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, and the live music performances sponsored by WSA, which will take place at the UNL Culture Center.
The keynote speakers for the conference this year are Tatiana de la Tierra, who will give the Friday evening address beginning at 4 p.m., and Amy Miller, who is scheduled to begin her presentation at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
de la Tierra is an award-winning bilingual bicultural writer. Her writings focus on identity, sexuality, lesbian phenomenology, and South American memory and reality.
Miller has been the ACLU Nebraska’s legal director since 1999, and her work involves constitutional rights such as basic health care for prisoners; rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; racial profiling by police; and separation of church and state.
“No Limits” is an annual student conference that takes a multidisciplinary approach to examining women’s and gender issues. The conference was initiated in 1993 by a group of students, and the conference has remained student-oriented, open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.
“No Limits” has hosted hundreds of presentations from students and community members involved in women’s and gender studies in numerous academic departments and community groups. The conference has also hosted many renowned scholars, writers, performers and activists, including Judith Cofer Ortiz, Nomy Lamm, Toi Derricotte and Lourdes Portillo.