2005 No Limits: Women’s Studies Conference March 4-5 at UNK

Dr. Carol Lilly
associate professor of history, 308.865.8757

Erasing Borders: Women’s Studies in the New Millennium is the theme for the 2005 No Limits Conference set for Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, on the campus.

“The conference is intended to bring achievements of women to the forefront of society,” said Dr. Carol Lilly, UNK associate professor of history. “We want to honor the many activities that women participate in and honor the research achievements of the undergraduate students in women’s studies from the University of Nebraska Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha campuses.” The conference is free and open to the public.

A highlight of the conference will be a performance of Tres Vidas. Tres Vidas is an evening length work for a singing actress and a chamber music trio. The work is based on the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsia Sterni. Written by Margorie Agosin, directed by Matthew Wright and performed by Georgina Corbo, the two-hour performance is, according to the Boston Globe, “a dazzling command of musical vernacular…If the chance arises to see Tres Vidas, seize it.”

“Tres Vidas is a fabulous depiction of the lives of three Latin-American women and what they achieved for women,” Dr. Lilly said.

Sociologists Dr. Margaret Andersen of the University of Delaware and Dr. Ann Goetting of Western Kentucky University will give major presentations. In addition, there will be a series of student research presentations.

Dr. Andersen will present Understanding Intersections: Race, Class, Gender and the Sex Questionin the Cedar Room of the Nebraskan Student Union Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Anderson is a professor of sociology and women’s studies at the University of Delaware. Her areas of expertise include the sociology of sex and gender/women’s studies, race and ethnic relations, and sociological theory. In addition, she is the author of four books, including the upcoming Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society, and has published more than 20 articles.

Dr. Goetting, a professor of sociology at Western Kentucky University, will present Expert Witness Work on Battering and Its Effects as Feminist Activism at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Cedar Room. Dr. Goetting is a feminist activist who focuses primarily on expert witness for battered women who kill their abusers. She has had numerous articles published that deal with topics within the areas of family and criminology. Further, she is a coeditor ofIndividual Voices, Collective Visions: Fifty Years of Women in Sociology and has authored two other books.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, is jointly sponsored by the Women’s Studies Programs at UNK, UNO and UNL, along with the UNK Faculty Senate Artists and Lecturers’ Committee, UNK Center for Teaching Excellence, Department of Modern Languages, Iota Iota Iota honor society, James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs, College of Fine Arts and Humanities, College of Natural and Social Sciences, and Sociologists for Women in Society.

For more information, call the UNK Women’s Studies Program at 308.865.1550. A schedule of the conference is listed below.

Friday, March 4
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Understanding Intersections: Race, Class, Gender and the Sex Question,

Dr. Margaret Andersen, Nebraskan Student Union Cedar Room

1-4 p.m. Student Panels, Nebraskan Student Union
4:30-6:30 p.m. Faculty Club with T. Marni Vos, nationally renowned feminist humorist,

Alumni House

Saturday, March 5
9-11:30 a.m. Student Panels, Nebraskan Student Union
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Expert Witness Work on Battering and Its Effects as Feminist Activism,

Dr. Ann Goetting, Nebraskan Student Union Cedar Room

1-5 p.m. Student Panels, Nebraskan Student Union
8 p.m. Tres Vidas, Fine Arts Recital Hall