Speakers, faculty, presenters

Keynote speaker

Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation's leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets and is regularly quoted in hundreds of national and local print and broadcast media. Mara is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government.

Conference Plenary speakers

Karma R. Chávez is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate faculty in Chicana and Latina Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is co-editor of Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices (SUNY Press, 2012), editor of a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication on "Queer Intercultural Communication" (2013, vol 6. iss. 2), and author of several articles on feminism, queer theory and politics, migration, and social movements. Her book manuscript titled, Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities will be out with University of Illinois Press in the fall of 2013.

Ramzi Fawaz joined the faculty of UW-Madison as in Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English in the fall of 2013 after serving as a Postdoctoral Fellow of American Studies at George Washington University and a Visiting Professorial Lecturer of American Studies at Georgetown University. His current book project, The New Mutants: Comic Book Superheroes and Popular Fantasy in Postwar America, explores how the American superhero became a cultural embodiment of the political aspirations of sexual, gendered, and racial minorities in the post-WWII period. This project recently won the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award and is forthcoming with NYU Press as part of their new series “PostMillenial Pop.” Fawaz’s research interests include queer and feminist cultural politics, the culture of social movements, critical race and queer theory, and fantasy and enchantment in modern America. His work has appeared in a number of journals including American Literature, Callaloo, and Anthropological Quarterly.

Ellen Samuels is Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has published numerous articles on intersections of disability, gender, and race, most recently in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Amerasia Journal, and Feminist Disability Studies.Her awards include the Catherine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship and two Lambda Literary Awards. Her first book, Self Evident: Disability and the Fantasy of Identification, is forthcoming from NYU Press in 2014, and she is working on a new book, Double Meanings: Representing Conjoined Twins.

Awards Speaker

Patty Loew, Ph.D., is a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication, documentary producer, and former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Dr. Loew is the award-winning author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, which won the Wisconsin Library Association's 2002 Outstanding Book Award, and Native People of Wisconsin, which won the 2003 Best Juvenile Non-fiction Award from the Wisconsin Writers Council. A second edition of Indian Nations was published in summer 2013. A new book, Seventh Generation Earth Ethics is scheduled for publication in spring 2014. Her documentary, “Way of the Warrior,” which received the 2008 Unity Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, aired on PBS stations across the country in the fall of 2007.

Session faculty & presenters

Future Akins-Tillett, Associate Professor, School of Art, Texas Tech University

Sam Allen, Student, Department of Family Science. University of Maryland

Kelly Anderson, Executive Director, Rape Crisis Center

Alia Arafeh, Graduate Student, Education. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Dawn Balistreri, Associate Professor, Communication & Technology, Alverno College

Dr. Katy Ballard, documentary film maker and adjunct instructor, Texas Tech University, School of Art

Marit Barkve, Graduate Student, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Celia Barnes, Assistant Professor, English, Lawrence University

Laura Becherer, student (English), UW-Eau Claire

Shawanna Bell, undergraduate student in Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Erica Benson, Professor (English), UW-Eau Claire

Angela Birrittella, Graduate Student, Student Affairs and Administration, UW-La Crosse

Kara Bissen, Undergraduate Student, InterCultural Dialogues, UW-Madison

Lynne Blinkenberg, Director of Community Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television

Owen Boardman, Undergraduate Student, Sociology/ Women's and Gender Studies. Beloit College

Jay Botsford, Community Outreach Specialist, Community Education & Training, Planned Parenthood of WI, Inc.

Victoria Boucher, Campus Organizer, Planned Parenthood of WI, Inc.

Helen Boyd Kramer, Fair Wisconsin Education Fund Board and T-Fair Taskforce member, author and lecturer, Lawrence University

Sommer Bowers, M.S.E, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Travis Brace, Undergraduate Student, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Wendy Brooke, Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Lindsay Brookshier, Student, UW-Manitowoc/UW-Green Bay

Catherine Bryan, Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Kelsy Burke, Sociology, St. Norbert College

Ed Check, Associate Professor, School of Art, Texas Tech University

Caitlin Conroy, undergraduate student in Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Cary Costello, Assoc. Prof. of Sociology; Coordinator of LGBT Studies, Sociology/LGBT Studies, UW-Milwaukee

Casey Coughlin, student (English and Women's Studies), UW-Eau Claire

Karlyn Crowley, Director, Women's/Gender Studies; Associate Professor of English, Women's/Gender Studies, St Norbert College

Rachel Davidson, Graduate Student, UW-Milwaukee

Juanita Davis, J.D., R.E.A.C.H. Coordinator, End Domestic Abuse WI - the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Dorothy De Boer, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Work. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Jennifer deCoste, Assistant Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion. University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Marquette University

Jackielee  Derks, Undergraduate Student, Alverno College

Meg Devlin O'Sullivan, Assistant Professor, History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz

Wang Di, Graduate Student, Gender and Women's Studies, UW-Madison

Kimberley Duncan, Student, UW-Manitowoc

Simon Fisher, Graduate Student, Program of Gender & Women's History, UW-Madison

Heather Flick, Graduate Student, Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Pamela Forman, Associate Professor, Sociology, Women's Studies Affiliate. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire

Quinn Forss, student (Women's Studies and English), UW-Eau Claire

Pat Foster, Director, Women’s Center, UW-Platteville

Eve Galanter, Board Chair, Wisconsin Women’s Network

Alison Gates, Associate Professor, Art and Visual Design/Women's and Gender Studies. UW Green Bay

Cabell Gathman, Graduate Student (PhD August 2013), Sociology, UW-Madison

Svetlana Gertner, Professor, Moscow University of Culture and Arts.

Rev. Dr.Bobbie Groth, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Alverno College

Jean Grow, Associate Professor & Director Fine Arts Program, Strategic Communication, Marquette University

Lisa Hager, Assistant Professor, English & Women's Studies. University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

Hannah Hankins, undergraduate student, St. Norbert College

Camden Hargrove, Undergraduate Student, Sociology, Social Welfare, LGBT Studies. UW Madison

Jennifer Heinert, Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin -Washington County / UW Colleges Online

Deb Hoskins, Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. UW-La Crosse

Jessica Hron, McNair Scholar and President for Social Justice Club

Gabriel Javier, assistant dean of students and Director of the LGBT Campus Center, UW-Madison

Lynn M Johnson MSW, Programs Coordinator, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA)

Marge Karsten, Professor, Business and Accounting. University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Martha Kauppi, MS MFT (therapist), n/a. Madison Eastside Family Therapy, LLC

Theresa Kemp, Professor and Director, Women's Studies,UW-Eau Claire

Yuri Kitov, lecturer, Ethnic Studies, UW Milwaukee

Cynthia Konrad, LGBT Coordinator, Academic and Student Affairs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Saili Kulkarni, Dissertator, Graduate Student, Program Coordinator for Multicultural Graduate Network, Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Garciela Laguna, MC, Underserved Populations Coordinator, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA)

Tiffany Lee, Graduate student, Gender and Women's Studies Department. UW-Madison

JoAnne Lehman, Editor, Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources

Film-maker Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD, formerly UW-Madison PhD

Jennifer Lewandowski, M.S.E., University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Diane Lichtenstein, Professor of English, Beloit College

Dayna Long, President, Wisconsin NOW

Kristy Lust, YWCA Development & Marketing Associate

Molly Magestro, Senior Lecturer, English, UW-Washington County

Ellen Mahaffy, Associate Professor, Communication and Journalism, Women's Studies Affiliate, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Dr. Marvee L. Marr, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Sheltreese McCoy, Social Justice Educator and PhD Student, LGBT Campus Center and Multicultural Student Center. UW Madison

Freesia McKee, Warren Wilson College, Alverno Gender & Women's Studies Program Alumna

Jolie McKenna, the Executive Director of the LGBT Center of Southeast Wisconsin and T-Fair Taskforce

Amy Miller, Undergraduate, Psychology. Alverno

Anna Miller, Undergraduate Student, Women's and Gender Studies. St. Norbert College

Laura Miller, Graduate Student, Law. University of Illinois College of Law

Anjali Misra, Graduate Student, Gender & Women's Studies. University of Wisconsin – Madison

Tanya Montgomery, Graduate Student, University of Cincinnati, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Caryn Murphy, Professor, Communication. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Geneva Murray, Women’s Center Director, UW-Oshkosh

Jennifer Murray, Director of the LGBT Resource Center. UW-Milwaukee

Rachel Nepper, undergraduate student in Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Kristine Nicolini, Graduate Student, Communication, UW-Milwaukee

Julia Novotny, Undergraduate Student, Marquette University

Amy Olejniczak, Director, Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program. Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health; Teen Educators (high school students) will assist in the presentation.

E. Ornelas, Graduate Student, Gender & Women's Studies. UW Madison

Catherine M. Orr, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

Kelly Parks Snider, Artist and Activist, Project Girl, www.projectgirl.org

Gretchen Panzer, Graduate Student, Indiana University, Department of Gender Studies

Alice F. Pauser, Co-Founder Demeter Foundation

Cassandra Phillips, Associate Professor, English. University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

Angela Pirlott, Professor (Psychology), UW-Eau Claire

Karen Pope, Community Activists, Madison

Kalpana Prakash, Independent Artist, Madison, WI

DeAnne Marie Priddis, Graduate Student, UW-Milwaukee

Angie Rehling, Program Director, OutReach - Madison and South Central Wisconsin's LGBT Community Center

Teresa Reinders, Women’s Center Liaison, UW-Parkside

Julie Rhinehart, undergraduate student in Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Christian K. Roovers, undergraduate student, St. Norbert College

Kristin Ryder, Graduate Student, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, UW-Madison

Todd Savage, Associate Professor, Counseling & School Psychology

Leigh Schmidt Manager, Community Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television, UW Extension

Grace Schmitt, Women's & Gender Studies, St. Norbert College

Ryan Schroth, Graduate Student, French. UW-Madison

Dana Schultz, Wisconsin Director of 9to5

Debra Schwabe, YWCA Development & Marketing Director

Severina Scott, undergraduate student, St. Norbert College

Cathy Seashole, Director, Women's Resource Center, UW-Milwaukee

Amy Shapiro, Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy and Zohreh Emami, Professor of Economics, Alverno College

Heather Shimon, MA Library and Information Studies and Operations Staff

e.shor, UW Population Health Service Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Katka Showers-Curtis, Alum, English/Linguistics, Women's Studies, International Studies. University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Gina Slesar, Undergraduate Student, History. UW-Madison Student

Lara Stache, Graduate Student, UW-Milwaukee

Andrew Stoner, Assistant Professor, Communication. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Melanie Treuhaft, Graduate Student, Fine Art, UW-Madison

Alexa Trumpy, Sociology, St. Norbert College

Nina Valeo Cooke, Director of Internship Programs/Instructor/Advisor, Gender and Women's Studies. UW-Madison; UW internship program alumni.

Willem Van Roosenbeek, Director of LGBTQA Services and Programs, Campus Climate and Diversity. UW-La Crosse

Jessica Van Slooten, Professor, English and Women's Studies. UW-Manitowoc

Chelsey Wasielewski, Undergraduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Psi Chi Chapter

Kelsey Wallner, undergraduate student, Gender and Women’s Studies, UW-Madison

Michele Weber, Graduate Student, History. Marquette University

Ethelene Whitmire, Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Studies. University of Wisconsin - Madison

Scott Woitaszewski, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Carol Yi-Hsuan Lai, MA student in English, University of British Columbia

Dace Zeps, Community Activists, Madison