Women's & Gender Studies Annual Symposium

9:30 am: Breakfast

10:00 am: Introduction Prof. Jyl Josephson, Acting Director, WGS

10:15 am – 11:45 am Panel I: Domestic Workers in the City

Prof. Tamara Mose Brown, (Sociology), Brooklyn College, “Finding Voice in a Public Maze: An analysis of Caribbean Raising Children in Brooklyn”



Asha Best, (American Studies), PhD student, Rutgers-Newark, "Navigating Domestic Territory: Household Workers as Mobile Subjects."

Prof. Premilla Nadasen, (History) Queens College, "Domestic Workers United and Transnational Feminist Organizing"  

Discussant: Laura Lovin, (Women’s and Gender Studies-New Brunswick) PhD candidate, (Women’s and Gender Studies-Newark) Teacher-Scholar

11:45 am – 12:45 am: Lunch

Film Screening
12:45 am – 1:45: Screening of clip from The Fire This Time, Q&A with director Blair Doroshwalther
Co-Sponsored by Women in Media-Newark

1:45 pm – 3 pm Panel II: Newark’s Ballroom Scene and AIDS Activism

Prof. J. Terry Todd, (Religious Studies), Drew University, "Two White Ladies and Ball Life in Newark: Remembering Lee, Blessing Karen"

Prof. Peter Savastano, (Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work) Seton Hall University, “Doing Fieldwork in Newark: The Intersection of HIV/AIDS, and the Emergence of New Categories of Sexual and Gender Identity in the 1990s”

Aaron Frazier, (founder and Mother of the house of Divine aka UNA), “Creative Expression: Tens Tens Tens Across the Board: The Importance of Community Activism in the Ballroom Community”

Bernie McAllister, (former Mother of the Legendary House of Jourdan) , “No shade it is real: Having a voice and standing up speaking for the less fortunate”

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Migration and the Global City, Women In Media-NewarkDept. of English, Dept. of History, Dept. of African-American Studies and the LGBTQ & Diversity Resource Center, and the Committee to Advance our Common Purposes