Faculty Members Attend National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Atlanta

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 21, 2011 – Several faculty members from High Point University recently had the opportunity to attend the 32nd National Women’s Studies Association Conference, held in Atlanta.

The conference is the nation’s preeminent meeting dedicated to women’s and gender issues and research. The conference fosters dialogue and provides an opportunity for attendees to stay current on the latest trends and research in the field.

While there, a group of seven faculty members presented a roundtable, titled “Crises of Representation: More Visibility, Less Agency?” which questioned the direct connection between the representation of women in our society and how those representations translate into women having viable choices. Looking at the visibility of women in the Bible, the Supreme Court, journalistic media, sports administration, film, literature, and small business co-operatives, they argued that increased visibility of women has not necessarily translated into greater power for women.

Faculty members in the panel included Dr. Judy Isaksen, associate professor of Communication; Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of Journalism; Dr. Claudia Femenias, associate professor of Spanish; Dr. Josh Fisher, assistant professor of anthropology; Dr. Pamela Hedrick, assistant professor of Religion; Dr. Jenny Lukow, associate professor of Sport Management; and Dr. Ali Yanus, assistant professor of Political Science.

“The study of women, men, gender, and sexuality is inherently an interdisciplinary intellectual pursuit, so our roundtable presentation that addressed the same overarching question of representation and agency but from seven distinct disciplines was a fruitful, unique, and quite interesting way to add to the dialogue,” Isaksen says. “My colleagues and myself tremendously enjoyed collaborating with each other on this effort, and the positive feedback from our audience, of course, added to our satisfaction.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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