Kent State Hosts Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium on March 1
The Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium will be held March 1 at Kent State University, beginning with an opening reception Feb. 28. The theme of this year’s symposium is "Framing Art and Protest." The keynote speaker will be Catherine Holmes, manager of the Center for New Americans of Central New York. The Center for New Americans began with the acceptance of Vietnam refugees in the 1980s.
Holmes will discuss the current status of refugees in the United States. In addition, she will present an evening of entertainment for the international community and their families on Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Green Room in Ritchie Hall.
Brenda Kenneally will present her groundbreaking work, Upstate Girls, a layered documentary project tracing 12 years in the lives of working poor women in present-day Upstate New York. Kenneally’s work invites questions on the distance between the working poor, middle class and the one percent in America.
The symposium also will feature new works by Cassie Phillips, a 2006 alumna of Kent State University Art School 2006 alumna. Some of Phillips’ work currently is on display in the Women’s Center Judy Devine Gallery at the Williamson House. The title of Phillips’ presentation is Framed Art and Protest.
Laura Fong, a photojournalist and former instructor at Kent State, is returning after chronicling a Day of Prayer, a protest at Dakota Access Pipeline with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Fong continues to build on her work with indigenous communities.
Denise A. Harrison, lecturer in English in the Department of Pan-African Studies, and Yuko Kurahashi, associate professor of theatre, will present quilts to Pan-African Studies and the Women’s Center. Quilting communities created the quilts while practicing knowledge-building. The project started with a presentation at the Fifth Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues in fall 2016. More than 40 hands worked together and exchanged ideas as they pieced together the quilts.
The event also will include presentations by Kent State undergraduate students.
The symposium, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with an 8:30 a.m. registration on March 1. The schedule can be found at the Kent State University Libraries’ Digital Commons.
The Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University Libraries, the Women’s Center, the College of Art, the Office of Global Education and the Division of Student Affairs.