Commencement 2019

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On Saturday, March 28, Virginia Wesleyan College will host Works in Progress, an interdisciplinary conference of feminist scholarship bringing together students and faculty from colleges and universities across the region. Works in Progress provides a place where work in all stages of development, focused on women's and gender issues, can be presented in exchange for feedback and consultation from other interested scholars. The conference is divided into three sessions, made up of 11 panels, with 40 presenters. Panels include: Feminist Perspectives; International Human Rights; Rape Culture; Piracy, Tourism, and Other Travels; Queering Comics; Women, the Military, and Foreign Policy; Body Image and Embodiment; Please Take Pictures; Population Control; Lived Experiences; and Women in History. The event will also include a poster session. In addition to VWC, participating schools include Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, and William & Mary. For 15 years, the conference has been hosted by the Department of Women’s Studies and Friends of Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University. Virginia Wesleyan is the first campus to share the responsibility. “We are tremendously honored to host Works in Progress,” says Sharon Payne, director of the Women’s Resource Center and professor of social work. “ODU faculty have been our mentors since 2003, through the creation of our women’s and gender studies major, our Women's Forum and the establishment of our Women's Resource Center. With 11 credentialed faculty and nine majors in women's and gender studies, VWC is now a leader in women's scholarship in the region.” This event is free and open to the public. Panel discussions will take place throughout the day in VWC’s Women's Resource Center and Clarke Academic Center. For a list of presenters, topics and a complete schedule, view the conference program. For more information, contact Sharon Payne, director of the Women's Resource Center, at or 757.455.3413.