Student Conference

The spring 2018 Women's Studies Student Conference was held at the University of St. Thomas on Friday, March 2, 2018. Seven UST students  presented their fascinating research on a variety of topics, including:

  • Hazel Erickson; The Effects of Stereotypes on African-American Women in the Political Sphere
  • Camille Fredin; Can ‘Nasty Women’ ‘Persist’ and Succeed when Responding to Language Designed to Insult and Silence Them?
  • Rachel Smith; The Abuse of Exhibition: Sarah Baartman, Helga Crane, and the Black Female Body in the White Imaginary
  • Joseph Schoolmeesters; Violence Against Women in India
  • Rachel Pritzl; First Lady Melania Trump: Private Life on the Public Stage
  • Diamond Patrick; “The Girl You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Be”: Representations of Girlhood in Swing Time and Lady Bird
  • Sam Miner; Race and Gender in Late Night Talk Show Hosts

Although this year the conference included only UST students, ordinarily each spring, the ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) Women's Studies Consortium holds a student conference to highlight the work of our students. Majors and minors are especially encouraged to attend, but any student can submit an appropriate presentation topic. Students who have participated in a cross-listed Women's Studies course may wish to present papers they have written or groups of students may choose to form panels to present research on similar topics.

The conference offers the opportunity to meet students with similar interests from other ACTC schools, the chance to gain skills in public presentation, and the opportunity to learn from peers. It is always enjoyable and enlightening!