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Past Academic Conferences

Spring Academic Conference sponsored by the Maine Women Writers Collection, Maine Women's Studies Consortium and New England Women's Studies Association

March 30-31, 2012

Keynote address: Jennifer Finney Boylan "Stuck in the Middle with You: A discussion of parenthood in three genders"


Fourth International Conference on Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
“Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Then & Now”

June 15-18, 2006


Keynote Speaker: Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Professor of English and Chair of American Studies, Stanford University

The aim of this conference was to situate Gilman in her own time as well as to explore how she and her work are being recovered, assessed and reassessed in ours. Presented by the Maine Women Writers Collection and the Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society.

Women, Health and Representation: An Interdisciplinary Conference

June 17-19, 2004


Keynote Speaker: Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., author of "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing"

This conference explored the theme of women and health through a broad range of critical approaches to representation, encompassing analysis of written genres such as fiction, poetry, drama, life writing, patient narratives and case histories, as well as film and other visual media, oral traditions, folk practices, activism and other modes of representation.

The Complex Web of Women's Friendships: An Interdisciplinary Conference

June 20-22, 2002

Keynote Speaker: Farah Jasmine Griffin Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African American Studies, Columbia University

The focus of this conference was to contemplate how friendships between and among women have helped women understand difference, bring about social change, succeed in the world and accomplish other goals.

Women's Private Writing/Writing Women's History: An Interdisciplinary Conference

June 15-17, 2000

Keynote Speaker: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University

The purpose of the conference was to consider the relationship between women's private writing and the ways we write women's history. During the conference we examined case studies of women's lives, methodological and ethical issues in using private sources, and the use of primary sources in the secondary and collegiate classroom.