Xavier University Presents National Gender-Based Violence Conference

Keynote address by Madelaine Adelman | September 22, 2009


Xavier University in Cincinnati presents “Gender-Based Violence: Uniting Theory, Practice, and Action,” a conference of experts from across the United States convened by Xavier University president Michael Graham, S.J. and the Xavier Women's Center. It will be held Monday, November 9 from 8:30 am- 4:00 pm at the Schiff Conference Center and Duff Banquet Center on the Xavier campus. Registration opens at 8:00 am and the event is free and open to the public. To register, please go to: www.xavier.edu/gbvconference.
“Gender-based violence has an impact on our society as a whole as it is both a human rights and a public health concern,” said Graham. “This conference aims to expand knowledge about the magnitude of gender-based violence and its impact on the individual and society. Hopefully this gathering will also be the beginning of intense dialogue on how to reduce gender-based violence and understand and begin to heal its psychological and social consequences.”
The keynote presentation will be “The Politics of Gender Violence” by Madelaine Adelman, PhD of Arizona State University. Adelman is associate professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry.Teaching respect in schools is just as important as ‘reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic,’ she says. “Bullying, harassment and discrimination flourish in K-12 environments where those considered "different" are disrespected by students and adults alike.”
Workshop offerings will include:
·         The Misuse and Abuse of Culture in the Gender-Based Violence Movement Hillary J. Haldane, Ph.D. (assistant professor of anthropology at Quinnipiac University.)
·         An Integrated Model of Service Provision: 30 Years of Sexual Assault Survivor Advocacy at Colorado State University Kathryn Woods, MSW LCSW (assistant director, Women’s Programs and Studies at Colorado State University)
·         Sexual Assault Prevention and Risk Reduction Programming: How Far Have We Come? Christine Gidycz, PhD (professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Ohio University)
·         The Extensive Sexual Violation and Sexual Abuse Histories of Incarcerated Women Cathy McDaniels Wilson, PhD (assistant professor of psychology at Xavier University)
·         Men, Masculinity, and Mixed Messages Robert Hynes, PhD (assistant dean of student support services and director of counseling services at Fitchburg State University)
·         How Schools and Organizations Effectively Address Gender Violence and Anti-LGBT Violence Madelaine Adelman, PhD (Arizona State University)
·         Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campusCampus Violence Program Specialists (Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women)
“The persistence of gender-based violence in our schools, our communities and across the globe continues to impede progress towards gender equity,” says Jennifer Wies, PhD, director of the Xavier Women’s Center. “By bringing together researchers, practitioners, and activists, this national conference seeks to advance our understanding of how to reduce and ultimately eliminate violence perpetrated as a result of an individual or population’s gender position.”   
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for multiple professional fields, including social work. CEUs will be offered at no additional charge. Details are forthcoming.
For more information, please contact womenscenter@xavier.edu or 513-745-3940.
The Xavier University Women’s Center provides advocacy and resources, advances learning and academic excellence, and promotes research focusing on women, girls, and gender in an effort to unite people in centering women. The Center welcomes students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members, both women and men.