Xavier presents a national conference of experts focusing on gender-based violence in the U.S.

The keynote address by Madelaine Adelman of the University of Arizona discusses "The Politics of Gender Violence" | November 3, 2009

A conference exploring the cultural causes of gender-based violence and possible solutions toward its reduction takes place at Xavier on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Schiff Conference and Banquet Center on campus.

“Gender-Based Violence: Uniting Theory, Practice and Action” is a day-long conference of experts from across the country who are addressing key issues and holding workshops focused on understanding the causes of gender-based violence in American society, its impact and prevention strategies.

The conference is presented by Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and the Xavier Women’s Center. It takes place from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the conference center and is free and open to the public. To register, please visit the conference web site.

“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 is “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'," Adelman says. “Bullying, harassment and discrimination flourish in K-12 environments where those considered different are disrespected by students and adults alike.”

Jennifer Wies, PhD, director of the Xavier Women’s Center, said the fact that such behavior persists in traditional community settings such as schools impedes progress toward “gender equity.”

“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's or population’s gender position,” Wies said.

Workshop offerings include:

• The Misuse and Abuse of Culture in the Gender-Based Violence Movement, Hillary J. Haldane, PhD, 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 Campus, campus violence program specialists, Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

For more information, please e-mail womenscenter@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3940.