Dominican University’s Virtual Women & Gender Studies Conference will feature a keynote address on Saturday, March 20 at 10:20 a.m. by Favianna Rodriguez, an interdisciplinary artist and social justice activist. In her address, titled “Art, Power and Gender,”  Rodriguez will discuss how art can support social justice movements and inspire new ways of thinking.  Register here  for this free virtual conference.

Based in Oakland, CA, Favianna Rodriguez leads art interventions across the country, addressing  issues of migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity and sexual freedom. She is the co-founder and president of the Center for Cultural Power and the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity and the SOROS Equality Fellowship.

The conference will include several panels offered in two sessions. During the first session, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., participants may select from three panels, “Representing Gender and Sexuality in the Borderlands,” “Creating International Spaces for Survivors of Violence: Pedagogical Lessons From Practicing Artists,” and “Celebrating Women’s and Gender Studies at Concordia University Chicago.”

During the second session, from 12:45 to 2 p.m., participants may select from two panels, “The Truth As We Speak It: Navigating Personal and Institutional Violence,” and “Bridgespanning: Scholarship and Creative Inquiry on Belonging, Opportunity and Empowerment.”

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