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UNK Hosts 'No Limits': Students Research Eco-Feminism and Artful Healing
Ashley Clatterbuck
Antelope Staff

Students should submit abstracts now for the annual women’s and gender studies conference in March. The deadline is Feb. 1.

UNK will host the “No Limits! Eco-feminism and Artful Healing” student research conference, an annual conference hosted on a rotating basis with the women’s and gender studies programs at UNL and UNO, on March 4-5.   

Students from UNK, UNO, UNL and other regional colleges will present academic research papers and original projects that relate to women’s and gender issues.   The conference is open to any interested students in the Great Plains region, which ranges from North Dakota to Kansas.

Students will present their work on panels with other students. Students will have about 20 minutes to present their research with a time for discussion/questions and answers. Original projects or artistic pieces will be on display.

What exactly is eco-feminism and artful healing? Dr. Linda Van Ingen, director of women’s and gender studies said, “This theme reflects a concern for the environment and natural disasters in our contemporary world and a desire to explore women’s roles in preventing resources exploitation and in aiding relief and recovery.”

As part of the conference, poet Lenelle Moïse will present a program from “Speaking Intersections,” about the intersection of race, class, gender, spirit & sexuality..”

This will be Moïse’s first performance at UNK.  She is a Haitian- American and an award-winning playwright and poet.

In addition to Moïse’s and student’s presentations, an alumni panel with students who have graduated with a women’s and gender studies degree will talk about how the women’s studies program has helped them in their careers and graduate programs.  There will also be activities or “artful healing” such as a labyrinth walk and a dancing with colors program.

The conference will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, March 4 with registration and will wrap up on Saturday afternoon. Students can attend the whole or parts of the conference each day. It is free to register.


Present Your Work
Students who are interested in presenting their work at the conference should send an e-mail to Dr. Linda Van Ingen at vaningenL1@unk.edu with "No Limits" in the subject line. Include the title of the paper, a short abstract about the work and your own contact information.

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