University of Venus at #NWSA2014

Awaiting the bell hooks talk.

November 13, 2014

Combing through the pages of the National Women's Studies Association's 280 page conference program is enough to make this Gender Studies PhD giddy with anticipation. With titles ranging from "Education and Incarceration: Teaching and Resistance" (Friday, 7:45 - 9:00am) to "Beyonce in Love: Black Women and the Politics of Transgressive Love" (Saturday, 4:00 - 5:15pm), there is truly a session for everyone - 542 sessions to be exact.

But when I walked around the WiFi area at the Puerto Rico Convention Center Thursday afternoon, there was one session on everyone's mind: the keynote by feminist scholar bell hooks.

This was definitely the case  for three Ohio University graduate students and Women's and Gender Studies certificate holders, Lily Acevedo-Callejas, Kazi Privanka Silmi, and Zhouli Li.  Like many attending NWSA's conference, Acevedo-Callejas said that hooks was one of the first feminists she read in college.

Rachael Smith (@rachaeldsmith), from Ball State University in Indiana, also said that bell hooks was the highlight of this year's conference, which was her first with the association. Her colleague, Courtney Jarrett (@cjjarrett) agreed, while also expressing excitement about her and Smith's poster session on Saturday, on the topic of using Twitter for teaching and talking about online activism.

And speaking of... You can follow #NWSA2014 for tweets of the highly anticipated speech tonight (7pm AST), and check back here for highlights!



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