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Gender Research Conference March 3

Students to Examine Gender Related Research at UC Riverside

The Women’s Resource Center Sponsors a Gender Research Conference Wednesday, March 3, to Honor Women’s History Month

(February 20, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- In recognition that March is National Women’s History Month, the University of California, Riverside will be hosting its first ever Gender Research Conference, sponsored by UCR Women's Resource Center, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3 at Pentland Hills.

The event, which is open to the public, will examine gender issues in the past and present, including gender behavior and hip-hop; how gender identity develops in single parent African-American families; how films such as “Lawrence of Arabia” define Western and Arab sensibilities; Chicana sexuality; and the effect of cigarette smoke on the developing fetus.

“It’s a wide-ranging group of subjects and that is exactly what we intended,” said Adrienne Sims, director of the UCR Women’s Resource Center. The theme of the national Women’s History Month is “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility.” Sims said she wants to inspire students at all levels to talk about their work in a public setting.

“The goal of the conference is to showcase the excellent work that students are doing, to provide them with feedback, to open windows of learning for participants, and to share in critical topics of interest to women and men,” said Sims. Undergraduate students will make most of the presentations.
The keynote speaker is Kimberly Earhart, a UCR graduate student in women's history.

Following are a few examples of research to be presented:
Straddling the Fence: Women, Gender Behavior and Hip Hop -- A UCLA undergraduate student argues that women have achieved a leadership role in the world of hip-hop music.

Gender Identity Development in African-American Children -- A UCR undergraduate examines gender identity development in African-American children ages 12-15. She concludes that daughters in homes where a father is absent are socialized to take on more masculine characteristics and finds the opposite results with boys.

Reorienting Orientalism: Gender Identity Transformation in 20th Century Orientalism -- A UCR undergraduate examines the stereotypes of masculine and feminine framework in Orientalism by analyzing popular films such as “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) and “The Sheik” (1921).

Yellow Dress, or How I Came to Understand (my) Gender -- A UCR graduate student illustrates how gender can be experienced in performance. “Yellow Dress” is an autobiographical reflection on gender, spirituality and the politics of liberation.

Chicana Sexuality: Real Voices, Real Choices -- A UCR graduate student analyzes data collected from in-depth interviews with first-generation Chicanas from Los Angeles, who have family roots in Jalisco, Mexico. She expands on the findings of Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez in regards to sexuality of Mexican immigrant women, and how those findings can be applied to Chicana sexuality.

The Cigarette Smoke Components 2-Ethylpyridine and 3-Ethylprydine... -- A UCR graduate student explores how chemical components in cigarette smoke disrupts the development of fetal chicks to explain why pregnant women who smoke are endangering the health of their babies.

Cost for the conference is $11 for UCR students and staff with identification and $15 for general admission. Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle for the day or may be purchased for shorter periods at $1 per half hour. Parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard entrances. To register, access or call (909) 787-3337.


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