Conference - Women in the World: Time for a New Paradigm for Peace

Women in the World: Time for a New Paradigm for Peace


A Conference


September 24-25, 2019


Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union


We are about to enter the third decade of the twenty first century and women continue to face obstacles to their equal participation in all areas of daily life, political, social, and economic. These obstacles persist despite the growth in the education of girls, despite large scale social movements, and political waves. This conference seeks to widen and deepen our understanding of women in relation to the inequalities they face, based not only on gender, but on race, class, religion, and more. It also seeks to highlight the progress that women have made, and how this progress contributes to the creation of more peaceful and prosperous societies. 

Scholars and practitioners from across the globe, offering a wide range of perspectives and experiences, will examine crucial questions, offer new ideas, and innovative solutions to increasing the role of women moving forward.

Conference Schedule:

September 24




9:30 - 10:00

Opening Remarks 

Hoda Mahmoudi, Research Professor and Chair, The Baha’i Chair for World Peace 


Keynote One

Galia Golan, Darwin Professor Emerita, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Blocks to Equality and How to Cope with Them

11:00 - 12:30

Women and Power in the Global Context 

Laura Sjoberg, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida

Interrogating the Image of the ‘21st Century Woman’

Margaret Satterthwaite, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU

Legal Empowerment for Gender Equality

Brandy Wells, Assistant Professor of History, Oklahoma State University 

Live Peaceably With All Men:  African American Women’s Activism for Peace, Prosperity, and Parity 

Moderator: Kate Seaman, Assistant Director, Bahá’í Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland, College Park

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 -14:30

Keynote Two

Marie Berry, Assistant Professor of International Comparative Politics, University of Denver Lunch

Fighting for Rights: Stories from Women Activists Mobilizing for Change


Coffee Break 


Gender, Race, and Economics 

Adia M. Harvey Wingfield, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Work in a Post-Racial Era: Black Women Health Care Workers in the New Economy

Denise Segura, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

Chicanas and Latinas in the Academic Borderlands: Resistance, Empowerment, and Agency


Perla Guerrero, Associate Professor of American   Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park 


Deportation and Gender: How US Laws Shape Deportation Experiences in Mexico

Moderator: Cristina Risco, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland—College Park 


Keynote Three

Jane Parpart, Faculty Fellow, UMASS Boston

Exploring the Power of Silence in a Troubled World: A Gendered Approach


Day One Closing Remarks 


September 25 


9:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 11:00

Keynote Four

Daphna Joel, Professor of Psychology, Tel Aviv University

Are there male brains and female brains? And why do we care?


Coffee Break


Sex, Brain, Gender, Socialisation


Cecily Hardaway, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Low-Income African American Women and the Challenges of Balancing Work and Family

Dawn Dow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park

Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood

Rebecca Jordan-Young, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College

How to Kill the “Zombie Fact” That Testosterone Drives Human Aggression

Moderator: Monica Caudillo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park 


Closing Remarks 


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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 3:00pm

Colony Ballroom Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland College Park 


The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace
University of Maryland
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