March 27, 2006
06-050

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations

VSU hosts 10th annual Women's Studies Conference

Valdosta State University's Women's Studies Program, partnered with the Southeastern Women's Studies Association, will present the 10th Annual Women's Studies Conference from March 30 to April 1, 2006, at VSU's University Center.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 30, in the lobby of the University Center. The times of each day's events vary, but the entire conference will end on April 1 at 3:15 p.m. with closing remarks.

Keynote speakers for the conference will include best-selling authors Jennifer Baumgardener and Amy Richards. There will also be readings by VSU's Writer-in-Residence Janice Daugharty and diversity leader Simona Hill. The musical group, Someone's Sister will also perform at the conference.

A featured event is "Visions and Voices: Traditional Artistry of Wiregrass Women on March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University Center Magnolia Room. This folk life festival will feature traditional women artists who are included in the new South Georgia Folk life Collection at the VSU Archives and Special Collections, as well as music, food, exhibits and crafts demonstrations.

Additional off-campus events include a coffeehouse session at Giulio's Restaurant at 105 East Ann Street and a jazz cookout at Snake Nation Press at 110 West Force Street.

The conference, taking place during VSU's centennial year, is open to students, faculty and staff free of charge. For more information, contact Patricia Stone at 333-5948 or download the conference program at: http://www.valdosta.edu/women/sewsa/2006 .

For any additional information specifically about the "Visions and Voices" event, contact Deborah Davis at 333-7150 or Laurie Sommers at 293-6310.