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Equality Matters, a Diversity Symposium at William Woods University

Monday Feb 13, 2017 12:00 PM - Feb 17, 2017

Differences can define us, but equality unites us. With that in mind, William Woods University is hosting the second annual Equality Matters: Conversations on Gender and Race symposium on February 13 – 17, with a speaker line-up focusing on how gender and race have worked together to shape the American dream of equality for all.

The events are free and open to the public. They include:


Monday, February 13


Steven Watts, University of Missouri

Steven Watts, University of Missouri

Noon, Library Auditorium: Steven Watts, University of Missouri, “JFK and the Masculine Mystique: The Case of James Bond”

Watts is a professor of American intellectual and cultural history at Mizzou. His talk, derived from his new book, will discuss the connections between John F. Kennedy and James Bond. (This event is also part of the WWU history department’s Hail to the Chief lecture series.)


4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Kemper Art Building: Reception for Steve Estes, Sonoma State University

Come meet the keynote speaker before the event.


Steve Estes, Sonoma State University

Steve Estes, Sonoma State University

7 p.m., Library Auditorium: Steve Estes, Sonoma State University, “I am a Man! Manhood and the Civil Rights Movement,” Keynote

In the keynote event of the symposium, Dr. Steve Estes, historian, educator, and author, will show how masculinity was central to the Civil Rights Movement, as he examines how activists and segregationists alike sought to defend their understanding of what it means to be a man.


Tuesday, February 14


Mihaela Britt, Britt Immigration Law, LLC

Mihaela Britt, Britt Immigration Law, LLC

Noon, Ivy Room below Tucker Dining Hall: Mihaela Britt, Britt Immigration Law, LLC, “Gender, Race and the Immigration System”

Britt, a Columbia, Missouri-based immigration lawyer who specializes in higher education, will focus on the benefits and rights of non-immigrant and immigrant families, with an overview of the new executive orders, and what they mean.


String of Pearls, by Monique Belitz

String of Pearls, by Nebraska-based artist Monique Belitz, is one of the pieces in the Equality Matters Art Exhibit.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mildred Cox Gallery at the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts: Opening Reception for Equality Matters Art Exhibit

This exhibit (which will run from February 13 – 25) explores participating artists’ understanding of how issues of gender and race influence contemporary culture.


Wednesday, February 15


Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz

7 p.m., Cutlip Auditorium: Jackson Katz, “Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help”

Katz, an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist, known for his work in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy, will present on the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. Reception to follow.


Thursday, February 16


Steve Hageman, Washburn University

Steve Hageman, Washburn University

Noon, Ivy Room: Steve Hageman, Washburn University, “Mass Incarceration and Black Masculinity”

This student success lecturer at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and former history instructor at William Woods, will share how race, masculinity, and criminal justice are interwoven in modern American history.


Stephanie Wells, William Woods University

Stephanie Wells, William Woods University

7 p.m., Library Auditorium: Stephanie Wells, William Woods, “Girls Don’t Count”

The author and associate professor of English will discuss her three upcoming novels (primarily based in the Ozarks), which reflect the history and effort of the 1970s Women's Movement and illustrate the desperation of women to gain the freedom to govern their own bodies and become educated citizens.


Friday, February 17


Noon, Ivy Room: Student Round Table Discussion

Visit with other students at the round table event to discuss various thoughts and ideas gathered from the past week’s events. (Open to William Woods students only.)


For more information about the symposium, call 573.592.4220.