Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement: "Access"

02-23-12 - Women’s and Gender Studies invites community members to stretch their knowledge of what inclusion and access mean.


Wells College Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement
Women’s and Gender Studies: “Access”
February 23, 2012

“Access” is an issue that crosses multiple identities and contexts—from physical access to spaces, financial access to resources and education, and all the ways stereotypes about gender, sexuality, race, class and ability limit our access to being recognized as fully human. Women’s and Gender Studies invites everyone to stretch their knowledge of what inclusion and access can mean and to share their thoughts with others in discussions throughout the day.Co-organized by Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Lisa Kahaleole Hall, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies Vic Muñoz, and Associate Professor of Biology Christina Wahl.




“The Disability Paradigm Shift for Women with Disabilities”
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Sommer Center, Smith Hall
Keynote address by Dr. Julie L. Williams, Psy.D., CRC, ABPP, Associate Professor/Rehabilitation Psychologist, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology

Concurrent sessions
11:10 AM – 1:00 PM
Short talks, film screenings, panel discussions on the keynote topic, and interactive/interpretive work based on theme of access will take place around campus. (see below)
Stratton Hall, Macmillan Hall, and Sommer Center

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Dining Hall

Viewing and discussion of documentaries “Murderball” and “Sound and Fury”
2:00 – 4:30 PM
(descriptions below)
Sommer Center and Stratton Auditorium

Town Hall Wrap-up
4:30 – 5:00 PM
Sommer Center


Concurrent Sessions 11:10 AM – 1:00 PM


1. Beyond Accommodation: Access, Disability and Intersecting Identities
Sommer Center
Dr. Julie Williams, James Hawkins Howard ’13: “A Sped and a Faggot,” Kathleen Maxson ’12: “Mental Health: Coping Strategies, Struggle, and Stigma,” Charles (CJ) Pane ’12: “Disability and Friendship: A Love/Hate Relationship?,” Rachel Partington ’13: "Autoimmune Illness"

2. Experiences of Homelessness: Accessing Our Voices through Different Lenses
Stratton 102
Speakers: Paul Montoya ’13 (Wells College) and Erik Lehman (Dream Catalyst, Ithaca)

3. Marketing Women/Marketing for Women in Pornography
Stratton 304
Theresa Mendez ’12’s thesis “Tools of Construction: Pornography Websites and the Reification of Gendered Viewing” and “Female Archetypes in Adult Entertainment” Molly Deacon ’12

4. Behind Books or Behind Bars?
Stratton 104
Admissions Counselor Isabelle Ramos ’05 juxtaposes access to higher education and prison to look at the overrepresentation of people of color in prison and their under-representation in higher ed. Examines social, county/local tax structures, and economic considerations to look at the values, policies, and repercussions that make-up our current state of affairs.

5. Film and Discussion: Training Rules
Stratton Auditorium
Women’s basketball coach Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years at Pennsylvania State University: no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes who were thought to be gay to be dismissed from their college team. The film follows the lawsuit filed in 2006 against Portland and Penn State by student athlete Jennifer Harris. This high profile case ignited the world of women’s collegiate sports and inspired discussions so sorely needed to end discrimination based on sexual orientation that pervades organized sport. Facilitated by Men’s Soccer and Mixed Golf Coach Dan Kane, Lindsey Bush ’14 and Emily Mulkerne ’12.

6. Access to History
Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall
Senior Thesis Presentations by Nicole Di Mauro: “Mercy Otis Warren and History’s Popular Memory”; Chelsea McGowan: “Dykes or Whores--Get Used to It”: “Has the Search for Equality by Women in the U.S. Military Been Worth the Effort?” and Claudia Nolan: “They Have Their own Societal Mores: Oneida Community within the Context of the Second Great Awakening.”


Film Screenings and Discussions 2:00 – 4:30 PM


1. Murderball
Sommer Center
“Better known as Wheelchair Rugby, Murderball is a game created by quadriplegic athletes that is every bit as aggressive as the name would lead one to expect; played with bone-breaking intensity, a typical game of Wheelchair Rugby involves plenty of trash-talking, a few head-on collisions, and the occasional player being thrown from his modified wheelchair. The game has become an official event at the Paralympics, a worldwide competition for handicapped athletes, and the United States and Canada have become fierce rivals in the event...In 2004, filmmaker Henry Alex Rubin and journalist Dana Adam Shapiro followed both teams as they traveled to Athens, Greece… Murderball offers an up-close look at the 2004 Wheelchair Rugby tournament, as well as the personal stories of the athletes who are passionate, driven, and determined to win—as one of them says, ‘I'm not here for a hug, I'm here for a medal.’” -Mark Deming
Facilitated by Bryant Sanders ’12, Cross Country Coach Julie Bailey and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Brad Frazier

2. Sound and Fury
Stratton Auditorium
Sound and Fury documents one family's struggle over whether or not to provide two deaf children with cochlear implants, devices that can stimulate hearing. As the Artinians of Long Island, New York debate what is the right choice for the two deaf cousins, Heather, 6, and Peter, 1 1/2, viewers are introduced to one of the most controversial issues affecting the deaf community today. Cochlear implants may provide easier access to the hearing world, but what do the devices mean for a person's sense of identity with deaf culture? Can durable bridges be built between the deaf and hearing worlds? Find out.” pbs.org
Facilitated by Assistant Professor of History Dandan Chen, Rachel Partington ’13 and Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel Renfrow




David Foote, 315.364.3460, dfoote@wells.edu