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2013 - R/EVOLUTION: Creating Women and Gender Studies

This interdisciplinary conference examined and celebrated the creation and evolution of the fields of Women's Studies, Gender Studies, and Queer Studies, as well as the changing roles of women and men in society.


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Dr. Cristina Alcalde

Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
University of Kentucky

Keynote address title:

"Negotiating Gendered and Racialized Identities Across Borders"


Cristina Alcalde is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies. She is also a Faculty Co-Director of A&S Wired Residential College. Her areas of specialization include Latin America (with an emphasis on Peru and the Andean region); Latinos/as in the U.S; gender and race; intersections of state, institutional, and interpersonal violence; domestic violence; migration; marginalized experiences of motherhood; and Latino masculinities. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Indiana University.

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Dr. Adeyinka A. Bruce Omotunde

Independent Scholar specializing in Women and Gender Studies, Comparative Politics, African Politics and International Relations.

Invited lecture title:

"Gender and Power Politics"


Adeyinka Bruce Omotunde holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Administration, both from the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria. She specializes in Comparative Politics (Nigeria), African Politics and International Relations; with an emphasis on women's roles in African politics and advocacy work. Currently she is researching productive and reproductive roles of Women in Sub-Sahara Africa: A Developmental Agenda (this is a forthcoming publication).


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Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte

Author of "Nowhere, a Story of Exile," based on the childhood diaries she kept as a refugee from Baku, Azerbaijan.

Invited Author Book title:

"Nowhere a Story of Exile"


Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte is an Armenian refugee from Baku, Azerbaijan. After fleeing Baku, Anna and her family spent three difficult years in Armenia before coming to United States in 1992.   Her family settled in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

Anna has Bachelor of Arts degrees in English & Literature and Philosophy & Religion, along with a minor in Russian Language & Literature from the University of North Dakota. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine. After graduating from Law school Anna was one of the first law clerks at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands after observing the ICC's creation at the United Nations.

In 2012 Anna published her book, titled "Nowhere, a Story of Exile," which she wrote at the age of 14. The book is based on the childhood diaries she kept as a refugee from Baku, Azerbaijan.

2013 Conference Program