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Women’s Research Colloquium Set for April 28 at The Pointe

Published: April 15, 2010

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites the campus to the Spring 2010 Women’s Research Colloquium on Wednesday, April 28, at The Pointe in the Pyramid, from 5-7:30 p.m. A buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m. with presentations at 5:30 p.m.

The evening’s presenters will be Savitri Singh-Carlson, assistant professor from the School of Nursing, and Deborah Thien, assistant professor from the Department of Geography.

Singh-Carlson’s topic will be “The Value of Peer Mentoring for Gynecological and Breast Cancer Survivors Post Treatment,” addressing the role of mentoring and its value and support for women and their families, especially for women diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancers. The findings highlight the experiences of being mentored and of mentoring.

“Although the research is on mentoring for both gynecological cancer and breast cancer survivors, I am going to discuss the importance of paying attention to gynecological cancer patients’ needs,” said Singh-Carlson. “Breast cancer advocacy and awareness programs have taken the topic of ‘breast cancer’ from taboo to the mainstream, whereas gynecological cancers still remain in the shadows. There is a need to encourage cancer survivors to participate in peer mentoring programs provided at institutions because this type of support from one who has been in the same shoes provides healing and resources for the survivors and their families.”

Thien’s presentation is titled “What’s Emotion Got To Do With It? The Unexpected Results of a Feminist Analysis of Emotion and Geography.”

According to Thien, feminist geographers, invigorated by debates about gender, care, and daily life, have sought to offer new understandings of how people and places affect one another in emotional contexts. The material presented will offer two sets of intriguing stories to invite the audience to consider the unexpected emotional terrain that results from a feminist analysis of gender, emotion and place.

“Under the broad category of ‘emotional geographies,’ this burgeoning research area has encouraged a deeper consideration of the highly gendered realm of emotions,” said Thien. “For example, the idea that women are ‘naturally’ emotional has writ women as expert navigators of emotional territory – this both shapes and is constituted by women’s over-representation in care work. For men, the expectations of exceptional physicality together with an avoidance of emotional expression can lead, among other outcomes, to male violence against self and others, for example, in the work of soldiering.”

Cost for the event is $20, which can be paid in advance or at the door the evening of the colloquium. For reservations, RSVP by Wednesday, April 21 by e-mailing Cynthia Angiuli or calling 562/985-1688.