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URI announces annual Women’s Studies Spring Colloquium
Series features various URI scholars

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 4, 2002 -- The Annual Dana Shugar Women’s Studies Spring Colloquium, presented by URI’s Women’s Studies Program, features a series of presentations by various URI scholars on their work about the lives of women and men. The series, free and open to the public, will take place in various locations on the University’s Kingston campus. Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 5: "Trafficking in Women and Children for Sexual Exploitation." Donna Hughes, professor of women's studies, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Galanti Lounge, URI Library, 3rd floor.
Trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation is estimated to be between seven and 12 billion dollars annually. Women are trafficked to, from, and through every region in the world using methods that have become new forms of slavery. The moneymakers are transnational networks of traffickers and pimps that prey on the dreams of women seeking employment and opportunities. The activities of these networks threaten the well-being and status of women, as well as the social, political and economic well-being and stability of nations where they operate.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: "Angelica Kauffman: Criticism, Gossip, and the Reputation of a Woman Artist," Wendy Roworth, professor and chair of art, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room A202
Kauffman was one of the most celebrated artists in the 18th century, yet
she was also alleged to be a flirt, linked romantically with other artists, and tricked into a clandestine marriage to an imposter. This presentation will discuss her early biographies and the historical evidence to demonstrate how anecdote and gossip shape an artist's reputation, why this is especially problematic for a woman artist, and how, in spite of these circumstances, Kauffman was able to negotiate a place for herself as a highly successful and influential painter.

Monday, March 25: "'She has had frequent communications with her husband...but has not conceived': Medical Men and the Treatment of Infertility Among Enslaved Women in the South," Marie Schwartz, associate professor of history, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in The Great Room, Roosevelt Hall.
In the decades before the Civil War, slaveholders began eliciting the assistance of physicians in treating infertility in enslaved women. Much of what passed for "modern" medicine was experimental, ineffective or dangerous, and implemented with the slaveholder's needs in mind. The women found themselves subject to invasive--even painful--procedures that benefited physicians and their slaveholder clients more than the women they were supposed to assist.

Tuesday, April 9: "Physical Activity and Women's Health," Deborah Riebe, associate professor of physical education, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Galanti Lounge, URI Library, 3rd floor.
Regular physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits, yet a majority of women are either sedentary or inadequately active. This presentation will review the heath benefits associated with exercise with a focus on osteoporosis, breast cancer, and obesity - three very important health issues for women. Current guidelines for how much exercise adults should engage in will be reviewed.

Monday, April 29: "Researching the Causes, Risk Factors, and Socially Responsible Solutions for Male-to-Female Partner Violence," Judy Van Wyk, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in The Great Room, Roosevelt Hall.
Male-to-female partner violence is both an individual and a social problem, and it does not occur in a vacuum with one source of explanation or solution as separate from the next. Traditional academic and methodological boundaries have interfered with the creation of a comprehensive multidisciplinary, multilevel approach to research on partner violence. It is a serious problem that merits transcending these boundaries to find effective solutions.

The spring colloquium is named in honor of the late Dana Shugar, who began teaching English and women’s studies at URI in 1991. She died in 2000 after a long struggle with breast cancer. While at the University, Shugar excelled in teaching and was a multiple nominee for the Teaching Excellence Award. She also served as the director of the Graduate Program in English for four years.

For more information on the event, please call the Women’s Studies Program at 874-5150 or Jan Wenzel, 401-874-5190, Sarah Emmett, 401-874-2116

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