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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

March 28, 2008

Statewide higher ed conferences to address women's studies,
LGBTQ issues

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the 32nd annual Wisconsin Women's Studies Conference and the third annual LGBTQ Spring Conference, running concurrently on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5.

Titled "Women and the Environment: Literary, Scientific and Cultural Perspectives" and "LGBTQ Environments: Academia and Beyond" respectively, the women's studies and LGBTQ conferences will bring together academics, students, community leaders, activists and others concerned with women's studies, gender studies and research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning issues.

The conferences will examine environments that foster success for diverse populations a stated goal of the UW System. More than a hundred speakers from colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin, the greater Midwest and beyond will deliver presentations in two full days of sessions.

Keynote speaker for the Women's Studies Conference is Green Bay City Council member Celestine Jeffreys, the first African American elected to the local council. Co-founder of the Fort Howard Neighborhood Association and a board member of the Neighborhood Housing Service of Green Bay, she won recognition in 2006 as a UW System Outstanding Woman of Color. Keynote speaker for the LGBTQ conference is State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison), recipient of the 2006 "Outstanding Legislator Award" from the Wisconsin Counties Association.

A conference highlight will be a Saturday luncheon announcing recipients of the 2008 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. The luncheon speaker is Joan Prince, whose position as vice chancellor for partnerships and innovations at UW-Milwaukee involves work in community relations and education policy and strategies.

This year's conference is being held at UW-Green Bay in recognition of the 35th anniversary of the Women's Studies program there. Registration must be completed prior to the event. The cost of the full conference is $135, including luncheons and dinner. Reduced rates apply for single-day attendance and low-income/student registrants.

To register, or to seek additional information, log onto the conference website at

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