“Women at War: Soldiers, Sisters, Survivors”
Friday-Saturday March 2-3, 2007
Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY (20 minutes north of Manhattan)
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Keynote speaker: Janis Karpinski, former commanding general at the Abu Ghraib prison and author of the book, One Woman’s Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells her Story
Other highlights include a reading by award winning poet Meena Alexander and a workshop on women and peace conducted by Angela King, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. The conference will include presentations by more than fifty scholars, activists and students of women’s history.
War has generally been seen as the work of men, but it has always touched women’s lives, not only as mothers, sisters, wives and daughters but also as soldiers, commanders and spies. According to conventional wisdom, women can only be victims of war or naive advocates of peace. Facts belie that image. This conference is dedicated to unmasking the realities of war in women’s lives.
Panel and roundtable discussions will address topics including gendering war, waging peace, changes in military recruiting strategies, women, religion and war, women war and national identity, war and rape, women warriors and writing war.
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