Monday, April 14, 2014

[509] Feminist MTSU graduate students speak out at April 17 panel discussion

MURFREESBORO — MTSU graduate students will share their views on the dual role of feminist and researcher at the final Women’s and Gender Studies Research event of the spring semester.

“Feminist Standpoint and Reflexive Thinking: Graduate Student Research in Progress” is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the SunTrust Room (N127) of the Business and Aerospace Building.

The panel discussion is made up of recent students in the Women’s and Gender Studies graduate certificate program. The program enables scholars to acquire advanced training and expertise in feminist theory, feminist methodology and fundamental issues in the field. Those enrolled must complete nine credit hours of core requirements and nine credit hours of electives.

Dr. Vicky MacLean, a professor of sociology and faculty adviser to the program, will moderate the panel. The participants and their topics are:

  • Shelley Maddox, December 2013 graduate, “Feminist Parenting: A Mother’s Auto-Ethnographic;”
  • JaDee Carathers, planning to graduate in May 2014, “Situating the Self in Reflective Practice: A Methodological Meditation on Feminist Standpoint Epistemology in Qualitative Interviewing on Maternal Sexuality and the Breastfeeding Problematic;”
  • Shaonta Allen, August 2013 graduate, “My Sister’s Keeper: Reflections on Black Sisterhood, Feminist Consciousness and Sorority Life;”
  • Felicia Brown, planning to graduate in May 2014, “Multicultural Identities among Minority Women Living in the U.S.: Toward a Transformative Knowledge.”

A discussion period involving attendees will follow the panelists’ presentations. This event is free and open to the public. A searchable campus map with parking details is available at

For more information, contact Marie Harrell with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at 615-898-5910 or

No comments: