The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies will honor Women’s History Month with a daylong symposium Wednesday at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.
The “LA Femme/Women of Louisiana: A Symposium” features sessions on the state of women’s studies in Louisiana, health accessibility and disparity, intimate partner violence, campus culture, and gender issues. A discussion on defining women and inclusivity also will be held.
The day will wrap up with the book launch of “Louisiana Women, Volume 2,” co-edited by Mary Farmer Kaiser, dean of the graduate school at UL-Lafayette.
Jennifer Guidry, assistant director for programming and special projects at UL-Lafayette, said the conference is designed for the community to come and go as they please throughout the day and offers an opportunity for all ages and genders to gain an understanding of women’s issues and the current and past treatment of women in Louisiana.
“Here at the Center for Louisiana Studies, we want to not only preserve the past but provide opportunities to look at the past and have it help us inform the future,” Guidry said. Over 10 speakers, ranging from university faculty, undergraduate and graduate students to those from the general community will be presenting talks throughout the day.
“This is, by nature, an academic conference,” Guidry said. “We want to have these conversations with the entire community, and we welcome the general public out for this event. I believe you will take away something from every panel discussion and presentation.”
The event is free, but attendees who want to reserve a lunch from Bread & Circus Provisions must register online no later than Tuesday. The cost is $13.25.
For more information on the symposium and a schedule of events, visit louisiana studies.louisiana.edu.