Friday February 7th - Sunday, February 9th

at Rice University


Friday, February 7

2-3:30 p.m. Introduction to the computer

Mudd 104 Espanol

Mudd 105 English

Never used a computer? This is your chance!

This introductory course will be offered in Spanish and English. It will cover the basics of computing including email, the internet and more. NO CHARGE.

4-5:30 p.m.

Women's Resource Center Anniversary- Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC

Celebrate our success and the seventh anniversary of the opening of the Rice Women's Resource Center. Meet the 2003 Impact Award Winners.

5:30 p.m.

Conference Registration and Reception

Anne and Charles Duncan Hall

6:30 p.m.Dinner

Duncan Hall

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Student-led small groups will discuss topical issues, providing the first of several opportunities for conference participants to interact.



Anne and Charles Duncan Hall


8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Duncan Hall

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Session I

"Moving with Ease: An Introduction to Alexander Technique"

Christine Lidvall
Rice Dance Theatre Coordinator, Recreation Programs

Developed by F.M. Alexander, the Alexander Technique is a dynamic study that enables us to become more aware of ourselves -- to notice and then free ourselves of unnecessary patterns of tension that may cause pain, discomfort or simply make us ill at ease. Alexander's work brings into our awareness tensions previously unnoticed and can help us differentiate between necessary and unneeded effort.

"Power Surges, Yams, and HRT: Making Sense of Midlife and Menopause"

Mervianna Thompson, R.N., M.S.N., A.N.P. - B.C.
Nurse Practitioner

Meryl Cohen, M.Ed., LMSW-ACP
Vice President of Education & Counseling
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southwest Texas

Ron Young, M.D.
Associate Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine

This session will provide information on the recent findings of the Women's Health Initiative study and implications for treatment and management. Traditional and alternative therapies will be discussed along with the psychological implications of menopause.

"Passages: Transitions in Work Life"

Emily Dexter Page - student to working professional

Sue Deigaard - working professional to mother

Dr. Darlene Walker - professional in one field to professional in another (career switch)
N. Darlene Walker & Associates, LP

Barbara Eudey - professional to retiree

Panelists will speak on a series of common transitions of women: from student to young alum; from childless professional to mother; from unpaid worker to returning to paid worker; from professional in one field to professional in another; and from paid worker to retiree.

"It's a Man's World: Women Succeeding in Traditionally Male Fields"

Pippa Eltringham
Performance Analyst, BP

Yildiz Bayazitoglu
H.S. Cameron Chair Professor
Mechanical Engineering & Materials
Science Department
Rice University

Dianna M. Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D.
Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist
Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Four women in engineering, management, research, and science will share their experiences working in traditionally male-dominated fields. This session can help you learn how to deal with isolation, build alliances with other women and with male colleagues, deal with inappropriate comments or resistance to women in management, and how not only to survive but to excel in a difficult environment.

"Women Changing the World"

Moderator: Anne Dayton

Tamara Jones
Chief of Staff for City Council MemberAda Edwards

Sarah CLoots
Alumna, Rice University

Annise Parker
Council Member, City of Houston

Dr. Lynne Huffer
Professor, French Studies, Rice University

Anne Nunez (tentative)
Host - Latino Voices, KPFT

Explore with us the different forms of women's activism.


10:45 a.m. - noon KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Introduction: Dr. Alan Grob, Professor Emeritus, English

Speaker: Le Anne Schreiber '67
First woman sports editor of the The New York Times and author of Light Years

"The Curiosity Path: Women Preparing for the Unpredictable" -

 12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch-Duncan Hall

Here is the opportunity to continue Friday evening's conversation with your group.


1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Session 2

"No Fear: Personal Risk Reduction Strategies"

Jim Baylor
Tech Sergeant &endash; Training and Crime Prevention
Rice University Police Department

Russell Barnes
Director, EEO Programs & AA, Rice University

Crystal Su
Junior English/History Major Co-Coordinator Students
Organized Against Rape, Rice University

Kelly Young
Vice President of Education & Outreach Services
Houston Area Women's Center

Are you aware of your potential risks from sexual assault or harassment? What recourses do you have to defend yourself? This panel will delve into these issues and provide you with viable ideas for maintaining your safety and well-being. Male, female, student and non-student perspectives will be shared.

"Women, Family and Careers: The Balancing Act" Who can do it all? Why should we? Let's share our experiences.

Moderator: Scott Derrick
Associate Professor, English, Rice University

Carolynne White
Information Technology Consultant
Lecturer in Education Certification, Rice University

Peggy Harvey
Church Administrator

Traci Wolfe
College Master, Will Rice College, Rice University

"The Business of Benevolence: Women and Philanthropy and Women Philanthropists"

Allison L. Sneider
Assistant of Professor of History
Rice University

Carolyn Warzawski
Assistant Vice President for Development
Rice University

This panel on women's philanthropy addresses the history and significance of women's charitable giving and considers the varieties of women's philanthropy today.

"Low Pay and Long Hours: Women in the Global Assembly Line"

Dr. Diana Strassman
Senior Research Fellow and Editor,
Journal of Feminist Economics
Rice University

Dr. Elora Shehabuddin
Assistant Professor Humanities and Political Science, History
Rice University

Joan Denkler
Director, Globalization Forum

Dr. Susan Kellogg
Associate Professor of History
University of Houston

This session will feature diverse perspectives on women factory workers producing for global markets. Speakers will consider policy, activist, and consumer responses oriented towards improving these women's lives.

"Creating a Healthier America One Woman at a Time!"

Dr. Salwa Shenaq, M.D., M.BA.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief of Anesthesiology, Veterans Administration

Bilal Shanti, M.D.
Chief of Pain Medicine
Veterans Administration Hospital

Join in the discussions on cutting edge healthcare issues affecting women today. Come hear how to age gracefully in the 21st century. What's the global economic impact of the U.S. healthcare system and how does it stack up to that of Canada, England, Holland and other countries? Learn about the changing faces of HIV/AIDS and the staggering growth of infection within the African American and Hispanic communities.  


3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Session 3

"To Thine Own Self Be True: Building a Life Without Dying to Self"

Marie O. Wehrung
Assistant Director, Human Resources, Rice University

Judith M. O'Connor
Master Certified Coach
Thinking Partners, Inc.

Careers, academics, family our lives are increasingly busy as we strive to succeed in these and other areas. What's the cost? Workshop participants will look at ways to remain true to themselves and create lives they love.


"Looking Forward, Moving Ahead: Current Student Research in Women's Studies"

Victoria Thomas
"What Kind of Subject is Feminism?"
Study of Women and Gender major, 2003, Rice Univesity

Natasha Alvandi
"Recreating the Missing Half: Displacement and the Victorian Woman in Simla, India"
Study of Women and Gender major, 2003

Kailin Mooney
"Exploring the Central Core: The Female Body in Recent American Art"
Study of Women and Gender major, 2003

Petra Pilgrim
"The Violence of Absence: Black Women and Lifetime Films"
Study of Women and Gender major, 2003

Charlotte Albrecht
"Looking For Links: The Struggle Between Theory and Practice in Antiracist Activism"
Study of Women and Gender major, 2003

Senior majors in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender present their capstone research on subjects as diverse as the representation of race on Lifetime television, Victorian women in India, sexual imagery in contemporary art, the relation of young women to feminism, and strategies for anti-racist activism.


"The Costs and Benefits of Progress: Women's Athletics since Title IX"

Jen Cooper
President, Houston Women's Soccer Association and
Student Media Advisor, Rice University

Christine Huston
Head Coach, Soccer, Rice University

This panel will discuss the costs and benefits of the progress of women's Athletics in educational settings since the advent of Title IX.

"Reel Bodies, Reel Beauty: Recent Works by Women Filmmakers on Body Image"

Laura Baker - moderator

Your Name in Cellulite (Gail Noonan, 1995; 6 minutes).

Mirror Mirror (Jan Krawitz, 1990; 17 minutes).

Woman Being (Wen-Jie Qin, 1997; 20 minutes).

This session features three short films that explore through satire, media criticism, and documentary the relationship between women's self-images and ideals of femininity. Discussion to follow.

"Debt to Society: Women and Incarceration"

Marjolÿn Avé Lallemant
University Adjunct Professor, University of Houston - Clear Lake

Gaye Cummins
Project Director, University of Texas School of Public Health

Vivienne McLean
Administrator, Brigid's Hope

Freda Richie
Warden, Plane State Jail

160,000 women are in prison today. More are in jail. Join us for a panel discussion by women whose personal, professional or academic lives are actively involved with the incarcerated population. What are the social demographics of this rarely discussed population? How did they get there? What can be done to change the future?

 4:30 - 6 p.m. Free Time

Rice Women's Basketball - Autry Court. Buy tickets at the door. $7 regular, $4 students/seniors.


6:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner, James A. Baker III Hall

 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Rice Women in the Performing Arts, Baker Hall



8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Brunch

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management Dining Room, 1st Floor

10 - 11:00 a.m. Spirit and Wonder of Women

Rice Memorial Chapel

Rabbi Laura Sheinkopf
Congregation Emanu El

Rev. Dr. Leonora Montgomery
Universal Unitarian minister

Dr. Anne Klein
Professor, Rice University


 Register now!



If you have any questions, please contact:

Kathleen Minadeo Johnson

Conference Coordinator

Phone: 713-348-3452


Fax: 713-348-5991