March 1 – 3

43rd Porter Fortune Symposium: “Organizing Agribusiness from Farm to Factory: Toward a New History of America’s Most Ambitious Labor Union”

Presented by: Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

March 1st

Opening Plenary and Reception

Presented by Robert Korstad (Duke University) and Vicki Ruiz (UC-Irvine).

Ruiz has written extensively about Mexican-American women in U.S. history, and she was the first Latina historian inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

5:30pm, 6:30-8:00pm, Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory


March 2nd

Panel 1: Local Imaginaries

Presented by Lane Windham, Georgetown University, author of Knocking On Labor’s Door and director of the WILL (Women Innovating Labor Leadership) Empower project and Dorothy Fujita-Rony, UC-Irvine, author of American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941

9am-10:30am, Bondurant Hall 204C


March 2nd

Panel 2: Biography as a Lens

Sarah McNamara, Texas A&M University, at work on her first book, “From Picket Lines to Picket Fences: Latinas and the Remaking of the Jim Crow South”

10:45am-12:15pm, 204C Bondurant Hall


March 6th

Women’s Wellness Luncheon

Presented by: FEMISS

Description: Dr. Jean Gispen, faculty and staff physician with University Health Services, discusses women’s health issues important to college women. Registration Required.

Noon – 1 PM, Lamar 323


March 7th

Affordable Housing is a Feminist Issue

Presented by: Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Dr. Desiree Hensley (Law) leads a roundtable discussion on affordable housing.

6pm, Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center



March 8, 2018

Diversity Summit: Making the Case for Diversity

Presented by: Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement invites the university community to a forum addressing 1) the benefits of diversity and inclusion, 2) contemporary issues, and 3) campus climate in higher education with University of Mississippi’s Dr. Katrina Caldwell and Ms. Shawnboad Mead, and keynote Dr. Scott E. Page (University of Michigan) and presenter Dr. Kevin McDonald (University of Missouri).

8:30- 12:00 p.m., The Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom


March 8th

Are You Ready? Dialogue Series: The Evolution of the #MeToo Movement and Sexual Harassment and Assault Awareness and Prevention Resources at UM

Presented by: Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and RASA

In observance of International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will sponsor an Are You Ready? Dialogue Series in partnership with RASA: Rebels Against Sexual Assault. This year’s IWD theme is #PressforProgress, and in anticipation of the Women’s Empowerment Address on March 20th featuring keynote speaker Tarana Burke, founder of the #metoo Movement, this dialogue will focus on Burke’s transformational commitments to supporting survivors, and will explore Burke’s intersectional emphasis on creating conversations around how young women of color from low wealth communities are particularly affected. Join us as we explore issues raised by the #metoo Movement and question how it has impacted conversations in the public sphere, both in current news reports and in the wake of the Golden Globes. Representatives from RASA will discuss their campus efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault at UM and provide tips on how to practice active bystander intervention strategies.

6 pm, Bryant 111


March 20th

4th Annual Women’s Empowerment Keynote Address and Awards

Presented by: UM Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, the University Lecture Series, E.S.T.E.E.M., Ole Miss Athletics – Student Athlete Development, Ole Miss Panhellenic, Ole Miss Student Housing, the Associated Student Body, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, RASA, FEMISS, African American Studies Program, and the Office of Fraternal Leadership & Learning

Tarana Burke shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral ‘me too’ movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. The simple yet courageous #MeToo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

#Metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social gjustice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.

Women who have made outstanding contributions to the University of Mississippi, past and present, will also be recognized. A reception will follow. Tickets are available beginning March 1st at the Ole Miss Box Office (Ford Center) for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Admission is free, but seating is limited to 750 attendees. For more information or disability accommodations, please contact The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement at (662) 915-1689 or

6 pm, Fulton Chapel


March 21st

Shared Governance Is a Feminist Issue

Presented by: Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies & the Task Force for Non-Tenure Track Faculty & Shared Governance

Members of the Task Force for Non-Tenure Track Faculty & Shared Governance will share how experiences from their work highlight the feminist principles that support their efforts and Dr. Neal Hutchens (Professor and Interim Chair of Higher Education) will explore the history of how shared governance, (non)tenure lines, and gender/sex faculty ratios have intersected over the past century.

12 pm, 555 Lamar


March 22nd

A Talk with Elaine Weiss

Presented by: Oxford Conference for the Book

Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,  discusses the suffrage battle with Dr. Jessie Wilkerson, History.

1:15 pm, Overby Auditorium


March 23rd

Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat

Presented by: Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, ESTEEM, LuckyDay, The Career Center, IMAGE, NPHC and Ole Miss Athletics

The 3rd Annual Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat is an event to motivate, engage and dialogue with women of color at the University of Mississippi. Registration Required.

3-8pm, Lamar Hall


March 26

Town Hall on Wage Gap Report

Presented by: Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Come to discuss the wage gap report and explore strategies to address the issues.

4 pm, Overby Center


March 28

Scaffolding the Ivory Tower: A Presentation on Work by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the Size, Characteristics, Compensation, and Work Experiences of Contingent Faculty

Presented by: Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Task Forse for Non-Tenure Track Faculty & Shared Governance

Presenter Michael Kniss will discuss an October 2017 report by the U.S. GAO which examined various issues related to contingent faculty.

1 pm, Lamar 323


March 28

Supporting Women’s Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Presented by: The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and AAUW-Oxford

Discuss best practices for helping women through the promotion and tenure process

4 pm, Center for Manufacturing Excellence Multipurpose Room


March 29th

Sarah Talk: Unpacking the Gendered Consequences of War

Presented by: Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Dr. Susan Allen (Political Science) discusses the effects of global conflict on women.

12:30, Winter Institute


April 4th – 6th

18th Annual Isom Student Gender Conference

The 2018 conference theme is Liberty and Justice for All. We invite participants to interrogate issues of equity, equality, respect, dignity, visibility, and freedom in their disciplines of study, society, and personal experience. What aspects of gender and sexuality are marginalized in our communities, both public and private? What structural frameworks impede access to social, cultural, and judicial equity? What forces combine to produce inequalities institutionally, locally, regionally, nationally, and on a global level? What means of resistance have been invented to combat such forces of inequality?  All these questions inform our theme of Liberty and Justice for All.