The Mormon Women's Forum is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 that "encourages open and honest discussion among people with diverse opinions and promotes gender equity and social justice in the context of the worldwide Mormon community." The yearly conference explores issues related to Mormon feminism--something very important to me. That said, I am definitely intimidated to be on a panel! This isn't something I've ever done before.
For those in Utah, I hope you'll consider coming. The keynote speaker is Eloise Bell, a retired BYU professor who is sure to be amazing! And the sessions are free! (Although donations are accepted.)
The Mormon Women’s Forum
October 8, 2011
Panorama East, Olpin Student Union
University of Utah
The Olpin Student Union is located on Central Campus Drive on the east side of campus; Panorama Room East is on the top floor, on the west side of the building. There is an adjacent parking lot, free on Saturday.
To encourage all to attend the conference, admittance is by donation. The lunch is $15 to cover costs.
9:00-10:30— “LGBT RIGHTS AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS: WORKING TOGETHER FOR EQUALITY”
Michael Ferguson, PhD candidate, Univ. of Utah, college of engineering–focus on neural imaging
Nadine Hansen, semi-retired attorney, grandmother of 7, feminist writer, and gay rights activist
Kendahl Millecam, stay-at-home parent, real food blogger, works w/ Phoenix Youth at Risk
10:45-12:15— “HIERARCHY, PRIESTHOOD, AND COMMUNITY: CAN WOMEN BE INCORPORATED INTO CHURCH LEADERSHIP?
Round Table Discussion:
Mary Ellen Robertson, director of outreach and symposia for Sunstone Education Foundation
Michael J. Stevens, professor of management & business admin., Weber State; Sunstone board
Paul Toscano, bankruptcy attorney, author of Sanctity of Dissent and Sacrament of Doubt
Margaret Toscano, feminist writer; assist. prof. of classics & comp. lit., Univ. of Utah
1:30-2:30– Keynote Speaker & Recipient of the Mormon Women’s Forum 2011 Eve Award
ELOUISE BELL— Retired Professor of English, BYU; author of Only When I Laugh; one-woman show of Patty Bartlett Sessions; Grande Dame of Mormon Feminism. Talk: “Be the Freckle: A Crone’s View on Feminism and Change”
2:45-4:15– “MEN AND WOMEN: LEADERS AND SUSTAINERS? PARTNERS OR RIVALS?
Jared Anderson, teaches religion at Westminster, finishing dissertation at UNC-CH on NT Gospels
Katrina Barker Anderson, wife, mom, step-mom, photographer—birth & breastfeeding advocate
Alan Eastman, chemist with GreenFire Energy by day, and musician by night
Amy Parkin, works in academic publishing, blogs for the-Exponent.Com
4:30-6:00— “FEMINISM, THE CHURCH, AND ME: HOW FEMINISM HAS INFLUENCED MY IDENTITY AND RELATIONSHIP TO THE LDS CHURCH”
Ellen Decoo, Belgian native, BS in sociology from BYU, applying to grad school
Vickie Eastman, retired freelance executive recruiter, gospel doctrine teacher
Derek Staffanson, feminist Mormon housewives blogger, stay-at-home parent, graphic designer
The conference sessions are free and open to the public! Donations are greatly appreciated and are suggeststed at $5 per session. You may show up at the door without pre-registering, but lunches must be pre-ordered.
Lunches must be reserved by October 6, 2011; you may email or call to reserve your lunch: Margaret Toscano (801-581-4768; margaret.toscanoATutahDOTedu);