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Reinstein Symposium

The 23rd Annual Julia Reinstein ’28  Symposium
February 13-17,  2017

Annually the Women's and Gender Studies Program organizes the Julia Reinstein Symposium, made possible by a bequest from college alumna Julia Reinstein '28, a feminist, early lesbian activist, and strong supporter of women's issues. Each year, in cooperation with Students Against Sexism and Stereotypes (SASS), we choose a different theme and invite a keynote speaker.

This year's theme is "Planned Parenthood: 100 Years Strong" and the keynote speaker is Liz Gipson, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.

We also sponsor student presentations, where students present their original research and discuss their key findings with the campus community. Some symposia include workshops, film screenings, talk-backs, art exhibits, fundraising events, activist projects, or theater performances. Recent themes have included: "Women's Bodies and the Politics of Reproduction," "Uncertain Times: Women Around the World, "Elmira College, Champion of Women's Rights and Education since 1855," and "Celebrating International Women."

Monday, February 13:

Tuesday, February 14: 

  • Tampon drive continues - Campus Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Production of The Vagina Monologues - 6:00 p.m. in Watson Arena
    This event is open to the public.

    Written by Eve Ensler, Directed by Kayla Douberley ’18. Students will be fundraising for the Sexual Assault Resource Center and the V-Day Spotlight Campaign: Ending Violence Against Women in the Workplace. Click here for more information about the Vagina Monologues.

Wednesday, February 15:

  • Workshop “The Importance of Sharing Personal Narratives” - 12:45-2:15 p.m., Tifft Lounge in Campus Center

    When we share personal stories with each other, we are choosing a level of vulnerability that is brave, honest, and empathetic. Learn how to use your personal stories to make the changes you want to see in your community and your world!Workshop leader Sarah Blagg is the Community Affairs Coordinator for SARC and is a PPSFL Sexuality Educator working in the field of sexual health for almost 5 years. She educates people as young as age 12 about healthy relationships, violence prevention, birth control, gender issues, sexuality, and rape culture.  

Thursday, February 16:

  • Tampon drive continues - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Campus Center

  • Screening of the Film "Audrie and Daisy” - 7:00 p.m., Multicultural Center
    Snacks and a discussion afterward. This event is free and open to the campus community. 

    “Audrie and Daisy" is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera.” Click here for more information on the film.

Friday, February 17:

  •  Keynote Address “100 Years of Care No Matter What” by Liz Gipson, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes 
     11:30 a.m., Peterson Chapel inside Cowles Hall. This event is open to the public.

    Liz Gipson explores the past 100 years of Planned Parenthood and imagines what the next 100 hold. From reproductive health to reproductive rights to reproductive justice, 100 years has brought much change to the struggle for female bodily autonomy. In this political moment, how can we fight for a future where reproductive freedom is valued and centered? 

    Liz Gipson is the Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL), where she oversees the affiliate's advocacy, activism, and grassroots organizing initiatives. She is also a current Speaking Race to Power Fellow through CoreAlign, working to better integrate racial justice into reproductive rights advocacy in rural communities. Prior to joining PPSFL, Liz worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, Praxis Clinical, and the Self Evident Truths Project of the Human Rights Campaign. Liz is passionate about abortion access and volunteers as an Intake Case Manager for the New York Abortion Access Fund. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University cum laude with degrees in Art History and Gender & Sexuality Studie