07 Feb CONVERGE! @ UM LAW SCHOOL
Katharine Westaway served as the the Women’s and Gender Studies advisor for this innovative conference out of the University of Miami law school. A description of the event is below.
CONVERGE! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence
February 7-8, 2014
University of Miami School of Law
University of Miami School of Law Race & Social Justice Law Review
Miami Worker’s Center Sisterhood of Survivors
Center on Applied Feminism-University of Baltimore School of Law
For over 40 years, gender violence has been the focus of feminist activism in the U.S. WHERE ARE WE HEADED NOW?
This conference will bring together SURVIVORS, ACTIVISTS, and ACADEMICS to RECONSIDER the dominant U.S. responses to gender violence, to build capacity for political mobilization and reform, to share innovative approaches to gender violence, and to promote cross-fertilization and collaboration between researchers, practitioners, and activists.
CONVERGE! is about building a TRANSFORMATIVE POLITICAL AGENDA to REFOCUS U.S. priorities in funding, activism, law, and social services in ways that better address the INTERSECTING INEQUALITIES that create and maintain gender violence.
The CONVERGE! Conference is organized around the following themes:
- Structural Inequality and Gender Violence
- Re-Imagining Mobilization Against Gender Violence
- Alternatives to Criminal Justice Strategies
- Reframing Gender Injustice as a Violation of Human Rights
- Responding to Retrenchment and Stalemate in Reform Efforts
Dr. Beth Richie is The Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at The University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. Read more about Dr. Richie at University of Illinois.