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UTEP to hold 2-day women’s conference Wednesday, Thursday

The UTEP chapter of Iota, Iota, Iota (Triota), a national Women’s Studies Honor Society, will present its 5th Annual Women’s History Month conference on April 1-2, 2015.

Nearly 450 people have pre-registered for the free, public conference.

Anyone interested in registering can do so at

The 2015 conference theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

“Conference attendees will see the many ways in which UTEP faculty and students collaborate in research, and how faculty mentor students in their research and writing,” said Lee Ann Elliott Westman, Ph.D., visiting professor in humanities and women’s studies.

Five concurrent sessions will take place the mornings ofWednesday, April 1, andThursday, April 2.

More than 50 presenters will speak about topics ranging from women in the ancient

world to women in the arts and technology to women in contemporary culture. Many of the presenters are UTEP faculty and students who will share their research in areas related to gender.

Liz Chavez ofWise Latina International– a nonprofit organization that supports women overcoming racial, cultural and economic barriers – will present a keynote speech during the conference lunch onWednesday, April 1. Awards will be presented during that time, including Woman of UTEP, Woman of Valor and Moira Murphy Best Student Paper awards. An eight-minute mentoring session pairing career professionals with attendees seeking information on those careers also will take place during the luncheon.

Concurrent sessions are scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Union Building East, rooms 102 A – D. The luncheon will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Toms Rivera Conference Center on the 3 rd floor.

The conference will close at 3 p.m.Thursday, April 2, at El Paso Community College’s historic Little Temple (906 El Paso St.) with a screening of the Chris Rock film “Good Hair” followed by a reception.



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