How Women Are Changing the World 

Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World             — August 15-16, 2014

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Women’s International Study Center’s (WISC’s) inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15-16, 2014.  Your participation and engagement in the 2-day conversations made the event an incredibly inspiring community experience, and created awareness for the need for intergenerational communication about issues affecting women around the world. WISC would also like to thank each of the extraordinary panelists who offered their insights and knowledge with authenticity and excellence. We would especially like to thank U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for inviting us into such a personal and thoughtful discussion about her life, experiences and perspectives.

WISC’s inaugural Symposium could not have been possible without the support of WISC’s Board of Directors, our Academic Advisory Committee, our incredible team of volunteers, and our generous Sponsors and Supporters including our host, the Drury Plaza Hotel-Santa Fe.

EVALUATION SURVEY:

If you attended WISC’s 2014 Symposium and you did not have a chance to fill out an evaluation, please use this LINK to fill out our online evaluation form. Your feedback is incredibly important to help us understand how we can improve the Symposium and make next year’s event an even greater success. Thank you!

PROGRAM BOOK:

For the Symposium agenda, session descriptions and speaker biographies, please download the Program Book. Many thanks to graphic designer Terri Jerry for provding your time and immense talent.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS:

Please read the Introductory Remarks to the Symposium by Helena Ribe, member of the WISC Board of Directors and Chair of the Symposium Content Committee.

SESSION RECORDINGS:

Many thanks to KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio 101.1FM and Alliance Audio Visual for providing these recordings.

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WISC Symposium 2014 Plenary Session

FOCUS SESSIONS:

Women in the Labor Force and Business

Women in Cultural Preservation

Women in the Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Women in the Arts

First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today

Second Afternoon Session: A Global Perspective

Concluding Session: What Are the Lessons and Insights Gained Today

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: KSFR ZELIE POLLON’S INTERVIEWS WITH SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

 

Many thanks to KSFR’s Zelie Pollon for providing exclusive access to these interviews.

 

Interview with Catherine Allen (Part 1)

Interview with Catherine Allen (Part 2)

Interview with Arlene Goldbard

Interview with Meryl Marshall-Daniels

Interview with Courtney Martin

Interview with Jennifer Raymond

 

 

SESSION HANDOUTS:

 

The following is a list of handouts that were available at the Symposium and referenced by Symposium panelists:

 

“Bridging the Big Divide,” Marano, H, Schreiber,K and Model,M. 2013. Psychology Today, sponsored by Sun Life Financial. Referenced by Catherine Allen, panelist, Women in the Labor Force and Business.

“Data on Women in STEM,” prepared and referenced by Jennifer Raymond, panelist, First Morning Session: Starting Point and Concluding Session: What Are the Lessons and Insights, and moderator, Women in Sciences, Engineering and Technology.

“M@B Bluprint: Millenials and Boomers Shaping Each Others’ Lives,” Everton, M, AIMSights. Prepared and referenced by Marsha Everton, panelist, First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today.

“Risk & Reinvention Matrix,” prepared and referenced by Marsha Everton, panelist, First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today; Meryl Marshall-Daniels, panelist, First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today and Second Afternoon Session: Global Perspectives; and Helena Ribe, panelist, Concluding Session: What are the Lessons and Insights.

“The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level.” Zenger, J and Folkman, J. 2014. Harvard Business Review. Referenced by Catherine Allen, panelist, Women in the Labor Force and Business.

“WISC Report on the Status of Women in the US,” prepared and referenced by Letitia Chambers, panelist, First Morning Session: Starting Point and Concluding Session: What Are the Lessons and Insights, and moderator, Women in Cultural Preservation.

“Women in Sciences, Engineering and Technology,” prepared and referenced by Joan Woodard, panelist, Women in Sciences, Engineering and Technology.

 

 

SYMPOSIUM PHOTOS:

 

Please enjoy browsing images from the Symposium in our Image Gallery. Many thanks once again to photographer Jane Bernard for providing these stunning images.

 

 

 

LUNCH DISCUSSION INSIGHTS:

 

Click HERE to read the Symposium participants’ insights during the lunch table discussions.

 

 

 

SYMPOSIUM DESCRIPTION:

 

WISC was pleased to host its inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15-16, 2014 at the new Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.

 

More than three hundred women and men gathered at the 2014 Symposium to explore women’s accomplishments, challenges and opportunities across disciplines, ethnicities and generations. Beginning with a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, more than 30 experts in scholarship, science, technology, engineering, art, law, cultural preservation, business and labor force analysis engaged in panel discussions to share their expertise, perspectives and experiences. The Symposium sought to inspire participants to create a future that realizes the full potential of women and honors their contributions to our world.

 

Once again, WISC would like to thank our Board of Directors, our Academic Advisory Commitee, our Content and Planning Committees, our numerous volunteers, our generous Sponsors and Supporters, and YOU who attended our inaugural Symposium, gave of your time and yourselves, and made it authentic and meaningful. Thank you!

 

 

Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World   

Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World             — August 15-16, 2014

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Women’s International Study Center’s (WISC’s) inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15-16, 2014.  Your participation and engagement in the 2-day conversations made the event an incredibly inspiring community experience, and created awareness for the need for intergenerational communication about issues affecting women around the world. WISC would also like to thank each of the extraordinary panelists who offered their insights and knowledge with authenticity and excellence. We would especially like to thank U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for inviting us into such a personal and thoughtful discussion about her life, experiences and perspectives.

 

WISC’s inaugural Symposium could not have been possible without the support of WISC’s Board of Directors, our Academic Advisory Committee, our incredible team of volunteers, and our generous Sponsors and Supporters including our host, the Drury Plaza Hotel-Santa Fe.

 

 

 

EVALUATION SURVEY:

 

If you attended WISC’s 2014 Symposium and you did not have a chance to fill out an evaluation, please use this LINK to fill out our online evaluation form. Your feedback is incredibly important to help us understand how we can improve the Symposium and make next year’s event an even greater success. Thank you!

 

 

 

PROGRAM BOOK:

 

For the Symposium agenda, session descriptions and speaker biographies, please download the Program Book. Many thanks to graphic designer Terri Jerry for provding your time and immense talent.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS:

 

Please read the Introductory Remarks to the Symposium by Helena Ribe, member of the WISC Board of Directors and Chair of the Symposium Content Committee.

 

 

 

SESSION RECORDINGS:

 

Many thanks to KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio 101.1FM and Alliance Audio Visual for providing these recordings.

 

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WISC Symposium 2014 Plenary Session

FOCUS SESSIONS:

Women in the Labor Force and Business

Women in Cultural Preservation

Women in the Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Women in the Arts

First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today

Second Afternoon Session: A Global Perspective

Concluding Session: What Are the Lessons and Insights Gained Today

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: KSFR ZELIE POLLON’S INTERVIEWS WITH SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

 

Many thanks to KSFR’s Zelie Pollon for providing exclusive access to these interviews.

 

Interview with Catherine Allen (Part 1)

Interview with Catherine Allen (Part 2)

Interview with Arlene Goldbard

Interview with Meryl Marshall-Daniels

Interview with Courtney Martin

Interview with Jennifer Raymond

 

 

SESSION HANDOUTS:

 

The following is a list of handouts that were available at the Symposium and referenced by Symposium panelists:

 

“Bridging the Big Divide,” Marano, H, Schreiber,K and Model,M. 2013. Psychology Today, sponsored by Sun Life Financial. Referenced by Catherine Allen, panelist, Women in the Labor Force and Business.

“Data on Women in STEM,” prepared and referenced by Jennifer Raymond, panelist, First Morning Session: Starting Point and Concluding Session: What Are the Lessons and Insights, and moderator, Women in Sciences, Engineering and Technology.

“M@B Bluprint: Millenials and Boomers Shaping Each Others’ Lives,” Everton, M, AIMSights. Prepared and referenced by Marsha Everton, panelist, First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today.

“Risk & Reinvention Matrix,” prepared and referenced by Marsha Everton, panelist, First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today; Meryl Marshall-Daniels, panelist, First Afternoon Session: Young Women Today and Second Afternoon Session: Global Perspectives; and Helena Ribe, panelist, Concluding Session: What are the Lessons and Insights.

“The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level.” Zenger, J and Folkman, J. 2014. Harvard Business Review. Referenced by Catherine Allen, panelist, Women in the Labor Force and Business.

“WISC Report on the Status of Women in the US,” prepared and referenced by Letitia Chambers, panelist, First Morning Session: Starting Point and Concluding Session: What Are the Lessons and Insights, and moderator, Women in Cultural Preservation.

“Women in Sciences, Engineering and Technology,” prepared and referenced by Joan Woodard, panelist, Women in Sciences, Engineering and Technology.

 

 

SYMPOSIUM PHOTOS:

 

Please enjoy browsing images from the Symposium in our Image Gallery. Many thanks once again to photographer Jane Bernard for providing these stunning images.

 

 

 

LUNCH DISCUSSION INSIGHTS:

 

Click HERE to read the Symposium participants’ insights during the lunch table discussions.

 

 

 

SYMPOSIUM DESCRIPTION:

 

WISC was pleased to host its inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15-16, 2014 at the new Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.

 

More than three hundred women and men gathered at the 2014 Symposium to explore women’s accomplishments, challenges and opportunities across disciplines, ethnicities and generations. Beginning with a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, more than 30 experts in scholarship, science, technology, engineering, art, law, cultural preservation, business and labor force analysis engaged in panel discussions to share their expertise, perspectives and experiences. The Symposium sought to inspire participants to create a future that realizes the full potential of women and honors their contributions to our world.

 

Once again, WISC would like to thank our Board of Directors, our Academic Advisory Commitee, our Content and Planning Committees, our numerous volunteers, our generous Sponsors and Supporters, and YOU who attended our inaugural Symposium, gave of your time and yourselves, and made it authentic and meaningful. Thank you!

 

 

Opportunities for Scholars, Researchers and Professionals in Residence at WISC

The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) seeks applicants for residential fellowships Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Attracting travelers from around the world, Santa Fe is known for its art markets, museums, and research and academic institutions. The region has beautiful scenery, year-round outdoor activities and a rich mix of American, Spanish Colonial and Native American history. Acequia Madre House is on a 3.5-acre property in a quiet, historic neighborhood.

The Marilyn Mason Fellowship

Artists, writers, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs, as individuals and in groups, are encouraged to apply for residencies available throughout the year. WISC seeks proposals aligned with our focus areas – broadly defined as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy – inspired by the three generations of women who built and lived in Acequia Madre House. Proposals by women are accepted, as are those of anyone working in these focus areas as they relate directly to the interests and experiences of women.

Click here for bios of current and former WISC Fellows.

Fellows live and work in two residences on the property. Housing includes a private bedroom with a desk, private and shared bathrooms, common kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, and access to wifi and a network printer. Housekeeping services are provided weekly.

Residencies are typically up to four weeks long.

 

Each fellow or group of fellows is encouraged to make a public presentation (WISC will assist in organizing presentations) during the period in residence. WISC asks that fellows acknowledge WISC in any publications, exhibitions, etc., that result from the work conducted during the residency.

 

The application requests:

 

Completed application form

500-word project proposal

Résumé or curriculum vitae

One-to-three work samples from individuals

Two work samples from a group or one per person within the group

Three letters of recommendation from individuals

Two letters of recommendation for a group or one per person within the group

Applications are accepted year-round and reviewed by a distinguished Academic Advisory Committee . However, they are only reviewed twice a year with review periods beginning March 1 and November 1. Notifications in early May and early January.

 

To access the applications, click on the button labeled “Click here to submit” below. Applications are only accepted online through Submittable.com. Applications submitted through any other means will not be reviewed.

 

There are three distinct WISC Fellowship-in-Residence applications, for individual applicants, for groups of up to three, and for groups of four-to-six.

 

Individual Fellowships-in-Residence

Individual applicants selected for a fellowship will receive a $1,000 stipend for a residency lasting four or more weeks. Stipends for shorter residencies will be prorated by the number of days at $36/day.

 

Group Fellowships-in-Residence

The group residency is meant to support a group of collaborators in need of a period of residency to engage in teambuilding and/or work on a project together. WISC can accommodate a group size of up to three individuals year-round and up to six individuals during the summer.

 

Group fellowship applicants will submit one application with a joint proposal that indicates the specific expertise, skills and contributions of each individual toward the group project.

 

Members of a group selected for a fellowship will share a $1,000 stipend for a residency lasting four or more weeks. Stipends for shorter residencies will be prorated by the number of days at $36/day.

 

Additional Logistics

Security Deposit: A $200 deposit will be withheld from stipends and paid at the end of the residency if no damage to the residence is incurred.

 

Family Members: Spouses, partners and children cannot be accommodated.

 

Pets: Regulations prohibit pets in the residences with the exception of assistance animals.

 

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in the residences.

 

Artists: Currently, there is no studio space for artists in our historic residential properties. However, artists working in two dimensional formats using ink or pencil or in digital media may work in their rooms in the residences. Others should inquire.

 

Persons with Disabilities: If you require disability accommodations for housing or other aspects of a residency, please contact the WISC at 505-983-6538 or email info@wisc-amh.org

 

Former WISC Fellows must wait two years from the start date of their last fellowship before applying for another fellowship.

 

Other Questions: If you have other specific questions, please contact WISC at 505-983-6538 or email info@wisc-amh.org.

Contributions to Women’s International Study Center

 

The work of the Women’s International Study Center, established as a New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation, is supported by contributions. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss ways in which you can help carry this work forward. There is a full range of giving opportunities from major gifts supporting significant aspects of WISC programs, to sponsorship of individual fellowships or scholarships, to general contributions to the annual fund. In addition, the long-term goal is to develop an endowment to ensure the continuation of WISC. We would be happy to discuss gifts to endowment, naming opportunities and planned or deferred gifts tailored to your financial plan.

 

FRIENDS & BENEFACTORS MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM:

 

WISC welcomes those who support our mission and programs and who wish to show that support by becoming Friends or Benefactors of WISC. All memberships are one year in duration and renewable on or before the date the membership begins. The categories and benefits for Friends and Benefactors are listed below.

 

FRIENDS – are listed on the WISC website and in the annual publication alphabetically by last name in the categories of their giving. An individual is a Friend, while in the dual classification, both are Friends.

 

Friend/s – Individual $50, Dual $90: Listing on WISC website and receive “Friends & Benefactors Newsletter.”

 

Contributing Friend/s – Individual $150, Dual $200: All of the above, plus priority (advance) invitation to Fellows Evenings.

 

Supporting Friend/s – Individual $250; Dual $350: All of the above, plus invitations to WISC’s Annual Lawn Party and to receptions for Symposium speakers or Fellows.

 

Sustaining Friend/s – Individual $500, Dual $750: All of the above, plus invitations to quarterly Salon Evenings and to a Holiday Tea.

 

 

 

BENEFACTORS – are listed on the WISC website and in any publications alphabetically by last name in the categories of their giving. Donation amounts may be applied to individual or dual memberships. An individual is a Benefactor, while in the dual classification, both are Benefactors.

 

Benefactor/s – $1,000+: All of the above, plus priority (advance) invitation to Salon Evenings, listing in events programs, and reserved seating and acknowledgement at presentations.

 

Supporting Benefactor/s – $5,000+: All of the above, plus a named sponsorship of the Archive for the year of the gift, with acknowledgement in the Archive and with a recognition citation.

 

Sustaining Benefactor/s – $10,000+: All of the above, plus naming of one of that year’s Fellowships.

 

Lead Benefactor/s – $25,000+: All of the above, plus a named sponsorship of WISC’s year with special acknowledgement online, in print and in a framed citation in the Women’s International Study Center at Acequia Madre House.

 

Individual and dual members may join by selecting the appropriate level below. All payments may be made online using PayPal or credit/debit card. For anyone wishing to become a member at the Sustaining Benefactor level of $10,000 and above, or at the Lead Benefactor Level of $25,000 and above, please contact Karen Dugas, WISC Director, at kdugas@wisc-amh.org to discuss naming opportunities and payment details in person or by phone.

 

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NEW: Student Friend Memberships: We are now offering 50% reduced rate memberships at each “Friend” level for full-time college and university students at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Full-time status is defined as enrollment in the equivalent of 12 or more semester credit hours at the undergraduate level, or 9 or more semester credit hours at the graduate or professional level. Recent graduates may benefit from the student rate for one additional year post-graduation.

 

Student Friend: $25.      Student Contributing Friend: $75.      Student Supporting Friend: $125.      Student Sustaining Friend: $250.

 

Student Friends receive the same benefits as standard Friend memberships as listed above.

Tarja Halonen, first female President of Finland (2000 to 2012), in conversation with Halla Tómasdóttir, runner-up in Iceland’s Presidential Elections in 2016

WHAT:  A WISC Conversation: Leadership Values in a Changing World

 

WHERE:  New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

 

WHEN:  Monday, September 18, 2017, doors open at 5:40pm, event begins promptly at 6pm.

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

Finland is known to be one of the most socially progressive countries in the world with the highest scores for meeting basic human needs, and building foundations of wellbeing and opportunity. Finland’s education system has been praised as one of the best in the world. Iceland ranks first when it comes to closing the gender gap and was the first country in the world to democratically elect a woman president in 1980. In fact, all the Nordic countries rank in the top 10.  What allows a nation to make such strides toward a high quality of life?

 

As Finns celebrate one hundred years of independence, WISC, the Women’s International Study Center, is honored to welcome Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland from 2000 to 2012, the first woman to hold that office, and Halla Tómasdóttir, Icelandic presidential candidate in 2016. They will appear in a conversation moderated by Willa Seldon, partner in The Bridgespan Group. The event will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 6pm at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium.

 

The WISC Conversation, Leadership Values in a Changing World, will focus on how to lead from values and principles with the goals of obtaining sustainability, and improving equality and gender balance. The speakers will reflect on their personal experiences and lessons from Nordic leadership, on whether women bring different values to leadership, and the relevance of those values in today’s political climate.

 

TARJA HALONEN

 

Tarja Halonen served two terms as President of Finland from 2000-2012. During her presidency, she was co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Summit, co-chair of the Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and Chair of the Council of Women Leaders.

 

Prior to her election, she served as Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Minister of Justice, and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Over her political career, which began in 1974, President Halonen has paid close attention to issues of human rights, democracy and civil society. Issues concerning social justice and promotion of gender equality have been central themes.

 

President Halonen has also been actively engaged with non-governmental organizations and trade unions. After her exit from office, the TH Global Sustainability Foundation was established in 2012 to promote the work of President Halonen in the field of Sustainable Development. She continues to work closely with the UN and several NGOs. Among other duties she is currently Co-Chair of the Health and Human Rights working group established by the WHO and the UN OHCHR, alternate Co-Chair of the Every Woman Every Child Movement’s Steering Group, member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Global UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and UN Drylands Ambassador.

 

HALLA TÓMASDÓTTIR

 

Halla is a Change Catalyst on a quest to inspire and empower leaders to release the value of principle-based and gender balanced leadership. She has passionately pursued this purpose as a business leader in Corporate America with M&M; and Pepsi Cola, as the first female CEO of Iceland’s Chamber of commerce and as an executive and non-executive director for diverse businesses. An entrepreneur at heart, she joined the founding team of Reykjavik University where she founded the Executive Education department and led a successful initiative focused on empowering women and girls as entrepreneurs, leaders and investors. In 2007 she co-founded an investment firm with the vision to incorporate feminine values into finance. The company made international headlines when it successfully survived Iceland’s infamous economic meltdown. In 2016, Halla ran for President in Iceland. She was an independent candidate with no prior political experience and surprised everyone as she emerged from an initial 1% in the polls to becoming the runner-up.

 

Halla holds an international MBA from Thunderbird and has lived and worked in the US, the UK and across the Nordics. Her work led her to the TED stage twice and she has delivered keynotes and participated in dialogues about leadership and gender for companies and conferences around the world. Newsweek named her to a list of 150 women who “shake the world” and the New Yorker called her a “Living Emoji of Sincerity”.

 

Halla is married and a proud mom of two teenagers and a puppy.

 

Website and social media:

www.hallatomasdottir.com

Twitter: @HallaTomas

Public Facebook: @hallatomas

 

WILLA SELDON

 

Willa Seldon is a partner in The Bridgespan Group (San Francisco) a nonprofit advisory group and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists focused on breakthrough impact. Willa advises nonprofits, social enterprises and philanthropists, collaborating with leaders to refine their strategies and improve their operating models. Willa has led engagements with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Family Independence Initiative, the Rockefeller Foundation, and StriveTogether and advised collaborative efforts, such as the White House Council for Community Solutions.

 

Experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds has given Willa unique managerial and leadership skills. Her for-profit experience includes seven years at Milepost, a
venture capital firm she cofounded and seven years as the executive director of AirTouch Communications, a multibillion dollar wireless communications company. In the nonprofit world, Willa served as the chief executive officer of the Glide Foundation, a large multi-service organization. Prior to Glide, Willa served as the executive director of the Tides Center, an organization engaged in providing infrastructure services to nonprofit groups.

 

Willa is a member of the Board of Directors of College Futures Foundation, former vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College, and former chair of KQED. She also was awarded the Most Influential Women in Business award by the San Francisco Business Times. Willa has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, a JD from Yale Law School, and an AB in Economics from Bryn Mawr College.

World Class Musicians Teach & Learn at Acequia Madre House™

Since 2007, as the consequence of the close relationship between the Paloheimo family and the composer Jean Sibelius, superb musicians from the Sibelius Academy in Finland have conducted master-classes called Creative Dialogue at Acequia Madre House™. Their students are accomplished international musicians from Juilliard, Yale, Eastman and other distinguished conservatories nominated by their respective deans.

Each Creative Dialogue session concludes with a free concert at St. Francis Auditorium. Many of the students describe the experience as transformative. From the inception, these master classes have had a strong female presence both among the master musicians and pupils.

More info:  Creative Dialogue

Susan Tweit (November 2016)

Susan Tweit (November 2016)Award-winning writer Susan J. Tweit is a plant biologist who began her career studying wildfires, grizzly bear habitat and sagebrush communities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem before turning to writing when she discovered she loved telling the stories in the data. She has written twelve books about nature and life, including the memoir Walking Nature Home, and The Rocky Mountain Garden Survival Guide, hailed as “the instruction book that should have come with your yard.” Tweit’s work has appeared in magazines and newspapers from Audubon and Popular Mechanics to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times, and won the EDDIE for magazine writing, ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, the Colorado Book Award, and the Colorado Authors League Award (three times). She is a columnist for Rocky Mountain Gardening magazine, and a co-founder of the Habitat Hero project. Her landscape designs and urban habitat restoration projects have won recognition from The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Rockies, and the North American Rock Garden Society. She has captivated audiences at venues ranging from TEDx events to women’s health conferences. Tweit lives on a restored former industrial property in Salida, Colorado.

 

10 Questions with Susan Tweit

 Stanlie James (October 2016)

Stanlie James was appointed Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement in September 2016 at Arizona State Universtiy. She is a professor who holds a joint appointment in the African and African American Studies, and the Women and Gender Studies programs in the School of Social Transformation at ASU. Her areas of teaching and research include Women’s International Human Rights and Black Feminisms. She has co-edited three anthologies including Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies with Frances Foster and Beverly Guy Sheftall (Feminist Press, 2009); Genital Cutting and Transnational Sisterhood: Disputing U.S. Polemics with Claire Robertson (University of Illinois Press, 2002): and with Abena Busia, Theorizing Black Feminisms: the Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women (Routledge, 1993). She is currently at work on a new book tentatively entitled “Goler’s Daughter’s: Black Women and International Human Rights.” She is published in journals such as Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietySOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and SocietyWomen’s Studies International Forum, and has authored chapters in several edited volumes. With Aili Tripp she co-edits an award winning series “Women in Africa and the Diaspora” for the University of Wisconsin Press.

James was named an ASU Provost Teaching Fellow for 2015-2016. She has served as president of the ASU Faculty Women’s Association, and in 2009 she was the recipient of the ASU COmmission on the Status of Women’s annual “Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award.” She is a professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

Autoduplicity Collaboration: Celeste Oram, Jennifer Bewerse, and Rachel Beetz (September 2016)

Celeste Oram (b. 1990) is a New Zealand composer who was born in Manhattan, learned to walk and talk in London, and grew up in Auckland. Her works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast by ensembles including the Callithumpian Consort (Boston), wasteLAnd (Los Angeles), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Song Company (Sydney), and the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta. She was the Auckland Philharmonia’s ‘Rising Star’ young composer-in-residence for 2013-14; her commissioned orchestral work was selected as a finalist in the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for excellence in New Zealand contemporary composition.

Video scores are a recent avenue of work, with premieres at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy, and at the Melbourne Fringe Festival by Three Shades Black.

As a writer, Celeste has contributed feature music programmes to Radio New Zealand Concert, and articles to Tempo (Cambridge University Press), The Pantograph Punch, and Minarets Poetry Journal.

Celeste is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego.

Jennifer Bewerse is a musician whose performance work approaches the concert framework as its own medium. By putting different composers, compositions, and performance techniques in “conversation” with the social structures of a concert, Jennifer hopes to create a discourse around questions of performance such as “is live music necessary?” and “how can our bodies be musical?” Through this discourse, the concert framework transforms from a convenient structure for listening to an opening for questioning broader experiences.

 

Jennifer is an award-winning cellist and devoted champion of the music of our time. As a result, she has premiered over 50 works including Caroline Miller’s Vessel (2014), Monte Weber’s Weather Music (2015) for solo cello, and Peter Ablinger’s WEISS / WEISSLICH 17k: Violoncello und Rauschen (2015). Other composers she has had the privilege to work with include Augusta Read Thomas, Christian Wolff, Anthony Davis, Chinary Ung, Lei Liang, Michael Sydney Timpson, Patricia Alessandrini, Stephen Goss, Chaya Czernowin, Kenji Bunch, Gunther Schuller, Jonathan Harvey, and David Del Tredici.

 

Jennifer has performed in concerts at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Equilibrium Concert Series, REDCAT, the Center for New Music, and SICPP, as a guest Teaching Artist for the Music from Salem: Cello Seminar and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, as a guest soloist for the Robert Helps Festival and International Composition Competition, the Without Walls Festival, and the Carlsbad Music Festival, as a guest performer and presenter for the inaugural New Music Gathering and the Eureka! Musical Minds Conference, and was the 2010 Performance Prizewinner at the soundSCAPE festival in Italy.

 

Jennifer is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is currently the cellist of Southland Ensemble and of Diagenesis Duo with vocalist Heather Barnes. A recipient of the Myrna Loy Center Grants to Artists Award, Diagenesis Duo’s work has given them the opportunity to collaborate with prestigious performers and institutions such the University of Florida, University of Montana, Boston Conservatory, Joel Krosnick, Tony Arnold, Susan Narucki and Nan Hughes, and as the guest artists in residence at UC San Diego’s Springfest. Their NewSonics: A New Music Workshop for Kids has been the recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant and a New Music USA Project Grant.

 

Jennifer is a sought after collaborator and has been a guest performer with now hear ensemble, Juventas, Calithumpian Consort, Palimpsest, Boston Public Quartet, Kallisti, Renga, Fireworks Ensemble, wild Up, and Ellen Fullman. Her current collaboration with Rachel Beetz, Autoduplicity, recenlty performed at Mengi in Reykjavik, Iceland with funding through a Project Grant from UC San Diego’s Dean of Humanities.

 

A native of Florida, Jennifer received her Bachelors of Music magna cum laude from the University of South Florida and her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate in Contemporary Performance at the University of California in San Diego with a full scholarship. Her principal teachers include Joan Markstein, Scott Kluksdahl, Charles Curtis, and Rhonda Rider, founding member of the Lydian String Quartet.

 

To learn more, visit www.jenniferbewerse.com

 

 

 

Flutist and sound artist Rachel Beetz performs music of the last century, creating a dialogue between avant-garde music and modern life. Rachel has been a featured artist in the XI Festival Internacional de Músiva Nueva in Monterrey, Mexico, the American Music Festival at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Ojai Music Festival in California, Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concert Series, New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston, MA, the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy, and a guest artist/lecturer at Santa Clara University. She is also an affiliated artist of San Diego New Music.

 

 

In the winter of 2015/16, Rachel received the Skammdegi Air Award from Listhus Artspace in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. For three months, she lived in the darkness while creating the sound and light installation, The Winter Stars based on the night sky of the darkest days of the year.

An active chamber music musician, Rachel has given definitive performances of Morton Feldman’s multi-hour works For Philip Guston and For Christian Wolff. She is also a long-term member of UCSD’s Palimpsest contemporary chamber music ensemble and frequently plays on the wasteLAnd concert series in Los Angeles. Currently, Rachel is half of Plus/Minus, a flute and percussion duo with Dustin Donahue. She is also a co-founder of the performance art project Autoduplicity with cellist Jennifer Bewerse.

 

 

Rachel also works directly with composers on new works as well as repeat performances. She has premiered works written for her by Nicholas Deyoe, Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Edward Hamel, Kurt Isaacson, Scott Worthington, and Yvonne Wu. She has also worked closely with composers Roger Reynolds and Stuart Saunders Smith. You can hear her on Neuma Records and Blue Griffin.

 

 

She graduated with a Bachelor in Music with distinction from Indiana University in 2009, in the studio of Kathryn Lukas. Rachel holds Master of Arts in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California San Diego, where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate in the studio of John Fonville. You can find more information about her at www.rachelbeetzflute.com and listen to her recent recording projects at www.soundcloud.com/beetzflute.

Mary Margaret Fonow (July 2016)

Mary Margaret Fonow, Norton and Ramsey Professor of Social Transformation, is a professor of Women and Gender Studies and the founding director of the School of Social Transofrmation at Arizona State University. Fonow is an international leader in the field of women’s studies and has been active in the field for the past 40 years. She provides leadership for the research and training of doctoral students and is a member of the UNESCO Women and Gender Research Network. In the past Fonow has conducted comparative resarch on workplace change and its impact on labor activism in the US, Canada, and Australia and has more recently been analyzing the role union feminists are playing to secure basic labor rights for women in the global economy. She is interested in how union women developed a sense of themselves as transnational actors and how they build alliances and coalitions across national boundaries and between the labor movement and the women’s movement. She has published three books on the topic including a co-edited collection, Making Globalization Work for Women: The Role of Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership that examines trade unions as sites for women’s leadership training in 12 countries. Fonow was the co-principle investigator for an USAID funded project on women’s leadership in Armenia that resulted in the establishment of the Yerevan State Universty for Gender and Leadership Studies.

 

Her current research focuses on embodied activism, somatic education and mindfulness, and she hopes to develop a new model fo transformational leadership for women that is culturally relevant. She currently teaches, whith Rich Goldsand, a course on the transformational leadership and embodied activism to graduate students in the School of Social Transformation which includes two cohorts of Native American doctoral students; one Pueblo and one Navaho.

 

 

Fonow is actively engaged with students in the classroom and in helping students produce new research that is informed by an understanding of the intersection of justice with gender, race, class, indigeneity, and sexuality. Fonow believes the School of Social Transformation is the ideal location to prepare students to make a different in the world.