Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia faculty and invited scholars will discuss women’s accomplishments and the challenges they face during the 8th annual UGA Global Educational Forum titled “Women in Sport, Education and Health” on March 18 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.
“Women work in an increasingly interdependent and globalized world, in which they face social and cultural barriers to success in the workforce,” said Rose Chepyator-Thomson, a professor in the College of Education’s department of kinesiology, who is the founder and program director of the forum. “This year’s forum focuses on ways women have been empowered with decision-making opportunities as framed through millennium goals or challenged with obstacles that prevent or limit their advancement in social institutions.”
Keynote speeches and faculty presentations will be made from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Masters Hall. The forum brings together scholars from around the world and close to home, including:
• Kokanko Sata Doumbia, a female musician from Mali, Africa, will kick off the event with a performance at 8 a.m.
• Margaret Kamar, professor and former minister of higher education in Kenya, will give the opening keynote address titled “Women in Education and Development in Kenya: Challenges and Achievements in Context of Millennium Goals,” at 8:10 a.m.
• Susan Tanner, an associate professor in anthropology at UGA will speak on “Women in Transition: A Case Study of Nutrition and Health in Lowland Bolivia” at 9:30 a.m.
• Shan Hui Hsu, an associate professor at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and visiting scholar in the department of kinesiology at UGA, will speak on “The Influence of Gender and Sex on Taiwanese Women in Sport” at 11 a.m.
• Vicki Michaelis, the John Huland Carmical Distinguished Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, will give a luncheon address titled “Women in the Press Box: Their Rise and Impact on the Sports Industry” at 12:45 p.m. (invitation only)
• Student poster presentations will be from 2-3:15 p.m. and award presentations will follow at 3:20 p.m.
• Mary McDonald, professor and Homer Rice Chair in Sports and Society at Georgia State University, will give the closing keynote address on “Women in Sport, Education and Health: Piecing them Together” at 3:30 p.m.
Sponsors include UGA’s President’s Venture Fund, African Studies Institute, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, College of Education, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, department of kinesiology, Graduate School, Institute for Women’s Studies, Office of Institutional Diversity and Office of International Education.
For more information, see www.coe.uga.edu/cuspa/conference/.