ARCHIVED: "The Arts and Activism:" Women's History Month Conference to be held at Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College will host an international group of more than 40 scholars to present the 14th Annual Women's History Month conference, titled "The Arts and Activism," on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, 2012. The two-day conference will feature panel discussions, workshops, performances, and films focusing on how women have used their artistic expression as a method of activism and as means of liberation. The conference is free and open to the public.

Registration is required and available online. For more information, please contact Tara James, Associate Director, Graduate Program in Women's History, at (914) 395-2405 or e-mail .

According to the program, women have been historically seen and represented as protectors and transmitters of culture, and although some women gained recognition as artists, many more struggled to be seen, heard, and taken seriously. As in other disciplines, women bring their own diverse voices and points of view to the canvas, writing table, music stand, stage, and street. From Renaissance painters to contemporary hip hop and performance artists, women represent their particular journeys as singular personalities and as members of various groups. Whoever they are and from wherever they hail, their expression expands our global understanding of women's history.

Dayo F. Gore, associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War, will give the keynote address on Friday March 2 at 6 p.m. Her talk will focus on women artists’ participation in and contributions to theorizing and organizing efforts of black women radicals.