The FemSTEM Symposium is a collaboration between me and Professor Andrea Bruder (Chair and Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science at Colorado College) that we designed to illustrate how the interdisciplinary study of power and inequity necessitates pedagogical and scholarly collaboration among intellectuals in myriad fields within and outside of the academy, not just those that may be more obviously connected than others.
The symposium includes free lectures that are open to the Colorado College and Colorado Springs communities and convergence classes co-hosted by Colorado College professors across disciplines that are designed to help us better examine the crises of our times, particularly those relevant to the relationships between feminism, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Hence, by featuring and engaging voices and experiences that are often marginalized, we hope this symposium will inspire critical discourse that will encourage civic and political engagement locally, nationally, and globally.
We kicked off the symposium in February 2018 with a talk by Dr. Samantha Blackmon, Associate Professor of English at Purdue University and Co-Founder of Not Your Mamma’s Gamer; followed by a talk co-sponsored by the Harold D. and Rhoda N. Roberts Memorial Fund Lecture featuring Dr. Talithia Williams, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Research and Experiential Learning at Harvey Mudd College and host of PBS’ NOVA Wonders; and we concluded with a screening of Hidden Figures followed by a discussion featuring me, Professor Bruder, and Desirae Martinez (Class of 2013), the first Colorado College student to graduate with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Feminist & Gender Studies.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, we continued the symposium with a Fall 2018 talk by Dr. Rachel Ivie, Director of the Statistical Research Center at the American Institute of Physics, organized and hosted by Dr. Kristine Lang, Associate Professor of Physics at Colorado College, followed by a Spring 2019 talk by Dr. Deboleena Roy, Chair and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University, organized in large part by Malone DeYoung (Feminist & Gender Studies ’20) and especially Nan Elpers (Psychology major and Feminist & Gender Studies minor ’20), Co-Chairs of the Feminist Collective at Colorado College.