Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:30am

Friday and Saturday October 9-10, the Sixth Women and Girls in Georgia conference will be held in the Miller Learning Center:

The theme of this year's conference is sustainability. Presentation topics throughout the conference will explore the intersections of social, economic and environmental challenges as they relate to women and girls in the state, including environmental justice, local food, food insecurity, climate change, environmental health, recycling and conserving on college campuses and protecting Georgia's honeybee population.

The Women and Girls in Georgia Conference was established in 2007 to highlight and encourage cutting-edge research and advocacy by, for and about women and girls in Georgia, in all their diversity. 

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This year's conference will include an opening-night keynote lecture by Carolyn Sachs, professor of rural sociology and head of the women's studies department at Pennsylvania State University. Her lecture on "Gender Networking for Environmental Sustainability: From the Local to the Global" will be Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Lauret Savoy, professor of environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, will present Oct. 10's keynote address on "Sustainability of the Heart: Restor(y)ing the Land and a Life."

This is an important gathering for leading researchers, teachers, activists and community members to share expertise, strengthen networks and strategize for positive social change in Georgia and beyond. The theme of sustainablity is especially appropos, as those most vulnerable to environmental changes and challenges go beyond any certain demographic group, and so planning must entail a comprehensive, community-oriented vision. The conference will bring many visiting scholars and activists to campus and we are happy to welcome them. The conference is open to students and community members, registration information at the link.

Image: Saturday's keynote speaker, professor Lauret Savoy of Mount Holyoke College, courtesy of the speaker.