Women's History Conference features Janis Karpinski, Commanding General At Abu Graib

Ninth Annual Women’s History Month Conference
“Women at War: Soldiers, Sisters, Survivors”
Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3
Heimbold Visual Arts Center  

“Women at War: Soldiers, Sisters, Survivors” is the subject of Sarah Lawrence College’s Ninth Annual Women’s History Conference taking place March 2 and 3. The two-day conference leads off with keynote speaker Janis Karpinski, former commanding general at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and author of the book, One Woman’s Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells her Story. General Karpinski had a command of 3,400 soldiers who were in charge of the incarceration of Iraqi detainees and, after his capture, Saddam Hussein.

Other highlights include a reading by award winning poet Meena Alexander and a workshop on women and peace conducted by Angela King, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. The conference will include presentations by more than fifty scholars, activists and students of women’s history.

According to Priscilla Murolo, Director of the Women's History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College, “War has generally been seen as the work of men, but it has always touched women’s lives, not only as mothers, sisters, wives and daughters but also as soldiers, commanders and spies. According to conventional wisdom, women can only be victims of war or naive advocates of peace. Facts belie that image. This conference is dedicated to unmasking the realities of war in women’s lives.”

Panel and roundtable discussions will address topics including gendering war, waging peace, changes in military recruiting strategies, women, religion and war, women war and national identity, war and rape, women warriors and writing war.

“Women at War: Soldiers, Sisters, Survivors” is co-sponsored by The Westchester Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA and The Bronxville League of Women Voters (also serving Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Yonkers and Mt. Vernon).

The conference will be held in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. For more information, or to register, please call 914-395-2412 or visit the Women's History Conference site.

Friday, March 2, 2007

4:30 to 8 p.m. – Registration

6 p.m. – Janis L. Karpinski keynote address

8:30 p.m. – Opening reception

Saturday, March 3, 2007

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Registration

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast reception

9 a.m. – Meena Alexander reading, “Military Women and Torture” by Rebecca Johnson and “Serving My Country is Silence” by Maranda Hyde

10:30 a.m. – Topics: Forgotten Women, Gendering War, Waging Peace, Women’s Work in the War Zone, Changes in Military Recruiting Strategies, Sexual Violence in the Israeli Defense Forces

12:30 p.m. – Lunch break and poetry reading

1:30 p.m. – Topics: Military Femininity, Occupation, Memories of War, Women, Religion and War, Women Warriors, Women, War and National Identity, Muslim Women and Conflict

3:15 p.m. – Angela King workshop on women and peacekeeping. Other topics: Women in Uniform, War, Nation, Sex., Modern Camp Followers, War and Rape, Writing War, Women and Everyday Realities of War

5 p.m. – Closing Reception