The National Women’s Studies Association conference we’ve been attending since Thursday has been a phenomenal experience for us! Although the Women’s Center at LPTS is not, it seems, a typical Women’s Center in some ways, as Women’s Centers in institutions of higher education go, in other ways we are really typical, and have a lot to gain by networking with directors, coordinators and staff of other Women’s Centers, as we were able to do at the Women’s Center pre-conference meeting on Thursday. For another, this has been an incredibly, unanticipatedly stimulating concatenation of people, ideas, scholarship, experiences, images, meaningful juxtapositions and almost bizarre coincidences (if I may be permitted to use that word — I know some readers will deny the existence of coincidences in this world, but so be it, you’ll know what I am trying to refer to, at least) and there will be plenty to think about, follow up on, and work through for months to come. I will try to say more about that, in a little more depth, in the next few posts.
We were fortunate that this year’s meeting, held in Cincinnati, is so close to home — reduces the pressure on the budget in funding transportation, lodging and per diem, and made the travel seem so — possible. Now that we know what the impact can be of attending a conference like this, it will probably start to seem essential.
So next year, we have already started thinking, it would be nice to be able to come with a few more people . . .