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WSS Annual Conference 2010 Program


Finding the Best Film for the Classroom: Feminist Pedagogy, Visual Literacy and Representation
Monday, June 28, 2010
8:00-12:00: WSS Program
Location: Washington Convention Center - 147A

(The program was preceded by the Award presentation that started at 8 am.)

Multimedia resources allow students who are increasingly visually oriented to experience other eras and cultures and to acquire ethnographic sensibility and visual literacy that could not be delivered through textual material. A panel of four experts: a film review e-journal editor, a media librarian, a film distributor, and a university faculty member discussed issues concerning multimedia resources on women’s issues sharing their perspectives on collection development, marketing, distribution and classroom use. The program was moderated by Kayo Denda, Head, Margery Somers Foster Center and Women's Studies Librarian, Rutgers University.


  • Karen Alexander is Senior Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, a founding editor of Films for the Feminist Classroom, and an affiliate faculty member of the Rutgers University Women’s and Gender Studies Department. She earned her PhD from the University of London in 2005. Publications include War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives (University of Chicago Press, 2008), coeditor with Mary Hawkesworth, and “Lydia Davis: Analysis and Form,” in Scribbling Women and the Short Story Form: Approaches by American and British Women Writers (Peter Lang, 2008), ed. Ellen Harrington. Her current research and teaching interests include feminist activist art and documentary film.

  • Chimene Tucker has a BA in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the librarian for the Film and Media Studies, LGBT Studies, and World History at the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2009, she co-presented a poster, entitled, /Infused Instruction: Women’s Studies Librarians are the main ingredient to improve the research process in Women’s Studies/ at the National Women's Studies Association Conference The poster illustrated how 21st century information competencies can help students find and use information more knowledgeably and ideas of promoting lifelong learning within the discipline.

  • Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women. Films from WMM have won prizes at the last three Sundance Film Festivals. A speaker on independent film production, she has moderated panels and given master classes at the Sundance Film Festival, MIPDoc and Reel Screen. In addition, she has mentored filmmakers and is also a member of numerous Advisory Boards for media and film organization. She has been a jury member for many international film festivals, and regularly sits on foundation and government funding panels. Most recently she served on the NJ State Council on the Arts media panel and the Pew Charitable Trust’s prestigious Media Fellowship panel as well as on the jury for the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival.
  • Dan Moshenberg is the Director of the Women’s Studies Program and Associate professor of English at George Washington University. He earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1987. His teaching and research interests include women in and beyond the global household ­ prison ­city, women’s literacy and literary cultures in social movements, with a special focus on sub Saharan Africa. Publications include Paul Virilio. The Lost Dimension. NY: Semiotext(e), 1991 (Translator), and was guest editor for “Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Africa,” special issue of ACAS Bulletin 83, published by Association of Concerned Africa Scholars in Fall 2009. He also has a blog Women In and Beyond Global, which provides a forum for discussion on women's issues globally.

The co-sponsors of this program were Feminist Task Force (FTF) and Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL).

2010 ACRL Women’s Studies Section Conference Program Planning Committee:

  • Kayo Denda, Chair
  • Dolores Fidishun
  • Piper Martin
  • Megan R. Griffin 


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