Conference at AMU: "Women and Art"

Conference at AMU: "Women and Art"

On Saturday, January 17, 2015, genuine.feminine will host the fifth annual conference at Ave Maria University. The topic this year is: “Women and Art.”

Events begin on Friday night with a Coffee House at the Bean of Ave Maria. Dena Higley, Emmy award-winning writer, will speak on “Hardwired for Creativity: A Woman’s Dream.” The Coffee House will also feature a live performance by AMU alumna Laina Barakat, songwriter, cinematographer and film producer.

(Students gather in a packed Bean for the 2014 Coffee House, featuring speaker Ashley Crouch from Verily Magazine.)

Saturday morning, January 17th, will start off with a talk at 10:15am, “Women as Transmitters of Beauty,” offered by Dr. Janice Chick Breidenbach, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at AMU. A panel consisting of female artists and writers, “A Day in the Life: My Vocation as Female Artist,” will follow afterwards.

Over lunch, Regina Doman, author of the popular “Fairy Tale Novels,” will speak on the “Role of Beauty in Evangelization.”** A dessert social and exhibit featuring the work of local artists will follow.

(Audience members listen intently at the 2013 conference, “Women and Education.”)

An artist and a scholar will speak in the afternoon. The artist, Sarah Hempel Irani, will speak from her own experience as a classically trained sculptress during her 3:30pm talk entitled: “Sacred Sculpture: the Work and the Artist.” The scholar, Dr. Michael Waldstein, will draw on his vast knowledge of art and the Theology of the Body during his 4:45pm talk entitled: “Ancient & Christian Paradigms of Beauty: Goddesses to Saints.”

The conference will close with dinner at 6:30pm and an address from keynote speaker Barbara Nicolosi: “Women’s Gift in Storytelling.”** Nicolosi has written screenplays for several Hollywood production companies, is founder of the Act One Program in Hollywood, and is Adjunct Professor of Cinema at Azusa Pacific University and Pepperdine University.

Details for the event and registration can be found here.

[**Update: The schedule of events recently changed such that keynote speaker Barbara Nicolosi will now be speaking during lunch at 1:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Regina Doman will speak during dinner at 6:30pm, also in the Ballroom.]   

(The 2013 conference organizers snap a photo at the end of the day.)

Genuine.feminine is a student-run organization at AMU that explores “the essence of femininity and the practical implications of being a woman in modern society.” The group was founded in 2009 and since then has successfully coordinated four annual conferences on topics ranging from “Women and Work” to “Women and Politics.” In the past, they have hosted speakers such as Kathryn Jean Lopez from National Review Online, Leah Darrow, a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Meghan Cox Gurdon, who writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal, author and fashion-consultant Mary Sheehan Warren, Kay S. Hymowitz of City Journal, ABC-TV’s first female news correspondent Peggy Stanton, and more.

The women of genuine.feminine “hope, through dialogue and discussion, to come to a better understanding of our role in history and to aid women to pursue genuine femininity with confidence and joy.” 

(Below, Angela Winkels, AMU Senior and the 2015 Conference Director, raises a glass for the success of this year’s conference.)