Committee on Assault Response and Educational Strategies
April 6, 2019, OAH Conference, Philadelphia
The Academic #MeToo Movement: Scholars, Advocates, and
Solutions to the Problems of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the
Sponsored by the Committee on Assault Response and Educational Strategies of the Western History Association (WHA-CARES), this roundtable will feature scholars and advocates dedicated to finding solutions to the problems of sexual harassment and violence in the academy. Topics will include the historical origins of gendered violence in the United States, the history and current status of Title IX enforcement on the nation’s college campuses, the multiple reform movements (#AcademicMeToo) initiated by historians from various fields, and the strategies adopted by Faculty Against Rape, an advocacy organization created by and for faculty, to combat sexual harassment and violence in the academic workplace.
October 2019, WHA Conference in Las Vegas
Courage and Change in the Fight Against Sexual Harassment in the Academy
The themes of the second annual CARES panel are courage and change. Each speaker will address the question of how individuals and institutions can find the courage to make the many changes necessary to create safe and inclusive learning and working environments in the historical profession. Karen Leong will reflect on how far the WHA has come and how far it has to go since the association’s 2004 meeting in Las Vegas, which triggered a call to change the WHA’s culture into one that was more inclusive of diverse scholars and histories of the American West. Drawing upon insights gleaned from his courses on “Masculinity” and “Gender and War,” Matt Basso will discuss students’ views of masculinity and sexual violence and conclude by describing two forms of masculinity that they see as potential antidotes: female masculinity and caring masculinity. José Alamillo will share his own efforts to dismantle toxic masculinity among men of color through his “Gender and Sexuality in the Chicanx Community” course and the Latino Male Initiative (affiliated with the CSU Men of Color Consortium) of which he is a founding member. Alesha Durfee will offer an account of the structural causes and consequences of sexual violence in academia and explain why the individualistic discourse used in campus sexual violence prevention efforts ultimately hinders broader institutional change. Based upon her experiences as a faculty member engaged in campus sexual violence prevention, Elizabeth Hutchison will review the challenges that have faced advocates for institutional change and suggest how we can create the institutional courage necessary to counter sexual harassment and make our campuses safer learning and working environments.
WHA Spark Session: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and the Academy (#AcademicMeToo)
Annual Meeting, Western History Association
12:15-1:30pm, Pecan Room, Hyatt Regency
As the first official session of the newly formed Committee on Assault Response and Educational Strategies (CARES), this panel will continue the conversation initiated by the 2017 WHA Spark Session. Traci Brynne Voyles will offer a general introduction to rape culture and provide concrete suggestions for male allies and even white women who want to be allies for colleagues and students of color. Drawing upon her own public outreach efforts, Katrina Jagodinsky will discuss the history of the #MeToo movement and situate it within the context of shifts in rape law and Title IX and employment sex discrimination cases. She will also outline the implications of the movement for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Black Lives Matter. Jennifer McPherson will share her experiences as the Assistant Director of Residential Life to recommend ways in which we can support survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment on our campuses. As a former campus administrator, as well as faculty member, Virginia Scharff will conclude the panel by reflecting on the obstacles, past and present, to change within the academy.
WHA Spark Session: A Conversation on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Academy
Annual Meeting, Organization of American Historians
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Marbella Room, Hilton Mission Bay
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