38th Annual CPC Astronomers’ Conference


Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:15 am – 4:15 pm
Dickinson College
Tome Hall
Carlisle, PA

Speaker: Jonathan P. Gardner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jonathan P. Gardner is the Chief of the Observational Cosmology Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center,and the Deputy Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. He leads a group that studies the Universe as a whole, from its dramatic beginnings in the Big Bang, to the mysterious dark energy that will determine its future. The James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, will look backwards in time to find the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang, to trace their evolution into galaxies like our own Milky Way, and to connect the formation of stars and planets with the history of our own Solar System

The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

Contact: Catrina Hamilton-Drager, Dickinson; hamiltoc@dickinson.edu or (717) 254-8935.

Deadline for registration is April 6th.



Call for Proposals: 2018 Annual CPC Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies Conference

2018 Annual Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference
Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Consortium and the WGSS programs of
Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Gettysburg College

Saturday, April 7, 2018
8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Dickinson College
Althouse Hall
45 N. College Street
Carlisle, PA


THEME: Queer Politics

Author of Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure,
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and The Marrow’s Telling.

DEADLINE for submitting proposals: Monday, December 4, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Consortium (CPC), comprised of Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, and Gettysburg Colleges, announces its Annual Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference and solicits proposals for this student conference on April 7, 2018 at Dickinson College.

The past fifteen years have witnessed the decriminalization of gay sex, the rise of marriage equality, and increasing, transnational visibility of LGBTQ lives – many positive developments. Queer theorists, however, would caution that these forms of progress are reliant on processes of normalization, further marginalizing queer lives that don’t cleave to these implicitly classed and racialized norms of “good” gay sex, bodies, relationships, and identities. Both their warnings and visions have gained considerable traction recently: debates over same-sex marriage brought renewed attention to how the special rights of marriage tend to benefit more economically-secure, educated, non-disabled, and white communities; laws discriminating against trans and gender nonconforming people also limit increases to the minimum wage; and the Black Lives Matter Movement has centered violence against gender nonconforming, differently-abled, and poor people of color. Consequently, this conference will explore evolving understandings of Queer Politics from an intersectional, social justice perspective. How does queerness complicate ingrained understandings of sexual behavior and gendered bodies, particularly as they are shaped by race, nation, ability, class, and culture? In what ways does approaching queerness not only as an identity or set of desires, but as a politics shift our understandings of the relationships between everyday lives and structures of power, whether economic, governmental, institutional, medical, cultural, or familial?

We seek proposals for panels, individual oral presentations, and posters from undergraduate and graduate students from area colleges and universities across the disciplines and interdisciplines related to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Because this conference features both a reading and keynote from genderqueer and disability activist Eli Clare, we are particularly interested in papers that comment on his work, or themes related to it. We also seek papers that address Queer Politics broadly.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

• Translives
• Representation and Queer Culture
• Ability and Crip Theory
• Racial Justice
• Incarceration
• Environmental (In)Justice
• Feminisms
• Queer of Color Critique
• State and Extrajudicial Violence
• Popular Culture and the Arts
• Space, Rurality, Metropole
• Afterlife of same-sex marriage
• Queer Indigeneity
• Pinkwashing and Homonationalism
• Religion
• Neoliberalism
• Queering the Curriculum
• Sports
• Queering Methodologies
• Migration
• Queer Places and Institutions
• Global Queer Politics
• Affect
• Queering History
• Law and Policy
• Education
• Allyship
• Alliance and Coalition Politics

Please send a one-page proposal by Monday, December 4, to Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC (kathy.missildine@fandm.edu). 

At the top of your proposal, include the following information:
1)   Full name and class year, or degree, of presenter(s); if a panel, include all panelists’ names
2)   Format – panel, individual oral presentation, or poster
3) Institution or place of study
4)   Email address
5)   Mailing address
6) Title of presentation

Proposals for individual oral presentations and posters should include a 250-word abstract describing the project. Proposals for panels should include the title and a 250-word abstract for each presentation to be included.

For further questions, contact Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC (kathy.missildine@fandm.edu), 717-358-4282, or Elizabeth Lee, chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (leee@dickinson.edu).

31st Annual CPC Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Conference

Saturday April 7, 2018
8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Dickinson College – Althouse Hall, 45 N. College Street, Carlisle PA

“Queer Politics”

Undergraduate and graduate student presentations

Keynote speaker: Eli Clare, author of “Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure” and “Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation”


Deadline for proposals: December 4, 2017


August 15, 2017: Workshop: Unconscious Bias in the Hiring and Search Process

Franklin & Marshall College, host
Two interactive workshops for professional staff and faculty of the CPC and PCLA (PA Consortium for the Liberal Arts)

“It Depends on the Lens: Unconscious Bias in the Hiring and Search Process”
presented by CITE, Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble, and sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Consortium

April 15, 2017: Annual Astronomers’ Conference

Franklin & Marshall College, host

April 3-5, 2017: French and Africana Studies Conference

“Freedom without Borders: On Gender, Sexuality and Identity in the Arab-Muslim World”

Multi-campus collaboration in classroom visits, discussions, and public lectures
Franklin & Marshall (April 3), Gettysburg College (April 4), Dickinson College (April 5)

March 27-29, 2017: High School Counselor Admission Tour

Contact: Molly Boegel, Director of Admissions Programs and Services, Dickinson College

March 24-25, 2017: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Conference

“Reproductive Justice”
Franklin & Marshall College, host

June 9-11, 2016: French Conference

“Women in French 2016”
Gettysburg College, host

April 27-29, 2016: High School Counselors Admission Tour

1-day tours of each CPC campus (by invitation only)
Contact: Mary Chobanian

October 24-26, 2016 Italian Studies Conference

“Blaxploitalian: One Hundred Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema”

April 9, 2016: Annual Astronomers’ Conference

“Hubble’s New Frontiers” by Dr. Dan Coe, Space Telescope Science Institute
Host: Gettysburg College

April 9, 2016: Annual Africana Studies Conference

All are invited to attend the CPC Africana Studies Conference: #Envisioning Black Digital Spaces that will take place this Saturday, April 9, 2016. Panel presentations will be in Stern Great Hall from 9:00 am – 3:40pm. The keynote address will be delivered by Alicia Garza co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter in Allison Great Hall at 4:00 pm.

Registration is free, click here  http://goo.gl/forms/AYGlWwmkz6
For an official schedule and more information about this year’s conference, click here  http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20089/africana_studies/1018/news_events_and_calendar/3
Please feel free to pass on to your faculty, staff, students and community.

April 6, 8 2016: Critical Perspectives on Soccer and Social Justice

Dickinson College

April 2, 2016: Annual Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Conference

“Bodies in Negotiation: rethinking dangers and pleasures in the 21st century”
8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Gettysburg College, host

WGSS Conference Schedule

Speaker: Denise Brennan, associate professor and chair of Anthropology, Georgetown University; author of “Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States”
Over 30 papers and panels will be presented, in concurrent sessions, by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty

March 24, 2016: Library Assessment Workshop

Franklin & Marshall College, host

SparkSpace, Shadek-Fackenthal Library