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Nov. 21, 2002

Press contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330

Conference: "Subversive Legacies" Explores Feminist Policies, Activism and Scholarship in the Struggle for Gender Equality, Nov. 22-23

AUSTIN, Texas - An interdisciplinary conference, "Subversive Legacies: Constructing the Future," will take place Nov. 22-23 at the University of Texas School of Law to explore and assess the recent legacies of feminist policies, activism and scholarship on gender equality. Susan Estrich, professor of law and politics at the University of Southern California, noted author and political commentator, will give the keynote address at the conference dinner on Nov. 22.

The conference – organized by University of Texas professors Zipporah Wiseman of the School of Law and Susan Sage Heinzelman of the English Department – brings together scholars from the United States and abroad to discuss the different strategies that feminists have employed in their struggle to achieve gender equality. These strategies range from working for legislative change and teaching Women's Studies to enlisting Hollywood filmmakers and actors in the fight against domestic violence.

"Some of these strategies have been successful in focusing attention on women's issues, while others that seemed to promise much have failed to produce any concrete or lasting results," Heinzelman said. She and Wiseman co-authored a book titled Representing Women in Law and Literature and teach in these fields. Wiseman added that conference panelists would discuss what success might look like in achieving gender equity in the 21st century.

Keynote speaker Estrich will give the Alexander Watkins Terrell Centennial Lecture after dinner in the Townes Hall Atrium on the first day of the conference. University of Texas Professor Sarah Weddington — director of The Weddington Center, a 1967 graduate of UT Law, and a well-known advocate for women — will introduce Estrich. Estrich was the first woman president of the Harvard Law Review, the first woman to head a national presidential campaign (the Dukakis-Bentsen campaign in 1988) and the youngest woman ever to receive tenure at Harvard Law School. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of Real Rape and Sex & Power, a bestseller. She is also a member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today and a contributing editor of The Los Angeles Times.

Registration for the conference, which is open and free to the public, is now closed. There are, however, a few seats still available for the individual panels on Friday and Saturday. The dinner is full. The entire conference will be videotaped and the tapes will be available from the Jamail Center for Legal Research at the University of Texas School of Law.

Sponsors of the conference are The University of Texas School of Law, Cowboy’s Lecture Fund, The Alexander Watkins Terrell Centennial Lecture Fund, The University of Texas at Austin Women’s Studies Program, and The Texas Women’s Law Journal.