The Multi-Angle View

Students majoring in different disciplines came together to share research during the ROWGS Symposium.

Students majoring in different subjects came together to share research related to women and gender during the annual ROWGS symposium. Above, they review their original research. Photo by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson.

Students examine women's and gender studies issues through different lenses 

by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

Students studying the arts, humanities and sciences gathered on April 20 to share common areas of research during the annual Research on Women and Gender by Students (ROWGS) Symposium. Sponsored by the President’s Commission for Women and the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies, the event represents an uncommon opportunity for undergraduates at most colleges—and particularly for those majoring in non-scientific fields—and it sets the stage for further scholarly work at graduate school and beyond.

Three psychology majors in the class of 2014 examined gender issues through a social-science lens. Leo Altidor analyzed dating culture among LGBTQ-identified college students; Parisa Kaliush, the connections between coaching and parenting styles; and Sara Moss, disordered eating in female student-athletes and eating-disorder recovery. The symposium also delved into a variety of other fields with the following original research:

  • "Schooled by the Maid in 'The School For Lovers': A Musical Analysis of Mozart's Soubrettes," by Holly Kelly ’15, theatre arts and music
  • "Jane in School: Questioning the Canon in Revisions of Jane Eyre," by Emma Rodwin ’14, Spanish and English
  • "Sermons in Stone: The World and Works of Abastenia St. Leger Eberle," by Joelle Cicak '16, art & art history
  • "Pro-Life Praxis: Emerging Ethical and Religious Ecumenism," by Hannah Garrett ’14, women’s & gender studies and religion
  • "Rethinking Sexual Exploitation: Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Law in Pennsylvania," by Hope Kildea '14, women’s & gender studies and political science
  • "Striking a Rock: An Examination of the Federation of South African Women and Their Role in the Anti-Apartheid Movement," by Melissa Rifkin ’17, biochemistry & molecular biology

Kildea appreciated the chance to perform in-depth research throughout her senior year and particularly enjoyed interviewing leading anti-trafficking advocates, whom she described as “incredibly inspiring.” “This research has definitely been the highlight of my Dickinson experience,” she said. “Having the opportunity to work on this project for so long has allowed me to create something that I am really proud of.”

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Published Apr. 26, 2014