SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

October 12, 2016 14:00 ET

PSA: Canadian women gather to "show what they know"

University of Calgary hosts Speaking her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence, October 20 - 22

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - October 12, 2016) - What happens when a rocket scientist, pioneering broadcaster and bioethicist walk into a conference? They join dozens of other accomplished women -- academics and writers, CEOs and artists -- to present their work and discuss ideas at Speaking Her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence.

The conference kicks off Thursday, October 20 with Walrus Talks: the Art of Conversation at the University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre, followed by two days of panels, papers, and sessions on campus.

The conference will cover a wide range of topic from politics to 'Femvertizing' to the stories of newcomers to Canada. The speakers include well known broadcasters Denise Donlan and Amanda Lang, writers like Shari Graydon and Katherine Govier, and a number of scientists, including alumni Natalie Panek, a rocket scientist.

Speaking her Mind will include Sylvia Bashevkin, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto who researches women and politics; Fibbie Tatti who will discuss the role women played in traditional Sahtugotine self-government; and Françoise Baylis, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University who researches women's health and genetic technologies, assisted human reproduction and research involving humans. University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon, a champion of women pursuing opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), will speak about the challenge of raising your voice in a male-dominated fields.

Author and University of Calgary creative writing professor, Aritha Van Herk is organizing the conference with Christl Verduyn, Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University. It's a follow up to a conference held at Mount Allison in 2014 entitled Discourse and Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals.

What: Speaking Her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence

Where: Rosza Centre, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive N.W. (Suggested parking in Lot 3 or the Arts Parkade. See map for details)

When: October 20-22, 2016 (Find details, including full program, here)

Registration Details: Tickets for Walrus Talks: the Art of Conversation on Thursday, October 20

Full conference details including registration visit:

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