2014 Annual Conference

 Through a Gender Lens:
Precarity, Sexual Violence and the U.S. South

September 29-30, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia


The current list of speakers at the Summit include:

  • The Honorable Shirley Franklin, former Mayor of Atlanta

  • Former two-term Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values in 2013. Franklin served as Mayor of the City of Atlanta from 2002 to 2010. She was the first female to hold the post and became the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of any major Southern city. Her public service career began in 1978 when she served as the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. She was later appointed as the nation's first woman Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager, where she was responsible for the daily operations of a city with nearly 8,000 employees. She was charged with guiding the development of Hartsfield International Airport, a new city hall, a new municipal court building and 14,000 net housing units. In 1991, Franklin joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as the top ranking female executive, serving as senior vice-president for external relations. In this position she was instrumental in the development of the Centennial Olympic Park and served as ACOG’s primary liaison with labor unions, civil rights groups, neighborhood and community organizations, and environmentalists. Franklin was named Governing magazine’s 2004 Public Official of the Year. In 2005, TIME magazine named her one of the top five mayors in the country and U.S. News and World Report named her one of “America’s Best Leaders”. Esquire Magazine named her one of the best and brightest and American City and County Magazine named her Municipal Leader of the Year. In 2005, Franklin received the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In 2006, she was honored with the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics’ Ethics Advocate Award. In 2007, Newsweek Magazine named her one of the women to watch in their Women & Power issue. Franklin also serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Barbara Jordan Visiting Professorship is funded through the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, an endowment created in 1997 intended to promote training in ethics and values-based decision-making. Barbara Jordan’s legislative career began with her election to the Texas Legislature in 1966. Jordan’s victory made her the first African-American woman to serve in the Texas Senate and the first African-American elected to that body since 1883. From 1979 until her death in 1996, Jordan served as a distinguished professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy.

  • Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College

  • Elizabeth Kiss (pronounced “quiche”) is the eighth president of Agnes Scott College, a national liberal arts college for women in metropolitan Atlanta. Since becoming president of Agnes Scott in 2006, Kiss has led the college in developing Engaging a Wider World, a strategic plan guiding the college through the year 2014, and The Roadmap to 2020, a plan for financial sustainability. Achievements include the launch of Agnes Advantage, supporting study abroad, internships and mentored research; new undergraduate programs in neuroscience, public health, and environmental and sustainability studies; the fielding of the first women’s collegiate varsity lacrosse team in Georgia; and the largest first-year class in college history. Under her leadership, Agnes Scott students have garnered Marshall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships, and the college has been named a “Top Fulbright Producer” with four students awarded Fulbrights in 2012. A 1983 graduate of Davidson College, Dr. Kiss received a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University in England. A Rhodes Scholar, she has held fellowships at the Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions, the National Humanities Center, and Melbourne University’s Centre on Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Dr. Kiss specializes in moral and political philosophy and has published on moral judgment and education, human rights, ethnic conflict and nationalism, feminist debates about rights and justice, and justice in the aftermath of human rights violations. She co-edited and contributed to Debating Moral Education: Rethinking the Role of the Modern University (Duke University Press, 2010). Before coming to Agnes Scott, she was the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and an associate professor of the practice of political science and philosophy at Duke University. As the founding director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Dr. Kiss helped to build a university-wide initiative to support the study and teaching of ethics and to promote moral reflection and commitment in personal, professional, community and civic life. Previously she taught at Princeton University, Randolph-Macon College and Deep Springs College. Dr. Kiss is a director and treasurer of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s College Coalition, and chair of the Presidents’ Council of the Great South Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III). She is a trustee of Duke University, the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE). She serves on the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Student Aid Foundation and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta. She also serves on the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Steering Committee, the Westminster Schools President's Advisory Committee and the Global Village School Advisory Board. Dr. Kiss was inducted into the 2011 YWCA of Greater Atlanta Academy of Women Achievers and was named one of the 2009 Women of Excellence by Business to Business magazine. She received the Davidson College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2008 and was named as one of the Women of Distinction for 2006-2007 by the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia. She has served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Davidson College as well as on the board of the Center for Academic Integrity. Her husband, Jeff Holzgrefe, is an academic whose focus is international relations and ethics. Mr. Holzgrefe has taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory, Duke, Princeton and St. Andrew’s universities and served as visiting scholar at Harvard and Melbourne universities. He co-edited Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal and Political Dilemmas (Cambridge University Press 2003). A native of Australia, Mr. Holzgrefe was educated at Monash University in Melbourne and Balliol College, Oxford.

  • Adaora Udoji, outLoud, Inc.

  • Adaora is an entrepreneur, an award-winning global storyteller and broadcast journalist, occasional angel investor and lawyer. She recently founded outLoud inc., a venture at the nexus of speaking, storytelling and science. Previously, Adaora was Interim President at the digital media startup News Deeply, focused on complex global issues. Its flagship, SyriaDeeply.org was hailed by Time Magazine as "The future of news.” Adaora has worked across multiple media platforms: television, cable, radio and the internet at television networks, public radio and digital native outlets. She has been recognized for her contributions to CNN’s 2005 Alfred I. Dupont–Columbia University and Peabody Awards, and recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for reporting at ABC News. Essence Magazine named her among the 25 most influential African–Americans. Udoji is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the UCLA School of Law. She’s a global nomad who’s lived and/or worked in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia; and is both a citizen of the United States and Ireland.

  • Amber Hollibaugh, Barnard Center for Research on Women

  • A well-known activist, artist, public intellectual and community organizer, Amber Hollibaugh was a founding member and formerly the Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ). Prior to that position, she held the positions of Chief Officer of Elder & LBTI Women’s Services at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, Senior Strategist for the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, and Director of National Initiatives at SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Earlier in her tenure she was SAGE’s Director of Education, Advocacy and Community Building. Before joining the staff of SAGE, she spent seven years at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) as Founding Director of the Lesbian AIDS Project and subsequently as the National Director of Women’s Services. She had also been the Director of Education for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, AIDS Division. Amber is currently on the board of CLAGS (the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies) and on the editorial board of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies. She was a recipient of the Dr. Susan B. Love Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Health. She is the author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home (Duke University Press) and the director and co-producer of The Heart of the Matter, a documentary film focusing on women’s sexuality, denial and risk for HIV and AIDS. The film won the 1994 Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression award and premiered on PBS’s prestigious POV film series. She emphasizes the importance of looking at an issue through different lenses as well as the complexity of the intersections of race, class, gender, age and sexuality.

  • Katie Orenstein, The OpEd Project

  • Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology – that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas about politics, culture and history. She has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post andMiami Herald. She has lectured at Stanford and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR. A graduate of Harvard (BA) and Columbia (MA) universities, she is the author of "Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale." Orenstein has worked around the world and particularly in Haiti, where she reported, consulted with the United Nations, and worked with a team of human rights lawyers to assist victims of military and paramilitary violence in seeking justice. She is a recipient of The Diana P Scott Integrity in Action Award, and a fellowship from Echoing Green, which selected The OpEd Project as one of the most innovative social enterprises worldwide, out of 1500 applicants.

  • Fair Foods Standards Council/Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Ms. Foundation
  • Pat Shea, Nashville YWCA


Conference Agenda

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