The Conference

OMG, you GUYS. The Conference for Social Change that I was able to present at was AMAZING. It was such a great experience and a way bigger deal than I thought it was. By the way, I spoke on international oversights within the feminist movement.

First of all, they had a breakfast and I was greeted by a lady with a name-tag (EEEE!) and “bag of goodies.” In that bag of goodies was a nice little folder with a notepad and pen, a UVU lanyard and a book by the keynote speaker of the conference.

They also had a fancy luncheon with the table set all perfectly–it was all even color-coordinated and MATCHED and I was so impressed. We even had two glasses, one for water and one for lemonade. I don’t know which was which. One of the glasses had a slightly thicker stem than the other, but that obviously means nothing to me.

Did I mention we got legit, laminated and fancy-cut name-tags? Also, they had posters up everywhere and my name was on them. That was exciting.

So I met a few people, one presenting a critical review of Kony 2012 and one presenting about the role of the media and our self-perceptions–but I have to say, the one that took the cake, was a lady presenting on do-it-yourself burials. Notice I didn’t say DIY Funeral, I said DIY burial. Like basically talking about how to bury your own dead. I didn’t see her presentation, but I have to say, it was probably so…interesting.

Okay, so honestly, I didn’t really think this was going to be as big of a deal as it was. I thought I’d show up, sign in, then present in my room in front of like MAYBE 5-10 people. Well, you already know about the name-tags  breakfast and lunch–so then I go to my panel, which is a category of 3 presenters that all get 15 minutes to speak to the same audience.

There were like 30-40 people. I was so surprised! The lecture room I was in was almost full. I mean, I know a lot were there because of extra credit for their English classes or what have you, but the reason they were there mattered little. I feel like what I was talking about is so important, that I just want anyone and everyone to hear it.

Our panel was on minorities (although since women are half the population, I’m not sure why I got stuck with that category), and after all 3 of us presented, we had a Q&A session.

I have to say, I think my presentation went really well. I spoke a little too fast, but I think I did a good job. Unfortunately, during the Q&A, I realized that a lot of people think that feminism, especially feminism in America is dumb–like “the war’s already been won” attitude. That bothers me.

Afterward, I had a few people come up to me and ask me questions, but the weirdest part was seeing people taking notes on what I was saying…

Anyway, if you’d like to see my presentation, click here. Keep in mind, this was just the visual part, so if you’d like to know what’s going on in each different section, then you can look at my Presentation Notes. It’s basically just snippets of the paper I submitted to the conference broken up.

If, for some reason, you’d like to read a 9 page paper on the International Oversights in Feminism, you can do that too. I spent HOURS on this paper. Days and days, people.

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