Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology-2021

2021 Symposium Details

Date and Location:

October 8, 2021 from 8:30am-5pm.

This will be a hybrid symposium.

The in-person component will be held at the Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge:  702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706. See COVID considerations below.

You may attend remotely via Zoom. Closed captioning will be provided through the McBurney Center for the keynote talks, and automated captioning through Zoom will be available for the entire symposium.


Register here.

More information, including full schedule, will be shared closer to event date.

Registration for students: $10.

Registration for the full symposium, online-only: $25

Registration for the full symposium, in-person: $50

Registration includes breakfast and lunch.

Registration closes Thursday, October 7th.


Thursday, October 7

5:00 PM Meet and Greet Social Hour (Zoom only)

Friday, October 8

8:30 AM Registration and continental breakfast (outdoors on balcony)

9:00 AM Welcome

9:30 AM Keynote: “Evolutionary Biology and Feminism,” Patricia Gowaty, UCLA and the University of Georgia

10:30 AM Coffee and Tea Break (outdoors on balcony)

10:45 AM “Reframing Sex: Undoing the Binary Paradigm,” Kelsey Lewis, UW-Madison

11:45 AM Lunch (outdoors on balcony)

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Short Talks

12:45 PM “Endometriosis Patients and the Institution of Medicine,” Gouri Bollepalli
1:00 PM “Even more dangerous than outright prejudice, it’s just complete erasure: experiences of undergraduate trans, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer students in biology courses,” Aramati Casper, Nico Rebolledo, A. Kelly Lane, & Sarah L. Eddy
1:15 PM “Teaching sexual selection: gender essentialism influences student conceptions of non-human animal sex roles,” Sarah Spaulding, Linda Fuselier, & Laura Novick
1:30 PM “Instructions, ‘Commands,’ and Coercive ‘Control’: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Textbook Representations of the Living Cell,” Charudatta Navare

1:45 PM “Reproducing the Environment: Mercury and Parent/Child Health in Amazonian Small-Scale Mining Communities,” Ruth Goldstein, UW-Madison

2:45 PM Coffee and Tea Break (outdoors on balcony)

3:00 PM “Examining female genitalia yields amazing insights. What has taken so long?” Patricia Brennan, Mount Holyoke College

4:00 PM “Orgasm Variation: A Biopsychosocial Approach,” Justin Garcia, Indiana University

5:00 PM Conclusion


A block of rooms at 15% discount is available at the Hilton Garden Inn Madison Downtown for Thursday October 7th and Friday October 8th. To reserve a room at this discount, call the Hilton Garden Inn at (608) 251-9588 and indicate that you are attending the Feminist Biology Symposium. Unreserved rooms will be released on September 7, 2021.

Hilton Garden Inn Madison Downtown
770 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53715
phone: (608) 251-9588

COVID Considerations:

Masks are required in indoor spaces at UW-Madison, including at this event. The adjoining balcony space will be set up with banquet tables, so that breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks may be conveniently enjoyed outside. Seating spacing will be determined closer to the time of the event based on CDC recommendations. Please continue to check back for COVID updates as the weeks progress.

The Symposium on Feminist Biology is presented by:

Center for Research on Gender & Women
Department of Gender & Women’s Studies
University of Wisconsin—Madison

The Symposium is made possible through the Gertraude Wittig Endowment

Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, and Department of Integrative Biology.

For more information, contact:

Kelsey Lewis, Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology, Center for Research on Gender & Women, aklewis2@wisc.edu
Janet Hyde, Director, Center for Research on Gender & Women, jshyde@wisc.edu

Posters and Presentations


Presentation abstracts or proposals to present a short talk or poster at the symposium will be accepted, with a deadline of August 20, 2021. Proposals should be in a Word document and no longer than 300 words. Be sure to include a title. Indicate whether you prefer a short talk or a poster, although short talk slots are limited. Email your proposal to Kelsey Lewis, aklewis2@wisc.edu.

Please fill out this poll to help us make an estimate of potential attendance and presentations.

Accessibility Information

The Pyle Center is wheelchair accessible, and there is a ramp at the front of the building (South entrance). The Alumni Lounge, where the Symposium will be held, is on the first floor.

This is a fragrance-free event. Please refrain from wearing any scented products, including perfumes and lotions. More information about going fragrance-free can be found here.

Please contact Dr. Janet Hyde, jshyde@wisc.edu, the CRGW Director, with any questions.