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Welcome to the Rural Women’s Studies Association (RWSA) for its 14th triennial conference. The theme, “Kitchen Table Tal...
04/21/2021
RWSA 2021 Virtual Conference Program

Welcome to the Rural Women’s Studies Association (RWSA) for its 14th triennial conference. The theme, “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum,” emphasizes how conversations, relationships, and food shape rural communities. This theme allows for the consideration of the ways that gendered, sexual, ethnic, and racial identities affect personal power, class consciousness, individual choice, and community development. These subjects lend themselves to the exploration of rural activism, social justice, innovation, politics, business development, cultural expression, self-governance, and collective experiences — both historical and contemporary — locally and globally....

https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2021/04/21/rwsa-2021-virtual-conference-program/

The theme, “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum,” emphasizes how conversations, relationships, and food shape rural communities. This theme allows for the consideration of the ways that gendered, se…

Is "Popcorn Salad" truly a Midwestern tradition? Why is the "Olive Garden Lady" so funny? And why did these two women fr...
04/13/2021
People Have Very Strong Opinions on Molly Yeh's Midwestern 'Popcorn Salad'

Is "Popcorn Salad" truly a Midwestern tradition? Why is the "Olive Garden Lady" so funny? And why did these two women from Grand Forks, North Dakota, go viral? Join Cynthia Culver Prescott at the RWSA cookbook launch from 12-2 PM EDT Tuesday, May 11 to find out!

https://people.com/food/molly-yeh-popcorn-salad-recipe-internet-opinions-video/

The now-viral recipe includes a mayo-based dressing, crunchy veggies, and of course, popcorn

We're less than one month away from the RWSA's 14th Triennial Conference! Registration is available online until May 9th...
04/12/2021

We're less than one month away from the RWSA's 14th Triennial Conference! Registration is available online until May 9th, so make sure to register soon at https://www.rwsa2021.uoguelph.ca/

Photo by Jodie Aldred Photography for Arrell Food Institute

We're less than one month away from the RWSA's 14th Triennial Conference! Registration is available online until May 9th, so make sure to register soon at https://www.rwsa2021.uoguelph.ca/

Photo by Jodie Aldred Photography for Arrell Food Institute

04/05/2021

Changing Face of Farming in Iowa panel discussion
Panelists will include academics and practicing Iowa farmers who will examine the history and future of indigenous, queer, and female farmers working the land while developing more sustainable farming practices in Iowa. Building upon the meditation on the landscapes, environments and peoples from the exhibition Compelling Ground, this discussion will be moderated by Associate Curator Adrienne Gennett.
With Hannah Breckbill, Shelley Buffalo, Dr. Angie Carter and Patti Naylor
https://www.museums.iastate.edu/calendar/panel-discussion-the-changing-face-of-iowa-farming/

"While attention has focused on Levine making history as the first openly transgender official to be confirmed, her know...
03/25/2021
Rural health care gets an advocate in Rachel Levine – 5 creative ways she and Biden's team can help it thrive

"While attention has focused on Levine making history as the first openly transgender official to be confirmed, her knowledge and experience with rural issues and advocacy for rural health care have the potential to improve millions of rural lives."
https://theconversation.com/rural-health-care-gets-an-advocate-in-rachel-levine-5-creative-ways-she-and-bidens-team-can-help-it-thrive-151205

Attention has focused on Levine making history as the first openly transgender official confirmed, but her experience with rural health care innovation has the potential to improve rural lives.

Queer histories in the American West are currently severely underrepresented. This new play, based on interviews collect...
03/23/2021

Queer histories in the American West are currently severely underrepresented. This new play, based on interviews collected by the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project, aims to advance the cause of tolerance and understanding, and restore the rightful place of individuals silenced or altogether absent from the traditional narrative of the American West. In this unique theatrical form, the actual words of the everyday heroes of Gay Rodeo are brought to life using a theatre-making technique commonly referred to as ‘verbatim’ or ‘documentary’ theatre. Verbatim theatre lives at the intersection of art and journalism.

This presentation is FREE, however, we are asking for donations to support future development of the script and the possibility of a full production.

Register here: https://www.uidaho.edu/thatdamnhorse

https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/meet-the-seamstress-who-designed-deb-haaland-s-ribbon-skirt-for-swearing-in-ceremo...
03/20/2021
Meet the Seamstress Who Designed Deb Haaland’s Ribbon Skirt for Swearing-In Ceremony

https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/meet-the-seamstress-who-designed-deb-haaland-s-ribbon-skirt-for-swearing-in-ceremony

NEW TOWN, N.D. — When Agnes Woodward, 38, sat down to create the traditional ribbon skirt Secretary Deb Haaland — the newly confirmed head of Interior, and the first Native American to lead a federal department — would wear at her ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday, she said she was nervous th...

Women grow as much as 80% of India’s food – but its new farm laws overlook their struggleshttps://theconversation.com/wo...
03/13/2021
Women grow as much as 80% of India's food – but its new farm laws overlook their struggles

Women grow as much as 80% of India’s food – but its new farm laws overlook their struggles
https://theconversation.com/women-grow-as-much-as-80-of-indias-food-but-its-new-farm-laws-overlook-their-struggles-155083

Most Indian farmers are women. But few own their land, and gender inequality limits their access to markets. These issues won't be fixed by recent agricultural reforms; in fact, they may get worse.

In her latest book Recasting the Vote, award-winning historian Cathleen D. Cahill tells the powerful stories of a multir...
03/11/2021
Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement

In her latest book Recasting the Vote, award-winning historian Cathleen D. Cahill tells the powerful stories of a multiracial group of activists who propelled the national suffrage movement toward a more inclusive vision of equal rights. Join Cahill and Virginia Scharff, the Autry’s Senior Scholar, as they explore the impact of this diverse cadre of extraordinary women who struggled to build a movement that would truly include all women, regardless of race or national origin. Free event available anywhere via Zoom!
https://theautry.org/events/lectures-and-workshops/recasting-vote-how-women-color-transformed-suffrage-movement?

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - In her latest book  Recasting the Vote , award-winning historian Cathleen D. Cahill tells the powerful stories of a multiracial group of activists who propelled the national suffrage movement…

"To people in major cities, a community of 80,000 like Santa Fe, New Mexico, may be more similar to the 22,000-person Ro...
03/10/2021
How 18 million Americans could move into rural areas – without leaving home

"To people in major cities, a community of 80,000 like Santa Fe, New Mexico, may be more similar to the 22,000-person Roseburg, Oregon, than to Chicago or Miami. To a rancher on the Plains, with fewer than one person per square mile, though, Santa Fe may qualify as a “big city,” with chain stores, hospitals and government offices."
https://theconversation.com/how-18-million-americans-could-move-into-rural-areas-without-leaving-home-156471

A federal proposal could effectively reclassify the homes of millions of Americans as rural, not urban – without anything actually changing about their communities.

Happy International Women's Day from the Rural Women's Studies Association. Join us May 11th-15th for our international ...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women's Day from the Rural Women's Studies Association.

Join us May 11th-15th for our international conference where we work to advance rural women's/gender studies worldwide. If you're interested in topics relating to women and mental health, food justice, food tourism, Indigeneity, family, community, politics, and legislation, this is the conference for you!

Register today at https://www.rwsa2021.uoguelph.ca/

The RWSA is proudly international and so is our upcoming 14th triennial conference - dedicated to the advancement of far...
02/26/2021

The RWSA is proudly international and so is our upcoming 14th triennial conference - dedicated to the advancement of farm and rural women's gender studies worldwide!

Register today to attend our conference "Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum" held virtually from May 11th to 15th!
https://www.rwsa2021.uoguelph.ca/

To celebrate our triennial conference theme "Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum" let's talk about all things food-relate...
02/22/2021

To celebrate our triennial conference theme "Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum" let's talk about all things food-related. Have a favourite family recipe? Share it in the comments below!

The Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska spoke with Danelle Smith, CEO of the Winnebago Compreh...
02/15/2021
Ep. 9: Danelle Smith and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's Covid-19 Response by Great Plains Anywhere • A podcast on Anchor

The Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska spoke with Danelle Smith, CEO of the Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System. Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska formed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary task force to respond to the needs of the community, thinking through many issues from food distribution and protective equipment to housing and communicating the importance of protecting their elders. Special thanks to Margaret Huettl for providing a video land acknowledgement for this episode. https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/15684
To listen to the podcast version, visit: https://anchor.fm/gp-lectures/episodes/Ep--9-Danelle-Smith-and-the-Winnebago-Tribe-of-Nebraskas-Covid-19-Response-eqef7m

The Center spoke with Danelle Smith, CEO of the Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System. Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska formed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary task force to respond to the needs of the community, thinking through many issues from food distribu...

02/14/2021

Via Elyssa Ford:

We’re writing to inform you that the trustees of the University Press of Kansas have initiated an independent review to propose direction for the Press’s future amid significant financial challenges.

An external consultant, Richard Clement, recently retired dean of College of the University Libraries and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico, will conduct a review of the Press and put forward a recommendation to the trustees. Clement expects to submit his recommendation by March 1st, 2021. The trustees will then decide how or if the Press will continue to operate.

In the meantime, the Press staff continues day-to-day operations, and the trustees have appointed Kevin L. Smith, dean of libraries at the University of Kansas, as the Press’s acting director. Smith is a well-known authority in the field of scholarly communications. Following a 20-year career with the Press, former Director Conrad Roberts resigned at the end of 2020.

Founded in 1946 and established as a consortium by the Kansas Board of Regents, and with approximately 1,000 books in print, the University Press of Kansas publishes a world-class list of books in US history, military history, law, political science, and other fields, as well as regional books that contribute to the understanding of Kansas, the Great Plains, and the Midwest.

The Press’s board of trustees comprises the provosts from each of the consortium institutions: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Wichita State University, and the University of Kansas.

We understand your concerns, and appreciate your support. Please feel free to reach out to one of your editors at the Press. For questions, please contact Derek Helms, UPK publicity manager, at 785-864-9170 or [email protected].

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If you would like to send a letter in support of the press, here are the email addresses for the Board members.

University Press of Kansas Board of Trustees
• Emporia State University: Dr. David Cordle, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: [email protected]
• Fort Hays State University: Dr. Jill Arensdorf, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: [email protected]
• Kansas State University: Dr. Charles Taber, Provost and Executive Vice President: [email protected]
• Pittsburg State University: Dr. Howard W. Smith, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: [email protected]
• University of Kansas: Dr. Barbara Bichelmeyer, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor: [email protected]
• Wichita State University: Dr. Shirley Lefever, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost: [email protected]

Three more months until the start of our virtual conference! While these vintage posters celebrate Canada's beautiful la...
02/11/2021

Three more months until the start of our virtual conference!

While these vintage posters celebrate Canada's beautiful landscape our virtual conference is proudly international. Register today and attend the conference from anywhere in the world! Reserve your spot at rwsa2021.uoguelph.ca

You'll get to read more about the history of the Aunt Jemima brand and rural nostalgia in the RWSA's cookbook, coming in...
02/10/2021
Aunt Jemima Has a New Name After 131 Years: The Pearl Milling Company

You'll get to read more about the history of the Aunt Jemima brand and rural nostalgia in the RWSA's cookbook, coming in May 2021!

Quaker Oats announced it would drop the name Aunt Jemima last summer after the killing of George Floyd and the widespread protests over racial inequality.

May 11-15, 2021 The Rural Women's Studies Association's triennial conference has gone virtual. Register today! We will m...
02/10/2021
RWSA 2021 Virtual Conference

May 11-15, 2021 The Rural Women's Studies Association's triennial conference has gone virtual. Register today! We will miss gathering in person this year. But going virtual means that you can join us from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, including your own kitchen! Travel time and costs are no barrier to participating in this online conference. Please attend, and bring your friends and colleagues....

https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2021/02/10/rwsa-2021-virtual-conference/

The Rural Women’s Studies Association’s triennial conference has gone virtual. Register today!

The Center for Great Plains Studies is providing seed grant funding to five small projects that aim to gather stories on...
02/04/2021
Great Plains Covid-19 Stories | Center for Great Plains Studies | Nebraska

The Center for Great Plains Studies is providing seed grant funding to five small projects that aim to gather stories on the impact of Covid-19 on the people of the Great Plains. The projects selected focus on stories from those who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including Indigenous, Latinx, and immigrant communities as well as workers from the healthcare and meatpacking fields.
https://www.unl.edu/plains/great-plains-covid-19-stories

The Center for Great Plains Studies is providing seed grant funding to five small projects that aim to gather stories on the impact of Covid-19 on the people of the Great Plains. The projects selected focus on stories from those who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including In...

University of Lethbridge graduate student Diane McKenzie is combining her rural roots and her research interests with th...
02/04/2021
Family farming from a rural women’s perspective

University of Lethbridge graduate student Diane McKenzie is combining her rural roots and her research interests with the intention to make an important contribution to the future of agriculture. A farmer from Warner, Alta., McKenzie is a student in the cultural, social and political thought (CSPT) program at the University of Lethbridge. She is investigating the intergenerational transfer of the family farm from rural women's perspective....

https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2021/02/04/family-farming-from-a-rural-womens-perspective/

University of Lethbridge graduate student Diane McKenzie is combining her rural roots and her research interests with the intention to make an important contribution to the future of agriculture.

Save the date! The Rural Women's Studies Association's 14th Triennial Conference will be held virtually from May 11th to...
02/01/2021

Save the date! The Rural Women's Studies Association's 14th Triennial Conference will be held virtually from May 11th to the 15th. Register today at https://www.rwsa2021.uoguelph.ca/

The Chief Justice of India’s recent remarks suggesting women have no place in the ongoing farmers’ protests may have gon...
02/01/2021
The Invisible Farmers

The Chief Justice of India’s recent remarks suggesting women have no place in the ongoing farmers’ protests may have gone unnoticed in the 1960s. Today they appear astonishing in their lack of awareness about what the face of the Indian farmer looks like.

https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/the-invisible-farmers/

The Chief Justice of India’s recent remarks suggesting women have no place in the ongoing farmers’ protests may have gone unnoticed in the 1960s. Today they appear astonishing in their lack of awar…

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I would like to put together a session for RWSA 2021 that focuses on how the current pandemic is affecting women. I'm envisioning lots of space for audience participation, but would like to include a few panelists giving brief remarks to get the conversation started. If you would like to join me on such a panel, please email me at cynthia (dot) culver (at) gmail (dot) com no later than Monday, September 28.
Due to the changes and delays in academic schedules this semester, the Coordinating Council for Women in History has extended their award deadline from May 15 to June 15, 2020. There are 6 awards, ranging from $500 for the best article to several for $1,000 (best book, grad student dissertation awards, etc.), and even one for $20,000. If you have grad students looking for support, students or colleagues who've published an article, or mentors you would like to recognize, please let them know about these opportunities. And please share! Promo: the CCWH is a GREAT organization to get involved in as well :)
Musical Tribute-Jeannette Rankin: The first woman elected to Congress!
Call for submissions for the spring RWSA newsletter. Please send submissions to Margaret Thomas Evans - email on RWSA website. They are due May 1st.
I write to encourage scholars of rural women's experiences to consider presenting at the Social Science History Association meetings https://ssha.org/. I am one of the Rural network representatives, PM me if you want more information.
I am seeking co-panelists for an Ag History conference session on monuments and commemoration in urban and rural settings. The Agricultural History Society conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on June 6-8, 2019. Deadline for submitting proposals is September 28, 2018. The conference theme is "Power in Agricultural History." Given the recent public attention to Confederate statues and the power of memorials on the Mall in Washington, D.C., this strikes me as a particularly way to explore urban/rural power dynamics. My presentation would draw on my new book on pioneer monuments in the American West. I would love to feature comparative perspectives on Confederate memory and memory in other regions. Interested? Please contact me at .