ADVANCE Purdue's Gender and STEM Research Symposium set for Nov. 13-14

October 30, 2013  

ADVANCE Purdue's Gender and STEM Research Symposium on Nov. 13-14 will feature keynote speaker Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley Centers for Women and the play "Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT's Male Math Maze."

Presentations and posters by faculty, staff and students will be presented from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Stewart Center, Rooms 302 and 310.

The symposium will focus on connecting scholars who study gender and STEM, building capacity and providing professional development for students and junior scholars, and discussing emerging methods for broadly studying gender and STEM. ADVANCE Purdue is presenting the symposium in collaboration with the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

McIntosh's keynote talk, "Gender and Race Awareness in STEM Teaching: The Need for Paradigm Shifts in STEM Subjects and in Education Itself," will take place at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Stewart Center, Room 310. McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, is founder and co-director of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity). The SEED Project helps teachers create their own yearlong, school-based seminars on making school climates, K-12 curricula, and teaching methods more gender and multiculturally equitable.

McIntosh also writes extensively on issues of equity and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender and sexual orientation.

At 7 p.m. Nov. 13, the critically acclaimed "Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze" will be presented in Stewart Center, Fowler Hall. In this autobiographical one-woman show, writer/performer and "recovering mathematician" Gioia De Cari brings to life more than 30 characters in a humorous, insightful look at the challenges of professional women in academia. 

"Truth Values" has been embraced by colleges and universities as a conversation catalyst about gender equity for women, and their continued underrepresentation in math, science, technology and engineering. A panel discussion with De Cari will follow the free performance.

More information is available at and at the ADVANCE Purdue website at Those planning to attend the symposium events should RSVP to Pat Ehrlich at

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