Wednesday, March 6th
7:00- 8:30 pm.
Kickoff Concert (Panther’s Den) - Free and open to the general public.
LOUISA BRANSCOMB WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JEANETTE AND JOHNNY WILLIAMS
For this special evening event, performer and songwriting Diva Louisa Branscomb has
joined forces with master vocalists-instrumentalists-songwriters Jeanette and Johnny
Williams for a blend of originals in the hands of folks that know how to write it,
sing it, and deliver it like it’s supposed to be. It's a rare opportunity to see these
three icons of bluegrass together, and it promises to be an uplifting blend of heartfelt
acoustic and bluegrass that moves and inspires, delivered with taste, skill, and heart.
Thursday, March 7th - Registration required
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration (Franklin Hall Atrium)
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Coffee and Continental Breakfast (Franklin Hall Atrium)
Welcome and Opening Remarks: (Franklin Hall - Panther’s Den)
Dr. Gail Summer, Dean of Academic Planning and Programs
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
OPENING SESSION: (Franklin Hall - Panther’s Den)
Louisa Branscomb –Ph.D., clinical psychologist, songwriter, and bluegrass musician
BAD GIRLS AND BANJOS: BREAKING THE WRONG RULES THE RIGHT WAY
Louisa Branscomb’s creative journey as a psychologist, composer and musician has
earned her one critic's summation as “fearless and peerless.” She formed the first
modern all-woman bluegrass band, and was one of the first women to organize and front
a successful nationally touring bluegrass band, one of the first women to play banjo
in a touring bluegrass band, one of the first widely recognized female songwriters
in bluegrass and roots music, and has been seminal in organizing the songwriting community
in bluegrass and roots music. In psychology, she was one of the first to write about
concepts such as psychological surrender and spiritual aspects of trauma, and one
of the first to research the connection between childhood abuse and traumatic stress
in adulthood. In “Bad Girls and Banjo’s: Breaking the Wrong Rules the Right Way,”
Dr. Branscomb will share her experiences as a woman in uncharted territory, challenges
she has faced, and the most valuable lessons she has learned from successes and mistakes
along the way. Using live music, poetry, and insights from her new work in transformational
psychology and creative expression, Dr. Branscomb will go beyond lists and lessons
to invite you to share in the experience of facing the unknown with creativity and
Introduction by Christine Stinson
11:00 - 12:00 noon
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: (Franklin Hall – Panther’s Den)
Liliana Madrigal – Senior Director of Program Operations, Amazon Conservation Team
WOMEN OF THE COLOMBIAN AMAZON: THEIR ROLE IN THE HEALTH OF THEIR COMMUNITIES
Most of the research on indigenous peoples of the Amazon has focused on the men. Even
studies on the ethnomedicine of these groups focus on the men as most of the shamans
are males. Nonetheless, indigenous women play a vital role in the transfer, strengthening
and use of medicinal knowledge in the Amazon, and in many societies throughout the
world. The women who are generally the keepers of traditions, the organizers of ceremonies
and keen observers of planting calendars, all of which is tied to protecting the culture,
maintaining agricultural diversity, and transmitting tradions to the next generation.
The talk will focus on the experiences of the Amazon Conservation Team in partnering
with indigenous female leaders over the past 15 years.
Introduction by Dave Johnson
CONFERENCE LUNCHEON: (Franklin Hall - Blue Ridge Mountain Room, upper level)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ALUMNA ADDRESS: (Franklin Hall – Panther’s Den)
DR. SANDRA VIA, ’04 – Ferrum College Assistant Professor of Political Science
FINDING A VOICE: FROM STUDENT, TO TEACHER
Introduction by David Howell
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION (Franklin Hall – Panther’s Den)
“Are Women Human”: A staged reading of the Dorothy Sayers essay performed by Helen
On the 75th anniversary of its original presentation to a “Ladies Society,” acclaimed author
Dorothy Sayers (as portrayed by Dr. Helen E. Prien) will revisit this lecture. Ms.
Sayers examines the “problem” of feminism from her witty, and somewhat wry, point
of view. It will be followed by lively student discourse on its feminist and rhetorical
elements. Where are we today? Response and insights to be given by Kyle Zeller and
Introduciton by Lana Whited
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Student Leadership Tea: (Franklin Hall - Virginia Room, lower level)
Cosponsored by the Smith Mountain Branch of the American Association of University
Women, honoring Ferrum College’s female student leaders
Organizer: Leslie Holden