Report by Sid Reger, ASWM President
With the theme “Self and Goddess: Personal, Political, Spiritual,” ASWM’s second annual Symposium gathered more than 50 women from the Midwest, both coasts, and Canada. It was an exciting day of presentations and networking among women working to develop arts and scholarship concerning mythic women and goddesses.
Our keynote speaker was Egyptologist Normandi Ellis, author of Dreams of Isis, Feasts of Light, and other works that examine the significance of ancient goddess mythology to contemporary seekers.
To see a complete report of presentations, with photos of the event, check out the blog post by storyteller/songwriter Nancy Vedder-Shults.
As the informal “MC” for the day, I had the privilege of watching and listening to a wide variety of presenters, and of watching as connections were made that would outlast the day.
Thanks are due to all presenters and board members. I especially want to acknowledge the staff of the Goodman Atwood Community Center for all of their help—it’s a beautiful facility. And my heartfelt thanks to the women who helped with logistics, registration, and technical assistance: Nan Brooks, Daña Alder, Lia Treffman, and Sara Blackthorne.