Midwest Symposium Schedule

ASWM Midwest Symposium “Art and Inspired Scholarship”
May 19, 2011 Madison , Wisconsin
Madison Sheraton Hotel

9:00 AM

Jade River for Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess, International

9:30AM to 10:45
PLENARY:  Art and Inspired Scholarship: Approaches and Applications
Denise Saint Arnault
The dialogue between sacred space and sacred experience:  Methodologies for the practitioner-scholar
Patricia Monaghan
Spiritual Geography and Goddess Studies
Layne Redmond (teleconference)
Bees, Frame Drumming, and Ancient Mysteries

11AM to 12:15
PANEL: Women/Ritual/Cloth
Devi, Gayatri
Clothing the Divine Feminine
Leidenfrost, Isadora
The Red Tent and Things We Don’t Talk About
Work-MaKinne, Dawn
The Scandinavian Norns: Spinning, Turning, Becoming
PANEL: Healing/Ritual/Art
Binet, Noris
Transmigration and Cross Fertilization: Art, Healing and Spirituality
Polidori, Courtney
Goddesses Enduring: The Empowering Influence of Feminine Cosmology on Indigenous Women from Pre-Colonial Times to the Present
Kim Duckett
Deep Calls to Deep:  The Wheel of the Year as an Earth-based Psychology for Women
Parker, Kip
“Nuts and Bolts”  Visionary Fiction Writing for Everyone
LUNCHEON (Networking and Resource Sharing)
1:45 to  3:00
PANEL: Women Artists:  Divine Images from Myth to Mirror
Moderator: Sid Reger
Laskowski, Louie
The Life of a Crone Artist
Weinbaum, Batya
Making Art from the Female Divine
Finger, Marcia
The Bee Goddess Quilt
Ruyle, Lydia
Video: Goddess Icon Spirit Banners
Mary Kelly
Goddess As Muse to Women Artists
3:15 -4:30
PANEL: Goddesses in World Culture
Noonan, Kerry
Gran Brijit at the Crossroads
Henderson, Kathryn
What Else, Deer Mother?
Matamonasa, Arieahn
Return of White Buffalo Calf Woman: Traditional Native American cosmology as key in reducing violence against women.
Nancy Vedder-Shults
Divine Inspiration
3:30 to 7:30
Marketplace and Book Sales
4:30 to 5:45
PANEL:  Ritual/Theater/Poetry
Nan Brooks
Meaningful Rituals for Women
Lutz, Barb*
From Scholarship to Art of Ritual

Michele Monarch Williams
Poetry for Goddesses
Anne Key and Candace Kent
Ceremony on Sacred Land: The Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet

5:45 to 7:30

Marketplace and Book Sales continue; dinner on your own

SheSings! chorus


Mary Kelly

Goddess. Women. Cloth: Inspired Ritual Textiles from Around the World

Note:  The Keynote presentation is open to the general public, for a suggested donation of $10.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

*Coincident with the symposium, from 3 on Wednesday afternoon through 9 p.m. Friday, a local gallery will feature the first public showing of Barb ‘s have  of  unique altar pieces, with a special women-only reception from 5 to 7 on Wednesday evening. More info here.


To register or find out about special rates at the hotel:


Click here to register. (Discount for registrations before April 15.)


The symposium will be held at the Madison Sheraton Hotel. A block of sleeping rooms is available for the special rate of $119 (with upgrade to Club Level for an additional $30), until April 27. Click here for hotel room reservations.

6 comments on “Midwest Symposium Schedule
  1. Shay Harris says:

    Your announcement does not include registration information. What is the cost?
    Thank you!

    • gscholars says:

      Hi Shay,
      We put the registration link at the end of the post but I forgot to add it to the schedule. Thanks! I’ve done that now.
      Memberships range from $30 for low income/students to $60 professional.
      Registration fees are as follows:
      Registration Member Non-Member
      Before 4/15/2011 $80 $125
      4/15/2011 – 5/12/2011 $95 $140
      After 5/12/2011 $115 $160

  2. ivy doe says:

    in the schedule, from 11am to 12:15, it looks like there are two panels and one workshop. are they all going on at the same time and we can only choose one to attend? if so, bummer! ; / both panels look great to me, it’ll be hard to choose!

    • gscholars says:

      Yes, we do have two wonderful panels opposite each other. (I have the same dilemma about what to attend!) We build our symposia programs based on the quality and diversity of proposals we receive–and when we get so many good ones, we have to schedule panels opposite each other. That’s one reason we want to have a luncheon where everyone can meet and share resources–it’s another chance to talk with the presenters.

  3. DeAnna L'am says:

    Dear sisters,
    What a powerful event!
    I was referred to you by my colleague Isadora Leidenfrost, who presented her wonderful work this year.
    I’d love to receive your contact information to explore bringing my work to your 2012 symposium, which I hear from Isadora, will be held in San Francisco. Please let me know who I can contact.
    Many blessings on your work!

    • gscholars says:

      Thanks, DeAnna! Keep checking this web site for announcements about next year’s conference. The Call for Proposals will begin in September. Hope to see you there.

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