2022  ISGP Symposium

February 6th-8th, 2022
Cambridge MA

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jess Pfeffer

Defining and Redefining Womanhood: the limits of language and the politics of gender. 
Jess R. Pfeffer received their PhD in English from Tufts University in 2018. Jess's research is mostly focused on the ways that we conceptualize the body as gendered and sexed and the process through which we ascribe language to those bodies. Prior to working at Deerfield, Jess taught a smattering of college courses focused on gender and sexuality in the greater Boston area. 
Dr. Lisa Damour
Gender and Emotion:  Understanding Students' Inner Lives

Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times best selling books, Untangled:
Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under
Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She writes
the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, co-hosts the Ask Lisa
podcast, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, works in collaboration
with UNICEF, and serves on the Advisory Board for Parents magazine. Dr.
Damour also maintains a private practice and consults and speaks
Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Dr.
Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to
education and child development. She is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert
Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and is the Executive
Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.
Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale
Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the
University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center
in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power
Foundation. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters.

Schools in Attendance

Beaver Country Day School

Baylor School

Deerfield Academy

The Thacher School

The Webb Schools

2022 Annual Symposium Agenda

Sun. Feb. 6

Registration/Hotel Check-in

 Reception and Opening Activities

Mon. Feb. 7 

Speaker: Dr. Lisa Damour 

Discussion: Gender and Wellness in our Schools


Focus Groups 

Collaborative work with  Beaver Country Day School 

Victorious Secret, 50th Anniversary of Title IX,  Mosaics and artist presentation by Angela Lorenz

  Incorporating Gender into Your Curriculum 

Tues. Feb. 8

Dr. Jess Pfeffer: Who Gets to Define Womanhood?

Discussion: Expanding Gender Culture in Our Schools

12:00-1:00: Lunch 

1:00-2:30: Intersectionality: The Collision of Race and Gender

Required Preparation

As we prepare for this discussion planned throughout our time together, we ask that participants prepare for the symposium by reading or listening to the following resources:

White Women, Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour (The Guardian) - Ruby Hamad

Kill Your Darlings - Podcast featuring Ruby Hamad

3:00-3:30: Conference wrap-up

6:00: Celebratory dinner

Past Annual Symposium
Agendas & Meeting Summary

2020 Annual Symposium
Indigenous Feminism & Queer Critique by Dr. Jennifer Detendale

Creating sex-positive, trans-inclusive health education by Kay Heffernan

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2019 Annual Symposium
Beyond Bathrooms:  Looking At Our School Programs Through A Gender Lens by Alex Myers

The Urgency of Intersectionality

Identifying and Addressing Gender Issues Through Research by Charlotte Jacobs

Imagining The Future of Feminism

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