Media & Community Events
1st Annual Gender Forum at Nazarbayev University:
Challenges & Changes in Gender & Sexuality in Central Asia: Bridging Researchers, Policy Makers, & Practitioners
Developed through a grant with the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, sponsored from the Office of the Provost, and coordinated by The Consortium of Gender Scholars, I was central to developing and leading the Executive Conference Committee in the development and institution of the first gender forum of this format in the region. June 13-14, 2019, Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan.
Hosted on the Nazarbayev University campus and coordinated by The Consortium of Gender Scholars (GenCon), the Forum seeks to bring together interested parties to explore a range of areas related to gender with the goal of raising awareness and building bridges between researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to advance gender equity in Central Asia.
The primary language of the Forum is English with translation provided for some sessions in Russian and Kazakh. The full program will be available online in late May.
Motherhood and Scholarship – KGNU, a series of radio shows hosted over more than 30 years, from Boulder, Colorado.
- I was invited for an interview with Professor Emeritus, Joe Juhasz, and affiliated faculty with the Center for Asian Studies. In this 25 minute interview, I discuss the structural obstacles universities are faced with in ensuring an equitable environment for all.
- “From 8.35-9am Joe Juhasz hosts Good Ol CU with guest Anna Cohenmiller Assistant Professor & Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, Republic of Kazakhstan. She is founding director of The Motherscholar Project (www.motherscholar.org); Founding Co-Editor and Editor-in-Chief: Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy (www.journaldialogue.org) The topic is Mother Scholars in Academia.” February 2019.
Traveling to Conferences with Kids – aKIDemic Life – a resource hub for carers in academia
- In this interview, I was invited to discuss the ways in which I have found traveling with kids to conferences has affected my academic career. I discuss both the larger framework of how conferences can provide resources for academic families and also tips for visiting a new location with a family. February 2019.
Interview with a mothering emphasis: A day in the life of a mom in Astana – Bebe Voyage – an online community supporting and encouraging family travel
- In this interview, I discuss a typical weekend day off of work, as a mother in Kazakhstan, providing insight to life abroad with two young children. March 2017.
Roundtables and Panels
Panel for Motherscholars: Moderator. Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan.
As part of Week of Women, an event we launched throughThe Consortium of Gender Scholars, the University community highlights achievements of women throughout disciplinary sections. In the panel, I led five women through conversations and discussion about being a mother and scholar, moving beyond the typical construct of “work-life balance” into considering the larger organizational structures and sociocultural expectations for the roles of mother and for women as scholars. March 2019.
Cooperative Learning Workshop to Learn, Deeply Reflect, and Advocate for Graduate Student Mothers – facilitator & coordinator. Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
- This roundtable was contextualized within the Sociologists for Women in Society social action grant. I was awarded funding, although did not end up needing to utilize it for the roundtable because of donations from local organizations.
- “The project provides a forum for graduate student mothers to come together with international specialists studying and working with mothers in academia. Through a full day, cooperative workshop, participants will (1) learn about research in the field of mothers in academia, (2) be guided through deep reflective practice and collective sharing—a form of feminist practice of oral history (Berger Gluck, 1991), (3) identify campus/community needs specific to the concerns of mothers in academia, and (4) develop advocacy platform to address campus and community needs.”
- Guest speakers included: Dr. Lisa Wolf-Wendel and Dr. Denise Demers. July 2017.
Panel of Mothers and Scholars: speaker & moderator. Nazarbayev University Library and Consortium of Gender Scholars. Astana, Kazakhstan.
- In this panel, I was invited to be a key speaker and moderate discussion with faculty and students across the University to explore the experiences of mothers working and learning within higher education. This was one of the first events for Week of Women at the University. March 2018.
Academic Mothers and Multiple Roles: speaker – WIN Breakfast Talks, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
Hosted by the Office of the Provost, I was invited to speak about within the set of seminars to discuss the multiple roles of acdaemic mothers.
“These seminars aim to demystify some aspects of academic careers. They provide an opportunity to meet colleagues from other Departments, Schools and units and share a cup of tea. All NU faculty, teaching assistants and staff, women and men, are very welcome.” April 2016.