“Making Our Voices Heard: Memoirs to (Re)imagine Mental Healthcare.” A Herstory Writers Workshop in partnership Madwomen in the Attic and the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University, Spring 2021 – Present.

Past Presentations & Workshops

“The Meta Potencies of Madness: Gaslighting, Mad Time, and the Archive of the Unhinged.” Presenter and Chair of “Theorizing Madness: Conceptualizations of Identity, Consciousness, Disability, and Care” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Roundtable. Baltimore, MD, March 2022.

“Building a Mad Archive: Informing, Reforming, and Transforming Mental Healthcare Law and Policy through Literacy.” Conference on Community Writing. Coalition on Community Writing. Presentation. Virtual, October 2021.

“(Re)defining and (Re)imagining through Memoir: A Story-Shaping Workshop,” 2021 Bi-County Empowerment Conference, Hands Across Long Island, Workshop, October 2021.

“Mad Praxis and the Mad Academic: Bringing together Scholarship and Activism to Affect Mental Healthcare Policy.” Social Justice Works-in-Progress Series. University at Buffalo’s Department of English. Virtual, March 2021.

“Draw the Curtains, Light the Lamp, Narrow the Enquiry: Woolf’s Methodology of Uncovering and the Webs of Meaning around Institutionalization.” The Lunatic Upstairs: Virginia Woolf and the Ethics of Institutionalization. Co-Chair of Panel and Presenter. Northeast Modern Language Association Convention: Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities. Presentation.  Philadelphia, Virtual, March 2021.

“Teaching Media Literacy in the Gender Studies Classroom.” Presentation. Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference, Virtual/Remote, October 2020.

“Mad Feminist Activism in the Global Feminist Movement.” Lead Organizer and Dialogue Facilitator of Dialogue. Seneca Falls Dialogues: “Disrupting the Past, Questioning the Present, and Imagining the Future,” Virtual/Remote, October 2020.

“Madwomen in Social Justice Movements, Literatures, and Art” Co-Chair of Two Roundtables. Facilitation (Session 1&2) and Presentation (Session 1). Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Presentation. Boston, MA, March 2020.

“Combat of Words,” Workshop. Just Buffalo Literary Center, Spring 2020.

“Gender Education for Educators: Pedagogies of Inquiry and Inclusion.” Workshop. NYSEC 2019 Conference: Reigniting The Spark: Empowering Our Students, Our Colleagues, and Ourselves Through Reflection, Hope, and Compassion. New York State English Council. Albany, NY, October 2019.

“Orlando’s Brain on Trial.” International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Cincinnati, OH, June 2019.

“Making a Mad Community, from Attic to Attic.” Madness, Violence, and Technologies of Care: A Symposium. Center for Disability Studies, University at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY, May 8, 2019.

“Orlando’s Brain on Trial.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Washington, D.C., March 22, 2019.

“(Re-/Un-)Writing the Identity.” Just Buffalo Literary Center, Spring 2017.

“Woolf’s Alternative Medicine: Queer Cognition, Narrative Defiance, and the Undoing of Diagnosis.” 24th Annual Int. Conference on Virginia Woolf. Chicago, June 2014.

“Open Access to Desire: Queering Classrooms to Build Connections.” Open Source(s), Access, Futures: 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention. Indianapolis, March 21, 2014.

–. “Open Access to Desire: Queering Classrooms to Build Connections.” Western Illinois University First Annual Graduate Research Conference. WIU, Feb. 7, 2014.

 “Metaphorical Moves and Spatial Transgressions: The Househeld Mind of Virginia Woolf.” Banquets and Borders in Language and Literature: English Graduate Organization Conference. Macomb,  October 26, 2013.

“Gender Incarnations and Incantations: Rhetorical Reinventions of the Canon and Collective Acts of Identity-Villainy in Macbeth.” Courtliness and Convention: The 37th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. Cleveland. October 10-12, 2013.

 “Diagnosing The Hours: An Ambivalent and Disjointed Fictional Anti-Clinical Case Study and  Feminist Analysis of Fictional Woolf and her Struggle within the Fragmenting Machine of Heteronormativity.” Being Undisciplined: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. University of Cincinnati, April  6, 2013.

–. Lenses into War: An English Graduate Organization Annual Conference. Macomb, November 10, 2012.

Past Readings & Talks

Featured Reader, “Magic, Madness, and Meaning: Reclaiming Our Power,” Herstory Writing Workshop’s Reading Series, Virtual, January 9, 2021.

Invited Guest, “The December Letters Project: A Conversation with Jessica Lowell Mason and Melissa Bennett, Founders of Madwomen in the Attic.” Episode 7, The Gender Matters Podcast, Gender Institute, University at Buffalo, December 2020.

Invited Guest, Your Morning YAAS, YouTube, December 2020.

Invited Speaker, Network of Western New York Open & Affirming Congregations, October, 21, 2018.

Invited Reader, Book Launch, (Dis)Integration, The Disability Education and Advocacy Network of WNY, November 3, 2017.

Invited Speaker, Masquerade Ball Supporting Mental Health Through United Way; United Way of Niagara, Ontario; October 27, 2017.

Invited Featured Reader; Boiler Room Reading Series; Western Illinois University Art Gallery; October 3, 2013.

Featured Reader; Being Undisciplined: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Pre-Conference Poetry Reading; University of Cincinnati; April 5, 2013.

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