Young Mothers

Date : Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8, 2005

Date : York University, Toronto, Canada

Program

Friday, May 6
7:00 – 9:00pm Friday Keynote Panel

RADICAL MOTHERING: FIGHTING – AND LOVING – TO TELL THE TRUTH
Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

Allison Crews (editor of www.girlmom.com and founder of the National Coalition to Empower Teen Parents) “The Psycho-social Effects of Teen Parenthood on the Individual Teen Mother”

Bee Lavender (co-editor of Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers) “Hip: 1) aware, informed; 2) a place where young children sit when they’re tired of walking”.

Lindsay Kretschmer 2003 Recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award

Saturday, May 7
8:00 – 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

9:00 – 10:30am Session A
Workshop A: COURAGEOUS COMMUNCIATIONS
Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College

Kim Mcleod (parent coach, speaker, foster parent)

Workshop B: MAMA KNOWS BEST: THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE CHILDCARE WORKER TO THE YOUNG MOTHER
Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College

Maria Cargnelli (early childhood educator) Facilitated Role Play and PowerPoint Presentation

10:30 – 10:45am Break

10:45 – 12:15pm Session B
Panel A: CHALLENGING THE DISCOURSE OF TEEN MOTHERHOOD AS ‘SOCIAL PROBLEM’
Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

Sandra Fonseca and Janice Ahola-Sidaway (University of Ottawa) “From ‘Wanton Vixens’ to ‘Worker Citizens”; The Changing Conception of Teen Mothers and Their Relationship to Social and Educational Policy and Practices”

Tanya Darisi (University of Guelph) “’Sluts and Stuff’: Reflexivity and Resistance in Young Mothers’ Identity Construction”

Corinne Wilson (Coventry University, UK) “‘Deserving’ and ‘Undeserving’: a History of Teenage Pregnancy and Childhood”

Gayle Letherby, Corinne Wilson, Geraldine Brady, and Geraldine Brown (Coventry University, UK) ” ‘If I talk to you does that mean I’ll get a better house?’ Ethics, Participation and Policy Issues when Undertaking Research for and with Pregnant Teenagers and Young Mothers”

12:15 – 1:45pm Lunch (on your own)

1:45 – 3:15pm Session C
Panel B: EMPOWERING YOUNG MOTHERS: CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

Linda Liebenberg (Dalhousie University) “The experience of teenage motherhood in an informal South African settlement: A Visual Study”

Lindsey Rock (University of Alberta) “The ‘Good Mother’ vs. the “Other” Mother”

Jillian M. Duquaine-Watson (University of Iowa) “The (Delicate) Balance Between Books and Baby: Single Mothers and Postsecondary Education”

Workshop C: CHALLENGING THE STEREOTYPES OF TEEN PREGNANCY AND YOUNG MOTHERHOOD
Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College

Geraldine Brown, Geraldine Brady, Gayle Letherby (Centre for Social Justice, Coventry University, UK)Performance-based Workshop

3:15 – 3:30pm Break

3:30 – 5:00pm Session D
Panel D: ‘DESPITE THE ODDS’: YOUNG MOTHERS’ STORIES OF RESISTANCE AND TRIUMPH

Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

Kim Wilhelm (University of Western Ontario) “Mid-terms at Mid-term: A Young Mother at University”
Deborah Connerty (York University) “Adversity: its Effects on Young Mothers”

5:00 – 6:30pm Reception and Launch of Vol. 7.1 Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering issue on Mothering, Religion and Spirituality

6:30 – 8:30pm “Girl Mom” A Play
Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

Lindsey Rock (University of Alberta)

Sunday, May 8 9:00 – 10:00am Registration and ContinentalBreakfast

10:00 – 11:15am Session E
YOUNG MOTHERS: CHALLENGES AND CHANGE

Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

Geraldine Brady, Geraldine Brown, and Gayle Letherby (Coventry University, UK)
“’Bringing Men Back In’: Mothers and Fathers and Teenage Pregnancy”

11:15 – 11:30am Break

11:30 – 1:00pm Closing Keynote Panel
STORIES AND POWER – MOVING TOWARDS COLLECTIVE AGENCY

Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College

Deborah Davis (editor of You Look Too Young to be a Mom: Teen Mothers Speak Out on Love, Learning and Success)
“You Look too Young to be A Mom”

Deirdre Kelly (author of Pregnant with Meaning: Teen Mothers and the Politics of Inclusive Schooling) “Young Mothers, Agency and Collective Action: Issues and Challenges”

Co-sponsors

CUPE LOCAL 1356
Dept of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts
Office of the Dean, Atkinson
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education
School of Arts and Letters
Vice-President Academic

Thank you

Linn Baran
Lilian Polsinelli
Karen Purino
McLaughlin College
School of Women’s Studies, Faculty of Arts
Toronto Women’s Bookstore