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May 31, 2018 at 9:40 am

Rural Women’s Studies Association Conference a Huge Success

The Rural Women’s Studies Association’s triennial conference took place at Ohio University from May 17-19 and was an enormous success. Quite a few attendees had positive words to say about both the conference and the school. Dr. Jeannie Whayne, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, said she was “very impressed with Ohio University and the fine folks there” and “encountered only friendly people” everywhere she went. Dr. Nancy Berlage, history professor at Texas State University, commented on a “wonderful conference” and was impressed with Athens and its “delicious food and friendly people.” Iowa State University history professor Pamela Riney-Kehrburg added that “a great time was had by all,” and Olobunmi Ashimolowo of the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria called the conference “well-organized.” Dr. Katherine Jellison, co-chairwoman of the RWSA and chairwoman of the Ohio University history department, was especially commended for playing such a major part in putting together this year’s event.

The next RWSA conference, which is scheduled for May 13-15, 2021, will be held at the University of Guelph near Toronto, Canada. Guelph is considered “Canada’s Food University” for its impact on agricultural sciences and rural life, and the theme of the conference will be “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum”.

For more information on the RWSA or the upcoming conference, please contact Dr. Katherine Jellison at or Guelph’s Dr. Catharine Wilson at


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