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UW Professor to Discuss Global Women’s Rights

November 13, 2014
woman standing in front of mural
Colleen Denney stands in front of the Suffrage Centenary Mural in Auckland, New Zealand. (Women and Gender Studies Photo)

A University of Wyoming professor will share her insights from a sojourn to learn more about women’s rights during a free presentation Thursday, Nov. 20, at 5:10 p.m. in Room 310 of the UW Classroom Building.

Colleen Denney, professor of gender and women’s studies, will discuss “A Visual Odyssey on Women’s Rights around the Globe.” She will discuss her journey last year to learn about women who fought for rights in London, Paris, New Zealand and Wyoming as they pursued their “desire for change, for belonging, for love, for community, for purpose and for a place at the table.”

As a feminist art historian, Denney has explored what happens when women resist doing what their culture tells them to do, and how their resulting resistant stories are read through visual history. She says she “likes angry women because they are the ones who get things done.”

The College of Arts and Sciences Seibold Professorship for 2013-2014 supported Denney’s research. The award recognizes demonstrated commitment to teaching. The late Clarence Seibold of Cheyenne donated funds to support researchers in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts to do major projects even when they might not have external grant opportunities such as those available in the sciences.

Denney teaches courses on the feminist visual culture of modern and contemporary art, most recently centered on activism. She also teaches courses on Victorian women’s art, literature and culture, and on the history of women artists.

Her recent books include "Women, Portraiture and the Crisis of Identity in Victorian England: My Lady Scandalous" and “Representing Diana, Princess of Wales: Cultural Memory and Fairy Tales Revisited.”

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