Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure

May 4-5, 2017


FREE and OPEN to the public!


Travel Grants are available for non-UCLA graduate students and independent scholars to attend the Symposium! If you would like to apply, please visit our Travel Grants page.

All CSW Events are Fragrance-Free! CSW is dedicated to creating a safe and accessible space for everyone who participates in our events and programs. For information on our fragrance-free initiative and details on requesting accessibility accommodations, please visit our Event Accessibility page.

Sign-language interpretation will be available at Florence Williams’s keynote address on May 4 at 4pm in the Charles E. Young Research Library Main Conference Room.

Video of conference presentations will be made available on CSW’s YouTube channel following the event, and we will also be live-tweeting the proceedings for those unable to attend — follow the hashtag #CECSW to stay connected!

Symposium Schedule

Subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.

For speaker biographies and abstracts, visit www.csw.ucla/ce-abstracts

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Main Conference Room (Room 11360), Charles E. Young Research Library

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Keynote Address and Reception


Laura Gomez, Interim Dean, Division of Social Sciences

Rachel C. Lee, Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Keynote Address

The Burden of Breasts: Gender, Chemical Exposures, and Changing Bodies

Featuring Florence Williams

Award-winning journalist Florence Williams is the author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History and The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

Moderator: Rachel C. Lee, Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Sign Language Interpretation will be available at the Keynote Address.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jan Popper Theatre, Schoenberg Music Building

8:30 – 9:15 AM


9:15 – 9:30 AM


Jessica Cattelino, Associate Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

9:30 – 11:00 AM
Panel Session 1:

David and Goliath

Activists from multiple disciplines have allied together to approach the complex issue of ubiquitous environmental chemical exposures and protest the under-regulated chemical industry. How have different minority groups played a role in these conversations? What successes and failures have advocates experienced in their long battle seeking justice in various regulatory systems?

Community-Based Responses to Urban Oil Drilling

Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: Sex differences and reproductive health effects in animal models

Andrea Gore, Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Texas at Austin

From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men

Tyrone Hayes, Professor, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Moderator: Chris Kelty, Professor, Institute for Society and Genetics, Information Studies, and Anthropology, UCLA

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Panel Session 2:

Everyday Life, Everyday Labs

There are many mechanisms, models, and methodologies for understanding the impacts of chemical exposure. This panel challenges traditional formats of research and interrogates intersectional concepts of endocrine disruption, environmental justice, and science communication.

From Fire Water to Toxic Water: Navajo Politics of Permeability

Teresa Montoya, Anthropology, New York University

Paean to Bicillin L-A ® and the End of Harry Harlow’s rhesus monkey experiments      

Peggy Munson, Artist, Writer, Activist

Sickly Green: A Parable of Carpet and the EPA

Liza Grandia, Associate Professor, Native American Studies, UC Davis

What is hindering regulation of endocrine disruptors?

Ana Soto, Professor, Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Moderator: Ursula Heise, Professor, English and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

1:00 – 2:00 PM


2:15 – 3:45 PM
Panel Session 3:

Diagnosis and Destigmatization

How are the impacts and responsibilities associated with chemical exposures aligned or conflicting with gendered roles? This panel will focus on topics such as reproduction, access to medical care, precautionary consumerism, and the gendered marketing of products.

Canaries in the Coal Mine: We Need One Another as Never Before

Jesse Cohen, Artist, Canaries

Dying to Be Beautiful: A conversation about race, class, and the rise of beauty industry at the risk of our health

Nourbese Flint, Policy Director, Black Women for Wellness

Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance: An Emerging Disease Process

Shahir Masri, Assistant Specialist in Air Pollution Exposure Assessment and Epidemiology, UC Irvine

Moderator: Joel Braslow, Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, History, and Center for Social Medicine and Humanities, UCLA

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Panel Session 4:

Transgenerational Effects: Policy and Pedagogy for the Next Generation

Chemical exposure affects and transcends generations; parents are relied upon to avoid exposure both for themselves, during their lives and during pregnancy, and also as caretakers of their children. This panel investigates the intersection of these issues with community-based activism, regulation, and policy through a temporal lens.

Healthy Environments Build Healthy People

David Crews, Professor, Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin

From Bhopal to Late Industrialism and EcoEd

Kim Fortun, Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The New Chemical World: Risk Analysis Challenges for Policy Makers

Karim Ahmed, Director, National Council for Science and the Environment

Intergenerational Impacts, Intergenerational Struggle: The Exide Legacy as a Community Based Case Study

mark! Lopez, Executive Director, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Moderator: Hannah Landecker, Director, Institute for Society and Genetics, and Associate Professor, Sociology, UCLA

5:30 – 6:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Rachel C. Lee, Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

This will include the premiere presentation of educational videos created by the Center for the Study of Women Undergraduate Student Group

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Closing Reception

Dickson Court South (located in front of Schoenberg Music Building)

Get Involved:

JOIN OUR WORKING GROUP: Faculty and graduate students from across disciplines meet quarterly to discuss issues related to gender and exposure. Learn how to join here.

JOIN OUR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GROUP: Undergraduate students can volunteer or receive research credit to conduct original research, participate in awareness campaigns, shape policy recommendations, and contribute to educational videos. Learn how to join here.

READ OUR BLOG: The Chemical Entanglements blog features reports from the field, interviews, film reviews, and more! Read our latest updates here.

WRITE FOR THE BLOG: We want your contributions to the Chemical Entanglements blog! Find out more here.

SHARE THE AIR: One simple way that you can reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals–and help safeguard the health of those around you–is by using fewer fragranced products in your everyday life. Learn more about CSW’s Share the Air initiative.