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Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure

May 4, 2017 - May 5, 2017

May 4-5, 2017


FREE and OPEN to the public!


This symposium will convene a group of scholars, scientists and community based researchers, artists, documentarians, and policy makers to assess the gendered impacts of (primarily endocrine-disrupting) chemicals on human populations. By marshaling a variety of perspectives—laboratory, ethnographic, epidemiological, and narrative, this transdisciplinary collaboration will seek to explore how gender has made a difference in the public’s knowledge with regard to the cumulative effects of environmental toxins. Speakers will use methods from across scholarly disciplines to assess the way gendered patterns of exposure contribute to illnesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet researchers, community organizers, artists, and innovators who are changing the way we approach:

  • Reproductive justice, maternal health, and endocrine disruption
  • Urban oil drilling in Los Angeles
  • Income inequality, environmental health, and environmental justice
  • Exposure to indoor air pollution in homes and workplaces
  • Pesticides, flame retardants, and birth defects
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance, and exposure illness
  • Toxic personal care and cleaning products
  • Training the next generation of environmental innovators and advocates

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!


We are thrilled to be welcoming Keynote Speaker Florence Williams!

Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York TimesNew York Times MagazineThe New York Review of BooksSlate, Mother JonesHigh Country NewsO-Oprah, W., Bicycling, and numerous other publications. She is also the writer and host of the new Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound.

A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health, and science. In 2007-2008, she was a Scripps Fellow at the Center of Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado.

Her first book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History  (W.W. Norton 2012), received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times.

We are excited to welcome our Panel Session Speakers:

Karim Ahmed (National Council for Science and the Environment)

Jesse Cohen (Canaries)

Martha Dina Arguello (Physicians for Social Responsibility)

David Crews (University of Texas at Austin)

Nourbese Flint (Black Women for Wellness)

Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Andrea Gore (University of Texas at Austin)

Liza Grandia (UC Davis)

Tyrone Hayes (UC Berkeley)

mark! Lopez (East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice)

Shahir Masri (UC Irvine)

Teresa Montoya (New York University)

Peggy Munson (Artist, Writer, Activist)

Ana Soto (Tufts University School of Medicine)

For a compiled list of the Speaker Biographies and Abstracts, please visit the CE Speaker Bios and Abstracts page.


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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.


May 4, 2017
May 5, 2017
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UCLA Center for the Study of Women


Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States + Google Map