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October 27-29, 2022 | Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

TITLE IX

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Our Mission
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX’s passage into law, its origins and rich history; to explore its legacy and future; and to bring awareness to the issues still impacting high school and college athletics and education.

Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022

7-8 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
70 Arts Circle

Holding Court with Mary Carillo and Katrina Adams

7-8 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
70 Arts Circle

Mary Carillo and Katrina Adams, two of the biggest names in tennis and most highly respected women in sports, get together for a night of storytelling and unique insight from their experiences on the pro tennis tour, on television and in the boardroom. Carillo, a former Grand Slam mixed doubles champion with partner John McEnroe, is an award-winning journalist and regarded as one of the best broadcasters in sports throughout her career, working for Tennis Channel, NBC, CBS, USA Network, ESPN and HBO. She has been an analyst on NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games, a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel and host of NBC’s National Dog Show. Adams was the first African American president and CEO of the United States Tennis Association, and was chair of the U.S. Open, Fed Cup and Gender Equality in Tennis Committee. As a player, Adams was the first African American high school singles champion in Illinois, winning twice, a two-time All-American at Northwestern, winning the NCAA doubles title with partner Diane Donnelly in 1987, and reached the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam tournaments.

Panelists:
Mary Carillo, Analyst and Contributor, NBC, HBO and Tennis Channel
Katrina Adams, Executive and Author, “Own the Arena”
Moderator: Melissa Isaacson, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Opening remarks: Northwestern University President Michael Schill and Medill Dean Charles Whitaker

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022

9-10 a.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

The Extraordinary Evolution of Title IX

9-10 a.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

This panel explores the history of Title IX, beginning with its origins in 1972, how it evolved to address girls’ and women’s participation in athletics, and how it eventually became the primary means of redress for gender-based violence within American universities. Light breakfast provided.

Panelists:
Sherry Boschert, Author and Journalist
Nancy Cantalupo, Associate Professor, Wayne State University
Allison Robinson, Postdoctoral Fellow, New-York Historical Society
Moderator: Ava Greenwell, Professor, Northwestern University (BSJ84, MSJ85, PhD14)

10:15-11:15 a.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus: Title IX’s Changing Role

10:15-11:15 a.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

The application of Title IX to issues of campus sexual assault and harassment has been regarded as a lifeline, a limitation and an overreach. In this panel, we bring together distinct perspectives from academia, law and government.

Panelists:
Susan Appleton, Professor, Washington University
Suzanne Goldberg, Clinical Professor, Columbia University, and Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Kate Lockwood Harris, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Moderator: Deborah Tuerkheimer, Professor, Northwestern University

11:30-11:45 a.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

Screening:

Transgender Athletes: A Status Report

11:30-11:45 a.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

This evolving and critically important topic will be covered in a video created in partnership with WTTW-Ch. 11 and will include transgender athletes’ personal stories, as well as the science and politics involved.

Presenter: Amanda Vinicky, Correspondent, WTTW

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Kellogg Global Hub
2211 Campus Drive

From Athlete to C-Suite: How Title IX and Sports Have Launched Careers

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Kellogg Global Hub
2211 Campus Drive

The passage of Title IX greatly expanded access to team sports, university athletic resources and coaches as mentors, opening doors to women at the dawn of their professional careers and equipping them with vital skills to propel them to professional success in business. In this panel, we will hear the stories of women who played collegiate sports, earned an MBA degree at Kellogg and went on to business careers at the highest levels. Light lunch provided.

Panelists:
Tamara Bohlig, Board Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Axos Financial, Inc. (WCAS91 and KSM97)
Aminah Charles, Head of Sports Marketing, Beats by Dre (KSM17)
Jasmine Lipford, Head of Marketing, NBA G League (KSM15)
Kate Smith, Assistant Athletic Director, Northwestern University
Moderator: Danielle Bell, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University (BSJ99 and KSM07)

1:10-2:10 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum 1870 Campus Drive

The Birth of Title IX: A Conversation with Sen. Evan Bayh

1:10-2:10 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

Evan Bayh, the former U.S. senator, Indiana governor and son of the late Birch Bayh — the U.S. senator who co-authored Title IX — will speak remotely, answer questions and tell his fascinating family story about how Title IX was partially born through discussions at the kitchen table.
Moderator: Melissa Isaacson, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

3-4 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

Screening:

"The Queen of Basketball"

3-4 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive

The 2022 Oscar-winning documentary short “The Queen of Basketball” is the portrait of Lucy Harris, the daughter of Mississippi sharecroppers who scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history and was the only woman drafted into the NBA but remained, until her death in early 2022, largely unknown. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Harris’ daughter and the author of a book on the 1976 USA women’s Olympic basketball team.

Panelists:
Andrew Maraniss, Author of “Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First U.S. Women’s Olympic Team”
Crystal Stewart Washington, daughter of Lucy Harris and Chief Academic Officer of Lincoln Preparatory School (Grambling, La.)
Moderator: Mary Carillo, analyst and contributor, NBC, HBO and Tennis Channel

8 p.m.
Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland Ave.

Volleyball Game: Purdue at Northwestern

8 p.m.
Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland Ave.

Please join us as the Northwestern volleyball team hosts Purdue. NU Athletics will provide complimentary tickets to all guests of the Title IX at 50 weekend, and during the match Northwestern will recognize special guests, including student-athlete alumnae across all sports.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022

Starting at 8 a.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

Exclusive of Walter Athletics Center and Ryan Fieldhouse

Starting at 8 a.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

Visitors to Saturday’s sessions are invited to a walking tour of the facilities.

9-10 a.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

An Examination of Gender and Racial Inequities in College Sports

9-10 a.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

Centered around the NCAA’s Title IX at 50 report, “The State of Women in College Sports,” this panel of thought leaders will look at gender and racial inequities in women’s sports — where the situation stands today and where improvements can be made. Light breakfast provided.

Panelists:
Ketra Armstrong, Professor, University of Michigan
Donna Lopiano, President and Founder, Sports Management Resources
Amy Wilson, Managing Director of Inclusion, NCAA
Moderator:
Christine Brennan, Columnist, USA Today, and Commentator, CNN

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

Lift as You Rise: The Future for Women in Coaching and Athletic Administration

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

Some of the most successful women coaches in the country are at Northwestern, and this panel will have them join colleagues in Northwestern’s Athletics administration to discuss the need for mentoring in the industry, how they were guided early in their careers and how to improve the staggeringly low numbers of women currently in power in high school and college sports.

Panelists:
Kelly Amonte Hiller, Lacrosse Head Coach, Northwestern University
Janna Blais, Deputy Director of Athletics, Northwestern University
Kate Drohan, Softball Head Coach, Northwestern University
Kristina Minor, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Northwestern University
Moderator: Christine Brennan, Columnist, USA Today, and Commentator, CNN

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

Hear My Story: The 50-Year Journey of Female Student-Athletes

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Nona Jo’s
Walter Athletics Center
2255 Campus Drive

This panel will be a conversation among former Northwestern women’s student-athletes spanning the 50 years since the passage of Title IX, examining what women’s experiences looked and felt like from the early days to today, and discussing the future for female student-athletes at Northwestern.

Panelists:
Dionna Latimer-Hearn, Soccer, Northwestern University, 1999
Samantha Nettling, Softball, Northwestern University, 2018
Chinazo Opia Cunningham, Softball Northwestern University, 1990
Robin Voigt, Volleyball, Northwestern University, 1977
Moderator: Meghan McKeown, Basketball, Northwestern University, 2014

With gratitude to the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

and Northwestern University’s Office of the Provost for sponsoring this event.

Thank you also to organizers:

Melissa Isaacson, Assistant Professor, Medill
Therese McGuire, Professor, Kellogg
Caryn Ward, Associate Professor, Medill

Kimberly Yuracko, Professor, Pritzker School of Law
Sarah Brown, Director, Women’s Center, Northwestern
Maria Sanchez, Associate Athletics Director, Northwestern
Kacie Dohrmann, Assistant Athletic Director, Wildcat Fund, Northwestern
Stacy Simpson, Associate Director of Special Events, Medill
Melinda Cervantes, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, Kellogg
Elise De Los Santos, Lecturer, Medill
Vikram Dewani, Senior Web Applications Developer, Medill