Women’s History Month at PSU March 2-31

March 2nd, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.—Plymouth State University will celebrate the lives of women, both past and present, during Women’s History Month March 2–31. Posters displayed across the campus will detail the events.

The month-long celebrations kicks off March 2 with information tables, giveaways and much more presented in the Hartman Union Fireplace Lounge from 10 a.m.¬–3 p.m., presented by the S.A.G.E. Center (Sexuality, Anti-Violence, Gender Equity). Throughout the month there will be book displays in Lamson Library and the university bookstore, as well as films, discussions and presentations across the campus, all at no charge.

The month’s activities culminate March 31, with presentation of the Theo Kalikow and Powerful Outstanding Women awards. Keynote speaker for the 4 p.m. award ceremony will be independent historian Susan Ware from Cambridge, Mass.

The Kalikow and POWA awards recognize a PSU employee and a student who have demonstrated genuine concern for the advancement of women through their continuous involvement in and advocacy of women. The program is presented by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

A former professor of history at New York University, Ware is a noted expert on 20th century American women and the editor of the most recent volume of “Notable American Women” (2004), which was prepared at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University.

She was chair of the Library of Congress’ Scholars Advisory Committee for “American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States,” a 420-page resource guide, and wrote the introduction to the volume.

Ware also has published books on women during the New Deal and the 1930s, biographies of aviator Amelia Earhart, social reformer and politician Molly Dewson, radio pioneer Mary Margaret McBride and a women’s history anthology. Her latest book, Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King, Title IX, and the Revolution in Women’s Sports, will be published in 2011.

The schedule of Women’s History Month activities includes:

• “Iron Jawed Angels,” a film featuring defiant young activists who take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, thus putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote will be presented and discussed by Women’s Studies minor Kayla Waldron ’10 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 in Boyd Hall room 144.

• A display by students in the course “The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, 1789-1815” will highlight women in that era from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 8 in the Hartman Union Building Paws-way.

• Professor of Music Carleen Graff will present a lecture-recital on the piano works of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee March 13 at 11 a.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center.

• Students in the course “The American West” will host a display about women in the American west from
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 15 in the Hartman Union Building Paws-Way.

• “License to Thrive,” a film addressing Title IX legislation and its historical role in women’s right will be presented at 7 p.m. March 16 at Plymouth Congregational Church on Main Street. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with PSU basketball coach and alumna, Lauren Lavigne, PSU faculty member Rebecca Noel, and PSU Director of Athletics John P. Clark. The program is sponsored by Movies at the Meeting House: Films with a Social Conscience at the Plymouth Congregational Church, and the President’s Commission on Diversity and the SAGE Center at Plymouth State.

• Students in the course “Women’s Health Issues” will present a display on “Women’s Health Past and Present” March 18 in the Hartman Union Fireplace Lounge from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Students in the course “Women and Crime” will present a display on “The History of Women in Criminal Justice,” from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 29 in the Hartman Union Paws-way.

• The Women’s Studies Council Brown Bag Lunch Series will present “The Doctrine of Necessaries: Seventeenth Century Conceptions of a Married Woman’s Legal Status in Modern American Law” from 12:15¬–1:30 p.m. March 29 in Hartman Union room 109. The examination in modern American law of such “ancient common law doctrines” governing the legal status of women will be presented by Linda Upham-Bornstein of the department of Social Science at PSU.

For information about Women’s History Month at Plymouth State University contact Delilah Smith at the S.A.G.E. Center, (603) 535-2387 or via e-mail to drsmith@plymouth.edu.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU. http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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