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Edinboro University faculty, staff, students to celebrate Women’s History Month with myriad campus activities

Kicks off Monday with seven events


During March, Edinboro University’s faculty, staff and students will come together in a variety of events to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Highlighted events include the lectures and panel discussion taking place on Monday, March 5, in Van Houten Dining Hall South. The events of the day will feature Penn State professor, Kim Todd, and New York City architect, filmmaker and professor of design, Madeline Schwartzman.

The events begin at 12:30 p.m. with a lecture on Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th Century naturalist who traveled from Northern Europe to South America in 1699 studying insect metamorphosis and documenting her research in drawings and paintings. Todd will consider Merian’s work and her ability to navigate the cultural restraints of the era. Todd is the author of “Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and The Secrets of Metamorphosis.”

Following the lecture, Schwartzman will lead a slide show talk on artists who are embracing technology to mediate perception. She will consider the question, “What is the sensate future of women, and who is controlling the experience?” The discussion will focus on artists, including Sussana Hertrich, Janaina Tschape and Christine Tobin.

Directly following the lectures, Todd and Schwartzman will take part in a panel discussion on Women, Science and Art, along with Edinboro students and faculty including, Caitlyn MacDonald, Dr. Steven Sullivan, and Dr. Nina Thumser. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Charlotte Wellman. A book signing session will immediately follow the panel discussion.

All Women’s History Month events are free and open to the public. All are sponsored by Edinboro’s Women’s Studies Committee, Graduate Studies Office, Art Department, Art Department Graduate Committee, and Sculpture and Fibers Club.

Other Women’s History Month events include:

  • Monday, March 5 – 9:30 -10:45 a.m. – The Woman Scientist in Science Fiction Films – This presentation by Dr. Roger Solberg will demonstrate how the role of female scientists has evolved over the years, including film clips from movies such as Andromeda Strain and Them. The event will take place in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Room 143.


  • Monday, March 5 – 9:30 -10:45 a.m. – Is there a Persuasive Case for Feminism in the United States? – The panel session led by Dr. Stephen J. Sullivan will put the question stated in the title into consideration, discussing goals of feminism and to what extent they have or have not been achieved. The event will be held in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center Theatre.


  • Monday, March 5 – 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Juried Art Show: “Women, Science, and Art” – A consideration of the interchange between gender and nature, and how sensation is vital in the process of perspective; held in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.
  • Monday, March 5 – 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. – This Ain’t Your Momma’s Vampire! The Twilight Saga and the Subordination of Women Through Romance – Discussion conducted by Dr. Rhonda Matthews of the Sociology Department; held in Frank G. Pogue Student Center Room 143.


  • Monday, March 5 – 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. – Women in Islam – Presentation by Dr. Baher Ghosheh will focus on the role of women in Muslim societies since the foundation of the Islamic faith; held in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center Theatre.


  • Monday, March 5 – 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. – A Season of War – Professor Luciana Bohne of the English and Theatre Arts department will read excerpts from her autobiographical work detailing her childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe.  Presentation will be held in Room 303 of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.


  • Wednesday, March 7 – noon - 3 p.m. – Open House of Edinboro University’s Women’s Resource Center in R. Benjamin Wiley Arts and Science Center, Room 110 – Open house of Women’s Resource Center’s new location and collection of material. Refreshments provided.


  • Tuesday, March 20 – 2 - 3:15 p.m. – Influential Gardeners: Women Landscape Designers and Writers from the Early 20th Century – Discussion about several women who played a large role in the revolt against the gaudy, artificial style of gardening and the creation of a more informal style. The discussion will be held in the Baron-Forness Library, Room 715.


  • Wednesday, March 21 – 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. – Panel on Women in Math and Science – Panel discussion, including Drs. Joanne Smith, Kiran Misra, Emily Sprague, and Karen Eisenhart will be held in Cooper Hall, Room 173.


  •  Thursday, March 22 – 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. – Women and Addictions – Presentation including a documentary depicting women going through drug addiction treatment; with a panel discussion to follow. Led by Drs. Rosella Scaggs and David N. Pugh and help in Butterfield Hall, Room 203.


  • Friday, March 23 – 1 - 2:00 p.m. – Nursing and Gender: A Historical, Yet Contemporary Issue – Dr. Amy J. McClune of the Nursing Department will present issues and perceptions of the nursing profession from the era of Florence Nightingale to the present day; held in the Jeremy D. Brown Human Services Building, Room 123.


  • Monday, March 26 – 6 - 7 p.m. – Well-Behaved Women Do Make History: Frances Perkins and the Development of Modern Labor Laws – Presentation focusing on managing and advocating skills of Frances Perkins, lobbyist for the Consumer League in the New York State Assembly, Industrial Commissioner, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor; held in Cooper Hall, Room 173.


  • Tuesday, March 27 – 2 - 4 p.m. – The Battle Over Women’s Reproductive Rights – Michelle Goldberg, award-winning author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism and the Means of Reproduction; Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, presents a global battle over women’s reproductive rights that pits reformers against an international alliance of fundamentalists. Sponsored by the NWPA Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the event will be held in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room B.


  • Wednesday, March 28 – 11 - noon – Gentle Heroism; Mothers, Sisters, Registers: A Female Landscape of the Holocaust – Materials such as essays, interviews, journals, diaries, letters, and oral histories from the Holocaust will be explored to develop a sense of “place” for women before, during, and after WWII; held in the Baron-Forness Library, Room 715.


  • Thursday, March 29 – 7 - 8 p.m. – Conversion Narratives and the Pro-Life Worldview – Dr. James D. Fisher will discuss how conversion narratives (stories of a people who were once actively pro-choice and switched to pro-life activism) reflect and reinforce many aspects of the pro-life worldview. Discussions on works such as Unplanned, by Abby Johnson, and Won By Love, by Norma McCorvey, will be presented during this event in Cooper Hall, Room 173.