March 11, 2019
Edinboro University will mark Women’s History Month with a series of presentations highlighting the unique legacies, accomplishments and struggles of women – from music star Beyoncé to Supreme Court Justice and gender equality champion Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Programming kicks off Wednesday, as Edinboro University hosts more than 300 high school students and teachers from Erie and Crawford counties for Women’s History Month High School Day.
Wednesday, March 13
- “From Myra Bradwell to ‘Notorious RBG’: A Brief Look at Female Lawyers,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room A. Dr. Irene Fiala of the Sociology Department will examine a brief history of “Women in Law” by discussing pioneers such as Myra Bradwell and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
- “From Girl Groups to Gaga,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. Dr. Dale Hunter of the Biology and Health Sciences Department will discuss how female performers have taken control of their careers and public image.
- “Mother of Frankenstein: The Portrayal of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in American Popular Film,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Scot Cinema. Dr. Roger Solberg of the English and Philosophy Department will compare the depiction of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in four films.
- “The American Abortion Battle,” noon, Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Scot Cinema. Dr. James Fisher, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will describe current issues regarding abortion rights and discuss the impact on American politics and culture.
- “Women and Biblical Justice in Salem,” noon, Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room A. Dr. Jerra Jenrette of the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department, Robin Howell of the Early Childhood and Reading Department and Nichole Heitzenrater, a student in the Middle and Secondary Education and Educational Leadership program, will examine the implications of biblical justice in the “holy commonwealth” at the end of the 17th century. The trio will also analyze the long-term effects of the Salem Witch Trials.
- “Black Womanism Rising: Beyoncé, Jay-Z and the Quest to Burn the Patriarchy to the Ground,” noon, Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. Dr. Rhonda Matthews of the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department will talk about Beyoncé, Jay-Z and the evolving views about what it means to be woman, a man and a family.
- “The Remarkable Fanny Wright: A Neglected 19th Century Feminist Activist and Philosopher,” 4:30 p.m., Hendricks Hall, Room 200. Dr. Stephen Sullivan of the English and Philosophy Department will outline the life story of Fanny Wright and discuss her contributions to philosophy, education and the abolitionist movement.
Monday, March 18
- “The Strong Females of Harry Potter,” 11 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Scot Cinema. Dr. Corbin Fowler of the English and Philosophy Department will analyze the female characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga.
Wednesday, March 20
- “Does Confucianism Impact the Presentation of ‘Girl-groups’ in K-pop Music Videos?” 11 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room A. Shayma Musa, an undergraduate student in the Biology and Health Sciences Department, will explore the intersection between Confucianism and the presentation of women in K-pop music videos.
- “Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem,” 6 p.m., Cooper Hall, Room 170. Dr. John Hoggard of the Math and Computer Science Department and members of the Math Club will show a one-hour documentary film depicting the life of Julia Robinson, a top mathematician who contributed significantly to the solution of a major problem in 20th century mathematics.
Thursday, March 21
- “Janelle Monáe, LGBTQ to the Back of the Bus, and Marlon Bundo the Rabbit: Issues of Gender in Contemporary Life,” 6 p.m., Compton Hall, Room 204. Dr. Kathleen Golden of the Communication, Journalism and Media Department will moderate as graduate students Rebecca Keller, Thomas Wehner and Chris Slack present their papers on gender issues in music, social reform and children’s literature.
- “WOW: Women of Word,” 6 p.m., Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Founder Thasia Anne and her fellow performers will present original works of poetry and dance, followed by a meet-and-greet.
Friday, March 22
- Horn and Piano Recital, 12:15 p.m., Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center - Recital Hall. Dr. Sarah M. Schouten (horn), instructor of Horn and Trumpet, and guest artist Amber Shay Nicholson (piano) will perform works by Susan Mutter and Barbara York.
Monday, March 25
- “I AM ENOUGH! A conversation on the balancing act of managing intersectionality and being a woman of color,” 3 p.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Scot Cinema. Pertrina Marrero, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Marisa Rodriguez, assistant director of Admissions, and Denise Manjarrez, manager of Campus Life and Student Services at EU’s Porreco College campus, will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges facing women of color as they navigate systems of privilege and oppression such as racism, sexism and heterosexism.
Tuesday, March 26
- “Women at War: The Unsung Heroes,” 6 p.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Scot Cinema. Aaron White, an undergraduate student in the Middle Level Science/Social Studies and Special Education program, will tell the tales of brave women from the Revolutionary War and World War II, like Lydia Darraug, whose spying was essential in helping George Washington repel the attack at Whitemarsh.
Wednesday, March 27
- “Scenes from the Plays of Lillian Hellman: An Evening of Performance,” 6 p.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. Dr. Kathleen Golden of the Communication, Journalism and Media Department and students in her Introduction to Performance Studies course will present a program of plays by Lillian Hellman, an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway.
Thursday, March 28
- “Women’s Empowerment Panel 5.0,” 6 p.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. A panel of women in business and nonprofit organizations will offer insights into the experiences of the women entrepreneurs and leaders. Led by Edinboro faculty Dr. Jingze Jiang and Professor Christine Billen, the panel will feature Joelyn Bush, director of marketing and communications for United Way of Erie County; Marnie Caldwell, marketing director for Reed Manufacturing Company; Christine Henderson, president of Mathematical Expressions; and Mary Kay Reber, CFO, Wm T Spaeder.
All Women’s History Month events at Edinboro are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.edinboro.edu.