Edinboro to host 5-week series of events, lectures beginning March 1 February 23, 2018
Throughout the month of March, Edinboro University will highlight the unique legacies, accomplishments and struggles of women who have impacted our society – from up-and-coming rapper Cardi B to Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Ireland.
A lecture by Amber Wellington, assistant director of Goodell Gardens and Homestead, will officially open Women’s History Month at Edinboro University on March 1, kicking off a 5-week series of presentations highlighting the achievements of women everywhere.
Beginning at 1 p.m. in room 255A of Edinboro’s Baron-Forness Library, Wellington will relay the tale of Carrie and Margaret Goodell, the infamously eccentric and reclusive sisters, who managed to run a farm while obtaining degrees from EU. A reception will follow the presentation. An exhibit of artifacts from the Goodell Garden collection, along with archives from the Baron-Forness Library will be on display.
The opening performance, “Altetheia,” is set for Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall. During the theatrical performance, organized by EU’s Dr. Daniel Burdick and the Music and Theatre Department, Professor Abbie Conant will sing and play the trombone as she portrays the character Altetheia.
Additional presentations include:
Monday, March 5
- Children’s Books Showcase, 4 p.m., Butterfield Hall, Room 134. Dr. Mary Jo Melvin, chairperson of Early Childhood and Reading Department, and EU students Peyton Hanlon and Kelsey Leasure will showcase children's books featuring brilliant and inspirational women.
Tuesday, March 6
- “Successful Women in Physics and the Experiences that Inspired Them,” 5 p.m., Ross Hall, Room 135. Dr. Corinne Schaeffer of Math and Computer Science Department and EU students Halie Lewis and Jordan Gregor will present their research on successful women physicists.
Wednesday, March 7
- “The Rise of Spiritualism and the Women’s Suffrage Movement,” 5 p.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema. EU staff member Susan A. Stush will discuss spiritualism and the religion’s important role as a conduit for the progression of the Women’s Movement during the 19th
Thursday, March 8
- “Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania,” 5 p.m., Compton Hall, Room 107A. EU graduate student Devin McLaughlin, a previous intern at Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania, will share the history of the organization, current battles and the progress of reproductive rights.
Tuesday, March 20
- “Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem,” 5:30 p.m., Cooper Science Center, Room 172. Dr. John Hoggard from Math and Computer Science Department will examine the life of Julia Robinson, a top mathematician who contributed significantly to the solution of a major problem in 20th century mathematics.
Wednesday, March 21
- “The Pirate Queen: Grace O’Malley,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room. Dr. Jerra Jenrette of History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department will examine the life of Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s most famous 16th century pirate.
- “The Law and Politics of Abortion in the Trump Era,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema. Dr. James Fisher, a professor of politics and legal studies at Edinboro University, will focus on how the presidency of Donald Trump has affected, and could affect, the law and politics of abortion.
- “Cardi B, Taylor Swift and the Politics of New New Feminism,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. Dr. Rhonda Matthews, from EU’s History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department, will discuss new women artists and the shifting cultural messaging of their music about gender, equality, politics and feminism.
- “Sally Ride: Out of this World,” noon, Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Multipurpose Room A. Dr. Irene Fiala of the Sociology Department will discuss the life of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space and the first acknowledged gay astronaut.
- “The Women of Star Trek: From Sex Object to Starship Captains,” noon, Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. Dr. Dale Hunter, of Biology and Health Services Department, will explore varied roles that women have played in the Star Trek franchise over the last 52 years.
- “The Women of India: A 20-Year Journey,” noon, Frank G. Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema. Dr. Kiran Misra, of Biology and Health Services Department, will discuss women’s rights in India and the issues facing Indian women.
- “WOW: Women of Word,” 6 p.m., Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Poets Marge Wonner, Thasia Anne, Luchetta Cookie Manus, Kat Wolper, Darryl M. Brown and Matt Borczon will address subjects that might normally be avoided. Topics include addiction, PTSD, depression and loss of loved ones. Dancers Sukanya Burhman and Brett Fallon will perform, and Jack Wonner will entertain the audience while they find their seats.
In addition, Edinboro will host more than 300 high school students and teachers from Erie and Crawford counties for Women’s History Month High School Day on March 21.
Thursday, March 22
- “Women in the Cold War,” 5:30 p.m., Compton Hall, Room 107A. A panel discussion featuring EU alumna Karrie Bowen, lecturer in Social Media and Public Relations at Penn State Behrend, and EU graduate students Ariel Phillips and Robert Kerlin.
Monday, March 26
- “The Strong Females of Harry Potter,” 11 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema. Dr. Corbin Fowler, of English and Philosophy Department, will analyze the female characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga.
- “What is the ATHENA Connections Program at Edinboro University and How Can I be Involved?” 5 p.m., Baron-Forness Library, Room 255A. EU faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend an information session about the ATHENA Connections College Leadership Program.
Tuesday, March 27
- “Performances of Women’s Poetry, Prose and Drama,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. Dr. Kathleen M. Golden, of Communication, Journalism and Media Department, and EU students will share works of literature by and about women.
Thursday, March 29
- “Performances of Women’s Poetry, Prose and Drama,” 9:30 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. A second presentation of women’s literature by Dr. Kathleen M. Golden, of Communication, Journalism and Media Department, and EU students.
- “The Struggle on Film: Miss Representation,” 6 p.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Seminar Room 143. A screening of the powerful documentary “Miss Representation,” which explores the marginalization of women in today’s world, will be followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include Dr. Golden; Rosmari Graham, director of Grants and Sponsored Programs; and graduate students Tara Heubel and Rachael Elliott.
- “Women’s Empowerment Panel,” 6 p.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center Scot Cinema. A panel featuring Drs. Shuang Feng and Jingze Jiang of the Business and Economic Department.
All Women’s History Month events at Edinboro are free and open to the public.
The University’s Women’s History Month Committee organizes the month-long celebration. Committee members include Chairperson Dr. Dale Hunter, Dr. Irene Fiala, Dr. Jerra Jenrette, Dr. Karen Seubert, Dr. Andrea Wyman, Vicky Wetsell, Susan Woodland, Thasia Lunger, Dr. Daniel Burdick and Kaylee Kagiavas.