Launch Event

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Tuesday, March 3, 2:005:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium and Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

For the second time, Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts has chosen a theme around which it will plan courses, lectures, presentations and events. Starting this spring semester, the college’s theme for the next year is Moments of Change: A Century of Women’s Activism and is examining the impact of women’s activism since the 19th Amendment’s ratification in 1920 gave women the right to vote.

“This year's theme is an opportunity to reflect on the transformative role that women's activism has played not only in advancing gender equity, but also in expanding the meanings of democracy more generally,” said Clarence Lang, Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. “This is also an opportunity to reflect on how issues of continuing concern to women involve multiple and simultaneous identities like class, ability, race, sexuality, and religious expression, as well as gender.”

On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 3, the College of the Liberal Arts will host a launch event for students, faculty, staff and community members to learn more about the theme and various perspectives related to women’s activism. A Special Collections exhibit featuring materials related to women’s activism will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room of Paterno Library. From 3 to 4 p.m. guests will be invited into Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, to hear a series of short presentations by faculty, staff and students that will examine moments throughout the last century involving women’s activism across numerous ethnicities, races, genders and sexual orientations. Each presenter will pose a question related to their research, and the audience will have time to ask their own follow-up questions and converse with the presenters afterward. The presentations will be moderated by Shirley Moody-Turner, associate professor of English and African American studies, and Cathleen Cahill, associate professor of history. 

Presentation topics and speakers are listed below.

What Did the Chinese Revolution Have to Do with the American Women's Suffrage Movement?

Cathleen Cahill, associate professor of history

How does re-centering Black women's activism and experiences challenge current understandings of the #MeToo movement?

Courtney Murray, English graduate student

Lesbian Activism

Lily Murray, history undergraduate student

How do you find the hidden histories of Black women's Athletic Activism?

Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of history and African American studies

“Female athletes have historically received very little attention from activists and advocates for gender equality. Why?”

Jaime Schultz, associate professor of kinesiology

How do immigrant women navigate their hybrid identities?

Stephanie Scott, Ph.D., College of the Liberal Arts alumna

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