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UMaine Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program Spring Semester Lunch Series

Contact: WIC/WST Program at 581-1228

ORONO — The University of Maine Women int he Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program Spring 2009 Lunch Series will begin Tuesday, Jan. 27, with “ReafFIRMing the Ideal: A Focus Group Analysis of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.” Speakers include Nicole Cloud, adjunct instructor of communication at Kennebec Valley Community College, and Julie-AnnScott, UMaine graduate student in interdisciplinary studies. The talk will take place from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union on the Orono campus. It is free and open to the public.

The entire luncheon series schedule follows. All talks will be held in the Bangor Room unless otherwise noted, and all are free and open to the public.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, “Promoting Life-Work Balance in a World That Values Neither.” Mary Cathcart, senior policy associate, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center; Elizabeth Johns, graduate student in gerontology, University of Massachusetts-Boston; Karen Kemble, director, Equal Opportunity at UMaine; Krista Ricupero, graduate student in civil engineering.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, “Black Feminist Voices in Blues and Jazz,” Betty Duff, adjunct faculty in women’s studies, part of Black History Month.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders: Women’s Voices from the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1960s” film and discussion, part of Black History Month

12:15-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, “Rape as a War Crime: ‘Gender Mainstreaming,’ in International Criminal Prosecution,” Tonia St. Germain, J.D., coordinator and assistant professor, gender studies program, Eastern Oregon University, and 2009 scholar in residence at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, “Women’s Environmental Activism in Our Own Community,” Aram Calhoun, associate professor of wetland ecology at UMaine; Sandi Duchesne, project director and professional traffic operations engineer, Sewall Company; Rebecca Holberton, associate professor of biological sciences at UMaine;  Jessica Jansujwicz, graduate student in ecology and environmental sciences at UMaine.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, “Environmental Justice and Refugee Families,” Linda Silka, professor of regional economic and social development and director of the Center for Family, Work, and Community, University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, “True Blood: Moral and Romantic Identities in the Sookie Stackhouse Series,” Jessica Miller, associate professor of philosophy at UMaine.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 (FFA Room), “Gertrude Stein and Other Scandalous Women in Literature: Pedagogical Perspectives,” work by Summer 2008 WIC grant recipients in literature Audrey Minutolo, part-time faculty in English and women’s studies; and Sara Speidel, part-time faculty, continuing and distance education.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, “At Home in Maine: An Experience of Maine’s Contemporary Home birth and Midwifery Culture,” film and discussion, Nicolle  Littrell, graduate student in liberal studies.

12:15-1:30p.m. Tuesday, April 21, “Sexy From the Start: Helen Gurley Brown and the Second/Third Wave of Feminism,” Jennifer Scanlon, professor and director of gender and women’s studies, Bowdoin College.

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