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Babies, Babies, Babies!: Faculty, Staff, and Student Mothers Work It Out
Michele Alexander, Nancy Lewis, Gary Quimby, and Stephanie Strong. WIC & WST Fall 2003 Lunch Series, 12-10-03.

Barbara Guest
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Barbara Guest, born in 1920, has written 12 books of poetry including Defensive Rapture, Fair Realism, and Moscow Mansions. Once associated with Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, and other poets of the New York School influenced by abstract expressionistic painting, Ms. Guest’s lyrical poems are often like word paintings. Barbara Guest read from her Selected Poems. (60 min. 1996)

Barbara McClintock: Pioneer of Modern Genetics
An interview with Barbara McClintock, winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and a pioneer in the field of genetics. McClintock’s research discoveries in genetics were made over thirty years before the scientific community was able to accept the value and truth of her findings, and as a woman operating in a predominantly male profession, she frequently faced obstacles in her work. A teacher resource book and student materials accompany video. (20 min. 1990)

Barbie Nation An Unauthorized Tour
The Barbie doll is not just the world’s most popular toy, she’s a Rorschach test, revealing attitudes about sexuality, body image, gender roles and creativity in an increasingly mass produced world. Journeying from Barbie conventions to anti-Barbie demonstrations, from girls’ play dates to Barbie web pages, Barbie Nation plumbs the cult of the Barbie doll, telling the Barbie stories of diverse men, women and children,. At the center ofBarbie Nation is the story of Barbie creator and Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler. Handler’s ironic rise and fall brings Barbie Nation to a climax that is about the creation of femininity and the marketing – and subversion – of femininity’s icon. (54 min., 1998, DVD & VHS available)

Barriers to Women and Minorities in the Engineering Curriculum: Why Is It So Hard To Stay on the Subject?
An on-campus lecture held as part of Women’s History Celebration. Caroline Whitbeck, a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, discusses how women and minorities are underrepresented in engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and what educators can do to rectify this imbalance. (75 min. 1995)

Batiks by Nike: An African Woman Talks about Art, Patriarchy, and the Empowerment of Women
A companion video to the book The Women with the Artistic Brush: A Life History of Yoruba Batik Artist Nike Davies. In this video, Nike, an African woman who uses richly detailed and arresting batik images to chronicle her society’s contradictory views towards women, discusses the long, hard struggle of women to achieve their dreams and the obstacles facing women artists in particular. The documentary also highlights Nike’s artworks as well as the artwork of the center’s members. (30 min.)

Part of the Beautiful Project. This film examines and celebrates women’s beauty and includes interviews with local women. (60 min. 1997)

Beauty in the Bricks
A documentary of four African American teenage girls growing up in the West Dallas Projects. The film documents the community and activities of these girls as well as interviews in which they discuss their goals, ambitions, and perspectives on growing up in the Projects. (29 min. 1980)

Beauty Leaves the Bricks
This documentary is a follow-up to Beauty In the Bricks, more than a decade later. This documentary contains interviews with each of the women and the leader of the Projects’ Girls Club. (46 min. 1992)

Before Stonewall
The story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian American’s since the 1920′s. The raiding of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1969 opened the door for others to see those who lived through an often brutal and closeted history (87 min.)

Behind the Smile: The Secret Cost of Thailand’s Prosperity
Hundreds of thousands of Thai young women leave their rural homes to work in the factories of Bangkok. They are the backbone of Thailand’s economic success, yet are looked upon as almost less than human. Behind the Smile explores the lives and culture of these young women who live in crowded dormitories or shacks with few possessions, homesick for their families. Yet the money they earn is so desperately needed by their families that they must stay for years in their grim servitude. Through portraits of three women, we see the human cost of the country’s rapid industrialization. A whole generation of women has disappeared from the villages, changing traditions forever. (46 min. 1998)

Bell hooks: Cultural Criticism and Transformation
Bell hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative power of cultural criticism. This video represents Hook’s first feature video presentation and is extensively illustrated with many of the images which she critiques. She demonstrates how learning to think critically was central to her own self-transformation and how it can play a role in students quest for a sense of agency and identity. In part one, On Cultural Criticism, hooks talks about the theoretical foundations that inform her work. (26 min.) In part two, Doing Cultural Criticism, hooks demonstrates the value of cultural studies in concrete analysis. (40 min. 1997)

Berenice Abbott: A View of the Twentieth Century
A powerful, honest portrait of one of the United States’ greatest 20th century photographers. A film that celebrates the individual — the strong woman who chooses “the road less traveled by”. (57 min. 1992)

Between La Survivance and Cosmo: Grace Metalious’ 
No Adam in Eden
Susan Pinette, Director of Franco-American Studies and Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Classics. 12-5-07. Part of the Fall 2007 WIC Lunch Series. DVD and VHS format available.

Beyond the Veil: Are Iranian Women Rebelling?
A female reporter dons the hijab — “modest dress” — and goes undercover to find out how Iranian women feel about the government enforced dress code and about their diminished role in Iranian society. We see teenage girls flaunt accepted behavioral codes while morality police roam the streets of Teheran in search of offenders. Proponents of the hijab — Islamic scholars, a woman doctor, and a female student — discuss the practice within the context of Islamic religious tradition and the social benefits derived from it. Professional women and others discuss the broader issue of Islam’s right to subjugate women by shaping who they are and how they think. (22 min. 1998)

Biography, Transnational Feminism, and Empire: Margaret Cousins’ Ireland and India
Part of the Women in the Curriculum Lunch Series. Speaker Catherine Candy, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maine at Augusta. (4/4/00)

Black Indians: An American Story
“Black Indians: An American Story” brings to light a forgotten part of America’s past – the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans. Narrated by James Earl Jones, produced and directed by the award winning Native American production company, Rich-Heape Films, this presentation explores what brought the two groups together, what drove them apart, and the challenges that they face today. From the Atlantic Seaboard to the western Plains, family memories and historical highlights reveal the indelible mark of this unique ancestry, and its continuing influence throughout the generations. 60 minutes.

Black Is…Black Ain’t
When Marlon Riggs died of AIDS at the age of 37, he was completing a film which summed up a lifetime’s work exploring African American identity.Variety concluded: “Riggs couldn’t have left a more effective or challenging legacy to the black community.” This film weaves together the testimony of those whose complexion, class, gender, speech or sexuality has made them feel “too black” or “not black enough.” Scholars and artists including Bill T. Jones, Essex Hemphill, Angela Davis and bell hooks, as well as ordinary African Americans, movingly recall their own struggles to discover a more inclusive definition of “blackness.” Threading the film together, is Riggs’ own deeply personal quest for meaning and self-affirmation as his health deteriorates. Black Is…Black Ain’t is an important contribution towards building a black community based on profound empathy for the struggle for self-affirmation fought by each African American. (86 minutes, 1995, VHS)

Body: The Value of Women
This film exposes the levels of self-hatred imposed by our culture and the media. It reveals the specific machinations of the creation of artificial images that reinforce negative body images and low self-esteem, while also providing alternatives that can re-direct the individual toward healing. (78 min. 2000)

Born Yelling: Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug and the Jewish Roots of the Contemporary Feminist Movement
An on-campus lecture by Joyce Antler. Antler provides an insightful analysis of the birth of the feminist movement, the influences of Jewish feminists Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug on the movement and the effects of the feminist movement on the personal lives of Friedan and Abzug. Antler also discusses how social change develops, the consequential effects of social change, and the intersection between personal biographies and social history. (75 min. 1996)

Bread and Roses
From acclaimed director Ken Loach comes the gripping story of a group of immigrant workers who take a stand against the million dollar corporations who employ them. Newly arrived illegal immigrant Maya (Pilar Padilla) has just joined her sister on the job as a janitor in a downtown L.A. office building. Appalled at the work conditions and unfair labor practices, she teams up with Sam (Adrien Brody), a labor organizer, to fight their ruthless employer. (110 min. 2000)

Breaking Silence: Rape of People with Physical Disabilities
Designed to raise awareness about sexual assault of differently abled persons, as well as to help us understand and speak the truth about issues which might be difficult to hear. (23 min. 1988)

Breaking the Silence: Voices of Low Caste and Peasant Women in India
An on-campus lecture given by Gail Omvedt as part of Women’s History Celebration. Both an academician and an activist, Omvedt discusses her experiences in supporting Indian women and their struggles to win the rights to land, to gain benefits for abandoned women, and to participate in the political process. (90 min. 1995)

Breaking Through: Women in Science
A fascinating glimpse into the lives and work of three female scientists — a mechanical engineer, biomedical scientist and physicist — who are pushing the limits of scientific knowledge with the same intensity and commitment that they bring to all aspects of their lives. This film conveys a powerful message which motivates young girls to continue their studies of math and science throughout high school and college. (29 min. 1992)

Breast Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know
A WIC Lunch Series panel which included Rhea Cote Robbins, Carol Cote, Clair Sullivan, Barbara Hikel, and Bonnie Tucker. (90 min. 1995)

Bringing Young Minority Women to the Threshold of Science
A recording of an outreach project proposed in 1990 by George Washington University. The project was designed to encourage more minority high school girls from the Washington DC area to become more involved in the sciences. The program is composed of a 10-day, on-campus immersion program based on cooperative learning, activities building verbal and written communication skills, and lectures on planning for college. (20 min. 1994)

The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men
Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing; pornography that trades in the brutalization of women; comedians who make fun of sexual assault; and a groundswell of men’s magazines and cable TV shows that revel in old-school myths of American manhood.  The message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: it’s not only normal – but cool – for boys and men to control and humiliate women. In the end, The Bro Code challenges young people to question this dangerously sexist ideal of masculinity. (50 minutes, 2011, DVD)

The Bronze Screen
The Bronze Screen honors the past, illuminates the present, and opens a window to the future of Latinos in motion pictures. From silent movies to urban gang films, stereotypes of the Greaser, the Lazy Mexican, the latin Lover and the Dark Lady are examined. Rare and extensive footage traces the progression of this distorted screen image to the increased prominence of today’s latino actors, writers and directors. A film by Susan Racho, Nancy De Los Santos, Alberto Dominguez, 1990, 88 minutes.

Bubbeh Lee and Me
What can a grandchild discover through a grandparent? When the filmmaker arrives in Florida t o visit his feisty 87 year old Jewish grandmother and speaks with her heart to heart about love, death, and sexuality, their two worlds collide and the strength of their bond emerges. A spirited reflection on aging, identity, diversity, and acceptance, this classic film examines the legacies passed through families and generations, and shows that the journey of self-discovery can begin at any age. (35 min.)

Building Community, Finding Love: Lesbian Bar Culture Since the Forties
A panel discussion from the 1985 National Women’s Studies Association conference in Seattle, WA. Includes reports on two history projects which studied the lesbian bar culture in Buffalo, NY and Lowell, MA, as well as a literary history and analysis of lesbian novels of the recent past. (90 min. 1985)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Feminist Ethics (WIC Lunch 2002)
Lecture presented by Jessica Miller, Assistant Professor of Philosophy a the University of Maine.

The Burning Times
This film explores the multidimensional factors which led to the witch persecutions that swept Europe several hundred years ago. The film outlines the process of accusations, interrogations, and tortures instituted by the Christian church as well as the trials and burning carried out by the State. This turbulent period in history is brought to vivid life through selections from trial records, readings from the witch-hunting manuals written by secular as well as church authorities, and the art and literature of the time. Interviews with scholars and historians Barbara Roberts, Irving Smith and Theodora Jensen; theologian Matthew Fox; and authors Starhawk and Margot Adler are featured. (58 min. 1990)

But We Wouldn’t Talk About It’: Living as a Lesbian in Rural South Dakota, 1920-1930
An on-campus lecture delivered by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, Professor of American Studies at SUNY at Buffalo. Kennedy discusses the importance of doing lesbian and gay history, drawing on her recent interviews with an eighty-nine year old, lesbian-identified woman. (90 min. 1995)

In December 1997, Julia Hill climbed into a thousand year old redwood tree to save it from logging; her action galvanized an already intense dispute over the fate of Northern California’s old growth forests. Over two years later, Hill came down, having saved the tree and hillside surrounding it. As told in Doug Wolen’s remarkable new film, Hill’s decision to live high above the reach of even Pacific Lumbers most fearless climbers forced everyone to react – supporters, allies, and the press, as well as loggers and sometimes unsympathetic locals. The film has extra reading resources available.

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