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Earth Explorer: Geophysicist Marcia McNutt
Geophysicist Marcia McNutt sees science as a giant jigsaw puzzle: “When the pieces fit together, it’s so much fun!” The “pieces” that she’s working on now include a study of a critical juncture beneath Lake Mead, Nevada, where the earth’s geological plates are pulling away from each other. Our continent is literally “falling apart before our very eyes” says McNutt, and she believes that North America may split into two separate continents. The profile follows McNutt as she studies hidden forces. The program also shows the human face of a life in science. McNutt is a single parent, widowed five years ago when her husband suddenly died, leaving her with three young daughters. Her life involves a constant balancing of research and teaching at MIT, where she’s tenured professor in Earth Science Department, with children’s piano lessons and birthday parties. (60 min. 1995)

The Easiest Targets: the Israeli Policy of Strip Searching Women and Children
Five women — Palestinian, American, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish — tell stories of humiliation and harassment by Israeli border guards and airport security officials. (13 minutes, DVD)

Eating Disorders (WIC Luncheon Series)
Belinda Gosdanian, Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center; Bonnie Jackson, Nurse Practitioner, Cutler Health Center; Adrienne White, Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Foods; Mitzi Clark, Undergraduate Student. Co-Sponsored by the Eating Disorders Awareness Week Committee. (75 min. 2000)

Eavan Boland
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Eavan Boland is a major Irish poet, and in her nine books of poetry she explores the relationship between gender, art, and national identity. Boland read from In a Time of Violence and Outside History. (60 min.)

Echoes of Dissent
In today’s India, women are overwhelmed by confusion and conflict. Still bound by tradition, yet swept along by the accelerating pace of modernization, India’s women face challenges and obstacles which are far more formidable than those of their sisters in western society. The daily life of an Indian woman is riddled with paradoxes arising from gender differences, marriage and family, and societal roles. Echoes of Dissent is a discerning examination of these realities. Prominent personalities in education, psychology, and the arts address the issues in candid interviews, while subtle images of everyday life speak volumes by themselves. Shot in Kerala, this film is an engaging and thoughtful study of the need for positive change in Indian society, and the voices of change which are beginning to be heard. (30 min. 1997)

Ecofeminism Now!
Using the context of the 1994 “Women and Ecology” conference hosted by the Institute for Social Ecology, this documentary draws on interviews with activists and scholars to create a portrait of ecofeminism as it is now, in the 1990s. (37 min. 1996)

An Ecofeminist Analysis of Violence in the Home
An on-campus lecture given by Carol J. Adams, a feminist activist who has worked against homelessness, racism, domestic violence, and environmental destruction, examines the role of the home as a locus of ethical behavior. Traditional patriarchy has ignored the home, leaving it out of bounds for the discussion of ethics. As a result, it has become a place where both male privilege and human privilege are protected. Part of the Women in Curriculum Lunch Series and Women’s History Celebration. (90 min. 1996)

The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde
This video by Jennifer Abod is about Audre Lorde’s broad social vision and the translation of that vision into a historic transnational conference, which used her work, while celebrating her life. Audre Lorde (1934-1993) has been intrinsically important to the development of second wave U.S. feminism. She consistently challenged racism, sexism, classism and homophobia, serving as a catalyst for change within and among social movements, in which she herself participated: Black Arts and Black Liberation, Women’s Liberation, and Lesbian and Gay Liberation. A staunch internationalist, she connected women across the U.S.A., the Caribbean, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. She died in 1992 after a courageous 14 year struggle against breast and liver cancer. (60 min.)

The Education and Status of Women at U Maine: 1972, 1987, and Today
A WIC Lunch Series discussion by members of two task forces (1972 and 1987) and members of the present President’s Council on Women. (75 min. 1988)

Educational Apartheid in Maine: The Maine Indian Experience
Donna Loring, Penobscot Representative to the Maine State Legislature, has recently submitted a bill to require all schools in Maine to teach Maine Indian history. She offers her perspectives on how issues facing Indians in Maine affect women and reflects on what roles women are taking in response. part of the Women in the Curriculum Lunch Series and the Women’s History Celebration. (2001)

Edwidge Danticat Visits her Haitian Roots
In this interview with award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat in her Miami home, she reflects on her youth in Haiti, her emigration to the United States to join her parents, her relation to language and culture, and how she promotes other young writers. Danticat’s writings set in her native Haiti show warmth, passion and insight into the fundamental dilemmas of the human condition. (40 minutes, 2006, DVD)
Eileen Atkins as Virginia Woolf –”A Room of One’s Own”

From the book by Virginia Woolf. This video is taken from the celebrated British television distillation of the performance that has been seen in America on “Masterpiece Theatre.” Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” has had an epic impact on civilized minds since its publication in book form 52 years ago. A vivid theatrical thunderbolt of common sense, passionate irony and flashing wit, the work survives in strength, humor, and beauty as a clarion call to women of the world to declare their independence, talent, and freedom to write, think, love and labor, controlling their own destinies, yet realizing necessary communion on all levels between men and women. The brilliant actress, Eileen Atkins, in an unforgettable portrayal, has now made “A Room of One’s Own” an unforgettable achievement of her own. (55 min.)

Einstein’s Wife
When Albert Einstein died in 1955 he left behind a remarkable scientific legacy, and an extraordinary secret. In 1986 love letters were discovered which revealed a marriage hidden in the shadows for more than 30 years. Before moving to America in 1933 with his second wife and first cousin Elsa, Einstein had married his university sweetheart and scientific collaborator Mileva Maric. Einstein, contrary to popular belief, did not work alone in the years leading to the great scientific achievements of 1905. Maric, a brilliant mathematician, collaborated with him on three famous works. Until now this collaboration was erased from history. Einstein’s Wife pieces together a partnership of extraordinary passion and intellect that led to one of the greatest theoretical breakthroughs in the twentieth century. (60 min. 2003)

Eleanor Roosevelt: Crusade for Freedom In the Fascist Era
The 1996 Howard B. Schonberger memorial lecture, given by Blanche Wiesen Cook. Cook is an author, scholar of the year (1996), and professor at the City University of New York. Cook discusses Eleanor Roosevelt’s aggressive freedom activism after her term as First Lady. (90 min. 1996)

Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Experience
Drawing on interviews with her closest surviving relatives, friends, and biographers, combined with rare home movie footage, this video explores the life of one America’s most influential women. (150 min. 2000)

Ella Baker and the Writing of Black Feminist Biography: A Conversation Between sisters Living and Dead
WIC/WST Spring 2004 Lunch Series. 2-18-04.

Embracing Our Sexuality
This is a compelling look into the conversations of nine women who gather together for a weekend retreat to talk about sexuality. The women range in age from their 20¹s to their 70¹s and come from diverse racial backgrounds and sexual orientations. The women talk frankly about sexual orientation, menstruation, masturbation, sexual fantasies, orgasms and the effect of AIDS and sexual abuse in their lives. (45 min. 19XX)

Emma Goldman: The Anarchist Guest
Vilified by her enemies as “Red Emma”, a dangerous radical – but adored by her friends and comrades. Abrasive – but charming. A self-centered autocrat – but freedom-loving democrat. Complex and paradoxical, Emma Goldman was one of the 20th century’s most fascinating political figures. Departed from the U.S., Goldman spent much of her life in exile, constantly on the move. In Canada, she found a home. (41 min. 2000)

Empowerment Through Tradition: Janakpur Women’s Development Center
This film was created by Satyam Barakoti, an Undergraduate student in WST as part of the Women’s History Celebration 2002. (2.27.02 45 min.)

Enemies of Happiness
In September 2005, Afghanistan held its first parliamentary elections in 35 years. Among the candidates for 249 assembly seats was Malalai Joya, a courageous, controversial 27-year-old woman who had ignited outrage among hardliners when she spoke out against corrupt warlords at the Grand Council of tribal elders in 2003. Enemies of Happiness is a revelatory portrait of this extraordinary freedom fighter an the way she won the hearts of voters, as well as a snapshot of life and politics in war-torn Afghanistan. (2006, 50 min., color, subtitled)

English and Algonquin Women in the Age of Homespun
Part of the Women in the Curriculum Lunch Series. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a James Duncan Professor of History, Professor of Women’s Studies, and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She is the author of “A Midwife’s Tale,” the 1999-2000 class book. (4/12/00)

The Environment: What’s Gender Got To Do With It?
An on-campus lecture by Dr. Joni Seager. Seager is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. Seager applies feminist analysis in an attempt to ascertain the true agency at the heart of our environmental difficulties. She argues that by focusing on what she terms “proximate problems,” such as ozone depletion and acid rain, we miss asking more important questions, such as what forces or agency is responsible for global environmental degradation. (75 min. 1993)

Environmental Racism, Living Democracy
Robert Bullard discusses environmental racism and the environmental justice movement’s role in redefining environmentalism to include where we live, work, play, and worship; also redefining the movement as an inclusive, multi-ethnic struggle for environmental and economic justice rather than the exclusive domain of a white middle class. Vandana Shiva criticizes the inequality and bankrupt policies of the IMF and WTO. She describes the Living Democracy movement in India which is about the earth family–every being having the right to democratic participation in the resources of this planet. (50 minutes, VHS) 

Ernestine: Peak Experiences
Classic #1: On December 29, 1969, Ernestine sat down at the Laugh-In switchboard: “Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking ?” She became on overnight sensation. “Mr. Veedle” is the classic monologue that introduced Ernestine to American audiences.
Classic #2: Before the divestiture, Ernestine was ‘omnipotent.’ “That’s ‘potent’ with an ‘omni’ in front of it.” Here on Saturday Night Live, she wields her petty power: “We don’t care. We don’t have to — we’re the phone company.”
Classic #3: Ernestine has lost her power. She yearns to be a ‘somebody’, Ma Bell has denied her the stardom she deserves. In a hilarious parody, she flashdances her way up your funnybone.

Ethics and Scientific Progress: Maxine Singer
Back in the early 1970s when scientists first learned to manipulate the living gene, they put a moratorium on some kinds of molecular experiments to give themselves time to think about what they were doing and set some guidelines for the research. Now genetic research is in full swing as scientists work on projects ranging from developing more fertile chickens to curing cancers. In this program with Bill Moyers, Dr. Maxine Singer, the geneticist, discusses her concerns with the ethics of science, the dilemmas of choice, and the consequences that so often accompany scientific progress. She also talked about the image of scientists in our society and the ethics of genetic engineering. (30 min. 1995)

European Women Activists: Feminism and the Politics of Memory
An on-campus lecture by Irena Klepfisz as part of the Women’s History Celebration. Klepfisz, a Jewish lesbian poet and Yiddish translator, reflects upon the lives, politics, and Yiddish writing of Jewish women activists and intellectuals who worked in Eastern Europe before World War II. (75 min. 1994)

An Evening with Jacqueline Hall, Alice Kessler-Harris, Elizabeth Minnich and Deborah Rosenfelt
This engaging discussion features the accumulated insight of four distinguished scholars in Women’s Studies. Dr. Hall specializes in Southern women’s history, Dr. Rosenfelt in building Women’s Studies, Dr. Kessler-Harris in labor history and women, and Dr. Minnich in philosophy and curriculum building. (90 min. 1991)

Everyone’s Child
The story of four siblings, Itai, Tamari, Norah, and Nhamo, whose parents have both died of AIDS. The orphans are abandoned by the other villagers, ignoring custom, because of the stigma of AIDS. Without the means of supporting themselves, the family inevitably disintegrates. But when the youngest boy, Nhamo, is killed in a fire, the villagers finally realize that, as the now familiar African proverb holds, “it takes a village to raise a child.” (90 min. 1996)

Examining the Backlash against Sexual Violence
An on-campus lecture given by psychologist and Auburn College Women’s Studies faculty member Barry Burkhart. Burkhart examines the compelling history of public disclosure and consciousness of sexually violent crimes (abuse, rape, and incest) inflicted up on women, and the ensuing backlash from the media, professionals, and politicians. Part of Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness Week. (75 min. 1996)

Excited, Angry, Active, Vocal: Women Out Loud
This intriguing video was produced by the self-named “Video Virgins,” a team of undergraduate women at Swarthmore College as a project for a class on Women in Documentary Film. The production features women answering the question: “What issues that affect women make you excited, angry, active and/or vocal?” (30 min. 1993)

Expanding Your Horizons
Donna Lisnik, a Presque Isle High School math teacher discusses her “all girl” math classes, the advantages to single-sex education. Lisnik lectures on the differences between boys and girls and how we as educators, parents, etc., should approach and acknowledge these differences. Part of the Spring 1996 Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school age girls. (60 min. 1996)

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