A Walk in Your Shoes Special: Sizing Up the Situation
This video tells the story of Laura, a thin cheerleader, who wars a “fat suit” to literally experience life as Kim a plus-sized teen. She discovers important concepts about self-worth and beauty. (30 min. 2002)
Walkout is the stirring true story of courage and justice. The year is 1968, the height of the national civil-rights movement. Paula Crisostomo is an idealistic honor student who refuses to “play it safe” in a school system that discriminates against Mexican-Americans. Together with thousands of supporters, she coordinates a multi-school walkout of students to protest academic prejudices. Mentored by her charismatic teacher Sal Castro, and with the help of her friend Bobby, Paula learns that sometimes the price of progress is high – but it’s ultimately worth paying. (111 minutes, 2006, DVD)
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Everyone has seen Wal-Mart’s lavish television commercials, but have you ever wondered why Wal-Mart spends so much money convincing you it cares about your family, your community, and even it’s own employees? What is it hiding? This film takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel…and shop. (2005, 97 minutes)
War on the Family:
Mothers in Prison and the Children They Leave Behind
Since the 1986 anti-drug act, the number of female inmates in the United States has grown by over 400%. The majority of them are non-violent drug offenders and low income women of color. Over 80% are mothers. The drastic and destructive impact of incarcerating these women is revealed in painstaking detail in War on the Family, a powerful documentary film produced by the Emmy Award winning filmmakers at Peace Productions. Through haunting first person narratives, formerly incarcerated mothers weave tapestries of abuse suffered throughout their lives: sexual, physical and emotional. Against the backdrop of a societal journey from the auction block to the city block, their individual stories take us on a common journey from traumatic childhoods in desperate neighborhoods through the dehumanization of prison, only to be followed by the same rejection and injustice in a fragmented life after incarceration. Coupled with the reflections of various advocates including lawyers, drug policy experts, ministers, academicians and social workers, the voices of those incarcerated paint a devastatingly clear picture of the far reaching effects imprisonment has not only on the women who are locked away, but also on the children who have been left behind.
(DVD, 48 minutes)
War, Women and Race: How the 1960s Changed Them
An on-campus lecture by Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Assistant Professor at Emory University Law School and a former member of SNCC and the Black Panther Party. She discusses the formative years of the peace, civil rights and women’s movements of the 1960s, and how each have progressed in the decades since then. (1995)
Water for Tonoumasse
This film depicts the efforts of a group of African villagers to get clean water by drilling nearby. It chronicles the success of this project, in which women played a key role. To the surprise of the village men, the women were capable of making decisions, handling money and learning the mechanics of keeping the pump in working order. This vivid example of a development project that works is an excellent resource for exploring issues relating to women’s roles in developing countries. (28 min. 1988)
We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’ve Got Heritage: Sex and Gender at Ellis Island (WIC Lunch 2003)
Presented by Erica Rand, an activist, writer and teacher in the Bates College Art Department. This lecture examines gay immigrants at Ellis Island and their struggles as they worked to be a part of the United States.
What Constitutes Success?: American Business Women in the 1920s
Part of Women’s History Celebration. Candace Kanes, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the Maine College of Art, examines “success” as a gendered notion. Rather than using men’s work experiences as the norm, Kanes explores how business women in the 1920s understood success and applied it to their own experience and how their experience fit into the broader world of business in that era. (60 min. 1999)
What Could You Do With A Nickel?
An inspiring story of 200 African American and Hispanic women, employed by the City of New York, who join together to found the first domestic workers union in the United States. (26 min.)
What Follows… is an ongoing series of videotaped interviews and documentaries with artists, critics and curators who have participated in the Visiting Artist Program of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
What Makes Me White?
A startling new film about the role of race in the daily lives of white people. Designed as a gentle tool for the classroom, the film avoids blame, guilt, or “political correctnesss.” Instead, it inspires white people to honest reflection about the invisible influence of whiteness on their personalities and their life choices. By taking a uniquely inquiring, often poetic approach to an often difficult subject. It starts with her own story of a childhood in the suburbs, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker A.M. Sands gradually weaves in the stories of other white people. While people of color frame these stories with eye-opening observations, some of them funny, some of them sharp-edged, together, these narratives create a portrait of whiteness as a learned social identity, one that is vividly experienced by people of color, but largely unnoticed by whites. (15 min. 2008)
Writing on Piper’s work, Lucy Lippard says, “As a black woman who can ‘pass’ and professor of philosopher who leads a double life as an avant-garde artist, Piper has understandably focused on self-analysis and social boundaries. Over the years her work and performance, texts, newspaper advertisements, unannounced street events, tapes and photographs have developed an increasingly politicized and universalized image of what the self can mean.” (32 min. 1992)
The Guerrilla Girls are a group of anonymous (and guerrilla-masked) women art activists whose collaborative art projects inform the public of the inequality, which persists in the art world with respect to women artists and their work. Interviewed by Lucy Lippard. (37 min. 1992)
The still-growing and now longest mural in the world, The Great Wall of Los Angeles, is a multicultural history of California from prehistoric times through to the 1950s. Judy Baca, a key figure in the mural’s creation, is Artistic Director of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California, and Professor of Art at UCLA. Interviewed by Salvatore Del Pino. (29 min. 1992)
What If I’m Gay? — A Search for Understanding
A thoughtful exploration into the feelings of maturing adolescents that will provoke animated discussion about stereotyping and basic assumptions regarding sexuality and sexual orientation. (30 min.)
What is the Future of Feminism?
Katha Pollit, a poet and columnist in “The Nation,” shares her views at Bates College. Also included is a short clip of Ani DiFranco answering the same question. (1997)
What’s Left: Progressive Women in the 1920s and 1930s
An on-campus lecture held as part of Women’s History Celebration. Meredith Tax, an independent scholar and author, chronicles the history of women’s participation in left-wing political movements in the 1920s and 1930s. (90 min. 1992)
What’s New in the E.U.? A Danish Perspective: Women’s Issues in the European Union
An on-campus lecture given by Fulbright Scholar Nina Nogard as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Nogard discusses the history of policies, treaties, and legislation in the European Union, and the consequences the Union has had on women’s issues. She depicts an interesting account of the development of affirmative action and legislation for equal pay and equal access to the job market. Nogard also describes the efforts of the European Women’s Lobby, the Fourth Actions Program, and “mainstreaming”–the integration of equality for both sexes in all E.U. legislation policies. Special emphasis is also on female educators in Europe. (75 min. 1996)
What’s the University Got To Do With It? Retaining Women
Faculty at UMaine
Sharon Barker, Director of the Women’s Resource Center, and other members of the UMaine Task Force on Retention of Women Faculty Members. A Fall 2006 WIC Lunch Series Event on 10/11/06. DVD and VHS format.
What to Do When Your Mother Becomes the Queen of Sheba
Keynote address by Jackie Lyden for Mental Illness Awareness Week. (1998)
When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories
Until recently, the era of illegal abortion has been a “sealed chapter” in women’s history. In this video compelling first-person stories illuminate the era of back-alley abortion, revealing the physical, emotional and legal consequences of when abortion was a crime in the United States. Women who risked their lives, doctors who risked losing their licenses, and others who tried to help women find safe abortions speak frankly about their experiences. (1992, 27 minutes, DVD & VHS)
Where Poems Come From
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Lucille Clifton, Louise GlŸck, Joy Harjo, Anne Waldman, Alice Walker and several male poets read and discuss the origins of their poetry. (60 min. 1991)
Who Found the Missing Link? (Uranium)
Lisa Meitner accomplished a lot of firsts: she was among the first women to be admitted to the University of Vienna, to study science, to receive a teaching appointment and a lab, and to have a man take credit for her work. This program tells the story of Lisa Meitner and the work that led to the splitting of the atom, among a cast that included Max Planck (Meitner was his assistant), Leo Szilard, Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Fritz Strassmann, and Otto Hahn, who took credit for Meitner’s work, and received the Nobel Prize for it. In following the progress of various experiments and measurements, the program traces the paths that led to controlled nuclear fission, and proves that great scientists are smart but not necessarily honorable human beings. (Color; 26 min. 1991)
Who Remembers Mama?
This provocative documentary explores the economic and emotional devastation of millions of middle-aged women who lose their roles as homemakers through divorce. (60 minutes)
Who Said It Was Simple — Audre Lorde’s Complex Connection to Three Liberation Movements
An on-campus presentation. Angela Bowen, a Ph.D. candidate at Clark University and Minority Dissertation Scholar at the University of Southern Maine, discusses Lorde’s affiliation to the Black liberation, women’s, and lesbian and gay movements. (90 min. 1995)
Why Are You So Angry?
This video describes how anger effects our lives. The video also suggests ways to confront and deal with anger. Why Schools Fail Girls? is the second video on this cassette. (60 min. 1995)
Why is the Spring So Silent? Reflections On Living Downstream
Spring 2005 WIC/WST Lunch series with Sandra Haggard, Sharon Tisher, and Anatole Wieck. 4-26-05.
Why Schools Fail Girls?
Lifetime Magazine presents a special on how schools may be a place of unequal opportunity. Two educators, David and Myra Sadker, uncover the gender bias that is still rampant in co-education. The Sadkers wrote the book Failing at Fairness. (1995)
Wild Swans: Jung Chang
This epic account of the lives of three generations of Chinese women captures the turbulent transformation of China in the 20th century. Author Jung Chang’s grandmother was born into a still feudal society, had her feet bound, and at the age of fifteen became a warlord’s concubine. Her daughter, Jung Chang’s mother, became a guerrilla fighter against the Chang Kai-shek regime and rose to high rank after the Communist Party victory. The film recounts the family history interwoven with archival and contemporary footage. (59 min. 1995)
Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues
A fascinating look at how singers such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox and Alberta Hunter shaped blues music. This vivid film demonstrates how blues singers frequently used their music as a reflection of their personal struggles and triumphs. (50 min.)
Will Maine Discriminate? What Defeating The Referendum Will or Won’t do For Women
A WIC Lunch Series discussion of the Maine 1995 referendum banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Panelists include Susan Longley, Sue Estler, Shannon Fisher, Susan Farnsworth, and Ellen Werner. (90 min. 1995)
Wilma P. Mankiller: Woman of Power
This profile of the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation follows her through a typical day, illustrating her groundbreaking work in governance, community development and furthering the cause of her people. It also effectively reveals modern tribal life as well as raises questions about the dynamics of women and leadership. (29 min. 1992)
The Witches of Eastwick…NOT! — A Story of Witches in Maine
Part of the WIC Lunch Series. Judith Monroe, author of Widdershins, explores the reality behind the Hollywood stereotypes of witches and witchcraft, in particular, how Maine practitioners of witchcraft perceive themselves and their vocation. (75 min. 1992)
A Woman Called Mankiller
An on-campus lecture given by Rayna Green for Women’s History Celebration. Green, the Director of the American Indian Program at the National Museum of American History Smithsonian Museum, has written extensively on folk culture, Native American stereotypes, and contemporary Native American literature and art. She discusses the ways in which contemporary Indian women, like Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, use models and histories of Native women to create change for their people’s future. (90 min. 1997)
A Woman’s Place
This documentary examines three of the world’s most notable democracies- -USA, the oldest, India, the largest, and South Africa, the newest to understand how women around the world are using the law to transform their lives and change their communities. (60 min. 1998)
Women Against Wars
In this WSF session, Nawal el Saddawi debunks “post-feminism”; Arundhati Roy talks about the massacre and rape of Muslim women in India in 2002; Saher Saba, a member of RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), reports on women in her country. Irene Khan, head of Amnesty International, tells of conditions for women in many parts of the world. Talks by Nawal el Saddawi (Egypt), Arundhati Roy (India), Saher Saba (Afghanistan), & Irene Khan (Bangladesh) Filmed at the WSF (2004, 51 minutes)
Women and Class: Can We Talk? – Ninth Annual Maine Women’s Studies Conference
The Ninth Annual Maine Women’s Studies Conference entitled Women and Class: Can We Talk? was held at the University of Maine in November 1994, and was sponsored by Women in the Curriculum Program and Women’s Studies Program and by the Women’s Resource Center.
The Maine author reads from some of her works as part of the Women’s Studies Conference. (90 min. 1994)
-Moving Towards the Millennium: Rethinking the Challenging of Feminism
Conference keynote speaker Angela Davis looks at the issues that women face as they move into the next century and also address the political and social backlash engendered by the elections of 1992, particularly as they relate to immigration, welfare and crime. (90 min. 1994)
-Opening Plenary Session
The opening session, featuring a roundtable discussion of the conference’s theme of women and class. Panelists included: Suzanne Duval, Sandra Haggard, Ruth Lockhart, Lanette Petrie and Rebecca Sockbeson. Moderated by Saundra Gardner. (30 min. 1994)
-”The ‘Somebody Else’ Was Us
A taped presentation of the Feminist Oral History Project, a working group of scholars and activists organized under the auspices of the Women in the Curriculum Program. The presentation is a reader’s theater, based on oral interviews with the founders of Spruce Run, a volunteer-based organization which assists battered women in the Bangor area. (45 min. 1994)
Women and Politics in Turkey
(WIC Luncheon Series) Gunseli Donmez , Professor of English, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, and Fulbright Scholar at Temple University. (75 min. 2000)
Women and Power: The End of the New Deal and the Old Empire
An on-campus lecture given by Blanche Wiesen Cook. Cook is a distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Cook is well-known for her prize-winning 1992 biography Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for three months. (75 min. 1996)
Women and Spirituality: The Goddess Trilogy
A salute to 35,000 years of “pre-history,” to the values of ancestors only recently remembered and to the goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past. This documentary features Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish, Starhawk, Charlene Spretnak and Jean Bolen, who link the loss of goddess-centered societies with today’s environmental crisis. DVD, 54 minutes.
The Burning Times
A beautifully crafted film and an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burning at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life. The film advances the theory that widespread violence against women and the neglect of your environment today can be traced back to those times. DVD, 56 minutes.
A stirring documentary in which authors, teachers, social activists and feminist explore manifestations of contemporary women’s spirituality in the Western world. Drawing on the customs, rites and knowledge of the past, Full Circle envisions a sustainable future where domination is replaced with respect. At the center of these discussions is a reverence for the Earth – a sacred circle which we must protect. DVD, 56 minutes.
Women Around the World: Bringing the Global Home
Excerpts from the Fifteenth Annual Maine Women’s Studies Conference held in Orono. (2000)
Women at Risk: Protecting Yourself From the Contamination of Maine’s Waterways (WIC Luncheon 2001)
Lecture presented by Jennifer Scanlon, Associate Professor of Eomen’s Studies, Bowdoin College.
Women at the Intersection of Racism and Other Oppressions
This new, intriguing video explores the meaning of intersectionality and women’s strategies for overcoming oppressions through focusing on highlights of three testimonies: violations in war, conflict, and genocide. The video also celebrates the organizing strategies used by women’s groups to work against intersectional discrimination. Comes with study guide and book. (30 min. 2003)
Women, Babies, and Playwright Judith Thompson, Scenes from “I Am Yours” (WIC Luncheon Series)
Kristin Williams, Graduate Student, Theatre, and cast perform (90 min. 2000)
Women Facing War
This video contains eleven short films in which women describe how war has affected their lives. (33 min. 2001)
Women: For America, For the World
Twenty-two women, ranging from a well-known actress to a black union leader, redefine the meaning of security in the nuclear age in this film, produced at the height of the Cold War. With common sense and compassion, they call for a change in our national priorities to recognize human needs. (28 min. 1985)
Women in Black: Creating International Feminist Alliances
Lee Sharkey, Assistant Professor of English and Women’s Studies, University of Maine at Farmington. Part of the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program Spring 2006 Lunch Series. (2/22/06, VHS, DVD)
Women in China
By visiting four diverse parts of China, this two-part documentary provides a representative view of the opportunities and living conditions of Chinese women today. The first part focuses on Beijing where we meet a successful women’s rock group. Although the group is not officially accepted, these emancipated women are popular among the young both there and abroad. Kang Rui, once a member of Mao’s People’s Army talks about life as a young female soldier during the Civil War. We also observe activities at a women’s crisis center, which is a new phenomenon in today’s more open China. The second part brings us to Yenan in the middle of China. Here poverty is visible. Many of the women are illiterate and some cope with abandonment as their husbands seek their fortunes elsewhere. In Dayudao, a prosperous fishing community, women are allowed more than one child per family. In Yantai, one of the new economic zones, a female CEO is driven among her factories by a private chauffeur. (Parts I and II, 50 min. each)
Women in El Salvador: An Eyewitness Report from Carasque, Bangor’s Sister City
An on-campus slide lecture by members of the local organization Peace in Central America. (75 min. 1993.)
Women in Engineering
Meet women who enjoy their challenging careers, and college students who are majoring in engineering. They discuss programs and people who encouraged them to explore a career in engineering. (1993, 15 min.)
Women in Europe: Women’s Studies Goes Abroad
(WIC Luncheon Series) Renate Klein and other panel members discuss their recent trip to Germany and the Netherlands as part of a Woman’s Studies course. (75 min. 1999)
Women in Prehistory
An on-campus lecture delivered as part of Women’s History Celebration. Patty Jo Watson, a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses how an awareness of gender has radically revised our vision of the past. (75 min. 1994)
Women in Science
An overview of the history of women in science and a close up look at six contemporary women in science-based careers. Companion guide available. (42 min. 1994)
Women in Survey Engineering
An on-campus panel discussion held as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Six female surveyors talk about their profession, how they chose it, and the discrimination they have faced in a male-dominated field. (75 min. 1992.)
Women in the Arab World-(Series)
Despite the repression of women by Islamic fundamentalist groups, there are examples of highly educated, successful women who have attained emancipation. This series gives portraits of three such women in different countries and gives insight into the complex position of the educated Islamic woman. (25 min. each)
1. Egypt: To Live with the Differences
This video focuses on Soraya Altorki, originally from Saudi Arabia, who is now a professor of anthropology at the American University in Cairo. She had to get her education abroad because schooling was not possible for a woman in Saudi Arabia. In this video, she and her educated women colleagues express their fears that the fundamentalist movement will take away their hard-won achievements. Yet, they also resent the lack of understanding of their culture among Westerners and the tendency to regard Muslim women as all the same, without regard to class or education.
2. Jordan: Democracy for Our Children
Toucan Faisal of Jordan is the first and only woman in the Jordanian parliament. A former television personality, she decided to go into government to rectify the abuses her investigative reporting uncovered. Though publicly decried by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, she refuses to be intimidated as she speaks out for human rights and democracy. There are constant threats against her life and for a time there was even a fatwa against her. But her convictions compel her to continue her crusade.
3. Morocco: The Rights of Women
Aicha Belarbi of Morocco is professor of sociology at the University of Rabat. Though educated at French schools for the daughters of the elite, she too was subject to the restrictions imposed on girls. She was politically involved as a university student in the 1960s when Morocco was trying to win its independence from France. When the new constitution was drafted it granted women equality. In reality “family law” based on the Islamic code prevails even to this day.
Women in the Greening of Harlem
An on-campus lecture by H. Patricia Hynes, as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Hynes, then director of the Institute of Women and Technology and adjunct professor of environmental policy and planning at MIT, described the successful community gardens project initiated by women in Harlem. (75 min. 1993)
Women in the Tradition of Gospel Music
An on-campus lecture. Bernice Johnson Reagon is an author, founder and artistic director of the musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock, and curator at the Smithsonian Institution. Her editing of the acclaimed book “We’ll Understand It Better By and By”: Pioneering African American Gospel Composers serves as a starting point for her discussion of the role played by women in the evolution of gospel music as a genre. In particular, Reagon focuses on the works of Lucy Campbell and Roberta Martin. (1993)
Women of Color: Obstacles and Rewards as Mainers
An on-campus panel, part of the WIC Lunch Series, by Nancy Dymond, undergraduate student; Hassiba Gonzales, undergraduate student, Christine Liu, restaurant owner and manager; and Gail Sockabasin, Associate Director of the Wabanaki Center. (75 min. 1995)
Women of Mystery
This video engagingly profiles Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky & Marcia Muller, creators of fictional female private eyes who continue to challenge accepted notions of justice. The film travels to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Chicago, where we delve into the world of the fictional female private eye, and follow the writers as they conduct research for their novels and intimately share with us the process of writing about and living with their female heroes. (53 min. 2000)
Women Who Eat Too Much: Current Research on Women,
Food & Film
Part of Women in the Curriculum Fall 2006 Lunch Series. Presented on 10-4-06 by Laura Lindenfeld, Research Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism and Research Assistant Professor in the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. DVD & VHS Format.
The Women of Summer: The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, 1921-1938
In 1921, a new world opened for several young working women. Established by M. Carrie Thomas and run by Hilda “Jane” Smith, the Bryn Mawr Summer School provided women who had begun working in factories as children a chance to learn and relax. This video, which includes interviews with former students and faculty, conveys the importance of the summer school, where many of the women became politically conscious. (DVD and VHS format, 55 minutes, 1986)
Women, Science, and the Power of Healing: A Feminist Perspective on the Present from the Past
An on-campus lecture delivered as part of the Women’s History Celebration, by Elizabeth Graham, a professor of archeology at York University in Toronto, and a research associate with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. (1994)
Women, War & Peace
PBS’s bold miniseries, Women, War & Peace challenges conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. Narrated by Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis, and Alfre Woodard, the series reveals how women are agents of change in today’s wars – purposefully targeted, yet essential to the quest for peace and justice. These stories from women on the frontlines pull the disheartening realities of war into the limelight of hope. DVD format (2), 120 minutes each, 2011.
This short film documents an outdoor training session in nontraditional women’s work.
Women’s Issues in the 116th Legislature: Unfinished Business
An on-campus panel discussion held as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Several Maine politicians discuss women’s issues in the 116th Maine Legislature. Panelists include: Mary Cathcart, Representative for Orono; Susan Farnsworth, Representative for Hallowell; Laura Fortman, lobbyist for the Maine Women’s Lobby; Peggy Pendleton, Representative for Scarborough; Kassie Stevens, Representative for Orono. (75min. 1993)
Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices, Women’s Solutions: Shaping a National Agenda for Women in High Education.
Part I: “Imagining Ourselves in the 21st Century.”
This national teleconference, hosted at the University of Minnesota, discussed key issues that affect women in higher education. Part I features as keynote speaker author and educator Johnetta Cole, the first African American woman to lead Spelman, the historically black women’s college in Atlanta. (180 min. 2000)
Part II: “Setting National Agenda for the 21st Century.”
Panelists at the National Conference will take feedback and questions from the satellite sites in this wrap-up of the teleconference. (180 min. 2000)
The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment
Activist, lawyer, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Smith College, Carrie N. Baker gives a slide lecture on her recently published book of the above title which examines how a diverse grassroots social movement placed sexual harassment on the public agenda in the 1970s and 1980s. Part of Women’s History Celebration 2008. 3/19/08; DVD format.
The Women’s Movement in Germany: Current Issues and Debates
Given by Carol Hageman-White, Professor of Educational Sciences and Women’s Studies, University of Osnabruck and Director of the Institute for Women and Society, Hanover, Germany, as part of the WIC Lunch Series. (1997)
Women’s Movements in Global Perspective
An on-campus lecture given by Amrita Basu, Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Amherst College and editor of The Challenges of Local Feminisms: Women’s Movements in Global Perspective. Part of the Multicultural Women’s Studies Institute. (90 min. 1998)
The Women’s Movement in Zimbabwe: Unearthing its Dynamic Within an African Setting (WIC Luncheon 2002)
Presented by Amy Tsanga, Faculty of Law and Deputy Director of the Women’s Law Center, University of Zimbabwe. Part of African American Heritage Month.
Women’s Studies Everywhere: Faculty and Students Talk About Distance learning (WIC Luncheon 2002)
Presented by Renate Kelein, Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, Rhea Cote Robbins, Adjunct Professor or Women’s Studies and Franco American Studies, Carol Toner, Coordinator of the Maine Studies Program, and Phyllis vonHerrlich, 2002 Graduate in University Studies.
Women’s Studies Majors Do Honor Theses
Part of the Women in the Curriculum Lunch Series, May 9, 2000. Willow Wetherall spoke about “Waiting for Odyseus: Greek Cypriot Women’s 25-year Search for Missing Relatives” and Jenny Lyons reported on “Women’s Studies: The Experience of Abortion.”
Women’s Studies: Transforming Knowledge
A lecture held at the University of Maine at Augusta. Elizabeth Minnich, a Professor at the Union Graduate School, points out parallels between the placement of women’s experiences on the periphery of history and the similar treatment of Women’s Studies programs in college curriculums. (85 min. 1990)
Words by Heart
Set in 1910, this gripping film reveals the story of a black family living in a predominately white town. Lena, a girl of 13, faces the town’s prejudice when she wins first place in the local recitation competitions. (120 min.)
The World of Addy Walker
This video highlights a captivating collection of books and playthings that bring African American heritage alive. You’ll meet Addy Walker, a strong and resourceful nine-year-old girl growing up during the Civil War. Her stories celebrate the courage, strength, and resilience of an African American family fighting to resist and overcome oppression. Her stories tell of enduring bonds of family love and the lessons learned through trial and triumph. (1995)
Woven from the Land
Women. Prairie. Culture. Filmmaker Teresa Konechne says “I returned home to the prairie to make a film about the lives of farm women – my mother. But the land had other plans for me and the 18 women who share their stories of a profound connection to this place. 17 years in the making, Woven is like a poetic walk through the prairie that is part journey, part analysis, and part desire for the human species to (re)connect with the mother we all share. (2010, DVD, 59 minutes)
Writing About Revolution: A Talk by Bell Hooks
Hooks talks about her experiences writing for alternative publishers and for the mainstream. She reads from some of her work and discusses what it’s like to write about race, gender, and class in a publishing world where mediocrity reins in the marketplace. Filmed in NYC in March 2002; 55 minutes.
Written in Blood and Fire: Primitive Accumulation
and the History of Civilization
2007 Howard B. Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Memorial Lecture. Dr. Marcus Rediker, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh. October 11, 2007. DVD and VHS format available.