Women’s Issues, Progress is Focus of UMaine Lunchtime Lecture Series

Contact: Contacts: Mazie Hough or Angela Olson 581-1228

ORONO — The Women’s Study Center and Women in the Curriculum at UMaine will take up women’s rights issues and check in on progress over the last several decades.

All lunch series programs are held in the Bangor Lounge at the Memorial Union unless otherwise noted, and all are accessible. The public is invited to these free lectures by University of Maine faculty members, students, staff and special invited

March is Women’s History Month.

The spring lectures are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 24
“Is 20 Years of UMaine’s Nonsexist Language Policy Enough? Reflections on the Past, Challenges for the Future,” with Eric Peterson, professor, communication and journalism, and John Diamond, executive director of external affairs, University of
Maine System;

Tuesday, January 31
“Retelling Our Stories: Women’s Rights and Social Justice,” with Sarah Bigney, undergraduate student, international affairs and Honors College, Daya Taylor, undergraduate student, biology and German, and Tiffany Warzecha, undergraduate student, anthropology; part of Human Rights Awareness Week;

Wednesday, February 8
“A Panel on the Traffic in Bodies: Systems of Slavery in 19th Century Women’s Writing,” with Silvana Costa, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Presence of Silence and Other Such Shadows,” Taryn Norman, “A Legal Sexual Market: Marriage as a Broad-Based Economy,” and Patricia Sithole, “Harriet Jacobs: Configuring Women in the Private and Public Workplace”; part of Black History Month;

Wednesday, February 15
“Saving Title IX: A Call for Action,” with Lynn Atherley, UMaine head volleyball coach, Janice Clark, interim director of student services, athletics program, and Rena Lolar, graduate student in psychology, with Kristin Langellier, Mark and Marcia Bailey Professor of Speech, moderating;

Wednesday, February 22
“Women in Black: Creating International Feminist Alliances for Peace,” with Lee Sharkey, assistant professor of English and women’s studies, University of Maine at Farmington;

Tuesday, February 28
“Oral History: Students Appreciating the Art of Nursing,” with Catherine Berardelli, Elizabeth Clark and Ann Sossong, assistant professors of nursing;

Tuesday, March 21
“Opening the Club: Overcoming Gender-Related Barriers in School Administration,” with Dianne Hoff, assistant professor of educational leadership;

Tuesday, March 28
“Activism in the Women’s Studies Classroom,” with Susan Iverson, adjunct faculty, women’s studies and higher education leadership, Kati McCarthy, undergraduate student in women’s studies, and Aimee Poulin, undergraduate student in the Honors College;

Tuesday, April 4
“The ABCs of Date Rape Drugs at the University of Maine,” with Kathryn Jennings, graduate assistant, alcohol and drug education program, Sgt. Deb Mitchell, crime prevention specialist, UMaine Public Safety, and Carey Nason, coordinator, Safe Campus
Project; part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month;

Wednesday, April 12
“Voices of Honduran Women: Reflections on a Service Learning Course,” with Kathleen March, professor of Spanish, and students from SPA 496 and MLC 496;

Wednesday, April 19 (Coe Room)
“Ozzie and Harriet, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Culture Wars: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families in Maine, 1960-Present,” with Howard Solomon, scholar in residence, LGBT Collection of the Sampson Center on Diversity, University of Southern Maine; part of Gay Pride Week;

Wednesday, April 26
“Creating Community Through Diversity: Bangor Area Clergy Talk About Shared Leadership, Collaboration and Consensus,” with Grace Bartlett, United Methodist Church, Elaine Hewes, Lutheran Church, Elaine Peresluha, Unitarian Universalist Church, and Constance Wells, United Church of Christ;

Tuesday, May 2
“Telling Somali Women’s Stories,” with Mazie Hough, associate director, Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program, Kim Huisman, assistant professor, sociology, Kristin Langellier, Mark and Marcia Bailey Professor of Speech, and Carol Toner, coordinator, Maine Studies Program.

The WIC/WST program seeks to help the University of Maine achieve a balanced curriculum that includes the contributions, perspectives, values, and needs of women as well as of men. More information about the program and its activities is available on the Women in the Curriculum, Women’s Studies website at http://www.umaine.edu/wic/