LC celebrates Women's History Month with lunch discussions
Lewis-Clark State College will hold a series of eight Brown Bag Lunch Discussions during March as part of Women's History Month, which is co-sponsored by the President's Commission on Diversity and the Social Science Division at LCSC.
Each discussion is free and open to the public and attendees are welcome to bring and eat lunch during the talks.
The discussions begin on March 2 and continue through March 30 and cover a variety of topics.
The featured speaker during the month is author Cheri Calvert, who will speak on March 25 at noon-1 p.m., in the Library Telecommunications Classroom. Calvert will discuss her book "The Garden Song: A True Story About Rape," which discusses damaged trust and if the seeds of hope and joy can be replanted. Calvert dove deep into darkness and discusses the simple treasures that helped bring her back into the light.
The other topics that will be discussed include "You Don't Own Me: Feminist Awakenings in Early Rock and Roll" by Amy Canfield, assistant professor of History at LCSC, on March 2; "Women Empowered to Minister: Challenges and Triumphs" by Maria Ward, LCSC student and Youth Director for Covenant House Christian Center on March 4; "Careers for Women in Medieval Europe" by Misty Urban, assistant professor of Humanities/Creative Writing at LCSC, on March 10; "Period Piece: Cultural Views:" by Leanne Parker, professor of Psychology at LCSC, on March 10; "We Got Next?: Women in Coaching and Athletic Leadership Positions Post Title IX" by Heather Van Mullen, Associate Professor of Health and Kinesiology at LCSC, on March 23; "a Different View From Behind the Vail," by Diana Ames, lecturer in Anthropology at LCSC, on March 30, and "The Political Image of Woman" by Jocelyn Parkhurst, Assistant Professor of Political Science at LCSC, on March 31.
Here's a breakdown of the discussions.
" 'You Don't Own Me': Feminist Awakenings in Early Rock and Roll" by Dr. Amy Canfield, History Tuesday, March 2, Noon-1 p.m., Library Telecommunications Classroom. Examining "girl groups" and the changing perceptions of rock and roll during the early to mid-1960s, this talk will focus on how female singers and bands reflected the developing feminist movement. Focusing on song lyrics and intentions will reveal the underlying questioning of women's roles, especially a questioning of patriarchy and female submission.
"Women Empowered to Minister: Challenges and Triumphs" by Maria Ward, LCSC student and Youth Director for Covenant House Christian Center Thursday, March 4, Noon-1 p.m., Library Telecommunications Classroom. Pastoral care and ministry are helping professions comparable to many social science and counseling vocations. Unlike most of the social sciences, men are employed in ministry in much greater numbers than women. In a qualitative study, 8 female vocational ministers who were interviewed shared their decisions to enter this predominantly male occupation, and the special challenges and triumphs they experienced.
"Careers for Women in Medieval Europe" by Dr. Misty Urban, Humanities/Creative Writing Wednesday, March 10, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Sacajawea Hall Room 112. Though considered morally inferior, biologically weak, and generally troublesome, women in the Middle Ages in Europe nevertheless made their mark as political players, spiritual guides, influential artists, and sharp businesswomen. From queens to visionaries, authors to alewives, the notable figures of medieval historical and literary records demonstrate how women operated within the career options available to them and, often, defied the expectations of their times.
"Period Piece: Cultural Views" by Dr. Leanne Parker, Psychology Wednesday, March 10, Noon-1 p.m., Library Telecommunications Classroom. This talk will begin with a viewing of the documentary Period Piece, followed by a discussion of our cultural perceptions of menstruation. Period Piece looks at menarche - a girl's first menstrual period -which is a fundamental experience in every woman's life, yet one that is rarely celebrated. The documentary addresses the pain girls experience trying to negotiate their bodies and their culture. Rather than celebrate this coming of age, we hide it and women are advised to deodorize, sanitize, and remove the evidence. What does this reveal about our perceptions of this event and, larger, of women?
"'We Got Next?': Women in Coaching and Athletic Leadership Positions Post Title-IX" by Dr. Heather Van Mullem, Health & Kinesiology Tuesday, March 23, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Sacajawea Hall Room 112 In 1972, Title IX was passed with the intent to improve equity and opportunity in a number of areas, including, but not limited to, education, participation in sport, and employment. While tremendous growth has occurred in the number of girls and women participating in athletics, a dramatic decline has been measured in the number of women holding leadership positions in sport. Come to this presentation to learn more about Title IX, the impact this law has had on changes in sports participation opportunities since its passage in 1972, and possible benefits of engaging in sport and physical activity. This hands-on, interactive discussion will also address possible reasons attributed to the decline in the number of women in leadership positions in athletics.
"Winter's End" by Cheri Calvert, Author Thursday, March 25, Noon-1 p.m., Library Telecommunications Classroom. Weaving together the vivid contrasting colors of two opposing lives into a landscape of forgiveness, Cheri Calvert, author of "The Garden Song: A True Story About Rape," speaks courageously of her descent into darkness. But, you don't need to have your home invaded or your physical body attacked to experience the painful devastation that follows in the wake of damaged trust. How do we begin to replant seeds of hope and find joy and balance in our lives again? In a multi-layered journey filled with symbolism, Calvert shares a few of the simple treasures that helped to bring her back into the light.
"A Different View From Behind the Veil" by Diana Ames, Anthropology Tuesday, March 30, Noon-1 p.m., Library Telecommunications Classroom. This event will begin with a viewing of "A Veiled Revolution" followed by a discussion of the different meanings of purdah and veiling in the Islamic world today. The film examines the contemporary phenomenon of some educated and professional Middle Eastern Muslim women who are 'returning' to wearing various forms of modest dress in honor of their commitment to Islam.
"The Political Image of Woman" by Dr. Jocelyn Parkhurst, Political Science Wednesday, March 31, Noon-1 p.m., Library Telecommunications Classroom. Drawing from the research by Eileen McDonah (2009), Dr. Parkhurst's research seeks to test her outcome that only a "hybrid state" adequately includes women in the highest political offices. These states include both the "male" aspect of the political world through individualism, and the "female" through maternal policies. Dr. Parkhurst will seek to test McDonah's theory by viewing the "Political Image of Woman" in the public world using the perceived images of the political woman.