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Women’s History Month Celebration continues at Penn State York

Women’s History Month Celebration
Penn State York students, who took a women’s studies course last fall, discussed their research and projects during a Lunch and Learn session in celebration of Women’s History Month.
3/20/2013 —

Penn State York’s Women’s History Month celebration continues with a lunch and learn session on Friday, March 22, a Women’s Fair on Tuesday, March 26, and a faculty colloquium on Wednesday, March 27.  All programs are free and open to the public.  The monthlong activities, sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee, also include a Tree of Life Display in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library, highlighting the accomplishments of women. 

“These Women’s History Month events are an extension of the work we did last year, when we had two lunch and learns and a power point presentation of students, faculty, and staff on campus,” said Kristin Cole, a member of the Women’s History Month Committee and assistant professor of English at Penn State York.  “This year we’ve added a historical dimension to the slideshow and two more lunch and learns, but our most ambitious goal was to have a Women’s Fair as the culminating event of our celebration.  Using the national theme “Beauty, Brains, and Body,” we have created what I hope will become an annual Women’s History Month Fair that is focused entirely on every aspect of women’s health.”

Penn State York alumnae from the fields of engineering, science, and information sciences and technology will participate in a panel discussion on Friday, March 22 at noon and share their experience on how they have put their majors to work for them.  A question and answer session will follow the brief presentations in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.

Three other lunch and learn programs were held earlier in the month, including topics on women with careers in the humanities and social sciences, superwomen (or how to juggle it all), and a presentation by students who participated in women’s studies course.

The Women’s Fair, entitled Beauty, Brains, and Body, is set for Tuesday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  The fair will bring together a variety of community and campus organizations including Access York, the YWCA, the National Organization of Women (NOW), Life Changes Boutique, Bare Skin Care, Planned Parenthood, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Mary Kay Cosmetics, and B3 Salon. Highlights include a student makeover by Harrisburg’s Dress for Success, a self-defense demonstration, health and wellness checks, and a performance by Carla Christopher, the York Poet Laureate.

A PowerPoint presentation featuring a history of women at Penn State (including the York campus) will be shown in its entirety during the fair.  The presentation was created by Deborah Eicher-Catt, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at the York campus.  In addition, several other PowerPoint presentations are being broadcast in the lobby of the John J. Romano Administration Building, featuring Penn State York female students, faculty, and staff.

For more information about the Women’s Fair, please contact Jessica Petrie at (717) 771-4196.

The final event of the month is a presentation by Dianne Creagh, assistant professor of history, entitled “Babies in Cubicles, Animated Women Warriors, and Rainbow Golf Umbrellas: A Cross-Section of one Historian’s Works in Progress.”  Her presentation is at noon on Wednesday, March 27 in room 107 of the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center.

In this colloquium, Creagh will discuss three projects she has underway.  The first, an offshoot of her dissertation on Catholic child-saving, considers the role of Jewish adoption agencies in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, from the Progressive Era through the Great Depression.  Her second project, on the lighter side, compares changes over time in Disney’s marketing of two women warriors:  Mulan, from the movie “Mulan,” in 1998 and Merida, of the movie “Brave,” in 2012. 

In her final topic, Creagh will discuss an oral history project she has started on heterosexual allies in the gay rights movement, comparing a local Pennsylvania group to allies of the past.  She will consider the question, can heterosexuals play a unique role in promoting gay rights, or do they eclipse members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community who should be leading their own struggle?

 

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