Southeastern to celebrate Women's History Month

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: February 21, 2013


     HAMMOND – The Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University will host Women's History Month during March with a free lecture series.
     "As always, we in the Department of History and Political Science are happy to join with our colleagues in the departments of English, Fine and Performing Arts, Psychology, and Sociology and Criminal Justice in sponsoring the 2013 Women's History Month series," said Robison, department head of History and Political Science. "We have a diverse and interesting list of presentations this year at a variety of times. We wholeheartedly encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Women's History."
     The schedule for Women's History Month includes:
     ▪ February 27, 1 p.m., Student Union Theatre – Angela Farizo: "Women in a Warzone: Participation and Policy." Farizo is a graduate of Southeastern's Master of Arts in History program. She will discuss the relationship between the participation of women in America's wars, including the Revolution, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the First Gulf War and the policies regarding their participation in the U.S. military.
     ▪ March 5, 1 p.m., Student Union Theatre – Sara Butler: "Medievalism and Feminism: Not Such an Odd Couple." A member of the history faculty at Loyola University of New Orleans, Butler will discuss how the popular media has perpetuated an idea of the Middle Ages as a highly misogynistic world in which women were typically called "wenches" and men could beat their wives with a stick no thicker than their thumbs, a perspective considered far from accurate.
     ▪ March 6, 1 p.m., Student Union Theatre– Daniel Chadborn: "The Buffy Effect: The Psychological Impact of Strong Female Characters." A Southeastern instructor of psychology, Chadborn will examine recent research of the effects of strong and weak portrayals of female characters in film and television and how the presence of a strong female character contributes to building positive attitudes toward women.
     ▪ March 9, 2 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, 2nd floor – Chris Wiltz: "Tea With Friends." Wiltz, the author of "The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld" will discuss her books at a tea for Friends of Sims Library (FOSL). Friends are admitted free; non-friends may join and attend for $25.
     ▪ March 11, 11 a.m., Student Union Theatre – Samantha Cavel: "Sense and Sensibility: Two Views of Feminine Form, Function, and Respectability during the French Wars 1793-1815." Independent scholar Cavell will discuss the tumultuous friendship of Betsey Wynne Fremantle and Lady Emma Hamilton. Their paths diverged over issues of adultery, ambition, and moral rectitude, which represented a wider conflict over the roles and motivations of women in British society during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
     ▪ March 12, 1 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, 3rd floor – Stephanie Grace: "After 2012: The Politics of Birth Control." Former Times Picayune correspondent Grace will discuss the changing place of birth control in national and state politics following the 2012 election. She will also answer questions about her career covering female politicians.
     ▪ March 13, 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre – Margaret Gonzalez-Perez: "Female Genital Mutilation." Southeastern History and Political Science Professor Gonzalez-Perez will explain the different variations of this procedure and how and why it emerged in certain societies.
     ▪ March 14, 1 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, 3rd floor – Kimberly Guise: "Women and Jazz during World War II." Curator of the National World War II Museum, Guise will discuss women's roles during the war as it relates to the music of the time, from acting as dance partners at the U.S.O. to touring in all-female jazz bands. This is also a special event for the "America's Music Program."
     ▪ March 18, 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre – Tara Mann: "Splendid Beauty: Material Culture and Female Adornment in India." Southeastern Sociology and Criminal Justice Instructor Mann presents a presentation of the beautiful clothing and jewelry worn by the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy Indian women. Mann will also have a small exhibit of her personal collection of textiles and jewelry.
     ▪ March 20, 12 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, 3rd floor – Irene Narro: "Building, Bending, Soaring: Women Architects Hit New Heights." Southeastern Associate Professor of Art History Narro will trace the development of women architects throughout the years and emphasize the key women of today who have achieved recognition.
     ▪ March 26, 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre – Rebecca Hensley: "Take That! In-Your-Face Women Have Always Gone to War!" Hensley, a Southeastern sociology and criminal justice instructor, will discuss dozens of women across cultures and throughout time who ignored the rules, donned a uniform, and went down in history as "in-your-face" women.
     For additional information about Southeastern's Women's History Month, contact Robison at 985-549-2413 or



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