Southeastern to celebrate Women's History Month


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of History and Political Science will host Women’s History Month this spring with a free lecture series.
     “Held in conjunction with The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II, a National World War II Museum special exhibit, this series incorporates in 2018 all lectures sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science, supported by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Languages and Communication, and Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies,” said Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science.      “We have a diverse and interesting list of presentations this year. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Women’s History.”
     All Women’s History Month lectures will take place in the Student Union Theatre, unless stated otherwise, and include the following:
     ▪ March 14, 11 a.m. – Kimberly Guise (National World War II Museum) will discuss women and shipbuilding in New Orleans during World War II. Guise is curator and assistant director of collections at the museum.
     ▪ March 20, 11 a.m. – Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (Department of History and Political Science) and Debbie Johnson (Family and Consumer Sciences Department) will discuss General Francisco Franco’s Spain and neutrality during World War II. Gonzalez-Perez is professor of political science and the author of “Literature of Protest: The Franco Years” and “Women and Terrorism: Female Activity in International and Domestic Terrorist Groups.”
     ▪ March 28, 1 p.m. – Samantha Cavell (Department of History and Political Science) will deliver a lecture titled “How the Women of Bletchley Park Cracked Enigma and Sank the Bismarck.” Cavell is visiting professor of history and the author of “Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, 1771-1831.”
     ▪ April 11, 1 p.m. – Paul Wilson (Nicholls State University) will deliver a lecture titled “Perspectives on the Germany Army in World War II.” Professor Wilson is head of the Department of History and Geography at Nicholls and conducts a study abroad program in Normandy.
     ▪ April 19, 11 a.m. – Jerry Strahan (independent scholar) will deliver a lecture drawing upon his book, “Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II.”
     ▪ April 23, 1 p.m. – Craig Saucier (History and Political Science) will deliver the annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Lecture at a location yet to be determined. Saucier was a 2017 Fellow of the Twenty-Second Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University in Chicago, and is working on a book about Anglo-American diplomatic relations during World War II.
     For additional information about Southeastern’s Women’s History Month, contact Robison at 985-549-2413 or

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