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Women's History Month

As part of the 2018 College of Arts & Sciences Community Semester, and in celebration of Women's History Month, the Gender Studies Program will host the Annual Women's History Month Colloquium.  Faculty and student speakers, panels, and historical, organizational and resource displays will highlight the contributions of women to culture and society. Daytime and evening events are planned. Find the final program schedule below.

Geek Girls Film Poster                                                                                   

BOOK DRAWING during Colloquium!​​

4 copies of Winning the Vote will be available.

Sessions which will include the drawing [at the end of each session]:

  • Monday, March 26, 10:00 
  • ​​Tuesday March 27, 9:30
  • Wednesday March 28, noon
  • Thursday March 29, 2:Book: Winning the Vote 

 

~~~ 2018 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH COLLOQUIUM SCHEDULE ~~~

 

March 26-29, 2018  ~ Library Events Area

#ISU-WHMC

 

MONDAY MARCH 26

 

9:00 MATHEMATICAL ACHIEVEMENTS CREDITED TO WOMEN AND THOSE THAT SHOULD BE

A brief look into the contributions that women have made in the field of mathematics. It will also review some of the contributions that women have made but did not receive appropriate credit for. Presenter Shai Hollifield is a junior Honors student majoring in elementary education with minors in middle school mathematics and reading. This session is a portion of her current research for her Honor’s Thesis, which focuses on the gender gap in mathematics.

 

10:00 DISPARITIES IN THE LABOR MARKET ASSOCIATED WITH GENDER DIFFERENCES

Miranda Edwards will cover past and recent literature on the wage gap and differences in the participation in the labor force of men and women, as well as breaking away from the binary and analyzing differences in typical feminine and masculine traits using the LGBTQ+ population. Ms. Edwards is a sophomore at Indiana State seeking an economics degree and minors in psychology and mathematics. The presentation is an honors project for ECON 351, Labor Economics and Institutions (taught by Katrina Babb)

~~BOOK DRAWING: WINNING THE VOTE~~

 

1:00 FAITH-BASED ACTIVISM: SISTERS IN THE RESISTANCE, THEN AND NOW.

With an emphasis on the Sisters of Providence we'll explore where, how, and why women religious, aka 'Sisters' have been active in the work for justice through the years.  Recognizing our belief that all is one, our faith calls us to action on behalf of justice without regard to race, color, creed, gender or any other way in which the human community attempts to categorize persons. Barbara Battista, SP, M. Ed., PA-C, is a Sister of Providence and local community organizer with a clinical practice in Occupational Medicine in Terre Haute and a life-long passion for gender equity.  Her current areas of focus include: working on the board of Indiana Women's March; WomenChurch of the Wabash Valley; Activist Study Hall; Vigo County Collaborate for Progress; and running for the Democratic Precinct Committeeperson this May.

 

TUESDAY MARCH 27

 

9:30 VOICES FROM 1968

Panelists: Dr. Ann Short Chirhart, Dr. Sheron Dailey, Dr. Michele Boyer, and Dr. Dorothy Simpson-Taylor  {Program is part of the College of Arts & Sciences Community Semester }

Dr. Short Chirhart (ISU History Department) discusses major events that occurred during 1968, a significant year in our nation’s history.  Following this historical context set by Dr. Short Chirhart, Drs. Dailey, Boyer, and Simpson-Taylor share their memories of and reflections upon 1968 as women who lived through this pivotal year.

Dr. Michele Boyer, ISU Professor Emerita, served as Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology.  In retirement, Dr. Boyer is active in the community as a psychology consultant, diversity trainer, and Leadership Team member for educational programs at The Maple Center for Integrative Health.

Dr. Ann Short Chirhart is a Professor in ISU’s Department of History.  Throughout her academic career, she has focused on social reform and equality movements in the United States, notably for women and African Americans in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Dr. Sheron Dailey is an ISU Professor Emerita in Communication and Women’s Studies. She taught at ISU from 1965-2000, with time out to serve as Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina (1982) and Visiting Artist at the University of Arizona (1989).

Dr. Dorothy Simpson-Taylor is a retiree whose career journey has included high school counselor, faculty and administrator in higher education (University of Iowa, Purdue University, Indiana State University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University), mental health counselor and psychotherapist, community organizer, and capacity building consultant. 

~~BOOK DRAWING: WINNING THE VOTE~~

 

11:00 HER DAILY CONCERN:  WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES IN ANTEBELLUM INDIANA

Women in early America were not only touched by the health concerns of everyone, but also those specific to their gender.  This presentation looks at the issues that made this period one of the few eras in which female life expectancy was shorter than that of males. An ISU graduate, historian and author Tim Crumrin was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in History Award by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014.  His latest book Wicked Terre Haute: A History of Vice in a River City, will be published by the History Press in Fall 2018.

2:00 GENDER ISSUES IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AFRICAN WRITERS

In this session, students from English 436 (World Literature—Literature of the African Diaspora, taught by Dr. Keith Byerman) will consider the ways both women and men writers from Africa and the African Diaspora represent their female characters in fiction.

  • John Myles Hesse (Madison); majoring in Theater and English, with a career goal of a Ph.D. in English or Theater;
  • Samuel Grant (Terre Haute); majoring in English Education, who plans on graduate work in Literary Studies;
  • Gabrielle Comelleri (Bayonne, NJ); majoring in English, minoring in International Studies, who plans on working in publishing;
  • Mason Moton (Kokomo and Indianapolis); majoring in English,  who plans on becoming a community organizer and writer;
  • Sidney Goffinet (Branchville); who is majoring in English Teaching.

 

WEDNESDAY MARCH 28

 

10:00 #METOO: A HISTORY OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

Students from Gender Stratification (Soc 471, taught by Amanda Lubold) will trace the history of sexual harassment in the workplace, touching on both high-profile cases and a broader analysis of the history of women in the workplace.

10:00 - in Lower Level room 028KATE DEBS AND THE BAURS OF TERRE HAUTE

A continuation of Michelle Morahn’s research into the life of Kate Metzel Debs, wife of Eugene V. Debs, the 5-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party and resident of Terre Haute. The paper that resulted from last year's presentation is scheduled for publication by the Indiana Historical Society in this summer's Connections: The Hoosier Genealogist Magazine. Ms. Morahn along with her research partner, John S. Morahn, have been working on a biography of Kate Debs for the past four years. Michelle is an instructor in the Department of History at ISU and is Secretary of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation {debsfoundation.org}. John is a professional genealogist and researcher.

[session will be repeated at noon in Library Events Area]

11:00 THESE THINGS NOT MY OWN:  THE LEGAL STATUS OF WOMEN IN INDIANA IN EARLY INDIANA

A woman's gender and marital status were primarily determined her legal status in early Indiana.  Rights for which a revolution was fomented were denied to women, as they were to "slaves, idiots and lunatics."  This presentation looks at the struggle for women's legal rights. An ISU graduate, historian and author, Tim Crumrin was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in History Award by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014.  His latest book Wicked Terre Haute: A History of Vice in a River City, will be published by the History Press in Fall 2018.

12:00 KATE DEBS AND THE BAURS OF TERRE HAUTE 

A continuation of Michelle Morahn’s research into the life of Kate Metzel Debs, wife of Eugene V. Debs, the 5-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party and resident of Terre Haute. The paper that resulted from last year's presentation is scheduled for publication by the Indiana Historical Society in this summer's Connections: The Hoosier Genealogist Magazine. Ms. Morahn along with her research partner, John S. Morahn, have been working on a biography of Kate Debs for the past four years. Michelle is an instructor in the Department of History at ISU and is Secretary of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation {debsfoundation.org}. John is a professional genealogist and researcher.

Special guests: members of the family

~~BOOK DRAWING: WINNING THE VOTE~~

 

 

5:30 Film: GEEK GIRLS - host/discussion: Robin Crumrin, Dean, Library Services

Nerdy women - the "hidden half" of fan culture - open up about their lives in the world of conventions, video games, and other rife-with-misogyny pop culture touchstones. While geek communities have recently risen to prominence, very little attention is paid to geek women. Filmmaker Gina Hara, struggling with her own geek identity, explores the issue with a cast of women who live geek life up to the hilt: A feminist geek blogger, a convention-trotting cosplayer, a professional gamer, a video-game nerdom, GEEK GIRLS shows both the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of being ostracized. These women, striving in their respective professions and passions, face the cyberbullying, harassment, and sexism that permeate the culture and the industry at large. A rich conversation-starter for any class on Pop Culture and Feminism.

 

THURSDAY MARCH 29

 

9:30 MODERN AFRICAN WOMEN WRITERS

Students from English 339 (Women’s Literature—Women Writers of the African Diaspora, taught by Dr. Keith Byerman) will  consider the ways women are treated in African and Caribbean cultures under colonialism.

  • Santiara Thomas, from Hammond; a Social Work major with the goal of becoming a lawyer
  • Madeline Robison, an Exercise Science major
  • Samantha Hightower, from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a Financial Services major

 

11:00 UTILIZING ART TO MOBILIZE ADVOCACY EFFORTS RELATED TO TRADITIONAL WOMEN’S WORK: ADDRESSING THREATS TO THE WELL-BEING OF FORMAL AND INFORMAL FAMILY CARE PROVIDERS

Women historically and currently tend to serve as primarily caregivers in families and beyond; yet their contributions, while vital to society’s functioning often go unnoticed and unpaid, while significantly impacting both the carers’ and care recipients’ health.  The artist Marissa Jahn has worked with caregivers across the country to amplify their stories and foster a sense of community through the videos and app she created to facilitate caregivers connecting with one another and working together to advocate better public and labor policies to support the work of care providers. Tina Kruger is the chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies.  She has a doctorate in Gerontology, and her research, which typically involves partnership with various community agencies, focuses on health and well-being throughout the lifespan. Meredith Lynn is the Director of the Art Galleries at Indiana State University where she also teaches in the Department of Art and Design.  Her research focuses on community development through the arts. She is currently teaching Art History 586 (Curatorial Practices II)

 

12:30 FEMINIST PEDAGOGY LUNCHEON & SALON –- discussion guide/leader: Keri Yousif

Target Audience: Teachers and Graduate Students in Education programs

Luncheon Buffet: Asian Fusion [no reservation needed]; you are welcome to bring your own lunch as well. Menu: Asian salad; garlic lemon ginger broccoli; sticky rice; vegetable lo mein; cilantro breast of chicken; teriyaki glazed salmon filet; dessert items; fortune cookies; beverages

What is feminist pedagogy? How might feminist pedagogy give us a new or alternate ways to think about the work we do in the classroom and in the community? In fact, you may already be practicing elements that fit into definitions of feminist pedagogy! Come and discuss ideas and practices for feminist pedagogy. Consider two definitions below to get the discussion started:

I think feminist pedagogy should not simply expose students to a particularized academic scholarship but that it should also envision the possibility of activism and struggle outside the academy. Chandra Talpade Mohanty (2003). “Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity”, p.243, Duke University Press

Feminist Pedagogy: Implications for UDL; Posted on April 21, 2012 by Allison Hitt – chart

  • Co-constructs knowledge among teacher and students; disrupts teacher/student binary
  • Egalitarian, community-based
  • Adopts discussion or workshop format
  • Attentive to process, context
  • Respects situated knowledges and each person’s experiences, expertise

For resources before, after and during the salon: libguides.indstate.edu/women/feminist-pedagogies

2:00 HUMANS OF TERRE HAUTE: WOMEN’S STORIES

Honors students in Sociology 110 (US Global Diversity, taught by Theresa Kintz) are conducting a social project similar to that of Humans of New York. They have collected pictures and quotes from a diverse array of women in Terre Haute to share their stories.

Presenters:

  • Dharshini Manikandan, a Junior at Indiana State from Carmel, Indiana;  biology major (pre-medicine). 
  • Devon Zeck, freshman from Terre Haute, Indiana and majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Sports Management.
  • Keirra Reynolds, freshman from Springfield, Illinois, majoring in Political Science/Legal Studies and Criminal Justice.
  • Isabella Finch, freshman from Vincennes, Indiana. majoring in biology with specialization in medical laboratory sciences.
  • Hannah Bunch, a freshman and Terre Haute native; majoring in biology, with plans to pursue a career in the medical field. 
  • Raegan Walther, a freshman from DeMotte, Indiana, majoring in Athletic Training, with plans to receive a masters in Athletic Training.

BOOK DRAWING: WINNING THE VOTE

 

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