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Monthlong Programming Offered to Celebrate Women's History

March 14, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Saint Anselm College is celebrating women's history month this March with a series of events sponsored by the English Department's gender studies minor, the Multicultural Center and Education Services, student leaders from a Residential Learning Community (RLC), and other departments on campus.

Numerous film showings, a TED talk on domestic violence, a work-life balanced discussion, and a round table event with successful local women are just a few of the events highlighting the challenges and achievements of women through the years.

Gender studies director and English professor Jennifer Thorn felt that it was important for multiple departments to take roles in the development of programming and events. Working with a variety of students, faculty, and staff supports her belief that anyone can participate in discussions of gender.

"All the events I've planned, in this first year of the gender studies minor being housed in the English Department, have responded to wishes expressed by students or faculty across the campus community," says Thorn. "My role is to foster community, spark conversation, help paths that seldom cross to meet, explore, communicate. Gender studies aims, or at least should aim, to raise questions and pursue discussion and action, not to impose conformity of thought."

Several of the events planned by Professor Thorn for the gender studies minor are also sponsored by the "Teaching for a Change" RLC – part of several Residential Learning Communities on campus, which, through the Office of Residential Life and Education, provide students with the ability to explore topics about which they are passionate, and develop corresponding programming.

A group of five students working with the "Teaching for a Change" RLC will sponsor the film and discussion, "Our Women in Math" with the screening of "Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII" on March 15, and the TED Talk, "Why Domestic Violence Victims Don't Leave," on March 29; both events are in the Living Learning Commons (LLC). Along with the other members, English and secondary education major Susan Donahue '18 is busy preparing for the presentation and discussion questions.

"The ‘Our Women in Math' event was based on our desire to shine a light on women's success in the STEM field, which is often overlooked," says Donahue. "With the TED Talk, we saw the need for a conversation about how difficult it can be to leave abusive relationships. We hope to provide resources and support for anyone in our community experiencing an abusive relationship."

Nursing major Kara Deming '18, another member of the group, says, "We want to bring awareness to a variety of issues. We decided it would be great to do that through Women's History Month for women's issues, including domestic violence and women in STEM."

The Multicultural Center is offering a high tea soiree as well as an event with college archivist Keith Chevalier on the history of women at Saint Anselm. The soiree, "Soaring to New Heights: Women's Success Stories," will feature prominent women from the area including several alumni. The roundtable discussion will provide college community members the opportunity to network and learn about the various career paths of the presenters, who range from a small business owner and a lawyer, to the vice president at financial company.

Additional event sponsors include Career Services, the Chemistry Department, the Geisel Library, the History Department, and the Physics Department.

2016 Women's History Month Programing

Film "Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computes of WWII"
Tuesday, March 15, 6-8 p.m.
Living Learning Commons (LLC)

Soaring to New Heights: Women's Success Stories (high tea soiree)
Friday, March 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
North Lounge, Cushing Center

The Unheard Voices of Women at Saint Anselm College
Monday, March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Gadbois 102

Film: "Path to Nuclear Fission: The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn"
Tuesday, March 22, 4-6 p.m.
Dana 1-D

TED Talk: "Why Domestic Violence Victims Don't Leave"
Tuesday, March 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Living Learning Commons (LLC)

Work-Life Balance Discussion
Wednesday, March 30, 12-1 p.m.
North Lounge, Cushing Center

Film: "Lioness"
Thursday, March 31, 6-8 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Cushing Center

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