Mar. 2 1998|
VOL. 27, NO. 24
Women's History Month: Talks, FIlms, Workshops
Christine A. Rowett
As a young woman growing up in India, Mrinalini Sinha was
aware of a difference in social status between men and women. But
as an educated woman from a comfortable family, she was never
stifled by it. Literate, ambitious women in India could
realistically dream of leadership roles in their country, Sinha
says, if not in their own families.
"Women holding high political office is not such a novelty
in India as it is in the United States," she says. "You don't
have that kind of easy opportunity in the United States; that's
still a major challenge."
Sinha credits leaders like Ghandi for his willingness to
involve women in political issues that date back to India's
struggle for independence from Great Britain.
"But at the same time, this didn't mean total equality," she
says. "Women were expected to be the carriers of tradition, not
to question the men."
Sinha, associate professor of history at Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale, will present the keynote address for
Women's History Month, which begins on March 2. The series of
events is sponsored by the Women's Studies program.
The co-editor of the feminist journal Gender and History,
Sinha is currently researching the women's movement in India
during the 1920s. Her discussion is titled "Gender and Culture in
Indian Labor History." It will take place at 5 p.m., March 26, in
the Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus. A reception will follow.
For more information, call Rachel-Karol Ablow in Women's Studies
The following events will be held in recognition of Women's
||Workshops in public speaking: Jane Slaughter,
instructor (see following listing). Co-sponsored with SLAC.
Pre-registration required; sign up in 300 Jenkins. Various times
and locations over the course of two days.
||Lecture: "Organizing the Unorganized: Is It
Enough?" Jane Slaughter, author of Concessions and How to Beat
Them and member of Labor Notes' policy committee. Co-sponsored
with SLAC. 5 p.m., 111 Mergenthaler
||Video: Nappy. A documentary by Lydia Douglas.
Screening followed by discussion with videomaker; 6 p.m., Mudd
||Panel discussion: "Identity and African Women's
Experiences of the U.S." Co-sponsored with the African Students
Association. 3:30-6 p.m., Garrett Room, MSEL
||Talk: Aileen Getty, HIV/AIDS activist.
Co-sponsored with DSAGA. 7 p.m., Glass Pavilion, Levering
||The Thalheimer Lectures: "Feminist
Internationalism." Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago Law
School. Co-sponsored by the Committee on Moral and Political
Thought. 4:30 p.m. each day, Garrett Room, MSEL
||Movie: All Over Me. Co-sponsored with DSAGA. 8
p.m., Mudd Auditorium
||Lecture: "Gender and Culture in Indian Labor
History." Mrinalini Sinha, Southern Illinois University. 5 p.m.,
reception to follow, Merrick Barn
||Self-defense workshop: Anna Lobiano, instructor.
All women welcome. Pre-registration required; sign up in 300
Jenkins. Time and locations TBA
||Lecture: "Gender Relations in China after the
Manchu Conquest, 1644-1800." Susan Mann, University of California
at Davis. Co-sponsored with the History Department. 4 p.m., 315
||Lecture: "Engineering Education in the 21st
Century: Diversity and Cultural Change." Denice Denton, dean of
engineering, University of Washington. Co-sponsored with DOGEE. 3
p.m., location TBA
||Book talk: Christina Vella, Tulane University.
Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba.
4:30 p.m., 323 Gilman