“Women and Contemporary Issues” is the theme for the 24th Annual Women’s History Month lecture series, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program. All lectures will be at noon in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library, and are free and open to the public.
The schedule is:
March 3 – Marjorie J. Spruill, “Women’s Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Politics.” Spruill is writing a book on the rise of the women’s rights movements in the late 1960s and 1970s, the reactionary mobilization of social conservatives as the “Pro-Family Movement,” and the conflicts between these two movements, which contributed to the transformation of American political culture.
March 24 – Aida Harvey Wingfield, “Doing Business with Beauty: Black Women, Hair Salons, and the Racial Enclave Economy.” Harvey Wingfield will discuss her recent book in which she argues that, while an increasing number of small business owners are black women, the existing theoretical paradigms fail to sufficiently explain why this is so.
March 31 – Mary Ellen Curtin, “Barbara Jordan and the Paradox of Female Ambition.” Curtin is a historian who specializes in African-American political and social history. Her forthcoming book on Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan will be published in 2011.
Read more about the Women’s History Month speakers online.