Annual Lecture Series Examines ‘Women and War’

The effects of war on women in the frontline and on the home front will be examined during the 25th annual Women’s History Month Lecture Series.

The series, organized by the Women’s Studies Program, begins Wednesday at noon in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. Dr. Doris Buss (Carleton University) will present “Prosecuting Rape as a ‘Weapon of War’: The Limits of Law.”

Dr. Desiree Henderson, Interim Program Director, said the series’ theme, “Women and War,” is topical given daily news of global conflicts and political uprisings.

“We pick up on two aspects of the ‘women and war’ theme,” she said. “First, women are more often to be victimized during war time. They suffer more severely than men do. It’s an important fact to think about and grapple with.

“Secondly, war can offer opportunities to women to change their place in culture or change their social status. Major Jean Deakyne [one of the series’ speakers] is an example of how more and more women have built careers in the military.”

Deakyne, a military professor at UT Arlington, is slated to speak March 9 about her experience in the U.S. Army and the U.S. war in Iraq. Dr. Margot Badran (Georgetown University) – who has spent the past few months in the middle of the Egyptian revolution in Cairo – will look at Islamic feminism on March 23. The series will wrap up on March 29 with a historical look at American women in the 19th century by Dr. Helen McClure (Southern Methodist University), an event sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.

Henderson said she hopes those who attend the lectures will walk away with a greater understanding of how war impacts not just women, but society as a whole.

“The Women’s History Month Lecture Series is a rare opportunity for the UTA community to hear the research and ideas from scholars across the world,” she said. “They bring an expertise and experience to campus that we would otherwise lack. It’s an opportunity to be challenged and provoked.”

All presentations will be held in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Central Library. For information on times and speakers, visit the Women’s Studies website.

The 25th Annual Women’s History Month Lecture Series

“Women and War

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Central library 6th Floor, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Dr. Doris Buss – Associate Professor of Law, Carleton University
“Prosecuting Rape as a ‘Weapon of War’: The Limits of Law”
Co-sponsored by the Dean of Liberal Arts

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Central Library 6th Floor, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Major Jean Deakyne – Assistant Professor of Military Science, UT Arlington
“When Women Fight: Female Soldiers in the US Military and Iraqi Army”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Central library 6th Floor, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Dr. Margot Badran – Senior Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University and Woodrow Wilson Senior Scholar
“Islamic Feminism and the Battle for Gender Equality”
Co-sponsored by the UT Arlington OneBook Program

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Central Library 6th Floor, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Dr. Helen McClure – Visiting Lecturer, Southern Methodist University
“Regulating Society by the Whitecap Method’: Mob Violence in Nineteenth-Century America”
Sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

Dr. Doris Buss (Carleton University) speaks with a group of students about rape and war during a March 2 lecture for Women's History Month. The lecture series is organized by the Women's Studies Program. (Photo by James Dunning.)

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  1. Gary Zaetz says:

    Among the 74000 Americans still missing from World War II are 27 American servicewomen, listed below. It is to America’s shame that the remains of these courageous women and of all the other American MIAs of World War II are still unrecovered after so many years, largely due to the grossly insufficient funds our Government allocates to our military’s remains recovery program. In honor of Women’s History Month (2011), please demand from our Congressional representatives that our Government start adequately funding this program.

    WASP Gertrude V. Tompkins-Silver of Jersey City, New Jersey

    2nd Lt. Eloise M. Richardson of Marseilles, Illinois

    2nd Lt. Thelma M. LaFave of Elmwood, Michigan

    PFC Alethia M. Fair of Los Angeles, California

    Sgt. Helen G. Kent of Los Angeles, California

    PFC Mary M. Landau of Brooklyn, New York

    Sgt. Belle G. Naimer of New York, New York

    TEC3 Marion W. McMonagle of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

    S/Sgt. Laura E. Besley of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

    PFC Rose Brohinsky of San Francisco, California

    Sgt. Doris Cooper of Champaign, Illinois

    PFC Flossie D. Flannery of Springport, Indiana

    PFC Frieda C. Friend of New York, New York

    PFC Mary M. Gollinger of Tacoma, Washington

    CPL Velma E. Holden of Asheville, North Carolina

    PFC Odessa Lou Hollingsworth of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    PFC Alice D. King of Oswego, Oregon

    PFC Wilma E. Liles of Dallas, Texas

    PFC Evelyn L. McBride of Inglewood, California

    PFC Alice Pauline McKinney of Big Bay, Michigan

    PFC Rose F. Puchalla of Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PFC Mildred E. Rice of Kansas City, Kansas

    PFC Pearl Roomsburg of Lomita, California

    PFC Helen F. Rozzelle of Washington, D.C.

    PFC Leona M. Seyfert of Chicago, Illinois

    PFC Ruth E. Warlick of Goldthwaite, Texas

    PFC Bonnie L. Williams of Glenda Springs, Kansas


    Gary Zaetz

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