Fall 1996 Programs

Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
Program Schedule
Fall 1996

See also the Center's Fall 1996 Newsletter

If you would like to present a lecture or brown-bag lunch talk at the Center sometime during Spring 1997, please contact Crystal Kile, Education Coordinator.


Ongoing exhibition

Fourth Floor Lobby, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

Women in World War II

This exhibit is taken from the manuscripts department's extensive holdings on women's history and reflects the department's special committment to preserving the history of women in New Orleans and the South. For more information, call (504) 865-5685. (This exhibition is not sponsored by the Center, we simply want to make sure you know it is there.)

Saturday, September 28

U.N. Women's Conference One Year Later

This citywide event features a one-day national satellite conference to develop a National Action Agenda for Women. Participants will also hear from Louisiana women who attended the Beijing conference. There may be a small charge for materials and refreshments. The conference will be held in the Orleans Parish School Board Assembly Room at 4100 Touro Avenue. Interested? Call Cheron Brylski for registration information: (504) 525-3690.

Registration is limited to 120 participants, but any Cox Cable subscriber in Orleans Parish will be able to view and participate vicariously in the national teleconference with Donna Shalala. It will air live from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on cable channel 48.

We will post the program schedule on this site as soon as it is finalized.

Before you go: Visit the website of The President's Interagency Council On Women


Friday, October 4

4 p.m., Anna E. Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Hall

Women, Goddess Spirituality and Social Change

A talk by Stacy Simmons, Pastor and High Priestess of the Covenant of the Pentacle Wiccan Church, New Orleans

Originally scheduled: A talk by Selena Fox, High Priestess of Circle Sanctuary, Wisconsin. Because of illness, she is unable to travel to New Orleans.

Ms. Fox was to visit New Orleans as a keynote speaker at Celebrating the Goddess: Celebrating the Divine Feminine of 10,000 Names, a conference which will be held October 5-6 at the University of New Orleans. Please contact Katherine Rogers at alterntiv@aol.com or (504) 865-8431 for more information.

Friday, October 11

4 p.m., Anna E. Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Hall

Women and Children Last: "Family Values" and the Economics of Divorce

A talk by Demie Kurz
Co-director of the Alice Paul Research Center and the Women's Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of For Richer or Poorer: Mothers Confront Divorce (Routledge, 1995).

Dr. Kurtz will discuss her research on the social and economic impacts of divorce on mothers and children from diverse socio-economic and racial backgrounds.

Friday, October 11

Last day to register to vote in November 5 elections!! Register to vote online at http://netvote96.mci.com. Voter registration forms are also available at public libraries and at many banks. Call the New Orleans League of Women Voters for more information or to voluneteer: (504) 581-9106.

Monday, October 21

7:30 p.m., Anna E. Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Hall

Women and Men in the Czech Republic: Accomplishments and Problems in the Postcommunist Transformation

A lecture by Dr. Jirina Siklova

Jirina Siklova, 1995 Czech Woman of the Year, is Head of the Department of Social Work at Charles University and founder of the Gender Studies Centre in Prague. Dr. Siklova was deeply involved in political-intellectual dissident groups under the Communist regime, and was at various times jailed and barred from the University because of her activites as one of the primary conduits for the smuggling of "forbidden" Western publications into Czechoslovakia. The "Velvet Revolution" meant that she could leave her job as a cleaning woman and return to her academic work. In 1991, she founded the Gender Studies Centre, the first center of its kind in the nation. The Center, once a book-packed small room in Siklova's apartment, is becoming a magnet for Czech and Slovak scholars, as well as for foreign scholars and policymakers involved in the rebirth of Eastern Europe. Dr. Siklova is a brave, conscientious, thoughtfully contentious and elegant scholar whose work spans the fields of sociology, history, philosophy, political science and autobiography.

See also Dr. Siklova's recent essay, The Case Against Decommunization: Lustration, or the Czech Way of Screening, but know that her lecture will much more general and accessible.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, the Tulane University School of Social Work, and The Newcomb College Senate. Special thanks to Dr. Phyllis Raabe of the Department of Sociology at the University of New Orleans for inviting Dr. Siklova to the city and for hosting her during her stay.

Dr. Siklova will also be giving two other public presentations in New Orleans:

Sunday, October 20
9:30 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue
"Women of Courage and Faith During Communism and Post-Communism"

Tuesday, October 22
Room 407, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
12:30 p.m., "The Czech Republic: Positives and Negatives of the Post-Communist Transformation"

Wednesday, October 23

7:00 p.m., Loyola University Horseshoe
[Tulane community meet at the Pocket Park (beside the UC) at 6:30 to walk over to Loyola together]


For more information, contact Tulane Men Against Rape, a coordinator of this event: 865-1253.

Thursday, October 24

7:30 p.m., Anna E. Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Hall

The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women Sixth Annual Culinary Symposium:

La Cuisine Chez Nous: History in the Nineteeth Century Kitchen

A presentation by Amy Trubek
Professor of Creative and Critical Thinking in the Culinary Arts at the New England Culinary Institute.

Drawing upon her research on the development of the modern culinary profession, Dr. Trubek will discuss the education of chefs in France during the late nineteeth century, how this education was received and perceived by housewives in France and Louisiana, and how these cooks incorporated its influence into regional foodways. A significant portion of her presentation will focus on developments in cookbook publishing and the circulation of recipes and cookbooks during this period.

An extended question-and-answer session will follow Dr. Trubek's presentation. The symposium will also feature a book exhibition of related materials from the Culinary Collection at the Newcomb Archives.

Dr. Trubek earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an Advanced Degree from the Cordon Bleu Cookery School.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Saturday, November 2

Late registration beginning at 7:00 a.m.; Opening ceremonies at 8:10 a.m.; Run/Walk starting at 9:15 a.m., New Orleans City Park/Tad Gormley Stadium

Revlon Run/Walk for Women's Health

Spend an invigorating morning walking or running in City Park while raising money to combat breast and ovarian cancers. Women AND men may participate in this 5K event either as individuals or as part of a [neighborhood, ad hoc, dorm, sorority or fraternity, office, et cetera] team. Claudia Schiffer will host the event, and the Neville Brothers will provide entertainment following the run/walk. Members of the Tulane community should call or e-mail Crystal Kile at the Center for Research on Women for registration information: (504) 865-5238 or ckile@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu, or come by the Center and pick up a registration/info pamphlet. The registration fee is $20.00, but you get a cool t-shirt. The New Orleans Run/Walk hotline number is (504) 861-2255 .

The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women will receive ten percent of proceeds from the run/walk, and this money will be used to promote women's wellness in New Orleans through the programs of the Center and the university. The Revlon Run/Walk is administered by Permanent Charities of the Entertainment Industry. Here is a list of other Run/Walk beneficiaries.

See also this list of links to infosites about breast and ovarian cancers.

November 3-8, 1996
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Twelfth Annual Zale Writer-in-Residence

Funded by a generous grant from Dana Zale Gerard N '85 and the Zale Foundation, each year the Zale Writer-in-Residence Program brings to campus a woman writer who meets and workshops with creative writing and literature students, as well as faculty and members of the New Orleans community. Past Zale Writers-in-Residence have included Dorothy Allison, Lee Smith, Sonya Sanchez and Linda Hogan.

Wednesday, November 6
7:30 p.m., Myra Clare Rogers Chapel, Newcomb College

A Reading by Ellen Bryant Voigt, Twelfth Annual Zale Writer-in-Residence.

A reception will be held in the Faculty Lounge on the first floor of Newcomb Hall following the reading.

Ms. Voigt's books will be available for purchase at this event.

Thursday, November 7
Noon, Anna E. Many Lounge, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women

Meet the Author: Professor of English Peter Cooley will interview Ms. Voigt about her work, the writing process, and the writing life.

Ms. Voigt's books will be available for purchase at this event.

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Anna E. Many Lounge

Conversation with Ellen Bryant Voigt.
In each of these informal sessions, Ms. Bryant will be available to talk informally with anyone who would like to meet her.

Friday, November 8
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Anna E. Many Lounge

Another conversation with Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty and The Lotus Flowers. In 1993, her collection Two Trees won the Hanes Prize for Poetry awarded bi-annually by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Inspired in part by the shadow of AIDS and other contemporary epidemics, Voigt's latest collection, Kyrie, a 1995 National Book Award finalist, conjures up the largely forgotten influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which claimed twenty-five million lives worldwide, half a million in the United States alone.

Voigt earned her B.A. from Converse College and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. In 1976, she developed and directed the nation's first low-residency writing program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, then helped move the program to Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina in 1981. A recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, she was professor of poetry at M.I.T. for three years and has taught at the Breadloaf, Aspen, Indiana, Napa, Catskills and Ropewalk Writers' Conferences. She is currently chairperson of the academic board for the M.F.A. for writers at Warren Wilson College, and lives in Cabot, Vermont with her husband and two children.

Please browse these on-line selections from each of Ms. Voigt's volumes of poetry:
Claiming Kin
The Forces of Plenty
The Lotus Flowers
Two Trees

All of Ms. Voigt's books are for sale at the Tulane University Bookstore, and she will be signing copies of her works at Zale events.

Monday, November 11

7:00 p.m., Anna E. Many Lounge
Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness

As a "warm-up" for the Wednesday, November 13 campus lecture by noted feminist media scholar and activist Jean Kilbourne (Killing Us Softly, et cetera), the Center and the Newcomb Senate are sponsoring this screening and discussion of her latest documentary, Slim Hopes.

Wednesday, November 13

7:00 p.m., Freeman Auditorium, Newcomb Art Building
The Naked Truth
A lecture and slide presentation by Jean Kilbourne

Dr. Kilbourne will discuss images of women in advertisting.

Sponsored by the Women's Issues Committee of the Newcomb Senate. A reception will be held in the Newcomb Faculty Lounge on the first floor of Newcomb Hall immediately following the lecture.

Tuesday, November 19

11:30 a.m., Anna E. Many Lounge
Of Matter and Voice: The Women Mystics of Medieval Europe

A Brown-Bag Talk By Meredith Miller

This talk will offer an overview of the mystical tradition as a whole, with detailed discussion of the works of Hildegard of Bingen and Angela of Foligno. Through a discussion of these two writers, Ms. Miller will open a window onto the movements of gende r and power woven throughout the discourse on Christian mysticism. Drawing on the work of Kristeva and Irigaray, she will apply psychoanalytic theories of abjection to offer insight into powerful mystical strategies for claiming voice in the face of the n egative definition of woman which came to characterize Christianity for moderns.

Ms. Miller is a graduate of UNO and holds an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She will begin doctoral study at the University of Sussex in Fall 1997.

Thursday, November 21

1:00 p.m., 200 Norman Mayer Hall, Tulane University
Franz Fanon, Conflict and Feminisms

A lecture by Dr. Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Dr. Sharpley-Whiting is an African-American scholar trained in French Studies at Brown University. She currently teaches at Purdue University. She recently co-edited a book of essays called Franz Fanon: A Critical Reader. Her own book,entitled Fanon and Feminisms: Theory, Thought and Praxis, is scheduled to come out in the Spring, 1997. At the same time, Duke University Press will publish her book Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives: Racialized-Sexualized Personae in French. This book is based on her Ph.D. dissertation. This lecture is co-sponsored by African and Diaspora Studies, The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women and the Department of French and Italian.

Friday 22 November

4 p.m., 208 Newcomb Hall, Tulane University
Myths, Mirrors and Marriages: The Impasses of Mother-Daughter Relations in Isabelle de Charriere and Elisabeth Viee-Lebrun

A talk by Professor Katharine A. Jensen of Louisiana State University

This lecture would be of interest to faculty and students working on eighteenth-century literature/art history, feminist criticism and the iconography of the maternal. This talk is sponsored by the GSSA and the Department of French &Italian .

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and open to the public. Caroline Richardson Hall is located just inside the Willow Street entrance to Newcomb College, between the Student Health Center and the Woldenberg Art Center. Unfortunately, the building is not wheelchair-friendly, but we'll arrange to help you get up and down the stairs if you give us a call beforehand. There is a fairly accessible unisex restroom on the second floor of the Center.

Need more information about any of the programs listed here? Do you have programming suggestions? Contact Crystal Kile, Education Coordinator and Center Webweaver (ckile@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu) or call (504) 865-5238.

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