Spring 1997 Program Schedule

Unless noted, all programs are free and open to the public. Newcomb College Center for Research on Women is located in Caroline Richardson Hall, the funky 1950s-style building just inside the Willow Street entrance to Newcomb College (between Broadway and Calhoun; Audubon Blvd. runs into the College entrance). During the week, very limted parking is available in front of the Center. Except on weekends, visitors are advised to park along Broadway or in the public spaces under the Reilly Recreation Center on Ben Weiner Drive. Please phone (504) 865-5238 if you have questions about any of the events listed below.

Friday 7 February
2:00 p.m. NCCROW Conference Room
Brown Bag Lunch: "More Medieval Mystics! Women Speaking For, About and With God"
Martha Tanner and Lisa Verner, graduate students in the Tulane Department of English, will continue a discussion begun at last November's brown bag lunch with Meredith Miller. Martha Tanner will speak on "The Grammar of Selfhood" in the fourteenth century anchorite Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love, and Lisa Verner will examine the possible subversive strategies of the early fifteenth century laywoman Margery Kempe and compare them to the methods of an Early Modern successor of these mystics, the seventeenth century Baptist Anne Wentworth. The rhetorical voices that emerge from these mystical writings demonstrate greater diversity and sophistication than perhaps has been generally assumed for female mysticism in the Middle Ages.

Friday 7 February
3:30-5:30 p.m. NCCROW Lounge (downstairs)
Open House in Celebration of the Center's Expansion
Women's studies faculty, faculty associates and interested faculty and staff, students and Center friends are invited to drop in for a piece of King Cake and check out our improved library, classroom and meeting facilities.

Friday 14 February
3 p.m., NCCROW Conference Room
Film: Talk 19
Directed/Produced by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell
For one whole year, five very different 16 year-old girls were interviewed and filmed at home, in school, at work and with their friends. The result was the acclaimed feature documentary Talk 16. Three years later the filmmakers went back and filmed a follow-up, intercutting between old and new footage. The result is Talk 19, a sometimes funny, sometimes sad portrait of growing up female in our society. (48 minutes/1995)

Tuesday 18 February
4 p.m. NCCROW Conference Room
Video: Dreamworlds II: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video
Dreamworlds II powerfully illustrates the systematic representations of women in music video, and how these representations tell a narrow set of stories about what it means to be male or female; stories which impact how women think about themselves sexually, and how men think sexually about women. Dreamworlds offers a critical distance from images which have become so ubiquitous and normal that they are almost invisible. Originally produced in 1991, Dreamworlds was updated in 1994. It is written, edited and narrated by Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (60 minutes/1994)

Friday 21 February
11:30 a.m. NCCROW Conference Room
Brown Bag Lunch: "Mother Russia's Illness and the Missing Women of 1917"
A talk by Center Fellow Betsy Jones Hemenway, doctoral candidate, UNC Chapel Hill Department of History
Although women constituted a significant proportion of revolutionary activists, they are practically invisible in the dominant narratives of 1917. In this context, what can it mean that one aspect of the evolving popular political narrative of the 1917 Russian revolutions cast the events as a family crisis threatening the health and well-being of "Mother Russia"? This talk will analyze the representations of women during the Revolution and Civil War (1917-1921) to explore the "woman question" in Russia during this period of upheaval.

Saturday 22 February
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tulane Law School
"Women Shaping Law, Law Shaping Women"

A one-day conference sponsored by the Tulane Law Women
Events are free and open to the public; registration begins at 1:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Law School. Please call the Tulane Law Women (504 865-8876) or Dr. Terry O'Neill (504 865-5936) for further information.

1:00 Registration
1:20-2:20 a) panel on sexual harassment; b) panel on crime on the Internet/privacy issues
2:30-3:30 1) judges panel; b) children's advocacy panel
3:40-4:40 women in the media panel
4:40-5:00 book signing by Patricia Ireland
5:00-6:00 Keynote address by NOW President Patricia Ireland

Tuesday 25 February
3:00 p.m. NCCROW Conference Room
Video/Discussion: Get Real: Straight Talk on Women's Health
Supported by a grant from Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals to the U.S. Public Health Service Office on Women's Health and the Society for Advancement of Women's Health Research, this video covers a broad range of wellness issues affecting college-age women today. Following the screening, Kim Nolte, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Head of Health Education at the Tulane Student Health Clinic, will lead a discussion about the video and about wellness resources available on the Tulane campus and on the Internet.

Friday 28 February
11:30 a.m. NCCROW Conference Room
Brown Bag Lunch: "Gender Ratios and Marriage Patterns Among African Immigrants in the 19th Century Caribbean"
A talk by Roseanne Adderley, Assistant Professor of History and African Diaspora Studies, Tulane University

Sunday 2 March
2:30 p.m. NCCROW lounge (downstairs)
New Orleans American Association of University Women
Women's History Month Birthday Party

This event is a fund-raiser for the 15th anniversary of the National Women's History Project. It will feature cake, drinks, and a staged reading of the traditional Women's History Month short play, Womanspeak, presented by students in the drama program at McMain High School. The event is co-sponsored by the New Orleans AAUW, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, The New Orleans League of Women Voters, and the Louisana Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Call the New Orleans branch of the AAUW for information: (504) 365-3028.

A donation of $15.00 is suggested ($3-5.00 for students, the underemployed or those on a fixed income). Even if you cannot donate, please come!

Tuesday 4 March
4 p.m. NCCROW Conference Room
Film: From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion
Directed by Academy Award Nominee Dorothy Fadiman
This documentary weaves together two parallel stories: the evolution of underground networks that helped women find safe abortions outside the law, and the intensive efforts by activists and legislators who dedicated themselves to legalizing abortion. Rare archival footage brings history alive through documenting the actions of those who broke the silence, saved women's lives and fought to end the shame which surrounded abortion when it was a crime. (60 minutes/1995)

Thursday 6 March
7 p.m. Kendall Cram Room, Tulane University Center
"Brazil: The Myth of Racial Democracy"
A lecture by Joselina da Silva

Joselina da Silva was born and raised in predominantly Black and low-income area on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. She has many years of experience as a teacher and organizer and has been active in Brazilian political and cultural organizations serving the Black community, especially those concerned with the needs of women. She is a founding member of the Black Women's Association of Baixada Fluminese and currently works in the women's section of the Centro de Articulacoes de Populacoes Marginalizadas, a networking center for grassroots organizations especially for low-income communities, where she coordinates the "A Dream, A Passport, A Nightmare" campaign against the trafficking of women. da Silva's commitment to women's issues developed from her involvement with the "Movimento Negro." Her work to promote a consicousness and affirmation of Afro-Brazilian culture, she recognized the need to apply a similar process of "conscientizcao" for black women. As a filmmaker, da Silva has produced the first of a series of videos titled "Black Women in the Diaspora." She is involved with using poetry as a tool to create consciousness of Black history.
Joselina da Silva's visit to campus is co-sponsored by the Tulane Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Latin American Studies Program, African Diaspora Studies, and the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women.

Friday 7 March
3 p.m. NCCROW Conference Room
"Black People Making Poetry: A Strategy to Survival"
A workshop with Joselina Da Silva

The event is free, but please call 865-5238 to register

Sunday 9 March
3 p.m. NCCROW lounge (downstairs)
The Fourth Annual Adele Ramos Salzer (N '40) Lecture on Women and Higher Education
"Femininity and Female Colleges in the Antebellum South"

by Christie Farnham, Associate Professor of History, Iowa State University
Dr. Farnham's lecture will address the question of whether contemporary concepts of femininity deterred or promoted higher education for young women in the South during the antebellum period. Equality was a strong and growing component of American values during this time, but how was this squared with gender differences that society also valued? In arguing that the South did undertake to advance women by tying ideas of femininity to equality, Farnham will also consider whether this strategy holds any lessons for women today.

Christie Farnham was graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with highest honors in history and went on to graduate school in history at the University of Chicago, where she completed her MA before moving with her husband to Berkeley, California in the 1960s. She completed her Ph.D. in 1977 after the birth of her fourth child, then took a number of visiting teaching positions before becoming Director of Women's Studies and Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at Indiana University. In 1990 she became a faculty member in the history department of Iowa State University where she teaches Black history and women's history.

She is a founding editor of the Journal of Women's History, and author of various works on women and African Americans, including The Education of the Southern Belle: Higher Education and Student Socialization in the Antebellum South, which received a 1995 Critics Choice award from the American Education Association. She is presently completing the editing of Women of the American South: A Multicultural Reader, and is also at work on a history of African-American women, as well as a study of images of Africa among African Americans.

Monday 10 March
9:30 a.m. NCCROW Conference Room or Lounge
Feminist Historiography Seminar with Dr. Christie Farnham
This seminar on feminist historiography and the practice of women's history is open to all Tulane University students and faculty with an interest in the field.
Dr. Farnham suggests that seminar participants read the Anne Firor Scott essay "Unfinished Business" in the Summer 1996 issue of the Journal of Women's History. This essay is available on reserve in the Center's Vorhoff Library. If you wish to participate in the seminar, please call 865-5238.

Friday 14 March
11:30 a.m. Anna Many Lounge, NCCROW
Brown Bag Lunch: "Butch Fatale: Media, Consumerism and the Lesbian Identity"
A talk by Meredith Miller, local independent scholar and artist

Friday 14 March
3 p.m. NCCROW Conference Room
Feminist Pedagogy Seminar: Using Popular Culture Texts in the Women's Studies Classroom
Led by Susanne Dietzel and Crystal Kile
It sounds so easy, yet it's so hard to do well! What are some effective strategies for teaching about women's studies topics using popular culture texts? What is the pedagogical value of "teaching popular culture"?
Suggested readings TBA.
Please call 865-5238 if you wish to participate.

Monday 17 March
7:00 p.m. Room 140 Goldring-Woldenberg Hall
African-American Women's Forum
A panel providing women interested in public policy with information and inspiration from several well-known African-American women in law, social services and state politics.
This discussion is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Office of Newcomb Student Programs as part of the Women Allowed: Voices Shaping Public Policy Series. For more information call Newcomb Student Programs (865-5795) or Cindy Reese (865-6286).

Tuesday 18 March
7:30 p.m. NCCROW lounge (downstairs)
"Lesbian Images in Contemporary Culture"
A slide lecture by Rebecca Mark, Associate Professor of English, Tulane University

Wednesday 2 April
7:30 p.m. Newcomb College Chapel
"Women, Power and Cyberspace"
A lecture by Dale Spender
Reception to follow in the Newcomb Faculty Lounge
This event is made possible in part by grants from the Newcomb Foundation and the Ford Foundation

Dr. Dale Spender, a recent Member of the Order of Australia, is a researcher, broadcaster, public speaker, teacher, author and editor of more than thirty books which integrate the fields of language, communication, writing, editing, publishing and gender equity. Her works, such as Women of Ideas And What Men Have Done To Them and The Writing and The Sex have focused on how women have been excluded from the canons of literature and history. Most recently, she is author of Nattering on the Net: Women, Power and Cyberspace (Sydney: Spinifex Press, 1995) and initiator of WIKED, an international database on Women's Studies. According to Spender, "...the computer is not a toy; it is the site of wealth, power and influence, now and in the future. Women and indigenous peoples, and those with few resources cannot afford to be marginalised or excluded from this new medium. To do so will be to risk becoming the information-poor. It will be to not count; to be locked out of full participation in society in the same way that illiterate people have been disenfranchised in a print world" (Nattering On The Net, xvi).

Tuesday 8 April
11:30 a.m. Anna Many Lounge, NCCROW
Brown Bag Lunch/Video: The Other Side of the Fence: Conversations With A Female Fundamentalist
Produced by Lynn Estonin
Nancy O'Brien and her husband Michael moved to Cincinnati in 1985, the same year filmmaker Lynn Estonin began working for Planned Parenthood. The O'Briens formed a militant anti-abortion organization, Project Jericho,and soon Cincinnati became the national testing ground for anti-choice tactics. Planned Parenthood's clinic was firebombed. Nancy convinced Jerry Falwell to pledge a million dollars to the movement. For two years, Lynn Estonin recorded on video the weekly harangues and confrontations outside the clinic. Then Nancy disappeared from public view. Five years later, Lynn tracked her down and made this portrait of an articulate woman searching hard for her own answers. (28 minutes/1991)

Wednesday 9 April
4:00 p.m., Anna Many Lounge, NCCROW
"Cultural Construction of Race and Sexuality in 18th-century Louisiana: Native American and French Women During the Early Colonial Period"
A talk by Jennifer Spear
Doctoral candidate, Department of History, University of Minnesota

Friday 11 April
11:30 a.m. Anna Many Lounge, NCCROW
Brown Bag Lunch: "'Us vs. Them': Pronouns, Politics and Gender in the 1995 Louisiana Governor's Race"
A talk by Mary Lynn Gasaway-Hill, doctoral student in the Tulane Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics
Gasaway-Hill will discuss how candidates such as Mike Foster and Mary Landrieu reveal their political alignments through particular pronoun choices and rhetorics of belonging.

Wednesday 16 April
4 p.m. Great Room (Downstairs), NCCROW
"Caught in the Net: Reading Ellen Gilchrist"
A lecture by Mary McCay, Chair of the Loyola University Department of English and author of the critical work Ellen Gilchrist, a forthcoming volume in the Twayne U.S. Writers Series.

Friday 18 April
11:30 a.m. Anna Many Lounge, NCCROW
Brown Bag Lunch: "'Girls Beware! Boys Beware!': Educational Social Guidance Films of the 1950s"
A talk/screening by Nadiene Van Dyke, doctoral candidate, Tulane Department of History

Monday 5 May
7:30 p.m. NCCROW Great Room (Downstairs)
Reading/performance and book signing by Rebecca Wells, Louisiana author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere. Ms. Wells' books will be available for purchase at the event.
A small reception will follow the reading.

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