College Events to Celebrate Women's History Month

February 23, 2011 – The Dutchess Community College annual celebration of Women’s History Month will begin with a musical performance, and continue through March with Lyceum speakers, an art exhibit, a poetry reading and more. Among the highlights will be poetry readings by Amber Tamblyn who played the title character in “Joan of Arcadia.”

The kickoff event will be held on March 1 at 12:30 p.m. in Dutchess Hall, room 101; visitors can enjoy a performance by The Vague Assurances band as well as learn about the month’s activities. The first Lyceum of the month will be held March 3 at 12:30 p.m. in Bowne Hall, room 122. “America’s Nine First Ladies From New York State” will be presented by writer and lecturer Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan. The talk will explore the social, political and economic differences between the nine first ladies born in New York state.

The second Lyceum will be presented by Marist College Professor Judith Saunders. Titled “Sex, Evolution and Literature: An Introduction to Darwinian Literary Studies,” the lecture will feature examples from well-known stories and poems to illustrate how research in evolutionary biology can shed new light on literary characters, motives, plots and themes.

A third Lyceum presentation will feature Emmy-nominated actress Amber Tamblyn, who will read from her two published books of poetry. She is known for playing the title character on “Joan of Arcadia” and also has appeared on “House M.D.”

The complete list of Women’s History Month events is below.

For more information about any of the events, contact Susan Conrad at (845) 431-8534 .

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 12:30 p.m.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH KICKOFF
DUTCHESS HALL, ROOM 101

Visitors can pick up a schedule of the month’s events and enjoy the music and song of The Vague Assurances.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 12 p.m.
‘ASCENT OF WOMAN,’ COMMONWEALTH CLUB DISCUSSION OF ‘JACKIE SPEIER: WHAT IS A WOMAN WORTH?’
HANDEL DINING ROOM, DRUMLIN HALL

DCC Professor Emeritus Dick Reitano will lead a discussion of the Commonwealth Club’s broadcast of a lecture by Jackie Speier, member of Congress (D-CA) and broadcast journalist with more than 20 years experience in national, state and local politics. Speier has set precedents for women and what they are worth in creating state and national policies. Join in this important discussion about the power of women’s voices and actions. Participants are encouraged to listen to the podcast prior to the March 2 discussion.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 12:30 p.m.
LYCEUM – ELIZABETH KAHN KAPLAN - ‘AMERICA’S NINE FIRST LADIES FROM NEW YORK STATE’
BOWNE HALL, ROOM 122

Of America's 46 First Ladies, nine were born in New York State. This illustrated lecture explores the lives and legacies of these women, each with a different, fascinating tale to tell. The most recent are also the most well-known: Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush. But the others have stories deserving to be re-discovered. One saved Mme. de Lafayette from the guillotine during the French Revolution, while another, the "Rose of Long Island," married a President 30 years her senior. And a First Lady from New York state gave birth to a daughter whose name was affixed to a candy bar - a treat that's still popular today, even as the story behind it almost has been forgotten. This entertaining yet informative talk introduces audiences to the nine intriguing First Ladies of America born in New York state, and explores the social, political and economic differences among them.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 12:30 p.m.
LYCEUM: ‘JUDITH SAUNDERS: SEX, EVOLUTION AND LITERATURE, AN INTRODUCTION TO DARWINIAN LITERARY STUDIES’
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

Using illustrative examples from well known stories and poems, Marist College Professor Judith Saunders will demonstrate how research in evolutionary biology can shed new light on literary characters, motives, plots and themes.

 

MARCH 21 – APRIL 15
‘A COLLABORATIVE PAINTING EXHIBIT’
MILDRED I. WASHINGTON ART GALLERY

Beginning March 21 and continuing through April 15, a selection of paintings in DCC’s art gallery will be on display. DCC Art Professor Pamela Blum will serve as guest curator. An opening reception will be held March 30 at 5 p.m.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 12 p.m.
DISCUSSION OF THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB’S ‘THE ASCENT OF WOMAN’ SERIES LECTURE, ‘THE ORIGINS OF THE EDUCATION OF WOMEN’
HANDEL DINING ROOM, DRUMLIN HALL

Join DCC Behavioral Sciences Professor Margaret Olimpieri in this discussion of “The Origins of the Education of Women,” part of the Commonwealth Club’s series “The Ascent of Woman.” In the program, Patricia Lundberg, professor emeriti of English Language and Literature and Women’s Studies at Indiana University Northwest, discusses the origins of educating women, and how the stifling cultural ideal of uneducated women was challenged and changed so that the ascent of woman could begin. Participants are encouraged to listen to the podcast of Professor Lundberg’s talk before attending the discussion.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 12:30 p.m.
WOMEN READING WOMEN
DUTCHESS HALL, ROOM 101

Women of all ages from the DCC community will read works by poets Gwendolyn Brooks and Julia Alvarez. Join DCC English & Humanities Professor Lucia Cherciu as she hosts this annual tradition celebrating women and literature.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 12:30 p.m.
LYCEUM: ‘BANG DITTO’- AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY WITH AMBER TAMBLYN
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

With an impressive resume for a young actress, Amber Tamblyn’s breakout role was the title character in the critically acclaimed television series “Joan of Arcadia.” Her work on the show earned her both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. An acclaimed writer, Tamblyn has published two books of poetry and is cofounder of Write Now Poetry Society, a non-profit organization that raises funds for poetry programming.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 12 p.m.
A READING FROM ‘IN HOVERING FLIGHT’ AND ‘STRANGER HERE BELOW’
NORTH LOUNGE, RITZ LIBRARY

Joyce Hinnefeld, a former faculty member at Dutchess Community College and now a member of the English Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, will read excerpts from her two recently published novels, “In Hovering Flight” and “Stranger Here Below,” and will talk briefly about the research behind both books. The first novel explores the lives and passions of an avid environmentalist and her ornithologist husband in southeastern Pennsylvania's Bucks County. The second tracks the lives of three generations of women in two important historical communities in central Kentucky.

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