February 19, 2013 – The Dutchess Community College annual celebration of Women’s History includes Lyceum speakers, an art exhibit, a reading of works by female authors and more. The theme for the month is “Women and Leadership.” Among the highlights will be a presentation by a trailblazing former senior editor for Newsweek.
The first lecture of the month will be held Feb. 26 at 12:30 p.m. in Bowne Hall, room 104. “In the ‘Best Interests of the Child’: Adoption, Native American Women and the Solution of Sovereignty” will be presented by former DCC instructor and current SUNY New Paltz professor Dr. Meg Devlin O’Sullivan. The lecture will include the history of forced and coercive removal of children from Native American parents and the 1978 U.S. Indian Child Welfare Act, which was put in place to keep Native American families intact, protect indigenous cultures and bolster tribal sovereignty.
A Lyceum called “The Good Girls Revolt” will be held on March 7 at 12:30 in the James and Betty Hall Theatre. Lynn Povich, an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the news business, will discuss her role as one of 46 female employees who sued Newsweek magazine in 1970 for sexual discrimination. Five years later, she was appointed the first woman senior editor in the history of the magazine.
On April 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre, DCC Assistant Professor of Photography Lowell Handler will discuss his book, “Crazy and Proud,” which chronicles his experiences teaching photography to a group of transient, mentally-ill women inside an inner-city shelter.
The complete list of Women’s History Month events is below.
For more information about any of the events, contact DCC Women’s Activities Committee Chairwoman Susan Conrad at (845) 431-8534.
SADEE BRATHWAITE: “COSMIC DAUGHTERS SACRED GRANDMOTHERS”
MILDRED I. WASHINGTON ART GALLERY
Brathwaite’s oil-on-canvas pieces feature figures designed to connect to the universal female, while some paintings focus on elder women that are mentors and educators.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 12:30 p.m.
LYCEUM – DR. MEG DEVLIN O’SULLIVAN: “IN THE ‘BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD’: ADOPTION, NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN AND THE SOLUTION OF SOVEREIGNTY"
BOWNE HALL, ROOM 104
A professor for both the History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies programs at SUNY New Paltz, Dr. O’Sullivan will discuss the centuries-old practice of coercive removal of Native American children from parents, cultures and nations as well as the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, which endeavors to keep Native American families intact, protect indigenous cultures and bolster tribal sovereignty. O’Sullivan will discuss how Native American women played crucial roles in ICWA’s creation and passage, and articulated alternatives to better protect indigenous children. These women advanced a dynamic and focused interpretation of tribal sovereignty and solutions to the root causes of child removals including poverty, mental health issues, crime, and addiction.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 12:30 p.m.
DUTCHESS HALL, ROOM 101
Members of the DCC community will read works inspired by this year’s Women’s History Month theme of “Women and Leadership.” Join DCC English & Humanities Instructor Brenda Squires as she hosts this annual tradition celebrating women and literature. Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Brenda Squires at (845) 431-8453.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 12:30 p.m.
LYCEUM – LYNN POVICH, “THE GOOD GIRLS REVOLT”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE
Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist who spent more than 40 years in the news business. After graduation from Vassar College, she began her career as a secretary in the Paris Bureau for Newsweek magazine, rising to become a reporter and writer in New York. In 1970, she was one of 46 women who sued the magazine for sexual discrimination, the first women in the media to sue. Five years later, she was appointed the first woman senior editor in Newsweek’s history. Lynn has written a book about that landmark lawsuit, its bittersweet impact on the women involved and what has and has not changed.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 5:15 p.m.
FILM: “THE LADY”
HUDSON HALL, ROOM 406
Join members of DCC’s Women’s Activities Committee to view the engaging biopic based on the true story of Myanmar pro-democracy opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who took on the country’s military dictatorship, eventually being elected to Parliament in April 2012. The film stars Michelle Yeoh.
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 12:30 p.m.
BOOK CLUB: “THE GOOD GIRLS REVOLT”
BOWNE HALL, ROOM 122
This lively discussion will focus on DCC Lyceum speaker Lynn Povich’s book “The Good Girls Revolt,” documenting the author’s participation in a sexual discrimination lawsuit against her employer, Newsweek magazine. Members of the community are invited to attend, whether or not they have read the book.
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON HALL, ROOM 138
Paula Perez, coordinator of DCC’s Office of Accommodative Services, will lead a discussion on obstacles to motivation, and how to overcome them. The workshop is sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
FILM: “DESK SET”
HUDSON HALL, ROOM 404
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in this film about a reference librarian’s attempts to deal with not only a potential company merger, but a budding office romance. A discussion will follow the film.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 12:30 p.m.
LYCEUM: LOWELL HANDLER, “CRAZY AND PROUD”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE
DCC Assistant Professor of Photography Lowell Handler will discuss his book, “Crazy and Proud,” which chronicles his experiences teaching photography to a group of transient, mentally-ill women inside an inner-city shelter.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, NOON
DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING THE ART OF TRANSLATING POETRY
HUDSON HALL, ROOM 503
Paul Doru Mugur, Adam J. Sorkin and Claudia Serea will discuss their process of collaboration for the recent volume titled “The Vanishing Point That Whistles: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry” (Talisman House: Greenfield, 2011). “The Vanishing Point”is a superb collection that includes both emerging and well-established voices in Romanian poetry. At this WritingCenter program, the translators will share work from the anthology and highlight the difficulties and the joys involved in translating poetry. For additional information contact Tom Denton at (845) 431-8436.