Tech celebrates Women's History Month

Mar 12, 2010 | General News

Louisiana Tech’s department of history has joined with Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and other campus and off-campus organizations to celebrate March as Women’s History Month with a variety of events.

Laurie S. Stoff, an assistant professor of history, said the purpose of Women’s History Month is to highlight women’s accomplishments through history.

“That’s really the theme of the first big event, an exhibition dealing with women and women’s concerns throughout history,” Stoff said.

The exhibit, “Celebrating Women Making History,” was assembled by students enrolled in the women’s history course at Tech. It is on view until March 31 in the main foyer of George T. Madison Hall on campus.

The exhibit and all other Women’s History Month events are free and open to the public. Other events scheduled include:

• A research paper competition on topics concerning women, open to undergraduate students in every discipline;

• A screening of the film “A League of their Own,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 in the A. E. Phillips Planetarium;

• A panel discussion on “Balancing Career and Family” featuring participation by women professionals, at 7 p.m. Tuesday March 23 in Davison Hall, Room 113;

• “African-American Women, Marriage and Respectability,” a lecture by Nikki L. M. Brown, an assistant professor of history at the University of New Orleans, at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 24 in Wyly Tower Auditorium; and

• “Women and Sustainability in the Developing World,” a lecture by Christobel Asiedu, an assistant professor of sociology at Tech, at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 30 in Wyly Tower Auditorium.

The series will conclude with two appearances by Tech alumna Kim Gandy, immediate past president of the National Organization of Women and currently a fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics. Gandy will speak on “The History of the Women’s Movement” at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts and at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library.

Women’s History Month events at Louisiana Tech are made possible by financial and other support from the department of history, Phi Alpha Theta, the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities, the Student Organization Grant Committee of the Student Government Association, the Association of Women Students, the Friends of the Lincoln Parish Library, and the Louisiana Tech chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers.

Written by Judith Roberts