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Women’s Studies lecture series begins Aug. 28 at Appalachian

BOONE—The Women’s Studies Program at Appalachian State University will present a series of lectures fall semester focusing on women’s and gender studies.

The series “Distinguished Lectures on Women, Sex, and Gender” will feature talks by scholars from various disciplines who will explore issues such as teenage girls and Internet predators, women and careers in information technology, men and masculinity in today’s job market, rape and binge drinking on college campuses and the “gender” of school shootings.

The presentations run from 5 to 6:15 Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call 262-7603 or e-mail

Dr. Denise Martz from Appalachian’s Department of Psychology will present “Is ‘Fat Talk’ Really So Phat in Popular Culture?” on Thursday, Aug. 28. “Fat talk” is a form of dialogue in which individuals, usually females, speak negatively about their bodies in social circles.

On Thursday, Sept. 4, Dr. Michael Kimmel from State University of New York-Stony Brook’s Department of Sociology will present “Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in the 21st Century.” Kimmel argues that men and women far more similar than they are different, and that politically, their interests are allied. Kimmel is the author of “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.”

Dr. Sarah Greenwald from Appalachian’s Department of Math will present “Math is Not Only a Young Man’s Game” on Thursday, Sept. 11. This presentation begins at 5:15 p.m. In her talk, Greenwald will provide an overview of research studies on perceptions and success in mathematics, including those related to women mathematicians. She will also discuss ways to balance stereotypical representations with role models whose style of doing mathematics is identifiable as being similar to the way students do mathematics and to diverse mathematicians who have well-rounded lives.

Tristan Bridges from the University of Virginia will present “Dangerous Boys and Daring Girls: What Bestselling Children’s Books are Teaching Kids about Gender” on Thursday, Sept. 18. Using examples from popular culture, Bridges will address some of the nuances of gender in everyday life.

Dr. Curtis Ryan from Appalachian’s Department of Government and Justice Studies will present “Islam and Women’s Rights in Middle East Politics” on Thursday, Sept. 25. Ryan specializes in international and Middle East politics, with particular interests in inter-Arab relations, Islam and politics, alliances, democratization, security, and international terrorism. He will address women’s rights in Islam in both theory and practice.

Dr. Neva Specht presents “She Writes like a Man: Gender and the Historical Profession” on Thursday, Oct. 2. Specht is an associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of History. Her presentation will explore how historian Barbara Tuchman’s gender coupled with her lack of academic credentials left her open for increased scrutiny from Ph.D.-trained historians. Tuchman is one of the best-known historians of the 20th century and published 11 books, numerous articles, essays and reviews and garnered two Pultizer prizes—all without earning a Ph.D.

Dr. Ed Behrend-Martinez from Appalachian’s Department of History will present “Shrew-taming and Correction: Western Traditions of Wife Battery” on Thursday, Oct. 9. He will discuss his archival research on the history of domestic violence in Spain and its significance in understandings domestic violence in the United States and elsewhere.

Christine Watkins from Invision Inc. in New York will discuss “A Woman in Charge: Creating and Running a Company in a Male-Dominated Field” Thursday, Oct. 23. Watkins is the founder and CEO of Invision Inc., the leading provider of revenue management solutions to television networks and other sellers of national commercial time.

“She’s Got a Gun” will be presented Thursday, Oct. 30, by Dr. Nancy Floyd from Georgia State University. Floyd explores the world of women and guns in the United States through the photographs she took when visiting gun ranges on ladies’ nights. She uses documentary photography, history, sociology and personal experiences as guides to understanding American women’s complex and fascinating relationship to firearms.

Dr. Trina Seitz presents “Gender Parity and the Execution of Rosanna Lightner Phillips” Thursday. Nov 6. Seitz is an associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of Sociology.

Her presentation focuses on the 1943 execution of Phillips, and African American and N.C. native who was executed in the state’s gas chamber for the 1942 slaying of her white Durham County employer. Seitz has completed a first book on the history of the death penalty in North Carolina from 1909-1940.

A talk on “Asheville’s Allen School and the Education of African-American Girls” will be presented Thursday, Nov. 13 by Dr. Patricia Beaver, a professor of anthropology at Appalachian and director of the university’s Center for Appalachian Studies. From the 1880s through the 1970s the Allen School in Asheville served the education needs of many young girls from western North Carolina’s African-American communities. Beaver and Appalachian studies graduate students have interviewed former faculty and students of the Allen School and collected archival materials, which are now housed in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection Archives in Belk Library and Information Commons on campus.

Jean-Anne Sutherland presents “Isn’t a Good Mother Supposed to Feel Guilty?: Mothering, Guilt and Shame” Thursday, Nov. 20. Sutherland is an assistant professor of sociology at UNC Wilmington. She will discuss the gendered nature of parenting, letting the voices of mothers reveal the foundations of guilt and shame that lie in current constructions of motherhood, specifically the good mother, the mommy wars” and mothering in the home.