LHU to Celebrate Women's History Month

Lock Haven University's Women and Gender Studies program, along with the participation and support of other academic and athletic programs, will celebrate Women's History Month with a series of programs focusing on women's history and heritage.

The National Women's History Project has designated "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment" as the 2014 theme.

In keeping with this year's theme, the events started on Tuesday, March 4, 6pm-7:30pm, in Raub 323 with a Book Talk by Dr. David Russell, Associate Professor of English, on author and journalist Denise Kiernan's fascinating book The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. A New York Times Bestseller, Kiernan's book tells the story of the "unsung women who assisted on the Manhattan Project, signing up for secret work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to help build the atomic bomb."

On Monday, March 10, 6:30 pm, in the Hamblin Hall of Flags, WGS will screen the documentary, Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Prof. Sharon Taylor (Retired Athletic Director, LHU), Ms. Patricia Rudy (Head Field Hockey Coach, LHU), and Ms. Heather Leverington (Head Track and Field Coach, LHU).

On Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30pm, in the Greenberg Auditorium, Willis Health Professions Building, Dr. Susan Rimby, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education will deliver the Women's History Month presentation on Mira Lloyd Dock and the Women of the Progressive Era. A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Dr. Rimby, a historian, will speak about the life and work of Mira Lloyd Dock, the first woman to serve in Pennsylvania state government, whose work provides many insights into the Progressive Era conservation movement and women’s roles within that movement.

The month's celebrations will conclude with a literary reading Let Her Voice Be Heard, which celebrates women writers.  The event is sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of Women, the English Club, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Hope Center. The reading will be held on Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Avenue 209.

All events are free and open to the public. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Gayatri Devi, Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies, at gdevi@lhup.edu or 570-484-2284.