March is Women’s History Month, and Belmont is hosting several events throughout the month to address different issues relating to feminism and resistance.
“Women’s History Month is a celebration of the experiences and accomplishments of women throughout history, as well as a time for people to pay heed to those experiences and accomplishments. This year we’ve decided to address a pressing issue for women, and men, namely the resistance so many people feel toward feminism,” said Caresse John, assistant professor of English. “Our theme ‘Resisting/Feminism’ is meant to be taken two ways: the resistance people feel toward feminism and feminism as means of resistance. Thus, our panels and keynote speaker address these issues. We would love to have a campus-wide discussion about why people fear feminism and about ways in which we can overcome that fear.”
All events are free and open to the public.
Wed., March 3, 10 a.m.
Feminism at Belmont
Elisabeth Dawson will facilitate a student-panel. Panel participants Nathan Haney, Amaryah Armstrong, Gia Vangieri and Shawn Willis will share their experiences with feminism at Belmont and will lead a question and answer session.
Wed., March 17, 10 a.m.
Faculty Panel: Feminism Resisted
The faculty panel will discuss the ways in which feminism has been resisted. Panel participants and topics include:
• Stephanie Crowder, “Shades of Purple: A Womanist Response to Feminism”
• Sarah Bowles, “You Ain’t Woman Enough: Loretta Lynn’s Ambivalent Feminism”
• Peter Kuryla, “In the Pews but not the Pulpits: Women and Male Chauvinism in the Civil Rights Movement”
Wed., March 24, 10 a.m.
Keynote Address: Fear of Feminism, Dr. Lisa Marie Hogeland,
Fifteen years ago, Dr. Lisa Marie Hogeland, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Cincinnati, published her article “Fear of Feminism: Why Young Women Get the Willies” in Ms. Magazine. But are young women (and men) still resistant to feminism in what some consider to be an age of post-feminism? Join Dr. Hogeland for her discussion of feminism now.
Fri., March 26, 10 a.m.
Faculty Panel: Feminism Resisting
Various faculty will discuss feminism as a vehicle of resistance. Faculty participants and topics include:
• Annette Sisson, “Countering Religious Oppression: The Moon as Universal Mother in Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees”
• Susan Jellissen, “Mary Wollstonecraft: Leveling the Playing Field”
• Sybril Bennett, “From Bell Hooks to Patricia Hill Collins: Where are the Black Feminists?”
Wed., March 31, 10 a.m.
Join Dr. Bonnie Smith, from Belmont’s English department, for a final discussion of resisting/feminism.