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Women's History Month events scheduled

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The Women's Studies Program at The University of Texas at Arlington will host its 24th Annual Women's History Month Lecture Series in March. The 2010 series is titled "Women and Contemporary Issues." All lectures will be at noon in the sixth floor parlor at the UT Arlington Library, 702 Planetarium Place and free and open to the public. The schedule is:

  • March 3, Marjorie J. Spruill, "Women's Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Politics." Spruill, a professor of history at the University of South Carolina, specializes in U.S. women's and gender history and the history of the American South. She is writing a book on the rise of the women's rights movements in the late 1960s and 1970s, the reactionary mobilization of social conservatives as the "Pro-Family Movement," and the conflicts between these two movements which contributed to the transformation of American political culture. She was recently awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2010-11 to complete this book.
  • March 24, Aida Harvey Wingfield, "Doing Business with Beauty: Black Women, Hair Salons, and the Racial Enclave Economy." Harvey Wingfield will discuss her recent book in which she argues that, while an increasing number of small business owners are black women, the existing theoretical paradigms fail to sufficiently explain why this is so. To correct this, she advances a more precise theoretical model to explain black women's businesses: that of the "racial enclave economy." She coined the term to describe the ways gendered racism operates as a systemic issue that influences black women's entrepreneurial activity. In her talk, she will address the ways gendered racism operates to shape black women's entrepreneurship that are often overlooked in the existing literature and public debates on business ownership.
  • March 31, Mary Ellen Curtin, "Barbara Jordan and the Paradox of Female Ambition." Curtin is a historian who specializes in African American political and social history. She is the author of "Black Prisoners and their World," published by University Press of Virginia in 2000. The book is a study of the convict leasing system, as well as articles on crime, women and politics. She was a professor of history at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom for 10 years. She has held fellowships at the Carter G Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.  Curtin is currently an adjunct professor of women's history at American University. Her forthcoming book on Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan will be published with the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2011.


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