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Women's History Month focused on 'Life on the Edge: Women and Hard Times'

News Release — 24 February 2009


Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, (817) 272-3317,

ARLINGTON - The 23rd Annual Women's History Month at The University of Texas at Arlington will feature three speakers with unique and compelling insights on the series theme, "Life on the Edge: Women and Hard Times."   

  • Iris Carlton-LaNey, professor of social work at the University of North Carolina, is scheduled to speak at noon Wednesday, March 4, in the sixth floor parlor of the UT Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. Carlton-LaNey grew up in a small, African-American community of farmers. She went to college and pursued a career as a professor of social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her profession has repeatedly led her back to her roots as she works to help rural farmers in their struggle for social and economic justice. Carlton-LaNey is the author of "African-Americans Aging in the Rural South" and numerous other books. Her subject is "Making a Way Out of No Way."
  • The second speaker is Sarah Buel, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, who has spent 31 years working with battered women, abused children and juveniles within the legal system. A domestic violence survivor, she was a welfare mother for a short time before working full time in the day and going to school at night for seven years to obtain her undergraduate degree in 1987. She then graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women's Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project, while active in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Buel has written extensively on family violence issues. She will speak at noon Wednesday, March 11, in the library's sixth floor parlor. Her subject is "Accountability, Power and Politics: Navigating the Troubled Waters of Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy."
  •  "A Conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich" set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the auditorium of the Architecture Building, 601 Nedderman Drive, will conclude the series.  Ehrenreich, author of "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America," will be joined by moderator Dana Dunn, professor of sociology, in a conversation with panelists Stephanie Cole, Doreen Elliott, Susan Hekman and Emily Spence, all UT Arlington faculty.  

The Women's History Month lectures are co-sponsored by: the Maverick Speakers Series, the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.


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