Converse Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and Converse College celebrates with a series of events highlighting WOMEN. This year’s theme is “Defining Women” and the events are as follows:

Art Exhibit Opening Reception: “Accretion”
March 4, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Milliken Gallery

Conceptual artist and Atlanta sculptor Linda Armstrong creates an environment that is a continuation of her investigations of places in which she experiences cultural impact over time layered with the reality of environmental beauty and degradation.

“Defining Women: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?”
March 9,7:30 PM Dalton Auditorium, Phifer Science Hall Room 103

Film and discussion on gender issues featuring the movie “Orlando,” an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name. Led by Dr. Anita Rose, Assistant Professor of English

Designing “Self”: A Discussion on the Importance of Self-esteem in the Lives of Successful Women
March 16, 6:30 PM Dalton Auditorium, Phifer Science Hall Room 103

This panel discussion will feature women from the fields of education, fundraising, and law. Sponsored by Counseling Services at Converse.

“Southern Ladies, New Women: South Carolina Clubwomen in the Early Twentieth-Century”
March 21; 7:00 PM Cleveland Hall Alumnae House

Dr. Joan Marie Johnson of Northeastern Illinois University will present a talk followed by a book signing. Johnson is the author of Southern Ladies, New Women: Race, Region, and Clubwomen in South Carolina, 1890-1930. She has written several articles on Southern women, race, and gender, including an award-winning article for the Journal of Southern History. She has also edited Southern Women at Vassar: The Poppenheim Family Letters, 1882-1916, and is currently at work researching Southern women and higher education.

“Off the Wall:” a performance by Ann Timmons based on the life of Charlotte Perkins Gilmore
March 23. 6:30 PM Daniel Recital Hall Sponsored by SAC (Student Activities Committee)

Actress and communications coach Ann Timmons will perform the dramatic, one-act story of one woman’s struggle to change the world. In the early 20th century, Charlotte Perkins Gilman crusaded daringly for women’s rights and social justice. Witty, articulate and seemingly self-assured, she communicated her message through poetry, provocative social commentary, and fiction writing. In an evening of private revelation, Timmons shares a glimpse of Charlotte as she retraces the rocky path she has chosen, confronting her terrors, examining her actions, and ultimately reaffirming her vision.

“Women and Ordination: Should Women be Ordained as Pastors?” A Student Debate
March 28, 5:30 PM Hazel B. Abbott Theatre, Wilson Hall

Christine Henchar Reed, chaplain to Converse College will moderate a debate about women’s roles in the church. Audience questions will be invited at the end.

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