Woman's history Month looks at change, pushes for more

Events include panel on women's images in the media

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2000

Things have changed for women - but not enough and not fast enough, according to University of Alaska Southeast Professor Sue Koester.

That's one of the reasons why Koester organized a panel as part of a series of Women's History Month events scheduled for March.

In her Gendered Interpersonal Communications class Koester assigns students to choose a form of media - such as ``Good Morning America,'' Broadway musicals or Playboy magazine - and analyze them to see what roles women play. Students ask questions: Have the roles of women changed in this media over time? How do the images influence the way you are and the way you want to become?

Eight of the 24 students in the class will appear on a panel March 22 - one of many events celebrating women and their history listed in a calendar issued by the Juneau Women's Council.

``I try to find ways that my students can take the work they do for the classroom to a more public forum,'' Koester said.

Alexis Easley is another UAS professor participating in Women's History Month. Her presentation Wednesday spins off her British Women Writers class.

``Women were traditionally excluded from what we call the `literary canon.' We explore ways we can rediscover them and bring them into the academy as subjects for learning,'' Easley said.

The calendar of free Women's History events includes:

March 1: UAS Brown Bag Lunch Series, ``Women Writers: Reshaping Literary History.'' Presentations and discussion with Alexis Easley and her class. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Lake Room (second floor, UAS Mourant Building).

March 2: Pat Denny presents the story of Southeast musher Mary Joyce at the Mary Joyce Room at the Cathedral of the Nativity, 7 p.m.

March 3: Brown Bag Lunch, ``International Perspectives on Women's Issues.'' Discussion with Global Connections and Elizabeth Shelle. Noon to 1 p.m., Lake Room, UAS.

March 8: Brown Bag Lunch, ``On Her Their Lives Depend: The Reformation of Gender Roles in the Great War of 1914.'' Lecture and discussion with Robin Waltz. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lake Room, UAS.

March 10: Brown Bag Lunch, ``Comparative Analysis of Women's Movements in the United States and Europe.'' Presentation and discussion with Tity de Vries, visiting Fulbright Scholar from the Netherlands. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lake Room, UAS.

March 11: ``Minority Women: A Concrete Ceiling?'' Presented by Thelma Buchholdt of Anchorage. 3 p.m., Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

March 11: Fourth Annual Dinner sponsored by AWARE pays tribute to political activist Dianne Lindback; community volunteer Marie Olson; teacher Nancy Seamount; and nurse practitioner Connie Trollan. By invitation only.

March 14: Ninth Women's Volunteer Achievements Awards at Governor's Mansion, 4:30-6 p.m.

March 16: Beginning a Business, Mortgaging a Home, Banking Services for women. Presented by National Bank of Alaska. Session I: noon to 2 p.m. Session II: 7 to 9 p.m. Mendenhall Library.

March 19: Full Moon Drum Circle. Women and girls welcome. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yoga Den (in Emporium Mall on South Franklin Street). Bring a drum or other percussion instrument if you have one.

March 22: Brown Bag Lunch, ``Gendered Media.'' Panel and discussion with professor Sue Koester and her class. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Lake Room, UAS.

March 24: Brown Bag Lunch, ``Mary Parker Follett: Feminist, Postmodernist and Management Consultant, a Century Ahead of Her Time.'' Presentation and discussion with Jonathan Anderson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Lake Room, UAS.

March 25: ``Women of Juneau during the Last Century - Gone But Not Forgotten.'' Presented by Gastineau Historical Society. 2 to 4 p.m., Juneau Assembly Chambers.

March 25: Basic auto maintenance for women, Les Schwab, 3 p.m., 8555 Airport Blvd.

March 29: Brown Bag Lunch, ``Women Artists in Alaska.'' Presentation and discussion with artist Wanda Seamster of Anchorage. Noon to 1:30 p.m., UAS Egan Library 105.

March 31: Brown Bag Lunch, ``Roles of Women in Alaska Native Cultures.'' Roundtable discussion with Pattie Adkisson, Lydia George, Rosita Worl and Bethel Democratic Rep. Mary Kapsner. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Lake Room, UAS.

For information on this calendar, call Norma Strickland at 790-2960.

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