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August 13, 2004

Conference at Smith to Focus on Promoting Women's History

Editor’s note: To interview Molly Murphy MacGregor, co-founder of the Women’s History Project, call Marti Hobbes at (413) 585-2190.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Recent studies have focused attention on the lingering gender inequities in American schools. Integrating women into the content of the curriculum to counter this imbalance is one of the goals of the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) Network and is the focus of their inaugural conference, “Women Change America,” to take place at Smith College on Sept. 10 and 11.

Designed for historians, feminists, teachers, events programmers and historic site professionals, the two-day conference will feature keynotes, workshops and performances that celebrate the success of the women’s history movement as well as offer strategies for promoting women’s history in schools, communities and workplaces.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, award-winning author Gerda Lerner,  a pioneer in the field of women's history, will present a retrospective of the accomplishments of the Women's History Institute for Women Leaders since its creation 25 years ago. Lerner's talk, which will take place in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Other session topics will include "Women and Democracy," "School and Community Oral History Projects," "A Woman’s Place is ... in the Curriculum," "The Teacher is Key," and "Women and Sports: Challenging Assumptions."

The conference will also include a performance by singer/songwriter Holly Near at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. 

For NWHP Network members the cost of the conference is $125 and for non-members the cost is $160. Registration includes the Holly Near concert and other evening events. To register, call (707) 636-2888 or visit by Sept. 3.

For all Five College students, registration is free and includes the concert. To register for the conference or to pick up concert tickets, present your college I.D. at the conference registration table on Friday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, or on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. outside Neilson Library Browsing Room.

For all other students (not from the Five Colleges), there is a conference registration fee of $50. Admission to the Holly Near concert is included in the registration fee.

The conference is co-sponsored by Smith College’s Project on Women and Social Change, the Sophia Smith Collection and Friends of the Smith College Library.


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