Working Group in Feminism and History Upcoming Events!

The Working Group in Feminism and History is pleased to invite you to:
Ms. Public Intellectual: Engaged Feminist Scholarship in Theory and Practice 
Thursday, March 20, 4:30-6:30 pm
, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine
  • Molly McDonough, undergrad, NCSU
  • Mary Parry, Director of Advocacy, Women AdvaNCe
  • Rachel Seidman, Associate Director, Southern Oral History Program, UNC
Scan the op-ed page of any newspaper, and you’ll see that men account for 80 to 90% of the bylines.  This example, among others, has provoked lively debate in the past decade, often focused on the question of who—or what—is to blame for the dearth of female public intellectuals.  Members of this panel will move beyond the question of blame to take up these issues in a local context, with the goal of offering both a theoretical and practical framework for feminists to add our voices and scholarly expertise to vibrant public discussions at both state and national levels.  Panelists will address the following questions:
  • What responsibility do scholars (at both public and private universities) have to share their expertise with the public?  Do feminist theories and practices offer particular imperatives, lessons, or tools for scholars?
  • What forms can engaged scholarship take in the humanities?  Are particular forms of engagement naturally suited to feminist goals?
  • What challenges do feminist scholars in particular face in joining public discourses?  How have feminist scholars and scholarship been perceived in both the academy and the broader public? How do we make feminist scholarship relevant  to a broad spectrum of people and their concerns, including civil rights and human equality?
  • In the classroom, how can (or should) we demonstrate our commitment to public engagement?  How can we encourage our students’ activism and empower them to put their feminism to work in the public realm?
Op-Ed Workshop, co-sponsored by Women AdvaNCe
Saturday, March 22, 9 am – 12 noon (registration and light breakfast at 9 am, workshop begins at 9:30 am)
Hamilton 569, UNC-Chapel Hill
Workshop leader: Karen Kemp, Assistant Dean for Communications and Marketing at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy
Click here to register
Do you want to share your research with a broader audience?  Have you ever wanted to write an op-ed, but didn’t know how to start?   In this hands-on and interactive workshop, participants learn how to write and circulate short opinion pieces intended for a broad public audience.  You will learn about the conventions of writing op-eds, analyze what makes a good piece, get tips on placing op-eds, and start putting words on paper!  You will have a chance to discuss and refine your ideas and to learn from experienced writers.
The Saturday morning workshop will be led by Karen Kemp, Assistant Dean for Communications and Marketing at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, a top-ten school of public policy analysis. Her responsibilities include strategic communications, media relations, website content management, publications, social media, program marketing, guest lectures, and special events. She regularly works with the school’s faculty to edit and place op-eds.  Before joining Duke in 2004, she was the communications director at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, the Southeast’s largest natural history museum. Previously Karen was a newspaper reporter and editor in Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina. In these positions she wrote about topics as wide-ranging as crime, courts, public schools, public health, and zoning. She also was a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C., covering regulatory agencies such as FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission for corporate clients. Karen has lived in Durham since 1993, when she moved to the area to attend graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her master’s thesis research focused on media influence on public perceptions of environmental risks. She also holds a BA in mass communications and journalism from the University of South Florida. She is a native of Miami, Fla.
Women AdvaNCe is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of North Carolina’s women and families by providing education and encouraging constructive public dialogue about progressive ideas and public policy initiatives.
Special thanks to Carolina Seminars for helping to fund these events (in addition to funding our regular monthly meetings).

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