Atkins To Speak About Historical Aspects Of Women's Studies

March 10, 2007 at 2:44 PM

atkins1.jpg       March is Women’s History Month and the DuBois Area Historical Society is hosing speaker Jackie Atkins (right), instructor of English and women’s studies for DuBois Campus of Penn State, its March 22 meeting. Her topic is “Historical Aspects of Women’s Studies.”

       The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 West Long Ave., DuBois, and is free and open to the public.

       “I will provide a brief introduction to women’s studies and expand upon the topic with some interactive activities,” said Atkins. “People often think they know a lot about things, but they really do not. There is a lot of women’s history that people don’t know about.”

       Atkins also expects several of the students from her classes to attend the meeting and add their insight to the presentation through a variety of readings and reports.

       Atkins received her B.A. in English from DePauw University and an M.A. in English from Purdue University. In addition to teaching writing courses, she teaches women writers, alternative voices in American literature, Black American writers, introduction to feminist thought, and Penn State's first-year seminar. She is an advisor to the Lion's Tale and the Diversity Club; and is the program leader for the campus Women's Studies minor.

       She serves as a member of the university's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity and is active in the campus Liaison Committee to the Penn State Commission for Women.  Her work in diversity has garnered several awards, including the university-wide Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award and the Commonwealth College Diversity Award. Atkins also works as a referee for the journal Pennsylvania English and an editor for MAMMOTH book

       Upcoming DuBois Area Historical Society speakers include: April 26 – Lloyd Riss, “Fly Fishing With Celebrities”; and May 30 – Galen Kilmer, “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects.”

       Both meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 West Long Ave., DuBois, and are free and open to the public.

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