Reinhardt College will host events throughout March to commemorate women's history. The events will showcase the vibrant women of days past and highlight the foundation they built for women today.
"Women's History Month is important because it reminds people that women DO have a history," explained Becky Doebler, Reinhardt's coordinator of student activities. "Women have accomplished many great things and have made an important impact on society. It was important to us to have events at the College to show students that women have been making history for hundreds of years."
"Why Was Catherine the Great So Great?" This question is what Dr. Douglas Smith, resident scholar at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies, will address on Monday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. on the upper level of the College's Hill-Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center. In Smith's book The Pearl: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia, he writes, "few European monarchs have enjoyed greater fascination than Catherine the Great--[who is] simultaneously celebrated and condemned in her own lifetime as either one of Russia's greatest rulers or as a corrupt and murderous usurper." Smith is an award-winning historian and translator who studied German and Russian at the University of Vermont and has a doctorate in history from UCLA. He has taught and lectured widely at universities in the United States, Britain, and Europe and has appeared in documentaries for A&E TV and National Geographic.
Making history her story, Cita Cook, associate professor at The University of West Georgia, will present 'The Lost Cause,' a discussion about Jefferson Davis' daughter, Winnie, and her association with the Lost Cause, on Wednesday, March 19, at 4 p.m. on the upper level of the College's library. Cook explained that she will reveal the history behind 'the creation of a myth that turned Winnie Davis into a living icon with an alleged history that was in many ways different from what the documents connected to her life reveal."
Clara Barton, Marie Curie, Jane Goodall. What do these women have in common? They all have played important roles in the sciences. On Thursday, March 27, at 12:30 p.m. on the upper level of the College's library, Theresa Ast, Reinhardt associate professor of history, will discuss these women and many more in her presentation on "The Role of Women Scientists."
There are always two sides to any story. Join Erin Hall and Rev. DeDe Leetch as they speak about their experiences as women ministers. Hall will discuss her role as an up-and-coming minister in the Baptist Church on Thursday, March 13, at 2 p.m., and on Thursday, March 27, at 2 p.m., Rev. Leetch will speak about her position as a minister in the United Methodist Church since 1985. Both ministers' presentations will be during the College's weekly Chapel service held in the Hagan Chapel on the College campus.
Memories of service, love and segregation of the women in WWII will be featured in the play, "Star-Spangled Girls," on Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center (FPAC). The memoirs and letters of 37 women veterans were compiled to create a re-enactment of the experiences and emotions of these women during the war. Five actresses will portray WACs, WAVES, Army Nurses and Red Cross Volunteers and share the memories and music of WWII. Admission to the performance is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (55 and older) and children age 12 and younger.
For more information about Women's History Month, contact Doebler at 770-720-9238 or RMD@reinhardt.edu.
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