Leading Historian Nancy MacLean to Speak at VFA Event in Durham, March 31

Kathy Rand Announcement
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields
Women's & Gender History / Studies, American History / Studies, Human Rights, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies

Academics and students won’t want to miss the upcoming event, “Historians and Feminists:  An Intergenerational Conversation.”  It will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Hilton Durham Hotel near Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  The event is open to the public, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Sponsored by the Veteran Feminists of America (VFA), the conference will be a dialogue between Second Wave activists and young historians.  The goal is to ensure that the full story of the women’s movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s is told to current day historians who are researching, writing and teaching about women’s history.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Nancy MacLean, a leading historian whose award-winning scholarship focuses on the role of social movements in changing American culture and policy.  Her comments will be particularly relevant in today’s political climate.

Dr. MacLean is Arts and Sciences Professor of History at Duke University.  She produced The American Women’s Movement, 1945—2000:  A Brief History with Documents.

Following the keynote address, there will be three panels, each featuring three feminist activists and three historians.

Panel one:  Grassroots Organizing

  • Feminist Activists:  Heather Booth, Kathy Bonk, Mandy Carter
  • Historians:  Melissa Estes Blair, Robin Morris, Rachel Seidman

Panel two:  Law and Government

  • Feminist activists:  Roxanne Conlin, Holly Knox, Mary Anne Sedey
  • Historians: Katherine Turk, Leandra Zarnow, Mary Ziegler

Panel three:  Employment Activism

  • Feminist Activists:  Mary Jean Collins, Noreen Connell, Anne Ladky
  • Historians:  Joey Fink, Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Jessica Wilkerson

The evening of March 31 will be a Reception and Awards Dinner - A VFA Salute to Southern Feminists.  Second Wave feminists from Southern states will be honored.

On Thursday, March 30, from 4:00 until 6:00 pm, there will be a reception at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University campus.  This is a unique opportunity to tour the Library and view its archives that feature materials reflecting the lives of women throughout history.

All details about the event and the speakers are available on the website: www.sharingourstories2017.org.  Registration form and nomination forms are on the website as well.  Some financial assistance is available for students or others who may need help.  Email sharingourstories2017@gmail.com

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Kathy Rand, VFA

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