UM Observes Women’s History Month

Scheduled events examine contributions and influence of women

OXFORD, Miss. – A symposium, town hall meeting, panel discussions and lectures are among the events scheduled as the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies observes Women’s History Month in March at the University of Mississippi.

The month begins with the 43rd Porter Fortune Symposium this weekend. Sponsored by the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, the weekend includes an opening plenary and reception Thursday (Mar. 1) in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory and panel discussions Friday (Mar. 2) and Saturday (Mar. 3) in Bondurant Hall, Room 204C.

A town hall on the Gender Wage Gap Report is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 26 in the auditorium at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

The 18th annual Isom Center Student Gender Conference is set for April 4-6, with all conference programs in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.

“Women’s History Month is a useful reminder of how essential women are to culture and society, and how often we overlook their contributions and influence,” said Jamie Harker, director of the Isom Center. “We have a diverse array of programming, focused on women’s history and the role of gender in contemporary debates and events.

“The month should be illuminating and thought-provoking for our university community.”

Other scheduled events include:

  • March 6 – Lecture: Dr. Jean Gispen discuses women’s health issues, noon luncheon, Lamar Hall, Room 323. Registration is required; register here.
  • March 7 – Lecture: Desiree Hensley discusses affordable housing, 6 p.m., Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center
  • March 8 – “Are You Ready? Dialogue Series: The Evolution of the #metoo Movement and Sexual Harassment, Assault Awareness and Prevention at UM,” 6 p.m., Bryant Hall, Room 111
  • March 20 – Fourth annual Women’s Empowerment Keynote Address and Awards, featuring Tarana Burke (#metoo movement founder), 6 p.m., Fulton Chapel
  • March 21 – Panel Discussion: “Shared Governance is a Feminist Issue” at noon in Lamar Hall
  • March 22 – Lecture: Elaine Weiss speaks on the suffrage battle, 1:15 p.m., Overby Center Auditorium
  • March 23 – Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat, 3 p.m., Lamar Hall. Registation is required; register here.
  • March 28 – Lecture: Michael Kniss talks about U.S. GAO report on issues related to contingent faculty, 1 p.m., Lamar Hall, Room 323
  • March 28 – Panel Discussion: “Supporting Women’s Faculty Promotion and Tenure,” 4 p.m., Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence Multipurpose Room
  • March 29 – Lecture: Susan Allen discusses the effects of global conflict on women, noon, location to be determined.

Tarana Burke

“The month really has something for everyone,” Harker said. “Tarana Burke’s keynote address is a great opportunity to hear a national leader.

“The panels we have on campus about our own community highlight how relevant questions of gender are to the University of Mississippi. We want the month’s events to contribute to the broader conversations we have in our community of scholars and learners.”

This year’s calendar is dedicated to the late Joanne Hawks, the university’s last dean of women, founder of the Isom Center and a professor of history.

For a complete schedule, go to