This spring the Women’s Studies Program will host a series of talks by faculty members engaged in ongoing work on issues relating to women and gender. All talks will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

The spring semester faculty talks will be:

Wednesday, March 14 – “Women and the Work-Family Struggle: Is It a Choice?” given by Dr. Teresa Rothausen, Graduate School of Business

The women’s equality movements of the 1970s moved middle class women into the work force in increasing numbers. Now, welfare reform is moving mothers on welfare into the work force. These things are changing the lives of women, men and children in fundamental ways. Dr. Teresa Rothausen will discuss findings from research on work-family issues from the perspective of employers and employees and present some of her own ongoing work in this area.

Tuesday, April 17 – “Popular Saint vs. Canonized Saint: The Case of Dorothy Day” given by Dr. Anne Klejment, History Department

Dr. Anne Klejment will make a brief presentation and lead a discussion about the life and work of Dorothy Day as well as current arguments in favor of her canonization as saint.

Wednesday, May 2 – “Penthesileia, the Amazon Queen at Troy: From Warrior to Executed Woman” given by Dr. Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell

Representations of the duel between Achilles and Penthesileia begin to appear in Greek art during the seventh century B.C. By examining significant changes in the structure of narrative pictures through the fifth century, we see that the figure of Penthesileia is transformed from a warrior equal to men to a woman killed for her transgressions. Dr. Stansbury-O’Donnell will share and examine these sixth- and fifth-century pictures and discuss their social-political context.

For more information, contact Dr. Ann Johnson, (651) 962-5035.