Women's Rights National Historical Park and Hobart and William Smith Colleges to co-host “Sentiments and Declarations” Lecture Series

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Date: February 2, 2014
Contact: John Stoudt, 315-568-2991 ext. 3004

Seneca Falls, NY— Women's Rights National Historical Park and Hobart and William Smith Colleges will co-host the "Sentiments & Declarations" lecture series during Spring 2014. This lecture series explores different aspects of women's rights and feminism, both nationally and internationally. All lectures begin at 5:00 pm in the Guntzel Theater, Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Admission is free.

"We have not only been honored to have the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' lecture series at Women's Rights National Historical Park but have been thrilled with the public's response to the programs," says Superintendent Ami Ghazala. "Attendance has been high, and the various topics spurred discussion and debate with visitors and rangers alike. We are looking very forward to continue working with HWS on the upcoming spring lecture series," added Ghazala.

On Thursday, February 20, Dr. Catherine Gallouet, Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will present a talk, "Meet N'Zingha, Queen of Angola (1583-1663): Ruler, Soldier, Cannibal, Legend." Queen N'Zingha resisted Portuguese colonialism for thirty years, and, according to Dr. Gallouet, she was "an icon of resistance to colonialism and an African heroine."

On Thursday, March 27, Dr. Charity Lofthouse, Assistant Professor of Music at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will present a talk, "Eternal Novices? Professionalism and American Women Monastic Composers." Dr. Lofthouse's talk explores nun composers' many works and the means in which they illuminate attitudes about women composers, sacred music, feminism, and professionalism.

On Thursday, April 24, Dr. Michelle Martin-Baron, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will present the concluding lecture of the series, "Why Feminists Should Care About Funerals: the Politics of Public Mourning." What do state funerals, AIDS activism, 300-year-old remains of former slaves, and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act have do with each other? This talk will use a feminist approach to explore what each of these examples can tell us about public mourning practices.

For more information, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. Join us on Facebook () and Twitter () to learn more about our upcoming programs. If you would like to be included and receive these new email announcements, send park ranger Patrick Stenshorn an email (patrick_stenshorn@nps.gov) to subscribe.

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