The Women’s Studies Program sponsors the annual Jo Shoop Women’s Symposium. The 2012 symposium featured a panel discussion of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law mandating women’s equal access to the resources of schools and colleges receiving federal funding–which is most famous for its funding of women’s athletics programs.
The panel was led by Coach Susan Johnson, who coached the Georgetown College women’s basketball team for over 30 years, in addition to coaching women’s tennis, softball, and volleyball during her time at the College. Coach Johnson is a member of the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the NAIA Hall of Fame. We were honored by her participation in our Title IX celebration.
Women’s History Month
During the month of March, the Women’s Studies Program, along with other sponsoring departments on campus, celebrates Women’s History Month. 2012 events included
- a screening of the film Miss-Representation with a panel discussion led by SWAGS students
- a trip to EKU for a public lecture on religion and homosexuality in the Bible belt
- a roundtable discussion on Feminist Curation in the arts
- a gallery opening honoring one of Georgetown College’s great woman artists, Irene Lockridge Corey
Take Back the Night
SWAGS students are organizing this year’s Take Back the Night event and march, which will be held April 26th at 9 PM. Take Back the Night raises awareness about violence against women and provides survivors and their friends and families opportunities to support one another and speak out.
In conjunction with Take Back the Night, SWAGS students are organizing a Georgetown edition of The Clothesline Project, which provides a visual representation of the ongoing problem of violence against women, while honoring victims and survivors.
For more information on these or other events, please contact Dr. Holly Barbaccia or Dr. Erin Tarver.