IU Northwest’s Nov. 16 ‘Women and Power’ Seminar Series to Explore Topic of Turning Young Women Into
Nov 16 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Indiana University Northwest’s One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative invites the campus and community to the second installment of its Women and Power Seminar Series, a year-long look at powerful women and the challenges that confront them.
The School of Business and Economics has planned the event, set for 3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 in the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, Room 105. The session will be an engaging conversation about supporting young women as business leaders.
IU Kokomo School of Business faculty members, Gloria Preece and Gabby VanAlstine, will discuss the systemic and cultural challenges women may face as leaders, and share advice on how to leverage authenticity and awareness to foster success and professional fulfillment.
Best suited for young professionals and aspiring leaders, participants will be provided a host of resources to develop a strong network and mentor relationship, leverage their strengths, communicate effectively, and more.
The seminar series is part of the campus’s One Book … One Campus … One Community … Reading Initiative for the 2018-19 academic year. This year’s common read is “Women & Power: A Manifesto,” by Mary Beard. Throughout the academic year, the book’s themes will be integrated into classroom curricula, and explored on campus and in the community through discussions, film screenings, and other public events.
About the book
Selected in part due to its relevance to recent news about the devastating results—for women and men—of imbalanced power structures, particularly in the workplace, “Women & Power” “traces the origins of misogyny to its ancient roots, examining the pitfalls of gender and the ways that history has mistreated strong women since time immemorial.”
“As far back as Homer’s Odyssey,” Beard shows, “women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life, public speech being defined as inherently male. From Medusa to Philomela (whose tongue was cut out), from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren (who was told to sit down), Beard draws illuminating parallels between our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship to power―and how powerful women provide a necessary example for all women who must resist being vacuumed into a male template.”
“With personal reflections on her own online experiences with sexism, Beard asks: If women aren’t perceived to be within the structure of power, isn’t it power itself we need to redefine? And how many more centuries should we be expected to wait?”
About the reading initiative
The One Book … One Campus … One Community reading program is intended to build an intellectual and social rapport among students, staff, faculty, and community members. Through the collective experience of reading, thinking about, and discussing challenging ideas and themes about important social issues – especially those surrounding issues of diversity – campus perspectives are enriched.
Inspired by a similar program hosted on the IU Northwest campus from 2006 until 2010, the One Book...One Campus...One Community initiative has introduced a different book each year since January 2013.
The community is invited to join in the reading program by participating in public events. For more details and event updates, visit iun.edu/onebook.
“Women & Power” is available for purchase at the IU Northwest Book Store, as well as through Amazon.com.