USC Upstate Discusses “Why Women’s History?” on Tuesday, March 27

March 25, 2018 at 8:54 pm

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the University of South Carolina Upstate is taking a deeper look at one of the most important academic disciplines in women’s studies: women’s history.

A panel discussion “Why Women’s History?” will be held from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the ballroom of the Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center, 180 Gramling Drive, on the USC Upstate campus.

Dr. Lisa Johnson-Marsala, director and professor for Women’s and Gender Studies, said it is valuable to look at “big picture questions” in celebration of Women’s History Month. Instead of hearing from a single scholar on one subject in women’s history, she built this panel to reflect more broadly on “why we study women’s history” and “what’s interesting about this field of research.”

Panelists for the event include: Carol Loar, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the History, Philosophy, Political Science and American Studies Department at USC Upstate; Carmen Harris, Ph.D., professor of history at USC Upstate; Melissa Walker, Ph.D., recently retired George Dean Johnson, Jr. Chair of History at Converse College, and Angela Esco Elder, assistant professor of history at Converse College.

“I’m excited to bring together four highly-accomplished professors of women’s history to discuss the significance of their work and to talk about their personal journeys into this particular area of study,” Johnson-Marsala said. “In a moment when women’s voices are being heard on the national stage in unprecedented ways, with the #metoo and #timesup digital movements, it is timely to think about which women’s voices have not been heard throughout history, why, and what feminist researchers have done to address those gaps.”

According to the National Women’s History Project, the U.S. Congress designated March as women’s history month in 1987 to create “a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women.” The 2018 theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,” a theme that “embodies women working together with strength, tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments.”

Panelists will comment on the uses of women’s history to empower today’s women and girls.

Light refreshments will be served.