Event Title

Panel Discussion: Reflections from Women Framing American Rights: Framing Activism Conference

Location

First Floor Quiet Study

Start Date

25-2-2015 1:00 PM

Description

The Seneca Falls Trip project is to provide an opportunity for students to deepen their learning about the early struggles for equality of women in the public sphere, including women’s early, organized struggle for political, class, gender, and racial equity, on site at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and other historically significant locations in Seneca Falls, NY. With this knowledge and through this experience, students will be encouraged to consider their role in civic society. The combination of experiential learning and encouraged self-reflection will motivate and inspire civic engagement among project participants. The Women’s Leadership Symposium is a direct result of developing research, leadership and advocacy opportunities for Kent State University faculty and students participating the Seneca Falls trip.

Presenter Bio

Denise A. Harrison has an English Literature degree from Miami of Ohio. She has taught at Kent State University for the past eight years. In addition, Denise holds a cognate in Women’s Studies and actively teaches about the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and sexual minorities in her college writing courses. She has a background in African American women writers. Her rising interest and scholarship is informed by questions of reproduction equity in the lives of women of color. Ms. Harrison teaches an Honors Colloquium—Shakespeare: Revisited, Early Modern Mirroring the Post-Modern World. As a social activist instructor, Ms. Harrison includes experiential learning in all her courses. In the past two years, she has been instrumental in developing a project that allows students to travel to Seneca Falls, New York to walk in the footsteps of American’s first feminist, Africans seeking freedom and the Indigenous populations calling for basic human and sovereign rights. The project will become a course in Spring 2016.

Alene Barnes, Ph.D., is a native of Buffalo, New York, where she received a B.A. degree in Black Studies, as well as an M.A. in Communications and her doctorate in Intercultural Communications, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Having over 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Barnes is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University. To this department, she has introduced to the curriculum a number of courses titled, "The African American Family in Historical Perspective," "The Black Woman: American Historical Perspectives," "Black Folk Tradition," and most recently, "The African American Woman in Contemporary Society." She also team taught "Perspectives in Black Health" with the late Ernest Stewart, M.D. Dr. Barnes has authored several publications related to the Pan-African experience and has been a guest lecturer both nationally and internationally, speaking in various cities in the U.S., as well as Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, the Pacific and Caribbean. Her specialty topics are the Black Family and the Black Woman as she pursues her mission- to commit herself to a movement working with international grass roots organizations to eliminate oppressive forces on women and the Pan-African community. Dr. Alene Barnes is a promoter of culture identity as a power tool for Pan-African unity and loves to travel and experience peoples of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Anne Reid’s career in higher education included positions as writing and literature instructor, international student advisor, women’s center administrator, academic advisor and career counselor, and academic administrator. Her interest in social justice, women’s and gay rights have expressed themselves in a number of projects and activities. She was thrilled to be part of the 2014 trip to Seneca Falls.

Dr. Yuko Kurahashi is an associate professor of theatre, Graduate Coordinator, and AOT (Art of the Theatre) supervisor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University. Her areas of specialty include multicultural theatre, community-based theatre, and intercultural theatre. She is the author of Asian American Culture on Stage: The History of the East West Players (Garland, 1999) and Multicultural Theatre (Kendall/Hunt, 2004 & 2006). She has published a number of articles on Ping Chong’s Undersirable Elements. Her contributions to regional theatres include an article on Terrence Spivey and Karamu House (Cleveland) published in February issue of American Theatre Magazine in 2009. She continues to write reviews and articles for scholarly journals.

Brianna Bradley is a fourth year student majoring in Communication Studies (Public Communication), with a minor in Sociology. Ms. Bradley is a native of Canton, Ohio. As a student at Canton McKinley, she was heavily involved socially and academically. From 2007 until graduating from Canton McKinley in 2011 she actively participated in the internationally recognized program Trio (Upward Bound- Math/ Science). Her faithful participation was honored with a scholarship that sealed her in enrollment at Kent State University.

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Feb 25th, 1:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Reflections from Women Framing American Rights: Framing Activism Conference

First Floor Quiet Study

The Seneca Falls Trip project is to provide an opportunity for students to deepen their learning about the early struggles for equality of women in the public sphere, including women’s early, organized struggle for political, class, gender, and racial equity, on site at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and other historically significant locations in Seneca Falls, NY. With this knowledge and through this experience, students will be encouraged to consider their role in civic society. The combination of experiential learning and encouraged self-reflection will motivate and inspire civic engagement among project participants. The Women’s Leadership Symposium is a direct result of developing research, leadership and advocacy opportunities for Kent State University faculty and students participating the Seneca Falls trip.