(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – March 4, 2013) - - - During the month of March, Columbia State Community College’s Lyceum Committee will celebrate women’s history month with a series of panel discussions highlighting the role of women and the challenges they encounter in the contemporary world. Topics include money, politics, science and violence.
On Thursday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m., a panel discussion titled, “Beat Her Down: Women and Violence,” kicks off the series. Leading the discussion is Anne Reeves, learning support coordinator, joined by DeMarcus Jackson, professor of psychology. This discussion will take place in the Ledbetter Auditorium, located in the Frank G. Clement building.
On Tuesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. in the Ledbetter Auditorium, assistant professor of history, Jan de la Mer, Ph.D., will chair a panel discussion on the impact of legislation and how it affects women. Jackson and Candace Warner, assistant professor of sociology, join de la Mer as they engage in conversation about the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive laws, raising children and other legal issues.
Women in science, technology, engineering and math are the topic of the next panel discussion. On Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m., join associate professor of biology, Mandy Carter-Lowe, in the Ledbetter Auditorium for a discussion titled, “Ms. Einstein to You!” Also sitting on the panel are Jackson; Caroline Hanson, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Tammy Borren, associate professor of mathematics and coordinator of program planning; and Glenn Hudson, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics. The group will detail the challenges facing women in the sciences as well as opportunities for female scientists.
Extending into April and closing the series is, “Women and the Glass Ceiling,” a discussion detailing the difficulties facing women in high-level careers. On Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m., Nancy Ramsey, director of institutional effectiveness and planning, will host this panel, along with Jackson; Christa Martin, assistant to the president for access and diversity; Cecilia Johnson, associate vice president of student services; and Joan Cook, associate professor of English and education. This panel will take place in room 120 of the Waymon L. Hickman building.
All panel discussions are free and open to the public and take place on the Columbia campus.
Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu