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Conference Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

March 9, 2009
By: Worcester State University News

The Women’s Studies Program at Worcester State College hosted its second annual conference on Thursday, March 5, 2009. The event was organized to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8), which is celebrated around the world, and Women’s History Month (March), observed in the United States.

The event was advertised locally at WSC and the Consortium through fliers and posters designed by Lilly Ditto, the Women’s Studies graduate assistant. For the first time this year, the WSC Women’s Studies conference was highlighted on, a website that provided information on activities marking this day around the globe.

Dr. K. Soysa, director of Women’s Studies, welcomed the audience, and thanked her predecessors for paving the way for Women’s Studies at Worcester State College. Last year, at the inaugural conference, there were six presenters. This year, there were 11 presenters across five departments, namely Urban Studies, Languages and Literature, Philosophy, History, and Psychology. The speakers this year were Dr. Lisa Krissoff-Boehm, Dr. Lori Dawson, Dr. Kristin Waters, Dr. Judy Jeon-Chapman, Dr. Karen Woods Weierman, Dr. Josna Rege, Dr. Aldo Garcia Guevara, Dr. Andrea Dottolo, Dr. Sandra McEvoy, Dr. Barry DeCoster and Dr. Champika K. Soysa. The event was very well attended throughout the day by students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Worcester community.

The Women’s Studies Program is interdisciplinary, and its faculty members represent many departments, including Biology, Business Administration, Communications, Criminal Justice, Health, History, Languages & Literature, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical and Earth Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts.  The program offers about 25 classes every semester, and students can complete the Women’s Studies Concentration by taking just five classes. Many of these classes also count towards distribution requirements, so students can add a concentration without having to take extra courses.

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