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Wilson Celebrates Women's History Month

Posted: February 26, 2013

Wilson College is celebrating National Women’s History Month in March with a month-long series of on-campus events, including several that are open to the public.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
Feb. 26, 2013
CONTACT: Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279
Email: amy.ensley@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College is celebrating National Women’s History Month in March with a month-long series of on-campus events, including several that are open to the public:

  • “Margaret Criswell Disert — A Story: The Undercurrents of American Feminism before 1960” — Wilson College graduate Sarah Wilson will discuss the life of Margaret Disert, the longest-serving dean of the college, at 4 p.m. Monday, March 4, in Laird Hall’s Patterson Lounge. Disert also served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Waves during World War II. Wilson, a 2010 graduate of Wilson College, earned a master’s degree in American studies from Penn State in 2012.
  • Opening reception for “Change at Wilson College,” a new exhibit in the Hankey Center, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The exhibit explores the ways in which the college has changed — and how it has stayed the same — over the course of its 144-year history.
  • Showing of the film, The Women of Summer, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium. The film tells the story of working-class women who attended the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, which operated from 1921 to 1938. By examining how class and race united around the common goals of education and social justice, the film demonstrates the power of education to improve lives.

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Wilson invites college community members to join resident assistants on a day trip to Washington, D.C., this Sunday, March 3, for the march to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

A number of other activities are planned for Women’s History Month at Wilson, which this year has the theme of “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination.” The series of events is being coordinated by Wilson’s Women’s Studies Program and the Hankey Center

For more information, contact Amy Ensley at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279, or amy.ensley@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 30 majors and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. Wilson has been named a “Best Value” college in its region for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for providing quality academics at an affordable price. The college has been ranked one of the best regional colleges for undergraduate education for nine straight years by U.S. News.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2012 enrollment of 695, which included 17 students from 9 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

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Last Updated: March 8, 2013