Spring Semester Speakers:
Assistant Professor of Law, Director, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, Co-Director, Community Interpreter Internship Program
Caitlin Barry is a community lawyer whose work focuses on migrant justice, gender self-determination and grassroots empowerment. Caitlin directs the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic at Villanova, where she teaches the clinic seminar and supervises students advocates in immigration and employment matters and collaborates with local community-based organizations on advocacy and outreach projects. She is a graduate of Temple Law.
Mansoor Shams is a U.S. Marine Veteran, business owner, and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also the founder of MuslimMarine.org where he uses his platform of both “Muslim" and “Marine" to counter hate, bigotry, and Islamophobia through education, conversation and dialogue. He arduously endeavors to unify an increasingly divided world.
Slats Toole (they/them/theirs) is a writer, musician, theater artist and preacher, whose work has been published in Call to Worship, Sacramental Life, The Presbyterian Outlook, Fidelia Magazine, and in the poetry collection Queering Lent. Slats holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Amy Ensley is the Director of the Hankey Center for the History of Women’s Education. Her research interests include women’s history in the United States during the post-Civil War era through the Women’s Rights Movement of the 1970s.
Dr. Kay Ackerman
Dr. Kay Ackerman is Associate Professor of History at Wilson College. She has received awards from the NEH Institutes on American Material Culture and World History as well as the NYU Institute on The Civil War in Global Context.
Joanna Behrman specializes in the history of science education and the history of physics. Her dissertation focuses on women in physics higher education in the period 1880-1940. She has done extensive research on Dr. Dorothy Weeks (Ph.D. MIT) professor of physics at Wilson College from 1930 – 1956.
June Vail founded the dance program at Bowdoin College and chaired the Department of Theater and Dance for many years. In 2010 Bowdoin honored her with its Distinguished Service Award for Faculty and Staff.