Penn State Altoona

Lecture to explore role of women as heroic actors

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 575 hits

As part of Women's History Month, Penn State Altoona will present a lecture by Lorraine Dowler, associate professor of geography and women’s studies at Penn State University Park, titled “Militarized Bodies: Understanding Women as Heroic Actors.” The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in the Fireside Lounge of the Slep Student Center.

Dowler's talk explores the everyday lives of a few groups of women who represent the many unsung actors who have not only served their nation but have also transgressed the boundaries of appropriate female behavior in order to do so. Although there are countless numbers of women who by their respective occupations have served the nation, I draw attention to three groups: women who trained to be astronauts at the height of the Cold War, contemporary women urban firefighters and U.S. servicewomen returning from the frontlines of Afghanistan and Iraq. Although each group’s experiences is unique, all share the experience of being discounted as women and of having to fight against normative codes that excluded their full counting as heroic actors. These shared experiences of exclusion and resistance are the focus here as I examine the overlapping strategies from federal to state to municipal governments for discounting their contributions.

Dowler received her B.S. in Business Administration from Manhattan College and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from SUNY-ESF, Syracuse University, where she also received her PhD in Geography.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona Women's Studies program. For more information, contact Molly Slep at mys6@psu.edu.

For a complete listing of Women's History Months events, visit http://www.altoona.psu.edu/now/news.php?value=4092 online.

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