George Mason, Commission for Women Launch New Lecture Series

Posted: July 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

George Mason and the Fairfax County Commission for Women have teamed up to create a new lecture series beginning this fall. The four scheduled lectures will provide an opportunity to share information and resources on topics of interest for women and girls, offer a forum for focus group discussions that will affect policy recommendations in Fairfax County, and highlight the faculty resources available at George Mason on these topics.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our faculty while providing valuable information to the community,” says Traci Claar, Mason’s director of community relations. “Although the lecture series is geared to topics related to women, all issues impact the community, and we hope to attract a large male audience, as well as female.”

Following is the list of topics, speakers, and dates for the series:

  • Sept. 8, 2004-“Women and Men in Conversation” by Anita Taylor, Communication, who will discuss problems in communication among women and men and provide suggestions for minimizing such difficulties.
  • Oct. 13, 2004-“Gender-Fair Education” by Cheryl Bartholomew, Women’s Studies, who will talk about the bias in education and ways to practice gender-fair teaching and counseling.
  • March 9, 2005-“Contemporary Women’s Health Issues” by Marie Kodadek, College of Nursing and Health Science, who will explore current trends and issues in women’s health.
  • April 13, 2005-“Violence Against Women” by Connie Kirkland, Sexual Assault Services, who will explain why violence against women is a major social, health, and criminal justice problem in the United States. She will include definitions, statistics, reasons for violence, and victim/perpetrator characteristics.

George Mason, through the Community Relations Office, will arrange for all speakers, design invitations and programs, and maintain a mailing list of those interested in attending the lectures. The Northern Virginia American Association of University Women is cosponsoring the lectures.

All lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway. The first two events are held in Conference Rooms 2 and 3; sites have not yet been determined for the last two. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Fairfax County Commission for Women, and free parking will be available. No RSVP is required. For more information, contact Claar at 703-993-8846.

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