Women's issues on display at Lee observance

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 3/14/19

Presentations on a variety of women’s issues were on display Wednesday at Lee University, as part of a series of events during the week of March 11-14 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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Presentations on a variety of women’s issues were on display Wednesday at Lee University, as part of a series of events during the week of March 11-14 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Hosted by Lee’s Cultural Diversity Committee, activities include lectures, a panel discussion, chapel services, and a poster competition. Posters were the focus of Wednesday’s event in the Great Room of the Science and Math Complex.

Dr. Ana Alves Shippey, assistant professor of political science at Lee, said officials started announcing the poster session in November, with a mid-February deadline to submit their abstract. After the abstract was accepted, students had about three weeks to develop their posters and presentations.

“I’m very pleased,” Shippey said as she looked around poster display area.

Research for the posters came from course assignments in areas such as comparative government and feminist theology, as well as from students “who just wanted to participate,” Shippey said.

“Each poster is being judged by at least three different judges,” Shippey said, adding some judges are faculty members and some are staff members.

Among the students presenting posters was Madison Allen, who discussed her project – “Being in or Out: Advantages and challenges of being a female professor in a Christian Liberal Arts University” – with Catherine Mantooth, one of the judges for the event. Allen said she wanted to look at this topic and through her research found a need to develop an ethnically diverse field of professors.

Mantooth, senior lecturer in theatre and theatre technical director, spoke Tuesday at a special liturgical service held in Lee’s Chapel. Her subject was about the way she experienced God’s provision after going through a series of difficult years.

Mantooth said she was assigned to visit six or seven of the posters and speak to their makers.

“It has been very interesting,” she said. “I think all of them have information I haven’t thought about before.”

Mantooth added she was impressed with the research the students have found to support their presentations.

“Overall I think they have done a really great job of researching and communicating,” she said.

Amanda Hale said her poster, “Phoebe The Deaconess,” is based on a presentation she gave on Romans 16:1-2, in which Paul said: “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.”

“Paul is for women in leadership and community leadership, as well,” Hale said.

Hale said Phoebe was described as a sister, letter bearer, deacon and patroness, or benefactor. She said this description is a “case for women in both church and community leadership” and discussed how Phoebe is a “practical application of why this matters.”

While most of the posters were made by female students, several were made by male students, including Ioan Jason Galea’s “Silencing of Women,” Derek Flatford’s “How Women Change Gender-Based Violence,” and Richard Farri’s “Sugar, Spice, and AK-47s: Analyzing Women in Terrorism and Violent Revolutions.”

“I think it’s very important for our male colleagues and counterparts to be side by side with us,” Shippey said.

Nearly four dozen posters were sorted into two main categories: Bible & Religion (19 posters), and Politics, Law, and Society (28 posters).

“We will have cash prizes for first and second posters in the Bible & Religion category, and first, second, and third prizes in the Politics, Law, and Society category,” Shippey said.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony on Wednesday, March 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the Squires Library.

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