Mount Holyoke College Presents a Symposium: Francis Perkins and Her Legacies

Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 12:00

FRANCIS PERKINS AND HER LEGACIES

Labor, Women, and the Unfinished Business of the New Deal

The Weissman Center for Leadership, the Frances Perkins Program, and the Alumnae Association at Mount Holyoke College are proud to present a symposium, "Frances Perkins and Her Legacies: Labor, Women, and the Unfinished Business of the New Deal," on March 8 and 9, 2001.

This two-day symposium will provide a forum for discussing the impact of Frances Perkins and her legacies on current debates about welfare reform, health care, Social Security, and working women. Speakers and panelists include historians Linda Gordon, Alice Kessler-Harris, and Jennifer Klein; political scientist Gwendolyn Mink; sociologist Jill Quadagno; writer Barbara Ehrenreich; author Penny Colman; and others. Present and former Frances Perkins scholars will also participate in a closing roundtable on women and work.

The Thursday, March 8, events are free and open to the public. The March 9 sessions are open to the public with a registration fee of $20.00. For more information about registration only contact Lisa Sihvonen-Binder at 413-538-3159 or email lsihvone@mtholyoke.edu. For more information about the symposium call Marjorie Kochanowicz at 413-538-3071.

Thursday
March 8
7:30-9:30 PM

Pratt Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

Keynote Lecture--"Madame Secretary: America's Minister for Workers, Women, and Children," by Linda Gordon, professor of history, New York University, author of "Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the Origins of Welfare" (1994)and "The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction"(1999). Professor Gordon specializes in examining the historical roots of contemporary social policy debates, particularly as they concern gender and family issues. Moderator: Karen Remmler, codirector of the Weissman Center for Leadership and associate professor of German studies, Mount Holyoke College. Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke Class of 1958.

Thursday
March 8
9:30-11:00 PM

Five College Women' Studies Research Center

Reception Celebrating International Women's Day-- Cosponsored by Mount Holyoke College Women's Studies Program.

Friday
March 9
9:00 AM

Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

Registration

Friday
March 9
9:30 AM

Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

Opening Remarks--"Contesting Our Past: Mount Holyoke's Hidden History," presented by Daniel Czitrom, professor and chair of history, Mount Holyoke College; author of "Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan" (1982); coauthor of "Out of Many: A History of the American People"(1999). Current projects include "Mysteries of the City: Culture, Politics, and the Underside of New York, 1870-1920" and "Rediscovering Jacob Riis" (written with Bonnie Yochelson).

Friday
March 9
10:00 AM

Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

Panel Discussion--"The Unfinished Business of the New Deal" Panelists:Jennifer L. Klein, assistant professor of history, Smith College, author of forthcoming book, "The Politics of Security, the Business of Welfare: The Origins of America's Public-Private Welfare State." Professor Jill S. Quadagno, Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar, Florida State University, author of "The Color of Welfare." Professor Quadagno is currently working on a book entitled "One Nation, Uninsured: How Americans' Distrust of Government Derailed National Health Care." Gwendolyn Mink, professor of politics, University of California at Santa Cruz; author of "Welfare's End"(1998) and "The Wages of Motherhood: Inequality in the Welfare State (1917-1942)" (1995); and leading scholar on gender, race, and class politics of welfare and the welfare state. Moderator: Daniel Czitrom, professor and chair of history, Mount Holyoke College

Friday
March 9
12:15 PM

Lunch

Friday
March 9
2:00 PM

Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

"Women in the Low-Wage Ghetto"-- Dr. Barbara Ehrenreich, leading social commentator and essayist on issues of social justice, health policy, class, and gender. Her articles have appeared frequently in "Time," "The Nation," and "Harper's," and she has a column in "The Progressive." Her new book "Nickel and Dimed: Surviving in Low-Wage America," will appear in May 2001.

Friday
March 9
2:45 PM

Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

"Women in the Workplace: Reshaping the Policy Agenda"--Alice Kessler-Harris, professor, department of history and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, is the author of "Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States" (1983) and "A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences" (1991). Moderator:Mary Renda, assistant professor of history, Mount Holyoke College.

Friday
March 9
3:45 PM

AFTERNOON BREAK

Friday
March 9
4:00 PM

Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION -- "Where Do We Go From Here?" Panelists:Dale Melcher, labor extension coordinator, University of Massachusetts (Amherst); Jacki Castledine, Frances Perkins alumna; Annemarie G. Murray, Frances Perkins scholar; and Crystal M. Hayes, Frances Perkins scholar. Moderator:Michelle Stephens, assistant professor of English, American Studies, and African American and African Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Friday
March 9
5:45 PM

DINNER

Friday
March 9
7:30 PM

Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

"The Sights and Sounds of Frances Perkins"--Penny Colman, widely published author whose works include a biography of Frances Perkins, "A Woman Unafraid; The Achievements of Frances Perkins:" and "Rosie the Riveter; Women Working on the Home Front in World War II."Introduction:Kathleen Brennan, president of Frances Perkins Scholar Association. Moderator: Jan Cooper, Frances Perkins scholar.

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