10th Anniversary Leadership Symposium

Leadership in Action: WCL Alumnae and Students

Saturday, March 28, 2009
9:30 am
Cleveland Hall, L2

Our Weissman Center Tenth Anniversary Leadership Symposium begins with a focus on four Mount Holyoke women whose ambitions, academic passions and professional goals embody the mission of our center and the college.  As recipients of Weissman Center student leadership grants, Marcia Schenck '09 and Dyanne Rousseau FP '10, will discuss the academic and professional interests that enabled them to shape memorable and rewarding time in South Africa and Washington, D.C. respectively.  Yedalis Ruiz FP '08 will discuss her commitment to civic engagement and her leadership in the center's Community-Based Learning program.  Mika Weissbuch '11, a former Take the Lead participant and mentor and current Speaking, Arguing, and Writing mentor, will present on the power of peer mentoring and leadership development opportunities supported by the center. Laura Greenfield, coordinator of the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program of the Weissman Center, will moderate the panel.

Women’s Voices and the Public Sphere

Panel presentation and discussion
Saturday, March 28, 2009
10:45 am
Cleveland L2

The impact of women on the public sphere is inextricably linked to the ways in which they use their voices to shape public debate, implement change, critique policies and positions that have local, national, and international implications, and inspire others to meaningful reflection and substantial action. This panel considers women's education, presence, and negotiations of the public sphere and public life from both historical and contemporary perspectives. In addition, the panel will reflect on the politics of the public sphere and the tensions and possibilities that emerge as women continue to acquire more visible public roles and positions of power. The panel will feature presentations by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a distinguished two-time Emmy award-winning journalist, Carolyn Jessop, a newly published author and courageous mother and former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, and Mary Kelley '65, an eminent historian and scholar of American women's history and nineteenth-century education. Lois Brown, director of the Weissman Center and associate professor of English, will moderate the panel.

Voices and Visions of Transformative Leadership: A Weissman Center Documentary

Saturday, March 28, 2009
1:45 pm
Cleveland Hall, L2

A documentary that showcases the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts and focuses on the students whose ideas, work, and goals embody the mission of the center, enrich our programming, and advance the work of the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program and the Community-Based Learning Program. See the Mount Holyoke women--past and present--who represent the best of our college and whose actions confirm that that ideas passionately pursued and eloquently expressed are at the heart of leadership.

Leadership and the Liberal Arts

Saturday, March 28, 2009
1:45 pm
Cleveland Hall, L2

The liberal arts are essential to leadership and enable the essential talents and reservoirs of knowledge, confidence, and sense of purpose that are essential to meaningful and substantial engagement with the world.  Our panelists will draw from their professional work in politics, journalism, and athletics and their experiences at Seven Sister schools and liberal arts colleges to reflect on the power of women's education, the evolving nature of leadership, the power and potential of the liberal arts, and the ways in which women's colleges and schools have shaped and continue to impact the world in which we live.  Join us for presentations by Mount Holyoke alumna and United States Congresswoman Nita Lowey '59, Barnard College graduate and pioneering journalist Maria Hinojosa, and Laurie Priest, graduate of the College of Wooster and our widely honored Director of Athletics.