NWHM and George Washington University Partner for New Lecture Series

Joan Wages & Steven Knapp

By: Sydnee C. Winston, Project Coordinator

The National Women’s History Museum and the George Washington University have joined forces to present a new lecture series entitled Initiating Change/Adapting to Change. The series is slated to begin on October 2, 2013. A series of four lectures—two in the fall semester and two in the spring—will focus on topics like women effecting change, women in the military and women in entrepreneurship. Speakers will be leaders in their fields and will present both historical and contemporary perspectives.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Museum President & CEO, Joan Wages and GWU President, Steven Knapp.

“We’re delighted to embark on this partnership with the National Women’s History Museum,” Dr. Knapp said. “The museum is a cultural institution devoted to an important subject area that is not only of great interest to our students, but also a focus of many of our departments and programs — from our Global Women’s Institute and Women’s Leadership Program to our women’s studies and history departments.”

In her remarks, Wages noted that “all of us here know the importance of history–it is empowering and offers us inspiration and confidence about our future. So it is all the more significant that women’s history is largely missing form K-12 textbooks and most museum exhibits. Less than 8% of the statues in our National Parks are of women and in our Nation’s Capitol Building, only 15 of the 217 statues are of women leaders.”

Bill Becker, Professor and Chair of GW’s History Department echoed Knapp’s comments.

“The partnership between GW and NWHM offers great opportunity to further the understanding of women’s history,” said Becker. “Two years ago, eleven members of the Department of History put together a concentration of courses focused on gender and women’s history. They joined together with colleagues in other parts of the University–the Global Women’s Initiative, the American Studies Department, and the Women’s Studies Program–to focus on common interests and concerns. Now GW’s partnership with NWHM brings together two audiences intensely interested in women’s history and issues.”

Stay tuned for more information about the lecture series.

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