The Real Mothers Series
October 28, 2013
Home Is Where the School Is
7:00 p.m. Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room
Jen Lois will discuss the book of the same title that examines experience of temporal-emotional
conflict among home-schooling mothers.
November 6, 2013
The Fall of Anne Boleyn
7:30 p.m. Old Chapel, Room 212
International scholar Dale Hoak will offer his theory on the spectacular fall of
March 5, 2014
Unnatural Mothers: Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany
Margaret Lewis will analyze infanticide investigations in Swabia and how juried
appeared to go out of their way to enable young women to escape execution for what
early modern society considered an unspeakable crime.
March 19, 2014
Pronatalism in Interwar Europe
7:30p.m. Washington and Franklin Hall
R-MC Professor Pat Watkinson will discuss the pan-European campaign to encourage
women to have babies and how many resisted the call to motherhood because they did
not want to give birth to future soldiers.
February 25, 2014
Gold Fever (Movie Event)
7:00p.m. Brock Commons Suntrust Theater
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Modern Languages, and the Women’s Studies
Program. It's an excellent film for teaching about Globalization, Political Ecology,
Economic Development, and Latin America/Indigenous Rights. An acclaimed independent
film Gold Fever, is a beautiful account of the struggle indigenous Maya face as
their land is threatened by transnational mining. Winner of the Rigoberta Menchu
Grand Prix at the 2013 Montreal First Peoples Festival, Gold Fever features commentators
Noam Chomsky, Magali Rey Rosa, and John Perkins.
March 12, 2014
The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer
7:30p.m. Blackwell Auditorium
Hamer was fired, beaten, jailed, and shot at just because she wanted to vote. But
this daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper went on to address two national Democratic
conventions. The production demonstrates the pain and oppression met by black people
who challenged the system. It explains the deep emotional scars of African Americans
and offers an excellent opportunity for attendees to discuss openly a means of approaching
the truth about race relations. The production features spirituals and freedom songs.
April 10, 2014
“Seeking Justice for Crimes of the Past in Guatemala”
Many Guatemalans lost loved ones during that country’s civil war. For Makrina Gudiel,
it was her brother, who was disappeared in 1983 by state forces and is included
in the infamous Military Diary, a logbook that documented the kidnap, torture, and
murder of 183 people considered to be linked to anti-government activity.
Her family brought her brother’s case to the Inter-American Commission in 2004,
and just days later, her father was murdered. The government never carried out an
adequate investigation into the crime, and on February 5, 2014, Guidiel testified
before the Inter-American Court about the case. She will explain why her family
has fought for justice for these crimes, despite ongoing death threats against them.
She will also discuss international solidarity with Guatemala over the last 30 years,
including the sanctuary movement of the 1980s and the decades-long struggle to end
U.S. military support for repressive regimes in Guatemala.
This event is sponsored by the Sociology and Anthropology Department, the Women's
Studies Program, and CASE (Committee on Assemblies and Special Events). Free and
open to the public.
May 5, 2014
“The Education of Auma Obama” with panel discussion with filmmaker
7:20 p.m. Copley 100, panel discussion at 8:45 p.m.
Branwen Okpako’s feature documentary focuses on the life and times of Auma Obama
told from her homestead in Kenya during the run up to the 2008 US Presidential elections
that brought her brother Barack Obama to power.