Reunion at UMass Amherst Celebrates 25 Years of Activism by Women on Sept. 25-28

AMHERST, Mass. - The Women’s Studies Program, the Everywoman’s Center, and the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women at the University of Massachusetts will celebrate their 25th anniversaries with a Women Activists Reunion during the weekend of Sept. 25-28. Highlights include panel discussions led by Northampton Mayor Mary Ford and state Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, and a lecture by UMass alumna Susan Crane, the co-founder of an international organization promoting projects in sexual and reproductive health. The following is a partial schedule of events.

Thursday, September 25

Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence Award. Lecture and presentation by Susan Crane, a 1988 graduate in women’s studies. Crane is the executive director of International Family Health, based in London. 2 p.m. Memorial Hall.

Lois E. Toko ’56 Lecture Series: Women in the Massachusetts Statehouse. Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, joins other female state legislators on this panel to discuss local women in Massachusetts politics. 4 p.m. Memorial Hall.

Crossworlds 1997: A Conversation. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Patricia Schroeder, former congresswoman from Colorado, will speak about constructive social change at 7:30 p.m. in the Mullins Center. Tickets are on sale now at the Mullins Center Box Office, 545-0505, or by phone through Ticketmaster.

Friday, September 26

Conversations with Foremothers. A panel discussion with some of the founders of the Everywoman’s Center, the women’s studies program, and the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Memorial Hall.

"Greetings from a Queer Senorita." The New World Theater presents a one-woman show by Monica Palacios. For tickets call: 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS. 8 p.m. Bowker Auditorium.

Saturday, September 27

Keynote address. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, professor of women’s studies at Spelman College and Emory University in Atlanta. 9:30-11 a.m. Memorial Hall.

Panel discussions. Northampton Mayor Mary Ford and UMass history professor Kathy Peiss are among those who will be leading discussions on a variety of topics. Various times and locations.

NOTE: A number of other events have also been scheduled during the weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the women’s studies program and the 20th anniversary of George Parks’s tenure as director of the Minuteman Marching Band. Details about these events will follow in separate releases.