Women's History Month Exhibit Announced

AMHERST, Mass. - "Women Reading: A Collection of Images," an exhibit from the collection of Christina Gibbons, will be displayed on the Main Floor (Garden Level) of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in honor of Women''s History Month.

The collection is a miniature social history - in images - of the relation of women to the printed word. Dr. Gibbons first started collecting pictures of women reading ten years ago, when she was completing her Ph.D. in English at UMass Amherst. The exhibition includes cards and postcards, photographs, and books. The subjects range from Seshat, the Egyptian goddess of records and divine writings, to contemporary women. All of the images depict women reading or engaging with printed material in some way.

Christina Gibbons is an independent scholar. She is co-editing a book that studies how words and images combine to make meaning in comics. The University Press of Mississippi will publish the forthcoming book this fall. Dr. Gibbons welcomes comments about the exhibit, and invites those interested in the subject to contact her at gbbn@sover.net

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be on display March 1 - 31. For more information, call 413/545-2780.