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Brown Bag Series examines political significance of women's relationships

October 2, 2001

The Women's Studies Program at Austin Peay State University is sponsoring a Brown Bag Series.

Led by Dr. Patti Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Stuart Bonnington, professor of psychology, the October session will discuss Lillian Faderman's book "To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America-A History."

The discussion will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 at the African American Cultural Center.

"The purpose of the Brown Bag Series is to give people the opportunity to learn about new and recent books published that address issues related to gender. It also offers the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to get together and talk about issues that affect their lives," said Dr. Jill Eichhorn, coordinator of the Women's Studies Program.

Faderman chronicles the significance of certain late 19th and early 20th century women whose lives can be described as lesbian in winning the battle for rights and privileges large numbers of Americans enjoy today. Arguing that their lesbianism may have facilitated their accomplishments, Faderman leads readers to examine the political significance of women's relationships with each other.

APSU faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to bring a lunch and participate in the discussion. Prior reading of the book is unnecessary.

For more information, telephone the Women's Studies Office at 6314.