Lectures to take international perspective on women's changing status

Opening speakers for this year’s Ernst & Young Lectures Series at SUNY Oswego include three Oswego faculty members and one of Syracuse University’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows.

Elizabeth Dunne SchmittThe 2013-14 lectures will be at 6 p.m. on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Campus Center auditorium. The series complements the “Gender and Workplace” course, part of Oswego’s women’s studies program.

Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt, professor of economics at Oswego, will open this year’s series Tuesday, Sept. 10, with a talk on “Gender and Economic Inequality in the United States and Other Countries.” She will examine how such factors as marriage, child bearing, earnings, education and occupation choice influence economic status.

Oswego’s director of women’s studies, Mary McCune, will speak Thursday, Sept. 26, on “How Did ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Become June Cleaver? Gender, War and Social Change in the United States, France and USSR.” McCune, an associate professor of history, will discuss the complex reality behind the perception that the two World Wars were periods of advancement for women in politics and the workplace.

“Women in Financial Services: How We Got a Seat at the Table and How We Can Keep It” will be the topic when Mary Tone Rodgers speaks Thursday, Oct. 10. Rodgers is the Marcia Belmar Willock Professor of Finance at SUNY Oswego and director of the college’s Gordon Lenz Center for Finance, Insurance and Risk Management. She will look at how individual women overcame discrimination in the financial services industry and give advice about strategies for maintaining positive momentum.

A citizen of Mexico, Karla Dominguez-Gonzalez is a Humphrey Fellow at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School this year. She will speak Thursday, Oct. 31, at Oswego on “Government Policies for Equity: Gender Mainstreaming in Mexico.” She recently worked with the Mexican Ministry of Women on implementing a gender mainstreaming strategy at the Ministry of Social Development. She will share examples of good practices as well as obstacles confronted.

A fifth lecture in the series this semester is planned for Nov. 14 with the speaker and topic to be determined.

The Ernst & Young lectures are open to the public. Campus parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1—see oswego.edu/parking for more information or call 312-3227.

The Ernst & Young Lectures Series began in 2003 through an endowment by Robert Feinberg, a 1978 graduate of SUNY Oswego, and his wife, Robbi, and a matching gift from his employer, global accounting and business advisory firm Ernst & Young.


PHOTO CAPTION: Economic equality talk—Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt, professor of economics at SUNY Oswego, will open this year’s Ernst & Young Lecture Series at the college Tuesday, Sept. 10, examining how such factors as marriage, child bearing, education and occupation choice influence economic status.


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(Posted: Aug 28, 2013)

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