BHS Celebrates Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and the Brooklyn Historical Society has planned several events in its honor. In addition to the Oral History course described here earlier, two other events are scheduled. The first, on Thursday, March 5, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street, will be a panel discussion on the topic “Women Veterans: Citizen-Soldiers in Changing Times”:

Women veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan will discuss their military experiences and the expanding role of women in U.S. Armed Forces. The panel features Joan Furey, author (with Lynda Van Devanter) of Visions of War, Dreams of Peace, Captain Esther S. Marcella the Commander of the Long Island Recruiting Company with 7 years of active service as a commissioned officer, and Susan O’Neill, author of Don’t Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam. Moderated by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, the filmmakers behind PBS’ Lioness. McLagan is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist and Sommers is a director, writer and producer of documentary and narrative films.

The second, to be held at BHS, Clinton and Pierrepont, on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00pm, will be a lecture by Brooklyn Law School Professor Elizabeth M. Schneider, titled “Domestic Violence, Citizenship and Equality”:

Professor Schneider will explore the ways in which violence against women affects women’s citizenship and equality, and examine the importance of citizenship to an understanding of intimate violence. Professor Schneider is a Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law and Director of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program. She is a national expert in the fields of federal civil litigation, procedure, gender, law and domestic violence and is a frequent commentator for print and broadcast media. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking and co-author of the law school casebook, Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice.

There will be a wine and cheese reception with Professor Schneider afterward. The lecture and reception are free to BHS members and to members of the co-sponsor, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association; others will be charged $10.00 at the door. The panel discussion on March 5 is free to all.

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