Rachel Carson is considered by many people to be the “pioneer of the modern environmental movement,” and the 1962 publication of her controversial book, “Silent Spring,” ultimately impacted many aspects of how Americans live their lives today.
This March, National Women’s History Month will honor Carson, and Baruch College will be among the more than 100 venues nationwide to screen a newly released film about Carson called “A Sense of Wonder” (www.asenseofwonderfilm.com).
The documentary, to be shown on March 10, is about the environmentalist’s last year of life (she died in 1964), and it is one of the more than 20 events scheduled by the Women’s Studies Program in observance of the month.
Kicking things off is the International Women’s Day Celebration and Activity Fair on March 5, featuring various speakers from nonprofit organizations and student clubs, and highlighting the experiences and issues facing women around the globe.
The following week, on March 12, the History Department will present the Robert Friedman Symposium, titled: “How Blogging Empowers Women in Business, Politics, and Media.” A panel, chaired by Professor Julie Des Jardins, will feature women whose work and careers were transformed by their decision to start blogs. The symposium is sponsored by Robert A. Friedman (’67), who is an emeritus trustee of the Baruch College Fund.
On March 18 and March 19 students from schools across the nation will put on their own productions of the critically acclaimed “Vagina Monologues.” Original, student-authored pieces, combined with the award-winning playwright Eve Ensler’s monologues will be performed from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Engelman Recital Hall. Finally, the Women’s Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on the evening of March 26 in the Newman Vertical Campus.
For a full listing of events celebrating Women’s History Month go to: www.baruch.cuny.edu/studentaffairs/StudentLife/events/whm.htm