Free Public Talk at BCC: “Women’s Past/Women’s Future: How Much Has Really Changed?”

Bronx, NY – Bonnie Anderson, professor emerita of Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, will speak on “Women’s Past/Women’s Future: How Much Has Really Changed?” at the 13th Annual Samuel D. Ehrenpreis Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Gould Memorial Library Auditorium, Bronx Community College, 2155 University Avenue (at West 181st Street).  The event is free. The public at large is most welcome to come.  A reception in Gould Memorial Library Rotunda follows Professor Anderson’s talk.

Professor Anderson earned her M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1972) in history at Columbia University. From 1972 to 2005, she taught history at Brooklyn College and was named Broeklundian Professor of History in 2000.  She was on the history faculty of the Graduate Center of The City University of New York from 1991-2005.

Anderson lectures frequently on women’s issues and feminism and is the author of Joyous Greetings: The First International Women’s Movement, 1830-1860 (2001) and A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, with Judith P. Zinsser (revised edition 2000). She is currently working on a book about Ernestine Rose (1810-1892), an activist in the Women’s Rights movement in the United States and Great Britain.

As the Guerilla Girls, a feminist art group, said, “If February is Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month, what’s the rest of the year?”  Come and think about old questions concerning women and men in new ways.

Samuel Ehrenpreis, who the lecture honors, joined the History Department of Bronx Community College in 1961 and served as chairperson from 1973 – 1990. He died in 1996.

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Founded in 1957, Bronx Community College (BCC), the oldest of City University of New York’s six community colleges, serves as the engine for academic and economic mobility for motivated students from diverse backgrounds and preparations. More than 11,000 students from over 109 nations are enrolled in 30 associate degree and certificate programs including Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Computer Graphics, Nuclear Medicine, and Business Administration, Digital Arts, Computer Information Systems, Education Associate, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Accounting, Human Services, Media Technology and Paralegal Studies. BCC’s 43-acre campus, high above the Harlem River, features architectural masterpieces of Stanford White and Marcel Breuer, as well as the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, the nation’s first hall of fame. BCC President Carolyn G. Williams is in her 13th year of leadership service to the College, which is located on a 43-acre campus at 2155 University Avenue at West 181st Street , formerly New York University’s uptown campus until 1973.

The College is home to initiatives not commonly associated with two-year institutions, such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities. The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) ) is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges and universities to create linkages between these institutions and is also working to enhance student and academic support at the colleges.. NCEA also coordinates the College’s global initiative which facilitates global learning within and outside of the classroom.