Women's History Month celebrated in month-long panel discussion series

February 26, 2002

In honor of Women's History Month, local women and women's organizations have put together panel discussions to explore and celebrate who American women are and what they have accomplished.

Panel discussions are planned for every Tuesday in March, from 7 until 8 p.m. in the Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall on the Maryville College campus. Attendance is free; refreshments will be served following each discussion.

The theme for National Women's History Month 2002 is "Women Sustaining the American Spirit." The goal of National Women's History Month is to showcase the diverse and interlocking stories of women who have created and affirmed the American spirit.

Dr. Kathie Shiba, associate professor of psychology at Maryville College and one of the series organizers, said this is the first year a discussion series has been planned at the College for National Women's History Month. Pointing out that the community at large has been invited, with high schools and businesses receiving invitations, Shiba said she believes everyone - men, too - will benefit from the discussions.

"I hope people get a better understanding and appreciation for women's history and the future of women," she said. "An hour is not a long time to discuss the knowledge that these women have."

The panel discussion series is being sponsored by Maryville College, the American Association of University Women, Maryville-Alcoa Business and Professional Women, YWCA of Blount County and the Maryville College Student Government Association.

The first discussion, planned for March 5, is entitled "Diverse Voices: International Experiences of Women." The moderator will be Kumiko Franklin, and the panelists will include Hanan Ayesh, the Rev. Ann Owens Brunger, Min Kyung Oh and Neisa Pamfill.

"Women in Sports: A Slam Dunk?" is the topic of the March 12 discussion. The moderator will be Elizabeth Huffaker, and the panelists will be Terri Bradshaw, Caroline Haynes, Kandis Schram and Sharon Wood.

On March 19, panelists will discuss women in medicine in "Cleopatra Has Nothing On Us: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow's Women of Medicine." The moderator will be Wendy Pitts Reeves, L.C.S.W. The panelists will be Melissa E. Trekell, M.D., FACS, M.B.A; Mary Pope, M.D.; Lee Ann Fairall, PA-C; and Linda Cole, C.N.M., M.S.N.

Women in politics and economics will be the topic of "From the Glass Slipper to the Glass Ceiling," which is planned for March 26. The moderator will be Sara Baker. The panelists will be Faith Tapp, Patsy Lunde and Dr. Mary Kay Sullivan.

In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand a national celebration of women to the entire month of March. The National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Programs and activities surrounding the celebration have expanded each year.

For more information on discussions held at Maryville College, contact Dr. Kathie Shiba at 865-981-8270.

For more information on Women's History Month, visit www.nwhp.org.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.