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  U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will speak about her new book on empowering women, Off the Sidelines on Saturday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom on the University at Albany’s uptown campus.

    

  In the spring of 2001, three women enlisted in the Indiana National Guard. Each had her own idea of what a stint in the Guard might mean — free education, a sense of purpose, extra money. But just months after they signed up, the 9/11 attacks occurred and what they thought would be a couple days of drills each month turned into long overseas deployments.

In her new book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton for 12 years.

    Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.

    On Friday, August 15, SPAC and The Philadelphia Orchestra will present the New York premiere of composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. A multimedia tour de force which made headlines around the globe at its China premiere this spring, Nu Shu is an exploration – through film and music -- of an ancient Chinese language secretly created by women in the remote province of Hunan, China, and passed through generations of mothers and daughters by reading, writing and singing.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Orchestra for the performance and principal harpist Elizabeth Hainen is the featured soloist.

8/5/14 Panel

Aug 5, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are Political Consultant Libby Post, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Helen Desfosses.

Topics include:
Obama on Africa
Midterm Elections
Rikers Inquiry
Women and Supreme Court

  The 3rd Annual Jane Austen Retreat takes next weekend at the Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George on Sunday, June 29th.

Participants will join scholars and enthusiasts in exploring Austen's world through facilitated discussions of Mansfield Park, viewing and discussion of film adaptations of the novel, and presentations from local JASNA members Mary Huber, Nancy Duell and Dr. Susan Jones.

    

  This Sunday is Mother’s Day and today in our Ideas Matter segment, we’ll learn about representations of women and motherhood in film from Dr. Jennifer Creech, she served as a panelist a recent New York State Humanities Council-funded film series, "Celebrating Women of Courage and Character" at Rochester's Little Theater Film Society.

Professor Creech received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She is an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures at the University of Rochester and is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Film & Media Studies Program and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies.

President Jimmy Carter Commentary

Apr 3, 2014

   Helen Desfosses is an Instructor in Public Policy at the Osher (pronounced OH-sher) Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

  Former President Jimmy Carter has written his 28th book: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.

He writes about his concern that for political or religious reasons, more females have been murdered worldwide than all of the people who have died in every war during that same span of time.

Motherhood Out Loud

Mar 27, 2014

    

  Motherhood Out Loud is a culturally and gender diverse series of monologues on the subject of Motherhood, written by a host of celebrated writers.

Motherhood Out Loud traverses the experience of motherhood in all its wonderful glory from inception, birth, sexuality, growing up and letting go to the inevitable role reversal that occurs as we find ourselves parenting our parents. The show will have its Berkshire Premiere on Friday and two performances on Saturday at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge as part of the Berkshire Women's Writers Festival.

To tell us more – Actors Jayne Atkinson and Jane Kaczmarek (probably best known as the star of TV’s Malcolm in the Middle.) And Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, Kristen Van Ginhoven also is here as WAM is co-presenting the production.

      Fans of number one New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts will love this stunning nonfiction picture book based on her acclaimed work for adults, Founding Mothers, which highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.

Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Diane Goode, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes.

   The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.

In 2014, the Fourth Annual Festival will feature more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at 36 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown.

  A few weeks ago, we were in Manchester Center, VT taping an episode of The Book Show with Eve Ensler - Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, and the author of The Vagina Monologues. Ensler’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. The latest off-shoot of V-Day is One Billion Rising.

One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

On 14 February of last year, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls. This year the organization is escalating its efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to rise, release, dance and and demand justice!

After The Book Show portion of the evening, which was a partnership between Northshire Bookstore and WAMC – we had an audience Q&A with Eve. While it was not taped to be broadcast – it was taped, and we felt that what was shared that night should be heard by a larger audience.

Friday February 14th at 9:30 am as part of One Billion Rising Ulster County, Natalie Merchant will introduce the premiere public screening of: Shelter:  A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence at Kingston, New York’s Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall. The event is free and open to the public and the screening will be Followed by a panel discussion with Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Senator Terry Gipson, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Elizabeth Culmone - Ulster County Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Special Victims Bureau, and Marjorie Smith, Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney, Bureau Chief for the Special Victim’s Bureau.

    The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage.

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians--many of them young women from small towns across the South--were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war--when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed.

    It is always a thrill to welcome New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly to the program. She has a new book of cartoons and writing, Women on Men that is available as an e-book.

The book is a collection of over 200 of her cartoons. The theme is primarily about women being funny.

Liza Donnelly has been publishing cartoons in the New Yorker since 1982. She is also a weekly columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights, and for three years, Donnelly has been drawing a weekly cartoon on gender issues and women’s rights for the news site, Women’s Enews.

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    In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his new women’s advisory committee.

  Before Hannah from Girls, and Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey, and Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, there was Isadora Wing -the uninhibited outspoken protagonist of Erica Jong’s revolutionary novel Fear of Flying.

It caused a national sensation fueling fantasies, igniting debates about women and sex, introducing a notorious phrase into the English language. Now 40 years later Fear of Flying has inspired and shocked millions of readers.

In honor of its 40 year anniversary the book is being re-released in two beautiful editions, one hard cover and the other a classic paperback.

    Ten years ago, literary scholar Carla Kaplan released an acclaimed edition of the letters of Zora Neale Hurston.

In the course of researching Hurston's life, Kaplan became curious about the white women who were in Harlem in the same period as Hurston, women who risked family exile and social ostracism to be part of the artistic and political movements of the Harlem Renaissance.

Now, Kaplan has published a cultural history of those women called Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance. Carla Kaplan is an award-winning professor and writer who holds the Stanton and Elisabeth Davis Distinguished Professorship in American Literature at Northeastern University. She will be speaking at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley tomorrow night.

Malalai Joya

Oct 9, 2013

Malalai Joya was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010. An extraordinary young woman raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girls’ schools, hiding her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them.

She helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home province; and at a constitutional assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country’s powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years old.

Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from Parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons.

Malalai Joya has a pair of events in our region today. She will be speaking tonight at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany on Washington Avenue and at 1:00 pm at the Bush Memorial Auditorium at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY

    When journalist Becky Aikman was widowed in her 40s, she felt unmoored. But she couldn’t find the kind of help that she needed, so she dug into the data and eventually created her own unique support system.

Her book, Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives, details the trials and triumphs following tragedy — and new research about what really helps the bereaved.

  WAM Theatre is presenting a panel to discuss the challenges women face in the theater industry. “Claiming Her Place” will be a fun and lively evening co-produced and hosted by Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson. A panel including Lauren Ambrose, Michel Gill, Marin Mazzie, Debra Jo Rupp, and Linus Roache.

They will share their stories, observations and thoughts about the challenges women face in the entertainment industry. This morning, Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director and co-founder of WAM Theatre joins us.

    When we decided to come north to broadcast live, we knew we wanted the folks from the Wiawaka Holiday House on the show. We certainly wanted them to share their amazing story and history with us. But, we also just get a kick out of saying Wiawaka.

Wiawaka is one of the oldest and longest continuously operated retreats for women in America. Today, Wiawaka continues as a summer retreat and on July 14th, they will be hosting a “Hyde Family Fun Day.”

Christine Dixon is the Executive Director of the Wiawaka Holiday House.

BIFF - "Girl Rising"

May 31, 2013

    This Saturday night the documentary Girl Rising will screen at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA as part of The Berkshire International Film Festival. The screening and the following panel discussion is presented in cooperation with the Interdependence Movement and 10×10.

The thesis of Girl Rising is simple: educating girls in the developing world will bring about transformational change. Every day, millions of girls wake to a world that does not see them. But dollar for dollar, they are the best investment in the developing world. 

Girl Rising tells the stories of nine real girls from around the world - girls in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Egypt, Peru, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Sierra Leone. A female writer from each country has written the girl’s story and in the film, each vignette is narrated by an esteemed actress - including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Kerry Washington. That’s 9 countries, 9 girls, 9 writers, and 9 actresses. In between each girl’s story, the filmmakers share statistical information in an engaging manner and those presentations are narrated by Liam Neeson. 

5/29/13 - Panel

May 29, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Moms Are Now Primary Breadwinners In 40 Percent Of Homes
Drone Protestors
Racino
Racism
Circling the media wagons

5/23/13 - Panel

May 23, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Drone Killings
Taping of Female Cadets
Boston Bombing Related Shooting
Weiner Run
Morals Poll

    Susan Jacoby, feminist—and the bestselling author of The Age of American Unreason, looks back at the last pre-feminist generation of men who supposedly had it all and asks: what exactly did they have?

She does so in her new book, Last Men on Top.

    Dr. Gina Barreca, author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR, Oprah, and Dr. Phil to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor.

Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor. She will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for Zonta Club of Northampton, MA on Thursday.

  On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world.

Also departing from New York that day—and heading in the opposite direction by train—was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. The dramatic race that ensued would span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors’ lives forever.

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