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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Women of the Kansas Balkans

Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius (1887-1941) before her marriage to Emanuel Julius. Anna Marcet was the niece of Jane Addams from Hull House in Chicago. Marcet is just one of the women who will be profiled in a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, as part of Pittsburg State University's observance of Women's History Month.

Southeast Kansas women who made a difference

Randy Roberts, curator of special collections at Pittsburg State University, will recall the "Women of the Kansas Balkans" in a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in the Special Collections and Archives area in the lower level of Axe Library. Robert's presentation is part of Women's History Month activities sponsored by the PSU Women’s Studies Club.

Roberts will talk about some famous and some not-so-famous Southeast Kansas women who made their mark on history at times when it was not so easy for them to do so.

The women Roberts will discuss include Girard’s Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius, who is associated with the Little Blue Books. He will also talk about ZaSu Pitts, the actress from Parsons; PSU's own Margaret Haughawout, English professor and author; Jane Grant, from Girard, who co-founded the New Yorker Magazine. Other women on the list are many who were community leaders, socialites, authors, strike leaders, and artists.

"The women of the Kansas Balkans are a part of our regional heritage that has often been ignored," Roberts said. "Women have been spirited participants, contributors, and leaders in every area of that heritage. The significant historical contributions of these women are just waiting to be discovered or remembered."

In celebration of Women's History Month, the PSU Women's Studies Club will sponsor the Emily Dickinson Festival at 8 p.m. March 27-29 in the Governor’s Room of the Overman Student Center. The festival will bring three contemporary writers to campus who have written about or have been influenced by Dickinson.

Amy Fleury, a professor at Washburn University and a native Kansan, whose book "Beautiful Trouble" won a book award, will read from her own work on March 27. Jeanne E. Clark, author of "Ohio Blue Tips," will read from her work on the March 28. Clark's dissertation was on the "prison poetics" of Emily Dickinson. She teaches at Chico State in California. Alice Fulton will read from her work on March 29. Fulton is also a Dickinson scholar who teaches at Cornell. All of the readings will take place at 8 p.m. in the Governor's Room of the student center. Additionally, all three authors will appear with PSU's Kathy Nichols on a panel about Dickinson from 2-3:15 p.m. on March 29 in the Balkans Room of the student center. All the events are free and open to the public.

For more:
PSU Special Collections

PSU Women's Studies: e-mail psuwomen@yahoo.com

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