May 7, 2003 Women's History Symposium To Be Held at Library of Congress June 19-20

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The Library of Congress will sponsor a two-day symposium titled "Resourceful Women: Researching and Interpreting American Women's History," on June 19-20, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event will showcase the Library's multiformat holdings in American women's history and highlight current research in this field of study by historians, filmmakers, children's book authors and others involved in presenting this information to a variety of audiences.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to register online at the symposium's Web site at Online registration will not guarantee seating, which is limited and will be offered on a first-come basis.

The symposium caps a multiyear effort to identify and publicize the Library's holdings in American women's history. In December 2001, the Library of Congress, in cooperation with University Press of New England, published a 456-page book titled "American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States." In June, a companion American Women Web site will be available on the Library's American Memory site at Building on the guide, the Web site will serve as a gateway to conducting research in the Library's online and traditional holdings in women's history.

The symposium's keynote session titled "Women and the Law" will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg will deliver brief remarks, followed by a panel of distinguished speakers noted below.

The schedule for the symposium is as follows:

Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building (unless otherwise noted)

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks
Diane Nester Kresh, Library of Congress

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Panel One: Biographical Writings
Susan Ware, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
A'Lelia Bundles, ABC News; Allida M. Black, George Washington University

3:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Panel Two: Biographical Interpretations at Historic Sites, On Stage, and in Film
Susan Ware, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Kristy Andersen, Bay Bottom News; Esther White, Mount Vernon; Virginia Yans, Rutgers University

Historical Performance:
Biographical Interpretation
Lynn Schrichte, actress and independent researcher

8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Women and the Law
James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress
Introductory Remarks:
Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Wendy Webster Williams, Georgetown University Law Center
Linda K. Kerber, University of Iowa; Patricia J. Williams, Columbia Law School


9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks
Susan Stamberg, National Public Radio

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Panel Three:
Women and Political and Social Reform
Kriste Lindenmeyer, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Edith P. Mayo, Smithsonian Institution (emeritus); Joanne Passet, Indiana University East; Gail G. Petri, Library of Congress consultant

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Panel Four:
Women's Private Lives
Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland, College Park
Valerie Matsumoto, University of California, Los Angeles; Kelly Schrum, George Mason University; Valerie Tripp, Pleasant Company/The American Girls Collection
Historical Performance:
Women's Private Lives
Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, P.S., A Partnership

2:30 - 4:10 p.m.

Panel Five:
Women and Labor
Sharon Harley, University of Maryland, College Park
Lisa Ades, Orchard Films; Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Howard University
Historical Performance:
Women and Labor
Sheila Kirschbaum and Sheli Turocy, Tsongas Industrial History Center

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Closing Address
Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University and Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

In conjunction with the "Resourceful Women" symposium, the Library will present a "Tribute to Women's History" film series in June. All films will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. For more information about the film series and other details about the conference-including the speakers' biographical information-visit the symposium's Web site at

Funding for the symposium and film series is made possible by grants from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division Benjamin Fund and the James H. Billington Endowment, funded by the generous support of Library of Congress Madison Council members Abraham and Julienne Krasnoff. The symposium will be broadcast at a later date on the Library's Web site.


PR 03-080
ISSN 0731-3527