Lecture series to open with showing of ‘Miss Representation’

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s fall Ernst & Young Lecture Series on Gender Equity in the Workplace will open at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 with a showing of the documentary “Miss Representation” in the Campus Center auditorium.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s 2011 film argues that the mainstream media contribute to stereotyping and the under-representation of women in influential positions in America, and misrepresents what women are really doing. It features Condoleezza Rice, Gloria Steinem, Hilary Clinton, Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi, Rachel Maddow and many more accomplished women.

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the Campus Center auditorium.

The series will continue Sept. 27 with “Making Spaces: Women’s Work in the Developing World” by Craig Warkentin, an associate professor of political science at SUNY Oswego who finds that despite gains in recent years, workplace inequality remains the norm for many of the world’s women.

On Oct. 4, Nastaran Moossavi, a gender and evaluation consultant, and Mehran Nojan, the college’s director of institutional research, will discuss “Iranian Women at Work: Stay-at-Home Mothers with Ph.Ds?” The lecture will explore some of the history of women working in Iran, their current status, some recent changes and continuing challenges.

Lisa Langlois, associate professor of art at SUNY Oswego, will examine similarities and differences between the United States and Japan in a lecture titled “International Perspectives on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Japan and the U.S.” on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 18, SUNY Oswego faculty members Diana Boyer of earth sciences, Carolina Ilie of physics and Webe Kadima of chemistry will discuss “Women in STEM: Experiences from the Field.”

The faculty members will talk about how each ended up in a traditionally male-dominated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field, what keeps them in their disciplines and in academia and how and why they encourage other women to consider STEM fields.

Jocelyn Egan, vice president of Discovery Solutions, will conclude the Ernst & Young fall series with “Strategies for Advancing Women’s Success” in a talk about her own career experiences and the ways in which her personal philosophy and her companies’ workplace policies have encouraged her success.

Robert Feinberg, a 1978 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, endowed the lecture series on women and work in 2003, with a matching gift from his employer, global accounting and business advisory firm Ernst & Young.