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Women's Role in a Global World Subject of ULM Scholar Series

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University of Louisiana at Monroe Communications Department
Dr. Belinda Stillion Southard speaks as part of the Traveling Scholar Series.

With this year's possible nomination of the first woman Presidential candidate, women's place in the world is changing again. The Communication Department of the University of Louisiana Monroe this week hosts a presentation by Dr. Belinda StillionSouthard as part of the Traveling Scholars Series.

ULM Communications Professor Dr. Pace oversees the series, and remembers how it began.

“[The series] really happened because we lost our position for a debate coach, and so we tried to find ways for our students to engage with interesting ideas,” says Pace.  The department responded by embracing a growing tradition around the country -- a focused lecture series. In addition to benefit the students gain, faculty members also get a chance to share ideas, and see what other research is being conducted around the country.

The presentation by Dr. Southard, entitled “Crafting Belonging to Nation and World: Women's Rhetorical Practices in Post-Conflict Liberia” is about how women belong in a more globally connected world. The talk will focus of democratically elected female world leaders.

“If you look at things a little more broadly, you see that Unites States is actually far behind in this trend,” says Southard. Her talk explains some of the communication strategies employed by some of the world’s most successful female world leaders.

The lecture will take place in the Nursing Auditorium on ULM’s Campus, room 107, at 6 p.m. For information contact Dr. Lesli Pace at pace@ulm.edu or 342-1165.

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