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Free Conference March 16 on "Women, Queens College and the Civil Rights Movement"
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

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Maria Matteo
News Assistant
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       -- Panelists Include 1960s Activists and Experts on Women’s and Civil Rights Issues --

WHAT:   Queens College’s annual Virginia Frese Palmer Women’s Studies Conference held during Women’s History Month.  Free and open to the public, the 2009 conference will focus on the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and how it led to the rise of the women’s liberation movement and other protest movements throughout the U.S.  A panel of four Queens College alumnae who worked in the South to fight racial discrimination in that era and an internationally known activist for civil rights, peace and justice will discuss their experiences.
WHEN: Monday, March 16
9 am – 12:15pm: 
Panel Discussion
  12:30 – 2:30 pm: Complimentary Lunch:  RSVP: or 718-997-3098
WHERE: 4th floor: Student Union:  Queens College
For directions, visit
WHO: Keynote speaker:  Frances Beal.  Founding member of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) Black Women’s Liberation Committee (1968), which evolved into the TWWA (Third World Women’s Alliance).  A long-time activist, editor and columnist, Beal writes on national black politics and issues of peace and justice. 
  Rita Schwerner Bender.   In 1964 she and her husband Michael Schwerner went to Mississippi as field workers for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).  That summer Michael, along with James Chaney and Queens College student Andrew Goodman, were murdered in Mississippi trying to register African Americans to vote.  After her husband’s death, Bender continued to work with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.  She is a member of the Association of  Professional Responsibility Lawyers.
  Lucy Komisar served as editor of the Mississippi Free Press from 1962-1963. She went on to become a national vice president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a founding member of the Tax Justice Network.  Currently she writes on international illegal finances.
  Rosalyn Terborg-Penn is professor of history emerita at Morgan State University.  She is co-founder of the Association of Black Women Historians. Her most recent books include African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920, and Black Women’s History at the Intersection of Knowledge and Power.
  Dorothy Zellner worked with SNCC in Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia during the 1960s.  After spending 20 years in the South, she returned to New York City, where she served on the staff at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the City University of New York. 

The Virginia Frese Palmer Conference, named for one of Queens College’s supporters of the Women’s Studies program, was established in 2002 as an annual conference to address some of the key issues and problems facing today’s women.  Previous conference topics have included "Women and Economics:  The Global Picture"; "Is Gender Still a Sexy Topic?"; "Women and Violence"; "Feminism and Multiculturalism”; "Women and the Iraq War”; “Female Image Makers;” and “Women and Sports.”



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