May 14 - Oberlin & the Question of Womanhood
May 14 (Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.) "Speak as though you had a right to!" - Oberlin & the Question of Womanhood. In 1834 John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin's commitment to "the elevation of female character" through education. Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches. In this illustrated presentation, Oberlin Heritage Center's AmeriCorps Member Jen Graham (OC' 2012) explores how Oberlin confronted and defined issues of femininity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women including Lucy Stone, Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day, and learn how they used John J. Shipherd's promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium.