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HWS Series Continues with Discussion of Pre-adolescent Girls

April 20, 2000 Geneva, NY – The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men will present the third of four speakers scheduled for Spring Term on Monday, May 1, when Valerie Walkerdine will discuss “Growing Up Girl.” Walkerdine will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The public is invited to attend.

Walkerdine, well-known for the rigor and profundity of her studies of pre-adolescent girls, is professor of critical psychology and head of the Centre for Critical Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Before moving to Australia, she was professor of the psychology of communication at the University of London.

Long before the popular media called attention to the issue of young girls and popular culture, Walkerdine was analyzing the impact of class and culture on the lives of young girls. Her book, Daddy's Girl: Young Girls and Popular Culture, is an exploration of this phenomenon. Her most recent book is Growing Up Girl: Psychosocial Explorations of Gender & Class.

Also well known in science education, Walkerdine is the author of Counting Girls Out, a classic account of gender differences in mathematics, which was recently reprinted.

Each Fisher Center lecture is followed the next morning by a seminar with students who want to talk in greater depth with the speaker about his or her topic. Each such seminar is introduced by a faculty member from Hobart and William Smith. The seminar following Walkerdine's address will be facilitated by Carol Mason, assistant professor of English and American studies.

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was endowed in 1998 with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges' coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe.

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