Dixie Forum presents lectures on women in humanities, climate change

Florence E. Bacabac

Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum lecture series offers residents two opportunities to widen their worldviews in one week as it hosts two different presentations.

To kick off the pair of lectures, Dixie Forum will host the Dixie State Women’s Resource Center as it presents “Women in the Humanities” from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Professors in Dixie State’s College of the Humanities, Dr. Florence Bacabac, Dr. Melanie Hinton and Dr. Amijo Comeford will share their knowledge of the history of feminism. In a question-and-answer panel setting, the three professors will present on their specialties and the impact of feminism in their respective fields.

Bacabac and Comeford, associate professors of English at DSU, will discuss femininity and its redefinition throughout history. Bacabac’s rhetorical analyses of Ban Zhao’s “Lessons for Women” and Christine de Pizan’s “The Book of the Three Virtues” will review the rhetoric used across cultures to encourage the development of the oppressive rhetorical construct. Similarly, Comeford will present on the difficulties of reclaiming feminism through popular culture.

Hinton, a humanities professor at Dixie State, will present on the beginnings of the feminist movement and its similarities to today’s culture. Comparable to the social networks in today’s society, the feminist movement had its beginnings in the eighteenth century with a discussion-based group designed for female participation.

The following day, Rob Davies, an associate of the Utah Climate Center and adjunct professor at Utah State University, will present the bonus lecture “‘Iceberg, Dead Ahead!’ Climate Collision or Course Correction: Two Decades That Will Change the World.” The lecture is set to take place at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Zion Room on the fifth floor of Dixie State’s Holland Centennial Commons.

Davies will deliver a bare assessment of the challenge and scale of climate change and possible risk management. Davies has worked as a project scientist for the USU Space Dynamics Lab, technical liaison for NASA’s International Space Station and officer and meteorologist in the United States Air Force.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via 50-minute presentations. Dixie Forum will continue its weekly lecture series on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Dunford Auditorium with a presentation by Dr. David C. Somers from Boston University on the “Attention Networks of the Human Brain.”For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, contact Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@utahtech.edu or visit humanities.utahtech.edu/the-dixie-forum.