TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MARCH 15 EVENT:
You may participate in this event by registering as a satellite
downlink site or watching via cybercast. You will also have
an opportunity to submit a question to the President, First
Lady or any one of our speakers online. To register as a
downlink site, visit our website at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov (go to "site news" and
click "White House Millennium Council")
Following is additional information on the Evening, to
include a brief bio on each of our speakers.
Again, please do not hesitate to contact me if you
need additional information.
Thank you for your assistance.
Ben Kirby, Information Systems Coordinator
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The sixth Millennium Evening at the White House
--Women as Citizens: Vital Voices Through the Century
--will be Monday, March 15, 1999, at 7:30 PM (EST).
Millennium Evenings at the White House are a series of
lectures and cultural showcases hosted by the President and
First Lady that highlight the creativity and inventiveness
of the American people through our ideas, art and
scientific discoveries. These Evenings are part of the
national efforts of the White House Millennium Council to
commemorate the turn of the millennium by "Honoring the
Past--Imagining the Future."
As the nation celebrates National Women's History Month,
the President and Mrs. Clinton will host this next Millennium
Evening on the history of American women in civic life in the
The Evening's discussion will focus on three themes:
women as volunteers and reformers, women's struggle for rights,
and women in public/civic life. The presenters for the evening will be
Nancy Cott, Professor Alice Kessler-Harris and Dr. Ruth Simmons.
Nancy Cott is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History
and American Studies at Yale University, where
she has taught since 1975. She received her Ph.D. in
History of American Civilization from Brandeis University in
1974. She recently appeared as a featured scholar on the
PBS special "One Woman, one Vote." Her current research
focuses on the history of marriage and public policy in the
Alice Kessler-Harris is a Visiting Professor at
Columbia University where she holds a joint appointment in
both the History Department and the Institute for Research
on Women and Gender. She received her Ph.D. in
History from Rutgers University in 1968. Currently, she
also holds her appointment as Professor of History at
Rutgers, where he directed the Women's Studies Program from
1990 to 1995. She is described as one of the foremost
labor historians in the country and has played an
important role in the establishment of women's studies.
Dr. Kessler-Harris has authored and edited over ten books,
including: A Women's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social
Consequences, and Women in Culture and Politics:
Century of Change. One of her main subjects is
how working women have understood their world.
Ruth Simmons is President of Smith College, an
appointment she has held since 1995. Prior to Smith, Dr.
Simmons served as Provost of Spelman College, and
Vice Provost, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Acting
Director of African-American Studies at Princeton
University. She is a leading practical feminist and educational
administrator. She is active in a wide range of educational,
charitable, and civic endeavors.
In 1996, she was named a CBS Woman of the Year, NBC Nightly
News' Most Inspiring Woman, and Glamour Magazine's
Woman of the Year. In 1997, she was awarded the
Centennial Medal from Harvard University.