In recognition of Women’s History Month, Davis & Elkins College will host a free public lecture sponsored by the Presidential Initiative on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Jessica Scott will serve as guest speaker for the 7 p.m. March 28 event in Myles Center for the Arts.

Scott, an associate professor of gender studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will deliver the talk titled “Women’s History Does Not Have to be Women’s Future: Inclusionary Models of Gender Can Save Girls’ Lives.”

“The fight for equity and civil rights for women in the U.S. continues as we acknowledge the accomplishments, past and present, of women including in the political arena, STEM and as social justice organizers,” said D&E Coordinator of the Presidential Initiative on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Laurie Goux. “We learn that equity is a must for inclusion to occur. In her book, ‘We Should All Be Feminists,’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie states, ‘The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.’”

In addition to teaching, Scott conducts research focusing on sexuality and place. Her current project is a monograph called “Home is Where Your Politics Are,” based on her doctoral research. She is also a children’s book author, having published her first children’s book, “Miss Penelope Thundertoes Changes Her Mind.”

For additional information on the lecture, call Goux at 304-637-1318.

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott