Dr. Carol Lilly
associate professor of history, 308.865.8757
The Women’s Studies Honor Society at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will present “Channeling Rage & Speaking Truth to Power: Women, Politics and Change in the 21st Century” on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Great Room.
Dr. Wendy Smooth, an assistant professor of public policy in the Department of Women’s Studies at the Ohio State University, will give the presentation. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Before to joining the faculty of OSU, she was a member of the political science department at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
The presentation, which is cosponsored by the Women’s Studies Honor Society, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Campus Republicans and Campus Democrats, is free and open to the public.
Dr. Smooth has worked to end violence against women and to raise awareness of domestic violence in the African American community. She is co-author of the book What Is It About the Walls? A Report of the Domestic Violence Experiences of African American Women in the Lincoln, Nebraska Area. The book chronicles the domestic violence experiences of African American women in the Lincoln community and gives policy recommendations to improve domestic violence service delivery for women of color.
Currently, Dr. Smooth is working on her first individually authored book, titled Perceptions of Power and Influence: The Impact of Race and Gender on Legislative Influence, which focuses on African American women elected to state legislatures across the country and examines the conditions under which they are most effective in representing their communities.