Dr. Atiya Stokes-Brown, associate professor of political science at Bucknell University, will present a lecture entitled "The Difference Women Candidates Make in Women's Political Participation" at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25, in the Burke Auditorium, located in the William G. McGowan School of Business at King's College.
Stokes-Brown will discuss how the presence of females in American politics can empower and mobilize women to feel less marginalized and more politically active. She will explore whether the gender of female candidates affects the strategies and outcomes of their campaigns.
The lecture is the keynote event for this year's Women's Studies Conference, titled "Women, Leadership, and Power," sponsored by King's College and Wilkes University. In addition to the keynote address, students and faculty from King's, Wilkes, Marywood University and the University of Scranton will present their research papers and creative writing that focus on gender issues in society.
The author of the book "The Politics of Race in Latino Communities: Walking the Color Line," Stokes-Brown earned her doctorate in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master's degree in political science from Temple University, and a bachelor's degree in politics and dance from Randolph College.
She teaches courses on political campaigns and elections, political behavior, gender, race and ethnicity, with a focus on female representation in American politics.
The Women's Studies conference will run from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Monday, March 25. Research presentations will be held in the Snyder, Fitzgerald and Walsh conference rooms in King's Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. Stokes-Brown's lecture will begin at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, March 26, the conference concludes with additional research presentations and a creative writing reading in the evening.
The McGowan School of Business is located on the corner of N. River and Union streets. For more information, contact Dr. Robin Field, Director of Women's Studies at King's College, at (570) 208-5900 ext. 5771.
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