“In Sisterhood” Curator To Give Talk, Lead Activism Workshop

March 2, 2012 — The art galleries of Allegheny College will present two events to close out the exhibit “In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh.” A closing reception in the galleries on Friday, March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. will include a lecture by exhibit curator Patricia Ulbrich. Ulbrich also will lead an activism and advocacy workshop in Room A103 of Doane Hall of Art from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 10. Both events are free and open to the public.

“In Sisterhood,” which is on display in the art galleries through March 10, is an oral history and multimedia project designed to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of this inspiring aspect of the region’s history and to highlight how progress was achieved through the hard work and determination of a diverse group of local grassroots activists.

Patricia Ulbrich is a progressive social scientist, film student and visiting scholar in women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh. For more than three decades, her research has focused on women’s issues, including how individuals’ race, class and gender shape their opportunities. She co-founded the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania and serves on the board of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.

The events at Allegheny College are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support comes from the art department of Allegheny College, the William Beazell Memorial Fund, the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College and the college’s Women’s Studies program.

“In Sisterhood” is part of the Year of Sustainable Communities at Allegheny College, a series of activities, workshops and events aimed at inspiring the campus and community to examine what makes a community sustainable in the richest sense of the word—that is, able to provide a good quality of life to those who live and work there and to be resilient in the face of challenges.