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Why Women Run from Office and Other Upcoming Events

Kenderdine, International Policy Conference, Breast-a-Ville and Early Childhood Symposium

Dr. Danny Hayes

There are lots of great events coming up at Millersville University during October. Below are articles about just a few of them: Kenderdine Lecture – October 6; International Policy Conference October 5 and 6; Breast-a-Ville and Wellness Fair – October 5 and Early Childhood Symposium – October 1.

Kenderdine Lecture

Why has the United States never had a female president? Why is the U.S. Congress made up of less than 20 percent women? Why is one gender represented significantly less than the other in state and local political offices?

Gender bias has been the answer to these queries in the past, but the latest research argues that the more women who run for congressional office, the more likely they are to win.

Dr. Danny Hayes, associate professor of political science at George Washington University and fellow at the Women & Politics Institute at American University, will address this topic as the keynote speaker of the 2016 Harriet Kenderdine Lecture.

Hayes’ address, titled “Why Women Run from Office (and how that can change),” will take place on October 6 at 7 p.m. in Millersville University’s Lehr Dining Room. It is part of the Harriet Kenderdine League of Women Voters Lecture Series. The League of Women Voters of Lancaster County (LWV) established this series with a focus on public affairs, politics and government. LWV strives to promote educated and active participation in government through its nonpartisan political approach.

This year’s version of the Kenderdine Lecture will not only feature Hayes’ keynote, but also a talkback panel response led by the president of LWV, Fran Rodriguez. Members of the local community who will carry out the response include Maddie Pontz, student journalist from George Washington University, Marie Cusick, multimedia and StateImpact reporter for WITF and NPR, Lois Herr, former candidate for public office, and Barbara Wilson, vice president of the Lancaster City Council. The talkback panel will be followed by a public question and answer session and a book signing opportunity.

The keynote speaker of the 2016 Kenderdine Lecture brings not only his wealth of knowledge, but also extensive experience sharing that knowledge with students, colleagues and the public. After receiving a doctorate in government from the University of Texas, Hayes focused his teaching and research on political communication and behavior in the United States. A former journalist and current editor, Hayes has shared his expertise through two co-authored books and National Science Foundation supported pieces in five political journals.

The 2016 Kenderdine Lecture will take place at the Lehr Dining Room in Millersville University’s Bolger Conference Center on 40 James St. Parking is available at the James Street lot, located past the Student Memorial Center and to the left. The public is invited to join in on this free event.

With Liberty and “Justice for All”?

Registration for the 2016 Millersville University (MU) Justice for All? Conference is now open. The conference will involve various sessions that take place October 5 and 6. This conference is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Participants can register by visiting http://www.villejustice.com/registration/.

With so much civil unrest and all of the political jockeying currently going on, it’s easy to get distracted from the real issues. On November 8th, the stage has been set for perhaps one of the most important elections in recent history in this country. Yet, there are still so many people who have no idea what their rights are or how they can bring forth real change.

The annual International Policy Conference at MU introduces and highlights the ability of policy efforts to impart change at both the community and societal level in ways that impact the lives and the quality of our society. As such, the annual theme recognizes the many issues that call for greater research, debate and action from the local to the global level.

This year’s keynote speakers will include Dr. Danny Hayes and David Cole. Hayes is an associate professor of Political Science at George Washington University and a fellow at the Women & Politics Institute at American University in Washington D.C> and professor Cole teaches constitutional law, national security and criminal justice at Georgetown University, also in Washington D.C.

The conference will get started on October 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an opening luncheon. Taking place in the Lehr Dining Room the topic of “Justice: Ethical, Religious and Philosophical Conceptions” will be hosted by Dr. Jill Craven, English and Dr. Victor DeSantis, Dean and Associate Provost.

Some of the past topics include, “Essentials of Happiness,” “Inequality: Defining our Time” and “Human Rights across the Globe.”

For more information, visit www.villejustice.com or contact the office of Civic and Community Engagement at 717-871-7622.

The 6th Annual Breast-a-Ville Event

 The 6th Annual Breast-a-Ville event will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of Millersville University’s Wellness Fair. It will be held outside the Student Memorial Center (SMC) on the promenade. The rain location is inside SMC.

Breast-a-Ville is an event created through the Breast Health Initiative at Millersville University that was started by Dr. Dennis Denenberg, professor emeritus, in honor of his sister, Diana Denenberg Durand, a 1967 graduate from Millersville State Teachers College, in order to educate students on the importance of breast health and breast cancer awareness and prevention. Students who attend will learn how to perform breast self-examinations, have an opportunity to visit and talk with local agencies, play games and more.

Breast-a-Ville is a one day wellness fair, with a fair-like atmosphere. There will be numerous community, university and student educators who will provide interactive educational opportunities for attendees. Some of the community organizations include Lancaster General Hospital, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, The American Cancer Society and many more. University and student organizations include; The Nursing Department, Acacia Fraternity, Relay For Life and Fashion at the Heart.

Some of the favorite returning items will be Bra Pong, Stack Your Rack and the photo booth.

For more information on Breast-a-Ville, contact the Nursing Department at 717-871-4274 or visit, http://www.millersville.edu/nursing/breast-cancer-awareness-program/breast-a-ville.php


Early Childhood Symposium: Play and Brain Development

Stayer Multi-Purpose Room

October 1, 2016 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: Dr. Marcia Nell, marcia.nell@millersville.edu

One should never have a life of all work and no play, especially as a child.

On October 1, Millersville University will host the Early Childhood Symposium: Play and Brain Development to discuss the importance of play in childhood learning. The event begins with coffee around 8:30 a.m. in the Stayer Multi-Purpose Room, followed by the keynote and breakout sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“The goal of the Early Childhood Symposium is to provide our early childhood teachers, administrators and directors within the community the opportunity to develop professional practices that include an in-depth understanding of the importance of play in the lives of young children,” says Dr. Marcia Nell of the Department of Early, Middle & Exceptional Education.

Dr. Doris Bergen will share her expertise on this subject as the keynote speaker. Before her official retirement, Bergen served as a professor of educational psychology at Miami University and was chair of the department for 11 years. Focusing her research on play theory and humor development, she has published over 12 books and 60 articles and book chapters.

After Bergen’s address, attendees have the opportunity to sit in one of five breakout sessions: (1) Dr. Bergen: Play and Technology, (2) Dr. Jason Petula: Play and STEM, (3) Dr. Meckley: Play and Infant/Toddler Care, (4) Dr. Elizabeth Powers-Costello: Play and Social Justice or (5) Dr. Marcia Nell: Play and Approaches to Learning Standards.

Nell, one of the speakers at the symposium, explains, “It is our intent to support our early childhood professionals in their advocacy for play as a learning tool for children by providing current research and expertise especially regarding the strong connections between play and brain development.”

This Early Childhood Symposium is the first of its kind at MU, geared toward early childhood teachers, administrators and directors with subjects as young as infants and as old as third-graders. Aside from valuable information about current research and practical applications, attendees can also receive four hours of PQAS credits.

The event is free and open to the public. While tickets are not required, registration is limited to 110 people and can be found at http://www.millersville.edu/eled/early-childhood-symposium.php.



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