Apr 7, 2006    #031
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

2006 Rivette Scholar Lecturer Announced

The UMKC Women’s Center is proud to announce this year’s Gerard and Patricia Y. Rivette Visiting Scholar Lecture, to be presented by Dr. Carol Lynn McKibben of University of California at Berkeley. This free lecture exploring immigration and the building of community among Sicilian women at the turn of the century in California will take place Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 117 at the UMKC University Center, located at 50th and Rockhill Road. McKibben is currently the Director of the Monterey Bay Regional Oral History Project for the City of Monterey, California and author of “Beyond Cannery Row: Sicilian Women, Immigration and Community in Monterey, California 1915-1999.”

Through her book and lecture, McKibben analyzes gender roles in this community of women and explores their strength and ability to respond to and succeed in constantly changing economic conditions. Using first-hand accounts and vibrant description, McKibben manages to capture the importance of the women’s cannery work to their identity formation in a new country. McKibben also describes how the strong sense of tradition and celebration among this community of women, in addition to continuous migration from Sicily has created a vibrant ethnic community in California to this day.

For more than 10 years, as part of the Gerard and Patricia Rivette Visiting Scholar Program, the UMKC Women’s Center has invited scholars from across the country to address issues of women and education. The program brings to campus scholars from the fields of economics, political science, education, science, law, engineering, medicine, philosophy and the environment. Past visiting scholars have included: Dr. Lucyann Geiselman, president of the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and Susan Gregory Thomas of U.S. News & World Report.

The Gerard and Patricia Y. Rivette Visiting Scholar lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Reservations are required for this event. To RSVP or for additional information, please call the Women’s Center at 816-235-1638. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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