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Oct. 4 Research Forum at U of M Will Focus on Women in Higher Education University News
For release: September 24, 2010

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A panel of three prominent women scholars will discuss the role of women in higher education during the Women’s Research Forum Monday, Oct. 4, at the University of Memphis. “Women in Higher Education: What Have We Learned?” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Clement Hall, Room 409. Sponsored by the Center for Research on Women, it is free and open to the public.

The presenters will be Janann Sherman, professor and chair of the Department of History at the U of M; Jean O’Barr, a political scientist and professor emeritus at Duke University; and Judy Touchton, president of Touchton Partners and founder of

Women have gained increasing visibility in higher education as opportunities have expanded and more women have sought advanced degrees and academic careers. Despite these advances, significant challenges remain. The presenters will briefly discuss the early history of women in higher education, current trends, barriers to advancement, and international perspectives. A panel discussion with the audience will follow.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage.

For more information about the forum, call 901-678-2642 or email

Information about programs of the Center for Research on Women is available online at

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