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January Fireside Chat
The Saturday Evening Girls: From Immigrant Artists to the Antiques Roadshow With Dr. Dorothy King
Wednesday, January 24th (weather makeup January 31st) 6:00 p.m. Short business meeting and social time 6:30 p.m. Doors open to the public 7:00 p.m. Presentation with Q&A
Bellevue Park Community Building, Harrisburg
The Saturday Evening Girls (SEGs) began in 1898 in Boston as a reading club for Jewish and Italian immigrant women. They met at the North Bennett Street Industrial School, which was founded to furnish North End residents with vocational, educational, and recreational opportunities as a way to help them adjust to life in America.
The women became very good friends, and began calling themselves the Saturday Evening Girls. They eventually produced scholarly newsletters, interpreted the cultural heritage of their members through music and dance, and founded Paul Revere Pottery. The pottery is now highly collectible, valued at thousands of dollars, and has been featured on the Antiques Roadshow.
As an aficionado of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Dr. King first became aware of the beautiful SEG pottery, and then began to wonder who made it. She started tracing their history and meeting with their descendants. She has discovered a remarkable story which has great resonance with issues which are still relevant to girls and women today. She is now working on a book about the Saturday Evening Girls.
Dr. King is a retired Sociology Professor at Penn State Harrisburg who received her Ed.D. From Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a playwright and the founder of PenOwl Productions Theatre Company. Her 20th play in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pulling Strings, will be presented at Penn State Harrisburg on January 15 and 16.
Directions to Bellevue Park Community Building at 143 Oakwood Road, Harrisburg: Take Market Street to Pentwater Road (across from the Bellevue Towers Apartments at 2400 Market). Stay on Pentwater to the triple fork. Take the left fork onto Briarcliff Road (you will cross Bellevue Road). Turn left onto Oakwood Road. Park along Oakwood Road. Carpooling is encouraged!
Presidents’ Message I am a January baby. Too late to be a tax credit during the gestation year, too little to take out of the house in freezing temperatures to show off to the neighbors. (I actually know a lot of January babies. Makes you believe in that old Rites of Spring thing.) January is usually the most trying/challenging season around here. This year has been exceptional. As we slowly crawl out of a ridicu- lously frigid spell – my furnace pilot light got snuffed by the gale force winds; my daughter’s kitchen drain turned into an elongated ice cube – perhaps we all need to overcome our PPD (post parties depression) and look to the great things coming
up to lift us into positivity. This year’s Fireside Chats are designed especially to jump start us into our “uplifting” Spring. I am really excited about the January 24 Fireside Chat about the women who created the Paul Revere Pottery. The work is stunningly beautiful and reflective of an era with such well-known artists as Maxfield Parrish (one of my favorites). Pieces are collector status and museum integrals now, but the story behind how they came to be is truly that of the female will to survive and grow, to be independent and productive and in charge of their own destiny. Come find out why. And, oh yes, it is right after my birthday, so I consider this a special gift to start my next chronological year. Yay!
PS: As to our disastrous dilemmas from the cold: my HVAC guy came immediately after I called him, got things warm again, and didn’t charge me because it was a super easy fix; and my daughter’s neighbors/friends got together and rerouted her plumbing so that there would be no more ice cubes. There really are lights at the end of what seem like darkest tunnels. Maybe they are the fireflies of summer, but usually they are just good people helping us all hold life together. We all know them… and we are them, especially the many friends of AAUW. Love to you all.
Welcome to 2018!!!
With warm appreciation, Carol and Susan
The Connection is published monthly September-May by
Harrisburg Branch AAUW (aauwharrisburg.org)
Editor: Allison Stark
Presidents: Susan Boal Shill &
***Newsletter Contributions*** Any members who wish to contribute an article, upcoming event notice, or news item to the newsletter may do so by emailing them in the form of a Word document to Allison Stark at Hbgaauwnewsletter@gmail.com by no later than the tenth of the preceding month.
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Thank you! Allison
Board meetings : upcoming dates February 6, 2018
March 6, 2018 Meetings will begin at 6:30PM on the first Tuesday of each month at the
Overlook Clubhouse Conference Room, 150 Erford Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
February Fireside Chat: A Practical Approach to Mindfulness and Meditation With Andrea Rudolph February 20th (weather makeup February 27th) 6:30 p.m. Short business meeting and social time 7:00 p.m. Presentation Home of Lee Johnson 2208 Yale Avenue Camp Hill RSVP 717-761-2935
Learn how simple techniques of mindfulness and meditation can increase memory, enhance ability to focus clearly, lower blood pressure, decrease the stress response, and increase overall wellness. You’ll leave this Fireside Chat feeling refreshed and energized!
The branch made $436.00 on the silent auction at the Holiday tea which was contributed to AAUW Funds as part of our 2017
contribution. Thanks to Marcia Hajduk for organizing!
ALLENBERRY BRUNCH We are seeking a response to gauge interest in a brunch and theatre event at Allenberry
on April 8.
The brunch would be a buffet with an omelette station and Belgian waffles, followed by the play Steel Magnolias.
12:30pm brunch, 2pm show. Tickets would be $50, which would include a
small EF contribution.
Please email Marcia Hajduk at Mahajduk@hacc.edu if you might be
interested (no obligation), with registration information to come later.
Sexual Harassment The term sexual harassment is a relatively new addition to our vocabulary, created by feminists in 1976 to name an age-old practice. Court litigation in the 1970s led to the adoption of regulations defining sexual harassment by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) in 1980. Those EEOC definitions largely were confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1986 case, Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the court’s first confirmation of sexual harassment as a form of workplace sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Later cases focused on schools and drew on Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments as a legal basis. Despite the widespread appearance of the term “sexual harassment” in public discourse and political debate, the legal concept of sexual harassment differs somewhat from popular usage, where the term often refers to types of sexual misconduct not covered by more narrow judicial definitions of sexual harassment. Just what is sexual harassment, according to the U.S. Supreme Court? The Supreme Court outlined two types of harassment that translate into illegal sex discrimination. First, there is a general consensus about quid pro quo harassment, in which a supervisor’s unwelcome sexual advances are linked to rewards or punishments for the employee, including termination, reassignment, promotion, benefits, and so on. Later U.S. Supreme Court decisions found that sexual harassment exists even if the supervisor did NOT follow through on threats, that the victim and harasser may be a woman or a man or of the same sex, and that the harasser need not be a supervisor but could be a co-worker. The second type of court-defined, unlawful sexual harassment has proved more problematic. This involves offen- sive, unwelcome behavior that creates an intimidating, abusive, or hostile work environment. Offensive behavior could include epithets, physical threats, ridicule, taunting, putdowns, jokes, pictures, or insulting objects. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the conduct must be “severe or pervasive;” thus petty slights and non-serious single incidents do not rise to the level of illegality. But how do courts determine whether conditions meet the threshold of “severe or pervasive”? Judges utilize the reasonable person standard—that is, deciding whether the situation in question would be considered hostile or threatening by most people. However, this gender neutral approach runs the danger that men and women are likely to look at the same behavior differently—like whether teasing interferes with a woman’s ability to tackle her work duties adequately. Some courts have chosen to employ a reasonable woman standard but the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled on this alternative way of dealin