Teens and social media talk kicks off HERstory Month on campus

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Teens and social media talk kicks off HERstory Month on campus

Fresno State is celebrating National Women’s History Month this March featuring a series of events that begin with a lecture about female teenagers and social media at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 for its local HERstory Month observance.

Aimee Rickman

Aimee Rickman

Dr. Aimee Rickman, assistant professor in the Child, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, will discuss “I Don’t Want Them Knowing My Business, And They Don’t Have To” as part of the Women’s Studies Brown Bag series Wednesday in the University Student Union, room 309.

The Brown Bag series is an annual event held in March featuring talks by faculty from throughout campus. Four are planned as part of this year’s HERstory Month events at Fresno State sponsored by the Cross Cultural and Gender Center, the Women’s Studies Program and student groups.

Rickman, who is a critical interdisciplinary scholar of youth, technology, culture, marginality and gender, will discuss her study of U.S. female teens’ social media use.

Centering on the experiences of young people within adolescence, her ethnographic dissertation drew from 12-months of fieldwork with diverse teenaged young women from rural communities throughout the U. S. Her research considers young people’s technological involvements within specific historical, economic, social, cultural, and material contexts and challenges of adolescence. Rickman is often called upon by news media to offer perspective regarding youth and social media.

The term “HERstory” is a reclamation of language used by many activists and educators during the month of March, said Jessica Adams, coordinator of gender and LGBTQ+ programs and services for the Cross Cultural and Gender Center.

“Women are often excluded from national and global history curriculum and conversations, and this term is a way of intentionally drawing attention to their contributions,” Adams said.

Other HERstory Month events include (see full calendar):

Dr. Alison Mandaville

Dr. Alison Mandaville

  • March 9 (3 p.m.): “Gender and Geek Culture” lecture by Dr. Alison Mandaville, director of English Education and Credentialing in the English Department at Fresno State who specializes inwriting studies, comics and graphic literature and American literature in a global context.  This event in University Student Union, Room 309 will explore the impact of gender in comic books and geek culture.
  • March 15 (noon): “Reproductive Justice: Local Resources and Alternatives” will be a panel by Women’s Studies students in the University Student Union, Rooms 312-314.
  • March 16 (10 a.m.): “Queer People of Color” discussion with a panel of undergraduate students who will investigate the intersections of race and sexuality in the University Student Union, Room 312.
  • March 29 (12:30 p.m.): “Women’s HERstory Editathon” will feature Fresno State librarian Raymond Pun providing training and reference sources to assist contributors in adding and improving the Wikipedia entries for women in history. It will be in the Henry Madden Library, Room 2108 and participants are asked to bring their own laptops or check one out on the first floor of the library. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the Cross Cultural and Gender Center at 559.278.4435.

(Mary Sauceda, Students Affairs communications, contributed to this report).

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