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Harper College Panel Discussion Inspired by Bestselling Novel

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By Patrick Bromley

Women's issues from the 1950s through today are the focus of a Harper College-hosted panel discussion inspired by the bestselling novel "The Help."

The discussion, running from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 11 in the College's Drama Lab, Room L109 in Building L, is part of Harper's One Book, One Harper initiative.

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It will highlight the evolution of women's roles since the era portrayed in Kathryn Stockett's book about race relations in 1960s Mississippi.

Art, psychology and sociology faculty, chosen for their expertise in women's studies and social justice, will cover the historical, sociological and inspirational aspects of what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Participants include Harper assistant professors Monica Edwards and Stephany Rimland and Michelle James, a psychology professor at Oakton Community College. LaVonya Williams, Associate Professor of Student Development at Harper, will lead the discussion.

"Beyond 'The Help': The Women of Today" is free and open to the public.

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