Women’s Studies at UTC kicks off its annual lecture series on Monday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Signal Mountain Room of the University Center with a presentation by Dr. Marcia Noe entitled “BFFs or Frenemies: Female Friendship in Literature and Culture.” All lectures in the series are open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

Video clips from White Christmas, I Love Lucy, Sex and the City and other popular films will be shown. Noe will investigate a puzzling phenomenon: why are there so few examples of female friendship in literature and why are the ones that we do see so troubled and troubling?

Noe has taught courses in American literature, drama, and women’s studies. She is the author of Susan Glaspell: Voice from the Heartland and more than twenty additional publications on this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. She has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer-Researcher at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; with Junia C.M. Alves, she has edited a collection of essays on the Brazilian theatre troupe Grupo Galpao (Editora Newton Paiva, 2005). She is a senior editor of The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, editor of the journal MidAmerica, and chairs the editorial committee of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, which gave her the MidAmerica Award for distinguished contributions to the study of midwestern literature. She has won the UTC College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher award, and is an elected member of UTC’s Council of Scholars.

“Small Screen and Big Streets: A Comparison of Women Police Officers on Prime-Time Crime Shows and US Police” will be presented by Dr. Lorraine Evans on Monday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Signal Mountain Room of the UTC University Center.

Evans earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Georgia in 2006, specializing in Education and Work and Occupations. Her major areas of research include: occupational socialization, particularly for new workers; education policy, such as school choice and teacher education, and how different media – virtual and conventional -operate to influence work understandings.

Among the courses Evans currently teaches: Introduction to Sociology, Gender and Society, Work and Society.

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