By Haley Doss, Chattanooga, Tenn. — The UTC Women’s Studies Department will present their annual spring lecture series throughout the month of February.

The speaker series entitled “Reflecting, Re-envisioning, Renewing: Women’s Studies After 45 Years” was inspired by the 45th anniversary of the founding of the first Women’s Studies department at San Diego State University. It also marks the 35th anniversary of UTC’s women’s studies program.

This series originated early on at the start of the program as “brown bag luncheon talks” and has over time morphed into something much larger.

The speakers will look back at various topics and cover how far the ideas of the women’s movement have come in the last 45 years.

“We thought it would be interesting to look back at various topics and think about what we were doing with a topic at the dawn of the second wave of feminism. And how has the situation changed, or not changed?” Dr. Marcia Noe, director of the Women’s Studies Department at UTC, said about the series.

The department hopes to raise awareness of the program and their history throughout the years. It will also allow the community of UTC to have intellectual exchange about the topics presented. “We are looking forward to a segmented audience and are excited to see everyone there,” said Noe.

The Women’s Studies department is very grateful to the Faculty Grants Committee for most of the funding of these events, according to Dr. Noe.

The series will feature speakers entirely from UTC’s women’s studies faculty.

“I’m so excited for the lecture on cinema by Dr. Palmer,” said Savannah Bennett, a sophomore from Chattanooga, “Her classes are always so interesting so I’m sure her lecture will be awesome.”

This lecture series is designed to lead students and faculty into the start of Women’s History Month in March. The program will also feature a keynote speaker, Regina Bradley, as a kick off to Women’s History Month. She will address hip-hop and gender on March 3rd.

All talks will begin in the Raccoon Mountain Room at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in February. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a social period and refreshments.