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Speakers Series kicks off with women's historian

September 3, 2013

Jenny Barker Devine, assistant professor of history at Illinois College, kicks off  “Diversity in the Heartland,” the 2013-14 MacMurray College Speaker Series, this week with a talk on her recent scholarship titled, “For Farm and Home: Women's Leadership and the Future of Agriculture in the Midwest.”

 The event will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam/Springer Center, located at the southeast corner of Clay and State streets on the MacMurray campus in Jacksonville. The event is free and open to the public.

Over the past decade, the popular media has marveled over the emergence of the female farmer. What they forget is that women have made vital contributions to Midwestern agriculture for generations, with strong commitments to sustainability and local communities. Now that women own half of Midwestern farm land and their voices are beginning to influence policy, we can look back at decades of women's activism to determine where we are headed in the future.

Interpreting services should be requested 72 hours prior to event at or by calling 217.479.7123.

For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Communications and Marketing
Work: 217-479-7027
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