April 1, 2003
Sociology Students Study Southampton College Women
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Chancellor Hall was full of curious questions last Thursday as Prof. Barbara Peters? Introduction to Women's Studies students displayed biographical exhibits of women working at the college.
Students chose women working for Southampton College and profiled their lives. The tables were stacked with family photos and memorabilia from each subject. Some campus employees came and browsed the lives of their colleagues.
?The premise is that many times we perceive the lives of those around us as ordinary,? says Dr. Peters. ?We consider our own lives ordinary, but by interviewing the women the students selected, they found Women's History is being developed and lived every day by women we see, learn from and work with.?
This type of presentation has been put on by Peters? students from various classes in one form or another since 1997.
Barbara Peters is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southampton College. She is a feminine success story in her own right, taking her education to the ultimate level while raising two children as a single mom. She helped found the Women's Faculty/Staff Collective and has written a book entitled ?The Head Start Mother: Low-Income Mothers' Empowerment through Participation.?