Grinnell College Will Examine Broad Legacy of Title IX in Events Sept. 16-19

Event Will Feature Olympic Medalist Angela Ruggiero; Longtime Women Athletic Directors from Grinnell, U of Iowa

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 12:00 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Wednesday alumni panel will take place at 8 p.m., not at 4:15 p.m. (as previously announced).
Grinnell, Iowa -- In 1972, Congress passed an amendment that would transform the landscape of higher education. Most people know that Title IX requires colleges to provide equal support for female and male athletes. But over the course of the past 41 years, the amendment's impact has been felt more broadly—not only on the playing fields, but also in classrooms and residence halls.
Grinnell College will examine the sweeping legacy of this landmark 1972 law with a symposium on "The Legacy of Title IX" from Monday, Sept. 16, to Thursday, Sept. 19. The symposium will feature films, panel discussions, and presentations by visiting speakers and scholars. (A full symposium schedule is online and below, as are participant biographies.)
Highlights of the symposium include a panel featuring two pioneering female athletic directors from Grinnell and the University of Iowa; an overview of Title IX's wide-ranging impact by law professor Joanna L. Grossman; a talk by journalist Kristen Lombardi, whose groundbreaking investigative reporting has helped illuminate sexual assault issues on college campuses; a Scholars' Convocation by Angela Ruggiero, president of the Women's Sports Foundation and a member of the International Olympic Committee; and a presentation by prominent sports sociologist Mary Jo Kane.
All events are open to the public at no charge. The symposium is sponsored by Grinnell's Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights.
Symposium Schedule -- "The Legacy of Title IX" This schedule is online at http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/rosenfield/events.
Monday, September 16 8 p.m. Room 101, Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Film: Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
Tuesday, Sept. 17 Noon Room 101, Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Panel: "Athletic Directors Reflect on Title IX" Featuring: -- Dee Fairchild, professor emerita of physical education and Title IX, deputy director for policy, Grinnell College -- Christine Grant, former athletic director (Women's Department), The University of Iowa
Tuesday, Sept. 17 4:15 pm Room 101, Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Talk: "Leveling the Field: Title IX and the Promise of Educational Equality for Women and Girls" Joanna L. Grossman, Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law, Hofstra Law School
Tuesday, Sept. 17 8 p.m. Room 101, Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Talk: "Sexual Assault on Campus: How the Press Can Use the Title IX Grievance Process to Pull Back the Curtain on a Pervasive Campus Crime" Kristen Lombardi, staff writer and investigative reporter, Center for Public Integrity
Wednesday, Sept. 18 Noon Room 101, Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Scholars' Convocation: "Legacies of Title IX: An Athlete's Perspective" Angela Ruggiero, president of the Women's Sports Foundation and four-time Olympic medalist
Wednesday, Sept. 18 8 p.m. Room 101, Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Alumni Panel: Women's athletics at Grinnell Featuring Judy Lutter '61, former CEO and founder of Melpomene Institute; Laura Sinai '83, instructor of English at Seattle Central and Highline Community Colleges; Veronika Platzer '87, head coach, Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) Girls Varsity Squad; Jen Jacobsen '95, wellness director, Grinnell College; Nicole Cueno '02, endurance sports coordinator and YWCA Women's Triathlon race director, YWCA of Minneapolis Midtown; Deb Smith-Wright '75, director of pediatrics, Twin Cities Shriner's Hospital; associate professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Moderator: Heather Benning '96, associate professor of physical education, Grinnell CollegeThis event is co-sponsored by the Athletics Department
Thursday, Sept. 19 4:15 p.m. Room 101, Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Talk: "Title IX at 40 and Counting: Changing the Landscape in Women's Sport" Mary Jo Kane, professor of sport sociology; director, Tucker Center, University of Minnesota
About the Participants Joanna L. Grossman is the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she has taught since 1999. An expert in sex discrimination law, she has written extensively about educational and workplace equality, with a special focus on issues such as sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. The co-author of several books on gender and law, she also has conducted research on family law, with particular emphasis on state regulation of marriage and divorce, including same-sex marriage.
A graduate with distinction from Stanford Law School, Grossman served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before spending a year as staff counsel at the National Women's Law Center as a recipient of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship. She practiced law from 1996 to 1998 at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Williams & Connolly. Grossman is a regular columnist for Justia's Verdict and has served on the editorial board of Perspectives, the magazine of the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Mary Jo Kane is professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. An internationally recognized scholar who has published extensively on issues related to sport and gender, Kane holds the nation's first endowed chair related to women in sport: The Dorothy McNeill Tucker Chair for Women in Sport & Exercise Science. In 2001, she was elected by her peers to become a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, the highest academic honor in her field.
A past recipient of the Scholar of the Year Award from the Women's Sports Foundation, Kane was honored in 2012 with a Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership. This award is given to individuals who exemplify the highest levels of commitment and contributions to breaking barriers for girls and women in sports. In 2013, Kane was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators by the Institute for International Sport. She is a member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) and serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Communication & Sport and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues.
Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007. Her investigation into campus rape cases for the center won the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Dart Award in 2011, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in 2010, among other recognitions. More recently, Lombardi was a staff writer and investigative reporter at the Village Voice, where she provided groundbreaking coverage of the 9/11 health crisis. Her investigative reports as a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix were widely credited with helping to expose the clergy sexual-abuse scandal in that city.
Her work for the Center for Public Integrity has been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Foundation, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the John B. Oakes Environmental Prize, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She was one of 24 journalists awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University in 2011-12. She also won a fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for her coverage of child sexual abuse, and is active in the Dart Society. Lombardi graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley, and has a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.
A four-time Olympic medalist, Angela Ruggiero this year became president of the Women's Sports Foundation, a leading organization promoting sports, health and education for girls and women. A 2004 cum laude graduate of Harvard, Ruggiero won her first Olympic medal while still in high school, earning a gold with the U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She subsequently earned medals while competing in ice hockey at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Games. In her final year at Harvard, she was named one of the top 8 student athletes in the entire NCAA and was selected as an NCAA First Team Academic All-American. She was voted USA Women's Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and in 2005 she became the first woman non-goalie to play professional men's hockey in North America. She and her brother were the first brother-sister duo to play pro hockey together, competing for the Tulsa Oilers.
Already, Ruggiero has a long record of Olympic service, not just as an athlete but at a policy level: In 2010 she was elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission, which serves as a link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. She was later appointed to the IOC Evaluation Commission to evaluate potential host cities for the 2018 Winter Games. Ruggiero currently serves as a board member on the United States Olympic Committee and in 2011 was appointed to the World Anti-Doping Agency Board of Directors.
The author of an inspirational autobiography, Breaking the Ice, Ruggiero is the founder and president of a girl's hockey school and appeared on season six of The Apprentice.
About Grinnell College Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.
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