Panel to discuss women and American politics

From Rush Limbaugh’s controversial statements about Sandra Fluke, to the debate over health care policies covering contraception, to state-level abortion laws, women’s reproductive rights have been a major topic in American politics over the last month.

On Monday, March 19, Stetson University will hold a panel discussion on the “War Against Women in American Politics Today: Reproductive Rights in Media, Policy and Practice,” on Monday, March 19. Sponsored by Stetson’s Gender Studies Program, the panel discussion will be at 7 p.m. in the Stetson Room of the second floor of the Carlton Union Building, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. It is free and open to the public.

Topics will include current issues related to women’s reproductive rights, media representation of these issues, the historical roots of the battle for birth control and the international context for understanding this discussion of women’s reproductive rights.

Panelists will include Helen Strain of Planned Parenthood of North Florida and Stetson faculty members Dr. Jamil Khader, professor of English; Dr. Emily Mieras, associate professor of history and American studies; and Dr. Brigid Noonan, associate professor and chair of counselor education.

For more information, contact Mieras at