RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 27, 2004) — The Gender Studies Program in the School of General Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) will host filmmakers Cynthia and Allan Mondell on Thursday, Sept, 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 1.102 of UTD’s Conference Center as part of its 2004-05 Gender Lecture Series.
The event is being co-sponsored by UTD’s Carloyn Lipshy Galerstein Women’s Center.
The Mondells will show and discuss their film The Spirit of Women , which documents an historic event that changed the course of the women’s movement — the first National Women’s Conference. For the conference, which was held in Houston in November 1977, 20,000 women and men left their jobs and homes in cities and towns across the country in an effort to end discrimination against women and promote equal rights.
The film includes rare archival footage and touches on such issues as the equal rights amendment, reproductive freedom, lesbian rights, sexual preference and minority rights. Also included is footage of former First Ladies Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Lady Bird Johnson and activists such as Coretta Scott King, Bella Abzug and Barbara Jordan, who were on the front lines that day to help develop a plan of action. The film also incorporates recent interviews with Gloria Steinem, Ellie Smeal, Ann Richards, Carmen Delgado Votaw, Liz Carpenter and Betty Friedan, who bring an understanding of the legacy of the conference.
The Mondells, who previously were artists-in-residence at UTD, have been making award-winning docudramas, documentary films and videos for more than 25 years. Their work explores a wide variety of subjects, usually with the goal of personalizing complex social problems. Many of their films have aired on public television, cable and at festivals worldwide.
Among their works are Funny Women, a film celebrating women comedians; West of Hester Street, a docudrama about Jewish immigration through Galveston, Texas, in the early 1900’s; Films from the Sixth Floor, six films about the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; and Dreams of Equality, produced for the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York.
The lecture series is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Janet Carden at 972-883-2350.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.