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Gutgold to present on women and the U.S. presidency

9/19/2012 —

Nichola Gutgold, Ph.D., associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will be the featured speaker for the next Teaching International program lecture at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 2, at the campus in Center Valley. Gutgold will discuss "Women and the American Presidency 1964-present: Obstacles, Opportunities, and a Look Toward the Global." This event is free and open to the public.

2008 was a visibly progressive year for women in American politics. Hillary Clinton almost won the Democratic nomination for president and Sarah Palin was the Republican vice presidential candidate. Gutgold will address questions including if the absence of women on a national party ticket in 2012 means that all progress is lost. Her research examines the role of women and the American presidency through a rhetorical lens moving from the present day backwards to 1964. The discussion will also include a look beyond the United States and ask why the country lags behind other countries in female executive leadership.

Nichola Gutgold is author of a number of books and articles including three specifically on women and the presidency: "Paving the Way for Madam President," "Almost Madam President," and "Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced" (co-authored with Ted Shekels and Diana Carlin).

Teaching International at Penn State University has developed into a model of global education anchored in curriculum innovation, student-centered research and teaching, and engaged global citizenship. Course lectures, class projects, field trips, public debates, service learning activities, theatrical productions, films, and guest lectures are some of the methods used to help students learn about the world. Teaching International at Penn State Lehigh Valley is a campus-wide academic initiative modeled after the program at Penn State Greater Allegheny which aims to enhance our own campus dynamics and community.

For more information about Teaching International, including upcoming speakers, click here.


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