Campus News 2012

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2012

Schreiner Professor to speak on Palin as feminist
Dr. Jeannette Cockroft, associate professor of history and political science at Schreiner University, will speak on “Domesticity, Politics and why Sarah Palin is a Feminist” Tuesday, March 27 at the Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center, 226 Earl Garrett St., in Kerrville. There will be a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Schreiner University in recognition of Women’s History Month

Cockroft will discuss the recent return by conservative women such as Saran Palin to the traditional 19th century idea of feminism. She will examine the shifting notions of feminism, domesticity and the movement of women into electoral politics.

“The definition of feminism is extremely fluid,” said Cockroft. “High-profile women such as Palin hark back to an earlier view of feminism that stresses the moral superiority of women and the importance of the maternal perspective in public policy.”

Cockroft has been a member of the Schreiner University faculty since 2002 and is currently an associate professor of history and political science. She has a B.A. in Chinese language and culture from the University of Pennsylvania; an M.A. in political science and a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University.
The Mansion is an historic building without elevator access to the second floor, where the presentation will take place. Although this is a free event, reservations are required because of limited space is. To reserve, call to reserve: 830-896-8633.
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