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Afternoon Tea Planned to Celebrate International Women’s Day

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, members of the Keuka College community will gather to participate in a traditional afternoon tea Wednesday, March 6.

Sponsored by the Women’s Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Office of Alumni and Family Relations, the event will run from 4-5 p.m. in the Brezinsky Room.

In addition to sipping tea, attendees will hear a talk by Iva Deutchman, professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith (HWS) Colleges. She will discuss “Women in Politics: Past, Present and Future.”

“Iva is an expert in her field and a dynamic individual,” said Chevy DeVaney, director of multicultural affairs. “Attendees should expect to be engaged, educated, and have a good time.”

Deutchman holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University. At HWS, she has served as the co-director of the media and society program; chaired the Committee on Academic Affairs and the political science department; and served as coordinator of the women’s studies program.

“The afternoon tea is symbolic as we use it to bring together women and men from across campus to talk about shared experiences, individual stories and most importantly spending time in the presence of other women,” said DeVaney.

But the tea is not just for women. According to Kathy Waye, director of alumni and family relations, “men are invited, and I think this provides an opportunity for men to better understand women’s issues.”

A day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women, “International Women’s Day is important because it celebrates the economic, political and social achievement of women,” said DeVaney. “It also draws attention to the gender inequalities that still exist. This day reminds us that there’s still work to be done, and provides a forum for women around the world to unite their voices on issues that affect us.”

Reservations may be made by email at womenctr@keuka.edu or ext. 5871.