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History professor examines women’s roles in Vietnam protests

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Penelope Adams Moon, assistant professor of history at Bethel College, will present the second Faculty Seminar Series lecture for 2006-07 on Monday, Nov.13, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Moon has a particular interest in social and American history, and her topic will be “Combatant Noncombatants: American Women Protest the Vietnam War.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Like their male counterparts, thousands of women protested the Vietnam War,” Moon said. “Their task, however, was made especially challenging by the fact that the antiwar movement focused largely on the issue of the draft – an issue that, because of the gendered nature of the draft, marginalized women.

“Thus, women were forced to find creative ways to relate to the draft-oriented antiwar movement or protest the war from a different perspective,” she continued. “In many cases, gender became an organizing tool around which women built their protest against American activities in Vietnam.”

Moon earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Saint Mary’s College, a master’s degree in art history from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in history (concentrations in post-Civil War American history and American women’s history) from Arizona State University. She has been teaching at Bethel College since 2002.

Upcoming Faculty Seminars include “Docked Victims and a Seagoing Heroine: The Women of Orson Welles’ Four Men on a Raft (1941) and Jorge Amado’s Sea of Death (1936)” by interim academic dean and associate professor of English Brad Born on Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, and “The Trumpet Music of John Wallace” by Richard J.W. Tirk, assistant professor of music, on Monday, April 16, 2007.

The Faculty Seminar provides a forum for Bethel College faculty to present their achievements to the larger campus community. Recent dissertations, books, papers and fine arts productions usually form the core of the presented material. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes and include a significant time for questions and answers. Students and interested members of the community are invited to attend all sessions.

The Bethel College Faculty Seminar series is supported in part by the Earl and Meta Leisy Eymann Endowment. For further information or a copy of the complete Faculty Seminar schedule for 2006-07, contact Faculty Seminar co-directors Christopher Earles at (316) 284-5258 or Sharon Eicher at (316) 284-5319.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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