Williston Northampton’s 10th Diversity Conference

ackmannJournalist, author, and Mount Holyoke College professor, Dr. Martha Ackmann has been chosen as the keynote speaker for Williston Northampton School’s 10th annual Diversity Conference on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM.

Dr. Ackmann, who teaches in Mount Holyoke’s Gender Studies and English departments, is the author of The Mercury 13: the True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight and Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League.

Dr. Ackmann’s work has been published in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.  She has commentated for National Public Radio and was featured on NBC’s Today show, CBS, CNN, and the BBC. She is currently working on a new book about poet Emily Dickinson.

Students will participate in two workshops, with topics to include: “Your Story, Tell It!” with storyteller Rona Leventhal, “When does JK become WTF: Cyber Bullying,” “Kamishibai: the Roots of Manga and Anime,” “Genocide and How it Relates to Me,” “Islamic Awareness,” “Peace Studies,” and “Babci Stories and Pierogis.”

Dr. Ackmann will hold a book signing directly after her address.  Copies of Curveball will be available for purchase at the signing for $15.96.

More information regarding her upcoming book and speaking engagements can be found on Dr. Ackmann’s website, http://marthaackmann.com/.

Dr. Ackmann’s address is open to the public and will begin at 8:30 AM in the Athletics Center.  However, the workshops will be closed to the public.

View the Diversity Conference workshops by clicking here.