3 RC profs to host book-signings, take part in discussion on women in WWII
Thursday, September 30, 2010
immediate release – 9/29/10
Chuck Brown, Communications – 815-226-3374
years of painstaking research and drafts, a book by three Rockford College
professors is hot off the press.
"We Are a College at
War: Women Working for Victory in World War II” by Rockford College professors Catherine Forslund,
history; Mary Weaks-Baxter, English; and emerita professor Christine Bruun,
psychology, was released August 15 by Southern Illinois University Press and is
available at bookstores and at Amazon.com.
"The book argues that a women’s movement based on the
political concept of care and rooted in Rockford alumna Jane Addams’ legacy
persisted through the war period and beyond,” says Weaks-Baxter.
"While highlighting voices from the Rockford College
community, the book weaves together letters, speeches, newspaper stories and
ads, personal recollections, and photographs with national historical context
and analysis to show more generally the ways in which young American women and
college students were involved in the war effort.”
The three professors plan several book-signings and talks in the next few
weeks. They will appear at an event called "Capturing History” October 7 from 3
p.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall. They will also take part in a panel discussion
with author Emily Yellin and WWII-era
alumnae October 14, 7:30 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre and will sign their book
Yellin is author of "Our Mother’s War” about American women
at home and at the front. She will speak October 14, 4 p.m. in the Maddox
A website that provides supplemental materials for the book, "We Are a College
at War: Women Working for Victory in WWII” may be accessed at www.weareacollegeatwar.org.