Dixie Forum discusses treatment of women worldwide

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ST. GEORGE — International women will be the focus of Dixie State University’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” when the series continues this week with a panel discussion examining the treatment of women around the world.

Florence E. Bacabac, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Jyl Hall, DSU Public Relations Coordinator, St. George News
Florence E. Bacaba

A panel of Dixie State faculty from around the globe will present from noon to 12:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Florence Elizabeth Bacabac, director of the Women’s Resource Center on the Dixie State University campus, will open the forum with an introduction.

Leonor Ceballos will follow the introduction with a presentation on how women in Spain balance maternity with their careers.

Leonor Ceballos, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Jyl Hall, DSU Public Relations Coordinator, St. George News
Leonor Ceballos

Even though women’s issues in Spain have drastically improved in the last 40 years, Ceballos said, there are still things that need to be changed. Despite this need, she said, Spain is ahead of the United States in supporting mothers in the workplace.

Chizu Matsubara will speak about what is happening to women in Japan, where people who are 65 and older are predicted to make up approximately 40 percent of the population by 2060.

Theda Wrede will take over and present on family and work in Germany. She will talk about maternity and paternity leave and childcare options.

Chizu Matsubara| Photo courtesy of DSU, St. George News
Chizu Matsubara| Photo courtesy of DSU, St. George News

Olga A. Pilkington will close off the forum leading a discussion on Russian women in the workplace. She will talk about “female” professions, explaining what they are and what social attitudes surround them. She will also address women’s rights and responsibilities as employees.

About the presenters

Bacabac was born in the Philippines and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of the Philippines  Diliman and a doctorate in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University. She was a recipient of the 2011 and 2014 Utah Campus Compact’s Civically Engaged Scholar Award.

Theda Wrede | Photo courtesy of DSU, St. George News
Theda Wrede

Ceballos is an associate professor in DSU’s Department of Humanities. She grew up in Santander, Spain. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Deusto in Bilbao before she moved to the U.S., where she earned a master’s in Hispanic studies and a doctorate in Spanish women writers from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Matsubara was born in Tokyo. She worked in the hospitality industry for 17 years before she became involved in education. Her areas of interest are language acquisition, culture and identity.

Olga Pilkington | Photo courtesy of DSU, St. George News
Olga Pilkington

Wrede completed her master’s degree in Goettingen, Germany, and earned a doctorate from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She has been teaching at DSU since 2006.

Pilkington, an English instructor at Dixie State, was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and has studied in Russia and China. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Russian, Chinese and English/English literature from Southern Utah University and a master’s in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. She is finishing a doctoral thesis in applied linguistics at the University of Birmingham, England.

About Dixie Forum

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. Next week, Dixie Forum will continue with a presentation by artist Johnson Yazzie. The oil painter will speak at noon Sept. 29, in the Dunford Auditorium.

For more information on Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, please contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712, by email or online. Stay up to date on the forums by liking the Dixie Forum Facebook page or following it on Twitter.

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