CCSU Women's History Month luncheon features author Susan Campbell

Published on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 21:00
Written by Adam Hushin

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NEW BRITAIN- Central Connecticut State University’s annual Women’s History Month luncheon Wednesday focused on getting politically involved.

This year’s luncheon featured guest speaker Susan Campbell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of three books and a professor at the University of New Haven. She grew up in southern Missouri and in 1986 moved to Connecticut to work at the Hartford Courant.

Campbell gave a personal anecdote about how her beliefs were formed and how understanding this about yourself is very important.

“Reaching equality will take a lot of self-examination,” Campbell said.

She reminded the audience that people vote with their own self-interests in mind, which is why it is crucial for them to do the same.

“Outrage is so cheap,” Campbell said. “Action is everything.”

Campbell doubled down on this when asked afterward what she hoped the audience took away from her address.

“I would hope that, as corny as it is, they would know that the future is in their hands,” Campbell said.

The program was sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, along with the Committee on the Concerns of Women, the Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center; the LGBT Center and Student Affairs.

Women’s Center Coordinator Jacqueline Cobbina-Boivin said she thought the event went really well, saying that Campbell created a safe environment to express views while also talking about important topics.

“I thought it went spectacular,” Cobbina-Boivin said. “It was informative and inspirational.”

The event was free and open to the public, and featured a lunch buffet.

Also in attendance was the League of Women Voters of Connecticut. The organization was set up near the entrance giving attendees the opportunity to register to vote.

Cobbina-Boivin said that there is another Women’s History Month event scheduled for March 26, but that may be affected by the university’s closing due to the coronavirus.

For the most up to date information on that front, visit www.ccsu.edu/coronavirus/ .



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 21:00. Updated: Wednesday, 11 March 2020 21:02.