“Organizational Obliviousness: Entrenched Resistance to Gender Integration in the Military” presentation on October 6

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

KU Libraries will host a Gallery Lecture Series presentation by Alesha E. Doan, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, and Shannon K. Portillo, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration. The presentation, entitled “Organizational Obliviousness: Entrenched Resistance to Gender Integration in the Military,” is the first lecture in the fall Gallery Lecture Series line-up and will be held on Friday, October 6, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Watson Library, third floor West.

In this presentation, Doan and Portillo will discuss recent policy changes to the military’s Direct Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which reversed the longstanding ban prohibiting women from serving in combat units. They will explore how gender stereotyping permeates organizational resistance to integration at many levels of the military. Doan and Portillo will examine the concept of gender oblivion and how it impacts women in the military workforce.

“We are very excited about the Gallery Lecture Series line-up this fall,” said Thiel. “Shannon and Alesha’s research into women in the military is very timely and aligns well with our current Haricombe Gallery exhibition.”

The fall Gallery Lecture Series is developed in conjunction with the Haricombe Gallery exhibition, “Resist and Respect: Kansas respond to the Vietnam War.” The Gallery Lecture Series features interdisciplinary lectures and creative works from scholars and researchers across campus. This lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the Gallery Lecture Series webpage.

The second lecture in the fall Gallery Lecture Series is scheduled for November 6 from 2:30-4 p.m. and will feature Ray Mizumura-Pence, Ph.D., with a presentation titled “At War with the New Frontier and Great Society, On the Defensive in Vietnam: Correspondence between Kansans and U.S. Representative Robert J. Dole, 1964-1968.”

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