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February 5, 2001
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Beauty Is Not Skin Deep
Womenís Symposium Gives View On Images of Beauty

Images of beauty from the viewpoint of older women, Black women, and disabled women, and a film on childrenís beauty pageants will be part of a Symposium on Beauty and Body Image at Indiana University Northwest on Tuesday, February 13 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Savannah Center. During the symposium, three women scholars will reflect on societyís description of beauty, as well as give their personal perspectives on the issue. 

Dr. Barbara Ransby, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago will present image issues affecting Black women. Self-described as a scholar-activist, Ransby has worked for many years in the Anti-Apartheid movement on a national level, and is also very active in Black feminist initiatives at both local and national levels. 

Speaking on beauty from an older women perspective is Dr. Frida Kerner Furman, professor and chair of the department of religious studies at DePaul University. Her recent book, Facing the Mirror: Older Women and Beauty Shop Culture won the 1997 Elli Kongas-Maranda Prize of the American Folklore Society. She will share some of her findings from the book. 

The identity development of women with disabilities is part of Dr. Carol Gillís three-year research project where she is the principal investigator. An assistant professor in the department of disability and human development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Gill also serves as the Executive Officer of the Society for Disability Studies.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest Diversity Programming Group and the Womenís Studies Program, the Symposium on Beauty and Body Image is open to the community free of charge. For more information contact Dr. Tanice Foltz at 219-980-6786 or at

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