The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center’s Speakers Series brings you the best in historic and special interest presentations from speakers across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Watch for book signings and special discounts on all books in the Museum Store during select programs.
All programs are FREE admission.
The Speakers Series is made possible through the generosity of our members, donations and the support of local program partners and the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
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upcoming Speaker Series Programs
Humanites WA Speakers Bureau presents: fighting for love, strong women in onscreen romances with allison palumbo
January 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Balsam Street
Admission is always FREE!
How do film and television portray romance for strong, independent women? Why should we care?
Join Professor Allison Palumbo as they explore 40 years of fighting female characters onscreen—from private eyes to cops and spies—who struggle to find love. Even in these fictional worlds, where anything should be possible, romantic relationships tend to disempower female-bodied characters, no matter how kick-ass or otherwise empowered they might seem.
Learn how love has been constructed in American culture based on heterosexual norms and power dynamics that favor men’s strength and independence. How do America’s ideals for romance create inequitable relationships? How can we imagine more inclusive and equitable ways of loving?
Allison Palumbo (they/them), or “Dr. P,” is a professor of English and gender studies at Big Bend Community College. Palumbo’s first book, Love and the Fighting Female: A Critical Study of Onscreen Depictions, reflects their lifelong love of all things romance and action. They have presented their research as a cultural critic and feminist scholar at the Seattle Institute for Film and the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center.
Palumbo lives in Moses Lake.
About Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit www.humanities.org.
About the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau
In communities throughout Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions, and everything in between.
Our roster of over thirty Speakers Bureau presenters is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. Hundreds of Speakers Bureau events take place each year. Each talk lasts about an hour.
To reach as many Washingtonians as possible, we partner with a wide range of organizations, including libraries, schools, museums, historical societies, retirement homes, community centers, and civic organizations. These organizations host and publicize the events.
Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.