Big Sandy Community and Technical Colleges Library Seminar Series and Office of Cultural Diversity will sponsor a Womens History Conference on Friday, April 1, in the Magoffin Learning Resource Center on the Prestonsburg campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Pike Building.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about women, their role in leadership and history and other important topics, said Judy Howell, a professor and reference librarian at BSCTC. We have assembled some great presentations that will leave participants enlightened and encouraged.

Heres a breakdown of presentations:

8:40 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. | Dr. Shirley Thomas | Disastrous Unions (Marital and Otherwise) and Their Rippling Effects
The tempestuous natures and the lack of suitability of these partners for one another not only created havoc in domestic nests but triggered upheaval within the respective cultures and nations. These individuals were not meant for each other (or perhaps they were).

9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. | Sandra Saad | Breaking the Be Nice Curse
The barriers and challenges in finding ones voice and in daring to speak up and speak out as needed will be the focus of this session. Too often young girls are taught its more important to be nice than to be heard. While that standard is changing, many adult women still live under the shadow of nice taught by their mothers, teachers and others. Women leaders such as Margaret Heffernan, Amy Cuddy, Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, and Sheryl Sand-berg will be referenced. The potential costs and benefits of daring to be heard will be explored and tips shared on how to break free from the chains of niceness.

10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. | Jennifer Herald-Kostner | The Last Acceptable Ethnic Fools: Untangling the Knot of Silence Found in Hillbilly Rhetoric

Have you ever thought about what it means to be a hillbilly? Is it different if an Appalachian person uses the word versus an outsider? This presentation will take a look at how Appalachians are presented to the rest of the world in the media on TV and in film with an eye on the way the word can be harmful. Since these images tend to be stereotypes and caricatures, well look at and talk about how that can ultimately have a harmful effect and how using the term, even jokingly, can keep a negative image going and the rich, wonderful heritage of Appalachia concealed.

11:20 a.m. to noon | Michelle Fields | Wild Women of Hollywood: The Portrayal of Women in Films of the Early 1930s

Contrary to most perceptions, the films of the early 1930s were shocking in their subject matter. Violence, adultery, drug use, and promiscuity were common in films of 1930-1934. The roles of women were complicated, often scandalous, and amazing to behold from the viewpoint of the early 21st century. Join me for a look at these lovely ladies as I discuss such films as Red Headed Woman, Baby Face, Female, Three on a Match and The Divorcee.

12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Charlotte Ramey | Womans Heart Health

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each yearmore than all cancers combined. But we can change that be-cause 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Join us and be a part of the movement making a difference in the health of women in your community.

The BSCTC Cosmetology students will be providing FREE manicures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McCall Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Judy Howell at (606) 889-4750 or email