A recent partnership with the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre set the stage for some important discussions about gender, politics, and power, as seen through the lense of the world premier of the play King Elizabeth.
The partnership kicked off with a community forum held on campus entitled "Monstrous Regiment of Women: The Intersection of Gender, Politics, and Power," co-sponsored by Lincoln School and the Gamm Humanities Forums (made possible by support from the Rhode Island council for the Humanities). Panelists included Aubrey Westfall, assistant professor of Political Science at Wheaton College; Elizabeth Roberts, former Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor; Amy Rodgers, assistant professor of English at Mount Holyoke College; and Tony Estrella, Gamm's artistic director, who wrote and directed King Elizabeth.
Conversation focused on answering complex questions like: "Is power an essentially masculine construct? Or is it a neutral force governed by forces blind to cultural and biological gender dynamics?"Friday morning, Grade 7 students joined Sophia Academy Grade 8 girls for a special screening of King Elizabeth followed by "The More Things Change...II," a discussion exploring how gender "differences" are produced both culturally and politically. Local female politicians Nellie Gorbea, RI Secretary of State, and Sandra Cano, Pawtucket City Council Member, discussed their own experiences and how the next generation of female leaders can navigate power and politics.