Women's History Month 2020

Throughout the month of March, the Colleges of Arkansas Tech University will be celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of events, displays and exhibits that celebrate the history and achievements of women. This year’s featured woman is Lilian Mickel.


LILLIAN MICKEL (1909-1986)

 Lillian Mickel

Photo credit - Johnson County Historical Society

Lillian Mickel was the first female professional photographer to own and operate a studio in Arkansas.  Arkansas Tech University’s Museum is the primary repository of her work, with nearly 60,000 photographic prints and negatives.  Examples of her work will be on display in the Museum from March 4th – May 8th.


 Schedule of Events


Abbie Conant in Aletheia

February 25th

 7:30 pm

 Witherspoon Auditorium

To kick off Women’s History Month, the celebrated trombonist and performance artist Abbie Conant will be performing in Witherspoon at 7:30pm on February 25.  This event is sponsored by the Department of Music.  The public is welcome.

Award-winning Performance artist and Juilliard trained trombonist, Abbie Conant is a legend in the international classical music world. Her experiences have been the subject of countless articles and a documentary film. She inspired Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, which was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 18 weeks. Ms. Conant and her husband, composer William Osborne, have created works for musical theater, which they have performed in over two hundred cities across the United States and Europe.

More information about that performance can be found here: http://www.osborne-conant.org/Aletheia-English.htm 


“The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh

March 12-14th

 8:00 pm

 Techionery Theatre 

In celebration of Women's History Month the ATU Theatre program will present a production directed by two women.  "The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh and directed by Chloe Charton and Faith Spencer is a macabre horror-play about a writer whose morbid stories get enacted in real life. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 with a ATU ID. Sponsored by the Department of Communication & Journalism.


ATU Women Writers Book Fair

March 14


 Young Ballroom

An ATU Women Writers Book Fair  and Author Event will be held in the Young Ballroom on Saturday, March 14 from 12 - 2 pm. This event is a chance to meet published female authors who are ATU alumnae. This event is sponsored by the Department of English & World Languages. 


Choir Concert Featuring Women Composers

March 15


 Witherspoon Auditorium

The Concert Chorale along with the University Men's and Women's ensembles will present a choir concert on Sunday, March 15th at 2:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium featuring works of female composers. Featured composers will include: Alice Parker, Emma Lou Diemer, Lela Anderson, Eleanor Daley, Elizabeth Alexander, Susan LaBarr and others. The concert is free and open to the public.


History of Women in Behavioral Sciences

March 16


 Hindsman Tower

Behavioral Science students will display posters and answer questions about the history of women in Behavioral Sciences.


Interdisciplinary Research Series –
Dr. David Cullen & Dr. Virginia Jones

March 18th


 Chambers West

The Interdisciplinary Research Series in partnership with the Department of History & Political Science will present research talks on women activists by Dr. David Cullen: “Hattie Mae White: Educator and Activist” and Dr. Virginia Jones: “Towards the Nineteenth Amendment: Rhetoric, Myth, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton." A reception will follow the event. The public is welcome.


Women in Education: Share Your Story

March 19

 4:00 - 5:00 pm

 Rothwell 138

The women of the College of Education will lead a discussion on the different paths our professional careers can take and how each of our individual stories matter and create lasting impact when shared with others.  Panel members are Dr. Sarah Gordon, Ms. Christina Herdman, Dr. Gina Kraft, Ms. Lydia Rogers, and Dr. V. Carole Smith. The public is welcome


Women in STEM Panel

March 19


 McEver 162

Women from various STEM fields will describe their educational background and careers and discuss the challenges and opportunities women have in STEM.  The discussion will be followed by Q&A with the audience. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided. The public is welcome.


Lillian Mickel: Her Life and Times

March 19



This lecture will center on the life and times of Lillian Mickel, the first female professional photographer to own and operate a studio in Arkansas. Photography gave Mickel the economic stability to become an entrepreneur and a leader in Johnson County. Mickel, however, went far beyond the photo studio in her eventful life. In time, she founded a care facility for the elderly and sick children; worked as a self-taught painter; and, as Johnson County Historian, wrote the preeminent history of Clarksville. The public is welcome.


“What Lights You UP” Circuit Design Contest

March 31

The College of Engineering & Applied Sciences is planning a "What Lights You Up" paper circuits design completion in March. Competition entries are due on March 31st, and are submitted to Jacob Weidenfeller, the lab director of the Electrical Engineering department. The competition is open to engineering students across three themes:

·         Thank You Note to your Female Family Member

·         Your Own Story

·         Happy Women’s History Month



Women's History Month Displays and Exhibits

These displays and exhibits will be on display throughout the month of March.  All displays are free and open to the public.


Overcoming Obstacles: Lillian Mickel, Arkansas' First Female Professional Photographer

March 4- May 8, Museum

Sponsored by the ATU Museum  

This exhibition features photographs by Lillian Mickel, who was the first woman to fully own and operate a professional photography studio in Arkansas. Mickel’s photos offer a glimpse into four decades of Johnson County history, as well as the photographer's own artistic flair. Arkansas Tech is home to the largest collection of her work.


Women in STEAM Art Exhibit

Month of March, Norman Hall

 Sponsored by the Art Department

During Women’s History Month, the Department of Art will be displaying a Women in STEAM poster series with the information about the female illustrators who created them. This series will help make the statement that STEAM is the way to go because artists, designers, and writers convey the values and beliefs of a culture. 


Women in STEM Displays

 Month of March, McEver Lobby

Sponsored by the College of Natural & Health Sciences

During the month of March, there will be weekly displays in the lobby of McEver featuring women scientists and mathematicians.


Women in Education Displays

Month of March, Tomlinson, Hull, and Crabaugh

 Sponsored by the College of Education 

During March, the College of Education will have rotating displays feature women in Education in the lobbies of Tomlinson, Hull and Crabaugh, as well as on digital signage.


Women in Behavioral Sciences Exhibit

Month of March, Witherspoon Lobby 

Sponsored by the Behavioral Sciences Department 

Posters featuring women in Behavioral Sciences will be on display throughout the month of March.



Other Women's History Month Events


Women’s Appreciation Month Kickoff

March 3rd, 1:30pm - 2:30 pm

Hindsman Bell Tower

The Department of Diversity and Inclusion will have a Kick off event on March 3rd at the Hindsman Bell tower.  For more information about this event as well as other Diversity and Inclusion events, please  visit:

Department of Diversity and Inclusion 


Student Affairs Women's Week 2020

March 9 - 13th 

In addition to these events, the University also has a yearly celebration of International Women’s Week sponsored by Student Services.  For a schedule of International Women’s Week events, please visit:

Women’s Week 2020