Panel, film screening: Finding a Woman’s Place in World War II

March 16, 2015

Whether it meant manning the factory line, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, taking part in espionage or getting creative in the kitchen due to rations, World War II was an interesting time for women.

A trio of panelists will explore that idea during a lively discussion, "Finding a Woman's Place in World War II," at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. The event will take place in the Drama Lab, Building L, Room L109 on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Panelists will discuss the role of women in the 1940s and their abilities and contributions to the war effort, both in the military and on the home front. They include Amy Alessio, an award-winning teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library; Marcus Reznicek, a Harper instructor in U.S. and world history; and Kathryn Atwood, author of "Women Heroes of World War I" and "Women Heroes of World War II."

The discussion is part of the annual One Book, One Harper reading initiative, which encourages the community to read the same book and take part in a variety of related academic, cultural and social activities.

At 11 a.m. the same day in the Student Center (Building A), there will be a free screening of "A League of Their Own." The award-winning film showcases the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, established in 1943 to keep baseball in the public eye as many male ballplayers served in the military.

This year's One Book, One Harper selection is "The Greatest Generation" by Tom Brokaw, who captures the stories of individuals who came of age during the Great Depression and World War II and who were united by a common purpose and common values – duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and above all, responsibility for oneself.

The events are free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Media contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159