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Arts Interchange – Abby Lee On Hedda Gabler


Hedda Gabler has become Hedda Tesman in marriage to George Tesman. But the play is not called Hedda Tesman. And this must be our first indication of how an audience needs to be critical of the social world where marriage confers a new identity on a woman. Hedda will have none of that. But what has she had, and what will she find in this new circumstance? Hedda Gabler yearns to be an “artist of the beautiful act.”

Hedda Gabler is played by Abby Lee in the IU Theater Production. Abby joins us for this Arts Interchange to discuss a complicated woman who audiences tend to either love or hate.

The IU Theater opens Hedda Gabler in Ruth N. Halls Theater this Friday evening at 7:30 and will run through October 3rd.

Sept. 25, 26, 29-Oct 2, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.
October 3 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Ruth N. Halls Theatre

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen is translated by Rolf Fjelde
Directed by Dale McFadden

Abby Lee (Hedda Tesman)~ is a first-year M.F.A. student in acting. This is her Indiana University debut. Regional Theatre Favorites: Wait Until Dark (Susan), Talley’s Folly (Sally Talley), Barefoot In The Park (Corrie Bratter), OR (Nell/Maria), West Side Story (Maria), Into The Woods (Cinderella) and Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth). Film: Confessions of A Shopaholic, 21 and a Wakeup, Year For Silk, Spexy and Triptych. TV: Chicago PD. Abby received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is from Chicago, Illinois.

Audience Guide to Hedda Gabler
Graduate student continues theatrical career at IU (IDS interview with Abby Lee)
Hedda Gabler and Elizabeth Robins: From Ibsen to Activism by Mary Christian (Robins produced and acted in the first London production in 1891)
Hedda Gabler, “One Of The Treats Of Being An Actor”

PHOTO: Abby Lee as Hedda Gabler, and Henry Woronicz as Judge Brack

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Is a Woman a Person? Needing Ellen Willis More Than Ever


So, here we are, August 4th, 2015, and I’m asking “Is a Woman A Person?” You laugh, no, scoff at me for asking this. Of course!, you say. But are we “persons” by degrees with some considered lesser beings? Consider the concerted attack on women’s health funding by Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. It seems women ought to be tethered to reproduction and firmly under the control of the male head of the family. Right? We’ll look at the essays of Ellen Willis in this program as a way to investigate the longevity of this male supremacist attack on women.

On June 30 I talked with Ellen Willis’s daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz, who had edited a selection of Ellen Willis’s essays, about Willis’s life and her influence as a writer,, which included her work as a music critic–rock music critic–for the New Yorker magazine, but was mostly political, and always feminist. We didn’t dig too deeply into the specifics of the Radical Feminism of Ellen Willis that night.

But, with the continuous onslaught against women primarily through access to care, which seems to be about restricting access to biological options regarding reproduction, we should return to Ellen Willis. No, we must to return to Ellen Willis.

There was something of a dismissive review of The Essential Ellen Willis in the Los Angeles Review of Books back in May of 2014 by Lisa Levy. It disparaged Willis exactly where I would praise her for sounding one particular feminist note for forty years. For FOUR decades what remained consistent for women while Ellen Willis was writing for both a popular and academic audience? The attack on women’s individual rights. The ongoing commitment to restricting women from being able to decide without the imposition of a man and a male supremacist society how to live their lives as equal human beings. But the book reviewer seemed to tired of that complaint, or too tired of having to read about it over and over.

Jennifer Maher, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Aretha Franklin – “RESPECT”
Eurythmics – “Sisters are Doing It For Themselves”
Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”
Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”

“Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?” (Village Voice, 1979)
“Radical Feminism and Feminist Radicalism” (Social Text, 1984)

Interchange – What Makes Us Vulnerable: The Essential Ellen Willis
Interchange – Impulse Under the Influence: Campus Rape Culture
Interchange – Rape and White Male Privilege

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

IU Ranks 11th Nationwide For Female Enrollment in STEM Programs


Indiana University now ranks eleventh in the United States for female enrollment in science, technology, and math programs, according to The College Database.

IU also places second among Big Ten universities for women enrolled in the so-called hard sciences, or STEM programs.

The Bloomington campus has 90 STEM programs, with 1,288  women enrolled, or 51 percent of the total enrollment in those programs.

IU tries to help women in STEM programs succeed in teaching, research, and professional development.

In addition to the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology, IU offers the Provost’s Professional Development Awards for Women in Science, and provides a Women In Science, Technology, and Math Student Residential Community.

Julianne Martin is the Provost’s Program Coordinator for the designated living center for women in science.

“A big reason we wanted to start a residential learning community for women in STEM fields was to help provide support for women in those fields,” Martin says, “They get be surrounded by peers studying the same things, in the same classes and have the same academic goals.”

STEM programs are defined by The College Database using guidelines provided by National Science Foundation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Bloomington campus has no engineering school, but does have one of the nation’s largest informatics and computing schools, so it classifies its programs using the STEM acronym.

IU Provost Lauren Robel says the university has made a focused and deliberate effort to attract women to the sciences. She adds that IU is becoming a beacon for women in these fields.

Martin says the old stereotype of science and math being male-only fields is gradually fading away.

“Some fields are better than others, like biology, with female enrollment,” Martin says, “But fields like astronomy, math and physics have much lower numbers. As you go up the academic ladder even into the careers the numbers just get smaller and smaller. So hopefully with these programs we can help women stay in these majors as undergrads and go on to careers in these fields.”

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in the STEM fields will grow at twice the rate of other fields in the coming years.

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