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The Gender Chip Project Evening Screening and Panel Discussion

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Images courtesy Media Working Group and Helen De Michiel
The Gender Chip Project
Evening Screening and Panel Discussion
WORLD PREMIERE Helen De Michiel, 2005
Wed, Mar 1, 2006 7 PM
The inaugural Director's Dialogue on Art and Social Change features the world premiere of The Gender Chip Project. The Wexner Center-commissioned film documents the barrier-breaking efforts of five extraordinary female students from Ohio State preparing for careers in science and technology.

Filmmaker Helen De Michiel introduces the screening and participates in a panel discussion afterward. What are some of the challenges that women face when entering the traditionally male-dominated fields of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering? What structures are in place to ensure that women and other underrepresented groups are given a fair chance to succeed in these areas? Commissioned by the Wexner Center in 1997 as one of four Class of 2001 media arts residency projects, Helen De Michiel's documentary The Gender Chip Project explores these questions through the stories of five extraordinary young women at Ohio State. The film follows them over the course of four years as they try to succeed in their respective fields while navigating the always-complicated life of a college student. (video, 54 mins.)

Following this evening's screening, please join us for a panel discussion on some of the issues raised in the film. Moderated by Lisa S. Courtice, Vice President for Community Research and Grants Management of The Columbus Foundation, the panel includes Karen A. Holbrook, President of The Ohio State University; Diane L. Foster, Assistant Professor in Ohio State's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science; Joyce M. Durnford, Research Leader, Biosystems, at Battelle*; Lisa M. Chambers, State Director of TECH CORPS Ohio; and filmmaker Helen De Michiel.

You are also invited to join us before the screening at 6 pm for a reception in Mershon Auditorium Lobby.

Groups planning to attend this evening's session, please call the Patron Services Desk at (614) 292-3535.

Ms. Durnford was unable to attend. Kay Bea Jones, Associate Professor in Ohio State's Knowlton School of Architecture, participated in her stead.
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