Faculty Highlight

Libby Nutt Williams

Dr. Libby Nutt Williams

Dr. Libby Williams has been elected the 2013 Woman of the Year for the Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) of the Society of Counseling Psychology at the American Psychological Association. Congratulations, Libby!

Annual Colloquium - 2013
“Choices and Lives:  Abortion After Roe v. Wade


Fourteenth Annual Women, Gender, &
Sexuality Studies Colloquium
March 19-21, 2013


Over the past thirteen years, the WGSX Colloquium has become an established tradition at St. Mary’s College.  This very successful annual program has regularly drawn large audiences to events that have offered powerful interdisciplinary combinations of scholarly discourse and artistic expression (including film screenings, theatrical performances, and exhibitions) to discuss a topic critical to the lives of women. 

Although abortion law in the United States stretches back to the 1820s, no reproductive rights legislation or precedent is as cherished, loathed, debated, and controversial as the Supreme Court decision of 1973, Roe v. Wade.  And while politicians and lawyers argue over the morality of the procedure, the choice to have an abortion continues to affect the real life of women worldwide. According to the Guttmacher Institute, around 50% of American women will experience an unplanned pregnancy, and by the time they are 45, almost 33% of women in the U.S. will have had an abortion. 40 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, this year’s colloquium, entitled “Choices and Lives:  Abortion After Roe v. Wade” will provide a timely and critical discussion of the legal, historical, medical, and cultural implications of the case and women’s fight for reproductive rights in this country.


Play Production:  The Uncertainty Principle
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
8:15 pm, Cole Cinema
Eliza Baldi and Diane Davis


"The Forty Years' War:  Roe v. Wade, Reproductive Rights, and the Battle for Gender Equality"
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
4:45 pm, Cole Cinema
Joanna L. Grossman, Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law, Hofstra Law School


"With Procreative Liberty and Justice For All:  From Prohibition via Choice to Freedom"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
8:15 pm, Cole Cinema
Alison Jaggar, College Professor of Distinction in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder


"Groundhog Day for Patients and Providers:Re-living Daily the Debate on Roe's Promise"

Thursday, March 21, 2013
4:15 pm, Cole Cinema
Jenny Black, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Maryland


Colloquium Roundtable

Thursday, March 21, 2013
8:15 pm, Cole Cinema
Colloquium speakers
SMCM History Professor Christine Adams, moderator


2013 Colloquium Committee Members:


    * Gail Savage (co-chair, History)

    * Brandi Stanton (co-chair, Core Curriculum)

    * Elizabeth Applegate (ILC)

    * Jennifer Cognard-Black (English)

    * Barrett Emerick (Philosophy and Religious Studies)

    * Jennifer Tickle, ex officio (Psychology, WGSX Coordinator)

    * Maddie Alpert (student member)

    * Gwen Kokes (student member)

    * Alicia Lyons (Events)