Global Women's Project | Tue, Apr 15, 2014
On April 10 at Georgetown Unversity's School of Continuing Studies auditorium, the Center of Concern's Global Women's Project (GWP) hosted a new event, Center Focus Live!. The event included a film screening, question and answer session with the filmmakers, and reception to celebrate the Project's legacy of leadership on women's issues through research, education, and advocacy. Dr. John Fuegi and Ms. Jo Francis, filmmakers of the featured presentation, The War Within: A Portrait of Viriginia Woolf, fielded questions from a lively audience and offered insights into their work on the internationally acclaimed film series, Women of Power. Dr. Deva Kemmis, the new director of the Global Women's Project, shared her commitment to continue working for girls' education and women's empowerment. Dr. Carolyn Bain, the director of communications, organized the event.
Recently joining the Center as director of GWP, Dr. Deva Kemmis continues and expands the trajectory of its previous director Sr. Maria Riley, OP, whose work brought women's issues into focus through decades of publications and presentations around the world.
The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf, winner of the International Documentary Association and the National Educational Media Network's Golden Apple. Kemmis said, "We are excited about the opportunity to welcome the filmmakers of the celebrated Women of Power series, Dr. John Fuegi and Jo Francis, to our GWP special event. Their internationally acclaimed documentary films capture the powerful stories of women whose creativity, courage, and tenacity have shaped our path to empowerment." The film's screening honored the GWP's legacy of work and affirms its leadership position on supporting women's empowerment and expanding its outreach through new media platforms.
The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf is a definitive documentary, combining the highest standards of scholarship with the artistry of filmmaking," says Kemmis. "The film reveals Woolf as a thought leader for social justice and women's rights. She overcame cultural resistance to girls' education and found her own voice on the world's literary stage as well as in writings related to establishing the League of Nations. Her legacy of peacemaking and women's empowerment through education resonates powerfully today."