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Women’s March Set for Saturday

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The inaugural Women’s March in Bradford, canceled by a January snowstorm, has been rescheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16) at Veterans Square.

“A Celebration of Women” will include a presentation by Dr. Tracee Howell, assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Howell, director of Pitt-Bradford’s composition program and director of the Writing Center, holds a doctorate in English from the University of Buffalo with a focus on 19th and 20th century American Literature.

Her master’s in English is also from University of Buffalo and her bachelor’s in English and philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.

With a background in philosophy and critical theory, Howell’s scholarly interests include the study of narrative as well as cultural, gender and media studies.

She has taught courses in literature and composition at Pitt-Bradford since 2007. She was appointed director of composition and the Writing Center in 2015. She served as executive associate to the President from 2013 to 2015, overseeing and supporting various university programs and projects.

In this role, she also was Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Liaison for Pitt-Bradford.

Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, she worked with presidents at the University of Buffalo as assistant for communications from 2001-2005, and as staff writer from 1998 to 2001. At the University of Buffalo she taught courses in American literature, cultural studies, women’s studies, and composition. She has also taught at the Cattaraugus Campus of Jamestown Community College.

Originally scheduled for Jan. 19 as a “sister march” to the national Women’s March held in Washington, D.C., the event is being organized by a group of women from McKean County, spearheaded by Harriet Nevil of Eldred.

The event hopes to raise consciousness of issues that affect all women — such as, equal pay for equal work, sexual harassment in the workplace, and college sexual assault.

Nevil invited women from McKean and nearby counties to attend — Elk, Cameron, Potter, Warren and Cattaraugus County, N.Y. And, of course, men are also welcome to join the women in what Nevil hopes will become an annual event.

Nevil said her goal in holding the march is to give the group a forum to network and support each other on women’s issues.

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