Changing lives: Lynchburg hosts conference on ‘Women’s Leadership in Democracies’

About 100 people from the University and surrounding communities gathered at Lynchburg on Saturday for a conference dedicated to women’s leadership — and the late Rosel Schewel ’71 MEd, ’83 EdS, a civic activist and champion of women’s rights and racial justice. Three panels preceded the highlight of the day: the keynote address by world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni.

The daylong conference, which was co-hosted by Virginia Humanities, kicked off in Schewel Hall’s Sydnor Performance Hall and culminated with a reception in Hall Campus Center’s Memorial Ballroom, where attendees — most of them women — also gathered for lunch.

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