The University of Lynchburg and Virginia Humanities will celebrate the life and work of Rosel Schewel ’71 MEd, ’83 EdS with a daylong conference on Saturday, Sept. 10. “Women’s Leadership in Democracies”: A Conference and Celebration Honoring Rosel H. Schewel will take place on the University campus in Schewel Hall.
The conference will feature a series of learning and networking events honoring the life and legacy of Schewel, a civic activist and champion of women’s rights and racial justice, who served as chair of the boards of Virginia Humanities and then-Lynchburg College.
The keynote speaker is award-winning poet and educator Nikki Giovanni. Other presentations and discussions will highlight women’s leadership in politics, business, education, and nonprofit organizations. A full schedule of events will be announced soon.
Tickets are $25 for adults and free for students and include continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and a closing reception. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.
The conference is made possible by the University of Lynchburg and Virginia Humanities, including the Rosel Schewel Fund.
For more information and to register, visit VaHumanities.org/schewel-women-democracy.
About the Rosel Schewel Fund
Named to honor the vision and leadership of Virginia Humanities’ longest-serving board member, the mission of the Rosel Schewel Fund is to champion projects that tell the inclusive story of Virginia women. Specifically, the fund supports projects that expose and amplify women’s lived experiences, movements, struggles, and achievements across the commonwealth, honoring Rosel’s commitment to equality.
Since its founding in 1974, Virginia Humanities has explored and shared the stories of Virginia, including those that highlight the history and cultural contributions of women in the state. This commitment is one that Rosel Schewel passionately shared, and one that she advanced both as a member of the Virginia Women’s Cultural History Project Advisory Committee and as chairwoman of the Virginia Humanities Board. To learn more about Virginia Humanities, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.