Eileen Pollack, a writer of short stories, essays, fiction, and nonfiction, will give two talks on October 21 as part of the OSU Creative Writing Program’s visiting writers series. The first talk, “The Facts Behind the Fiction: Research and Creative Writing” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Journey room of the Memorial Union building at 2501 SW Jefferson Way. This will be followed up by a talk titled “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club,” which will begin at 7:30 p.m. In the Valley Library Rotunda at 201 SW Waldo Place. There is no charge to attend either talk, and both are open to members of the public.
The evening talk is based around Pollack’s 2015 book of the same name. It is the culmination of six years of interviews with teachers and students of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as with women who found their careers in those fields less rewarding than anticipated. The conversation will explore the barriers women have to overcome to break into a career in these male-dominated fields from a variety of perspectives. It’s an important topic, and one that is likely to raise some questions. How did we get here? How do we fix this? Feel free to ask those, or even better questions, at the question-and-answer session following the talk. Whether you are interested in the true research behind a short story, or a true story about shortchanging women who could be doing important research, Eileen Pollack is an author whose talks you should visit.
By Kyle Bunnel