Dr. Sally Kenney (Executive Director, Newcomb College Institute), Farzana Akhtar Naz (Deputy Registrar, Academics, Fatima Jinnah Women University)  and Mehreen Umar (PhD Scholar, Fatima Jinnah Women University)

Tulane Hosts Wikithon

Tulane Hosts Women in Higher Education Wikithon

Posted: 03/08/2013

On March 6, Tulane hosted the History of Women in Higher Education Wikithon in honor of WikiWomen’s History Month. A wikithon is an open-house event during which professionals, innovators and academics come together to add content to Wikipedia about the given topic. On Wednesday’s wikithon, people tuned in from around the world to work with the keynote guests from Fatima Jinnah Women University, the first all female university in Pakistan.

Even if one cannot physically attend the event, participants can connect via Skype or other virtual chat rooms and make their own contributions.  Dr. Humaria Ahmad, the head of FJWU’s Woman Research and Resource Center, joined by several or her literature students, added to the public knowledge about the social, political, and gender issues in Pakistan.  They focused on the University and what other Pakistani woman in education and literature are doing to make a difference in a changing identity. 

Other topics suggested for the day’s wikithon included significant Louisiana women of higher education, such as Bettie Runnels, the first woman to attend Tulane, Deidre Dumas Labat, the first African American woman admitted, and Elizabeth D. A. Magnus Cohen, Louisiana’s first woman’s physician.

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