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Date: November 7, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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Women’s Studies Anthology Authored by Current, Former Montgomery College Faculty Wins First Prize at Book Publishing Festival

“An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women’s Studies” (Gival Press, 2005), edited and written by current and former Montgomery College faculty members, won first prize in the compilations/anthologies category at the 2005 DIY Book Festival in Los Angeles on October 8. The festival honors independent and self-published books on the cutting edge of literature.

The anthology is edited by Brianne Friel, former director of the Women’s Studies Program at MC-Rockville, and Robert L. Giron, professor of English at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Giron also founded Gival Press, an award-winning independent literary publishing house located in Arlington, Va., which publishes poetry, fiction, essays, and non-fiction in English, French, and Spanish.

“An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women’s Studies” is a succinct collection of articles written for the college student of women's studies. It covers such areas as women’s lives in society, political involvement, environmental activism, health care, behavior in classrooms, film, fiction, poetry, and philosophy.

Montgomery College contributors and their chapters include:
Global Women’s Studies: An Essay in Three Life Stories, by Rita S. Kranidis, professor of English and women’s studies.
Cuban Women: Betrayed in Revolution, by Teresa Bevin, professor of Spanish and mental health 
Women’s Work: Environmental Activism in India and Kenya, by Dianne Ganz Scheper, professor emerita, English; faculty associate in interdisciplinary studies at The Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies; adjunct professor of literary studies at the Community College of Baltimore County
Where are the Women in Women’s Health? by Maureen Edwards, professor of health
Caught Between Homophobia and Peer Pressure: A Classroom Experiment, by Teresa Bevin
Women in Front of and Behind the Camera, by Robert L. Giron, professor of English
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” and the Quest for Woman’s Voice, by Brianne Friel, former professor of English and women’s studies
Giving Voice to the Unspeakable: Contemporary Poems by Women, by Kay Bosgraaf, professor of English
Women in Philosophy, by Tülin M. Levitas, professor of philosophy

For more information about “An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women’s Studies,” contact Professor Robert L. Giron at 301-650-1376; e-mail; or visit

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