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Knoxville — The University of Tennessee will participate in a national teleconference focusing on women in higher education in March.

The conference, “Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices, Women’s Solutions: Shaping a National Agenda for Women in Higher Education” will be held Monday Mar. 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium and will continue Wednesday, Mar. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. also in Hodges Library Auditorium.

The UT Commission for Women is a co-sponsor of the teleconference.

“The purpose is to discuss key issues that affect the education, advancement and success of women in higher education,” said Dr. Kimberly Gwinn, who chairs the commission.

Gwinn said another topic of the conference is the lack of a core group of women educators in parts of higher education curricula.

“Some areas of study have very few women,” Gwinn said. “Part of the reason is the availability of women in those fields, and part of the reason is historic.”

The keynote speaker on Monday, Mar. 27 is Johnetta Cole, former president of Spelman College, now a distinguished professor at Emory University.