March 30 2017
March is Women’s History Month, and throughout the month, we highlighted women like Anita B. Ogden, Rena Rockwell '05, and Julia Reinstein '28, who positively impacted the Elmira College community. Today, as the month draws to a close, the Elmira Students Against Sexism and Stereotypes (SASS) honor a woman still making history, Jan Kather, in this piece written by Kyley Vandemark ‘18.
Kather began working at Elmira College in 1979. Her most notable feminist work on campus includes being the advisor of Callisophia, EC’s gender issues magazine, teaching Women and Gender Studies classes, organizing “We Are Women Hear Us Roar,” spoken word performance, and participating in dozens of productions of “The Vagina Monologues.”
The issues that Jan Kather holds close to her heart include supporting art, in all of its forms, education, equality, and the environment. She organizes the annual Elmira College Arts Alive events, which celebrate the arts through presentations, performances, and exhibitions by faculty, students and special guests.
Kather also organizes and attends a variety of art events, exhibit openings, musical and theatrical performances, experimental art events, poetry workshops, artist lectures, film screenings, and comic book events both on campus and in the local community.
She collaborates with artists locally and internationally to create artwork that defies gender stereotypes, celebrates the local beauty of the area, and promotes protecting clean water. Kather is also dedicated to supporting local schools and libraries, Tanglewood Nature Center, and the Arnot Art Museum.