Ready for Their Closeup

Each day, KHC features the hot topics and great speakers in the Speakers Bureau catalog. Today’s featured presentation is “Kansas Working Women in the Movies” by Eric Monder.

Kansas women’s work took place both in front of and behind the cameras of the film industry. This unique presentation will explore the impact that many key women had on the development of the medium. Using rare and historic film footage, Eric Monder’s talk reveals how talented women battled against studio bosses and the conventions of the day in order to pursue their dreams. Major topics include the mainstream cinema’s depiction of women’s work across class and race, the lost women pioneers of silent cinema, and the contributions beyond Hollywood of such filmmakers as adventurer Osa Johnson of Chanute, Kansas. Below is an excerpt from Osa and Martin Johnson’s film, Simba:

Eric Monder is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and a teacher/lecturer at both Bethany College and McPherson College. He has lectured on film and the arts and produced events at the Salina Art Cinema, the Junction City Opera House, the Oscar Micheaux Festival in Great Bend, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

Bring Eric Monder’s “Kansas Working Women in the Movies” or one of the other presentations in the Speakers Bureau catalog to your community for FREE with a Resource Center Support Grant. It’s quick and easy! Visit the Speakers Bureau page to get started or contact Leslie Von Holten, KHC program officer, at leslie(at) for more information.