Annual AAUW Educational Funds Luncheon

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Annual AAUW Educational Funds Luncheon

Saturday March 15, 2014

Willow Creek Golf Club

1700 48th Street SW

11:30 Social time

Noon – Lunch Served


Pork Loin with Cinnamon Apple

Herb Roasted Potato

Green Beans

Rainbow Sherbet

The vegetarian option is pasta primavera with red sauce.

Please indicate in the memo line of your check if you wish to have this option.

Reservations: Please send your check for $20.00 made out to AAUW Funds by March 7 to Nancy Kampmeier, 1900 Ballington Blvd. NW #308, Rochester MN 55901.

Speaker: Dr. P. S. (Penny) Duffy

Writing Historical Fiction: Research, Imagination, and Empathy

“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Henry Higgins famously asked in “My Fair Lady”. The answer might be “she can when she wants to be.” Writing from the point of view of her male characters is just one of the topics Dr. Duffy will cover in her presentation about the process of writing fiction set on the battlefield and in a Nova Scotia fishing village during World War I. Described as both a “debut” novelist by her publisher and as “a mature writer who understands the nuances of human behaviour” in The Washington Post, she will also address the benefits of “maturity” (i.e. aging) in writing fiction and the challenges it imposes both before and after publication.  There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Dr. Duffy, an AAUW member, moved to Minnesota from Washington D.C. almost 30 years ago.  She has a B.A. in History from Concordia University in Montreal, a Ph. D. in Communication disorders from the University of Minnesota.  Ten years ago, following a 27 year clinical and research career in the area of neurologically-based speech and language impairments, she began writing in the neurosciences for Mayo Clinic and is currently the science writer for Mayo’s Neural Engineering Lab. She is the author of an academic text, a memoir of her family’s time in China, and a novel, the Cartographer of No Man’s Land.  See for more about the book.

This event celebrates Women’s History month.