Sunday Mar 10, 2013,
March is National Women’s History Month and this year the theme will be Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Piermont Library plans to celebrate one of our own “women in science” as we continue the popular Friends and Neighbors series with a program on Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m., presented by Dr. Margaret Winslow, a veteran field geologist, professor at City College and author of the newly published memoir entitled “Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond.”
Winslow entered what was then an essentially male world of field geology in the 1970s. Following a dream and with decades of reading about adventure and survival behind her, she “plunged into true wilderness” in places such as Tierra del Fuego, halfway between the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn, seven thousand miles from New York.
In this fascinating travel memoir, she offers a compelling glimpse into her misadventures as an inexperienced geologist beginning pioneering field research in uncharted waters and trackless forests. “Somewhere near the bottom edge of the earth, a young woman attempts to balance on a slippery rock ledge,” she writes, detailing near-death experiences and her evolution from ill-prepared novice to respected leader as she learned to rely on her own inner compass in order to survive.
The book recently won praise from the prestigious Kirkus Reviews:
“Winslow admirably pairs scientific jargon with entertaining anecdotes, detailing both her field work and her experiences as a woman with precision and humor. That said, the strength of the book lies in her straightforward descriptions, rather than in strong literary embellishment. Winslow is also careful not to let her gender be the primary focus of the story, but the physical and emotional demands of her work make her accomplishments that much more impressive.” –Kirkus Reviews
Dr. Winslow will read from the book and present slides and maps from her work on Tierra del Fuego over the last thirty years. She will welcome questions about the region, the science, and the cultural history of the area, as well as about the process of writing memoir. Books will be available for purchase and signing. All are welcome!