Humanities Symposia begins with look at women in rock ’n’ roll

Christine OldingTrine University’s Humanities Symposia will begin for the 2021-22 year with a look at the lack of representation for women in materials at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Christine Olding, Ph.D., chair of Trine’s Department of Humanities and Communication, will present “Baby, You’re No Good: Female Musician’s Rhetorical Self-Agency in the Archives” beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Wells Theater inside Taylor Hall.

This presentation aims to shed light on an old issue: women’s inability to shake patriarchal expectations. Through an in-depth study of the Rock Roll Hall of Fame library and archives, Olding will discuss female representation within the Rock Hall, both as an organization and an archival site.

Exploring archived materials by such acts as Janis Joplin and Patti Smith, Olding will showcase the lack of representation and self-agency within archivable materials, and reflect on what that says about our society’s expectations of female musicians.

Trine’s Humanities Symposia is free and open to the public. Talks usually last about 30 minutes and are immediately followed by time for any questions, which usually leads to a total time of one hour. Wells Theater seats 75 guests, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early if they have specific seating preferences.

For more information about the Symposia, contact Melissa Mayus, Ph.D., assistant professor in Trine’s Department of Humanities and Communication, at

Last Updated: 10/25/2021