Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson

Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson
Topics: History, South Dakota, Veterans/Military History, Women
Communities: Beresford
Program Types: Book Club to Go, One Book South Dakota, Speakers Bureau

Retired Academic Dean/Professor
Beresford, SD
mcarlson@iw.net | 605-957-4371

A River Runs Through It: The Missouri River Is an Enigma
Aronson discusses how modern technology has tried to tame the mighty Missouri River and harness its energy to meet the growing needs of the people in the Missouri River Basin, exploring the building of the six giant dams on the Missouri River and which groups benefited most and least from the flood control projects. Aronson believes that the Missouri River eludes the efforts of modern technology to tame it fully, and it continues to provide water of uncertain quantity and quality. Q&A period will follow.

The Doctor Is In - The Rise of Women in the Medical Profession
The doctor is in, and there is over a 30% chance that you will be treated by a female physician. The face of medicine is changing, and so, its gender. Statistics show that women now constitute a majority in the ranks of doctors 35 years old and younger, a transition that is likely to put pressure on healthcare institutions to change their practices around scheduling. Aronson traces the progress of women in the medical profession, beginning with Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first trained female physician. The theme outlines women's progress, including the tremendous impact of 10 female physician pioneers. Her research also focuses on 5 of the 10 most influential women in modern medicine, today. Lastly, Aronson discusses some of the obstacles that inhibit women's progress in the medical field and ways to solve these problems.

The Vietnam War Through Literature, Film, and Veterans' Stories
On April 30, 1975, at 8:35 am, the last Marine left the American Embassy in Saigon. Thus, ended America's most controversial war. Fifty years later, we have often forgotten the lives and stories of those who fought so bravely. Now, an increase in public interest allows studying the Vietnam War experience to blossom. This program presents "war time images" through the novel, short-story, poetry, film, and veterans' stories. Stories from Vietnam veterans in our own area add substance to this presentation. Aronson believes the presentation gives examples of the experiences, lessons learned, and lasting effects on veterans of the Vietnam War.

World War II Comes to South Dakota—Preserving the Story
This presentation explores the harsh lessons taught by war - the work of the local commanders of the South Dakota National Guard in calling both active and inactive members into active service, the hurried mobilization which affected South Dakota families, farms, schools, universities, towns, and cities dramatically, the involvement of South Dakotans in the all-out war effort, the free courses and special training programs used as incentives for young people to gain civilian skills and help in the all-out war effort, the early work of the Civil Air Patrol and its licensed pilots, the iconic stories of some fearless SD pilots, and stories by South Dakotans who fought in World War II on various battle fronts. The topic also provides a voice for some selected World War II veterans.

The Park Service Turned 100: A Woman's Perspective
Aronson presents the background of the National Park Service as we celebrated its 100-year history. The topic highlights and gives the history and description of national parks in ten states that she has personally visited, and provides the varied and professional roles of women in the National Park Service today.