Elizabeth Wood, above, and Catharine Stimpson in a scene from the documentary “Love Letters.”
CASCADIA in partnership with Western Washington University will host “ ‘Love Letters’: A Film Premiere and Panel Discussion with Catharine R. Stimpson, Elizabeth Wood, and Greta Schiller” in celebration of International Women’s Day at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2024, at the WWU Performing Arts Center Mainstage. The screening is the world premiere of the film.

The 39-minute documentary is a profound story of love and activism between renowned professor, feminist scholar and Bellingham native Dr. Catharine R. Stimpson and musicologist Dr. Elizabeth Wood at the forefront of the narrative. The film highlights Wood’s landmark legal victory in Australia during the 1970s to gain custody of her children.
In the film, both women, now in their 80s, reflect on their experiences during a time when living authentically, loving apologetically, and fighting for fundamental human rights was considered radical. Motivated by the current younger generation’s noble demonstrations of defiance, Wood and Stimpson will share their story with our community. Watch the trailer here.

Discussion after Film

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the Stimpson and Wood and director Schiller.  Audrey Sager, CASCADIA Board President whose New York City law practiced focused on matrimonial law, will moderate. 

Stimpson is known nationally for her groundbreaking contributions to the study of women and gender. She is a founder of feminist criticism and the feminist journal, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Wood is recognized as one of the pioneers who established new directions in modern musicology in addition to being a novelist.

Tickets are free and available now for this special event which is open to the public. Contact the WWU PAC Box Office here for tickets or phone (360) 650-6146.  

This event is sponsored by: Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections, CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival, the Western Foundation, WWU’s Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and LGBTQ+ Western, and is intended for all participants, including those with apparent or non-apparent disabilities.