MAILED: March 5, 2001
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host several events in March in honor of Womens History Month.
Unless otherwise noted, the following events are free and open to the public:
- A Midwifes Tale 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, Hibbard Hall 103. Through the diary of a Maine midwife, this film sheds light on the medical practices, religious disputes, sexual mores, intrafamily tensions and other American aspects of life between 1785 and 1812.
- Women and Work, Paid and Unpaid 2 p.m., Friday, March 9, Schneider Hall 100. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room, Davies Center. Marianne Ferber, professor emerita of economics and womens studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present a lecture on the relationship between womens work in the labor force and their work at home. The economics department will sponsor this presentation.
- UW Commission on the Status of Women 2:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, Old Library 1132 (Distance Learning Classroom).
- The Top of the Bottom Half 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, Schofield Auditorium. In her one-person show that emphasizes the healing power of humor, Liza Vann, a New York stage actress and producer of independent films, will address the most difficult of topics including her nontraditional confrontation with breast cancer. Cost for this Forum presentation is $7 for the general public, $5 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and $3 for students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center.
- When Our Lips Speak Together 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Hibbard Hall Penthouse. Attendees are asked to bring a three-minute reading of fiction or poetry written by a woman. The English department and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, will sponsor this open reading.
- The Nasty Girl 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, Hibbard Hall 103. This provocative comedy based on a true story tells of a woman in postwar Germany who uncovers information about the role of the Church in the persecution of the Jews.
- Presentation by Velvet Brown 4-5 p.m., Monday, March 26, Presidents Room, Davies Center. Velvet Brown will speak on the experiences of being an African-American woman entering a mans field. The music and theatre arts department and the American Ethnic Coordinating Office will cosponsor this presentation and Velvet Browns tuba concert.
- Velvet Brown tuba concert 7 p.m., Monday, March 26, Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center.
- Womens Studies awards celebration 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, Haas Fine Arts Center. The womans studies program will sponsor this celebration with the financial assistance of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.
- One Woman, One Vote 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, Towers Hall Lobby. This documentary of the womens suffrage movement will be shown continuously during the listed times.
- The Most Wonderful Woman in the World: Language, Assimilation and American Identity in Helen Kellers 1919 Autobiographical Film, Deliverance 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, Ojibwa Room, Davies Center. Dr. Susan Crutchfield, assistant professor of English and womens studies at UW-La Crosse, will discuss Helen Keller as an American cultural icon and representation of gender, disability and national identity in Helen Kellers autobiographical film, Deliverance.
- Student production of The Vagina Monologues 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, Towers Hall TV Lounge.
There also will be displays in McIntyre Library, Hibbard Hall, Schneider Hall and Davies Center exhibiting womens history project materials and visual displays throughout the month.
- The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29, Hibbard Hall 103. Through rare archival recruitment films, stills, posters, advertisements and music from the time period, this documentary looks at women who worked in the armaments industry in America during World War II, contrasting the stories of five former Rosies with the popular legend and mythology of Rosie the Riveter.
Two related films will be shown following Womens History Month:
- Stories of Honor and Shame 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, Davies Theatre. This documentary explores the experiences of 15 courageous Palestinian women through the complexities of their lives in a patriarchal society resisting Israeli occupation.
All events are cosponsored by UW-Eau Claires womens studies program. The film series is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire history department and L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
- Daughters of the Dust 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, Davies Theatre. This film traces the story of Gullah women, descendants of former slaves who lived on the islands off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, at the turn of the century as they fight to maintain their West African heritage.
For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, interim director of womens studies, at (715) 836-5717.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 5, 2001