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UW-Eau Claire Presents First Week
of Women's History Month Activities

RELEASED: Feb. 25, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate Women's History Month this year with a series of events organized around the theme Women Change America. Following are events for the week of Feb. 28-March 5. All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of "The Vagina Monologues."

  • March 1-30 Displays —"Women in Science" — View a continuous loop PowerPoint, posters and graphic materials to learn about women's important scientific contributions to American science in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall, and "Women Change America," a display highlighting images and information about 20th century women from the National Women's History Project. See if you can pass the history quiz! In the McIntyre Library corridor.
  • March 1 —"See Men Speak" — Open mike for male forum for men to talk openly about gender and sexuality. 8 p.m. at Racy D'Lene's Very Coffee Lounge. Sponsored by MOSAIC.
  • March 2 — Conversation with Elizabeth Burmaster, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction. 4-5 p.m. in Davies Theater, Davies Center, and "Getting Real About Body Image and Eating Disorders," a panel discussion on women's body perceptions, from 7-8 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room, Davies Center. Panelists include Dr. Virginia Duerst, a Marshfield Clinic psychologist specializing in eating disorders, Dr. Roberta Goodman, a UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services psychologist, and Liza Huber, of UW-Eau Claire Students Against Eating Disorders.
  • March 3-5 —"The Vagina Monologues" — A presentation of Eve Ensler's ground-breaking show — a compilation of women's thoughts, feelings and experiences related to being a woman. The topics of the monologues range from coming of age to instances of sexual assault. Presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday in Schofield Auditorium, Schofield Hall. Admission is $7 for all students with an ID, $10 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff with ID, and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
  • March 5 —"The Dinner Party" — In 1979, feminist artist Judy Chicago first exhibited "The Dinner Party," a work of art commemorating the overlooked and understudied achievements of women from prehistory to the 20th century. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend and participate in our very own Dinner Party. 6 p.m. in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse. For more information and to RSVP, contact Patti See at seepk@uwec.edu.

All the events are sponsored by the Women's History Month steering committee.

For information on the national celebration and to learn more about women's history, see the National Women's History Project Web site. An updated list of campuswide events for March and April will be accessible from the Women's Studies program homepage.

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