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Events Announced for First Week of Women's History Month at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 22, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — In recognition of Women's History Month, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be hosting a number of events to highlight women of yesterday, today and tomorrow throughout the month of March. Most of these events, sponsored by a variety of university organizations and coordinated through the UW-Eau Claire Commission on the Status of Women, are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Events for the first week of Women's History Month include the following:

Reanae McNeal
Reanae McNeal

At noon Friday, March 3, the Women's and Gender Equity Center is hosting a brown bag lunch presentation, "The Women Gathered," with Reanae McNeal in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. McNeal is described as an inspirational speaker who challenges her audience to overcome obstacles. She is an award-winning playwright and the president and founder of Imani Revelations and Beauty for Ashes Ministries, in addition to being an honorary board member of the National Sexual Assault Resource Center.

McNeal also will present her one-woman play "Don't Take My Mother's Name in Vain" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Schofield Auditorium. The play tells the story of rape and sexual assault of African American women through eight character sketches, dance, blues and spiritual songs. A dessert reception will follow in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

In addition, McNeal also will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual UW System Women of Color in Education Awards Luncheon, which UW-Eau Claire has the honor of hosting on Saturday, March 4. This event will recognize 16 women from the University of Wisconsin System, including former UW-Eau Claire faculty member Dr. Barbara Blackdeer-MacKenzie, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 2001 as a Knight Journalist in Residence. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Reservations are required. Admission is $9. For more information regarding reservations, please visit the UW System Women's Studies Consortium Web site or call (608) 262-2716.

Other first-week events include the Marilyn Monroe film classic "Some Like It Hot," sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate. The film will be shown at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 2-5, in Davies Theatre. Admission is $2 for International Film Society Members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. IFS membership is $4.

On March 3, from 8-10 p.m., the women's a cappella group Audacious will perform a free concert in The Cabin of Davies Center. The 18 women in this newly formed group use their vocal stylings to create powerful renditions of contemporary musical pieces. This event is also sponsored by UAC.

Also on March 3, residence hall organization Making Our School An Intercultural Community will sponsor a "Benefit for Bolton" at Higherground in Crest Wellness Center. Events will include ballroom dance lessons from 8-11 p.m. with campus group Two to Tango. At 11 p.m. there will be a drawing for two tickets to the Viennese Ball. From 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. there will be a dance party with DJ E-Dubs. Tickets are $3, and all proceeds will be donated to the Bolton Refuge House.

For more information about other events coming up in March, refer to the UW-Eau Claire Calendar of Events.

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