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Campus activities planned to celebrate National Women's History Month

RELEASED: Feb. 23, 2010

National Womens History Month sealEAU CLAIRE — In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host numerous events in March to call attention to the historical contributions of women.

As part of The National Women's History Project, marking its 30th anniversary with the theme "Writing Women Back into History," the university's activities recognize different aspects of women's achievements and challenges, from activism to art, and from body image to gender inequities.

The following events, sponsored by various university organizations and coordinated by the Women's and Gender Equity Center, are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

  • March 1: A post discussion about the "The Vagina Monologues" will be held at 5 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of Davies Center. The discussion will allow students, faculty and the public to voice their opinions, thoughts and questions about the campus presentation taking place Feb. 25-27.
  • March 3: Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history, will facilitate an article discussion about women and the military at 6 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. A variety of issues will be addressed, including women's historical contributions to the military, and the discussion will focus on the specific experiences and opinions of audience members. Articles for the discussion can accessed through the WAGE Web site. Refreshments will be provided.
  • March 7: In honor of International Women's Day, the WAGE Center will hold two screenings of the film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Davies Theatre. The film chronicles the remarkable story of Liberian women who banded together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Inspiring, uplifting and motivating, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" is a testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
  • March 8: A rescreening of the film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" will begin at 2 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Christine Webster, a program associate for the Blugold Beginnings program, will facilitate a discussion about the film at 4 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of Davies Center.
  • March 9: A student and faculty forum titled "Writing Women Back into History" will be held at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. A group of students and faculty from the history department will discuss why and how they decided to include gender issues in their studies.
  • March 10: The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host a faculty and academic staff forum titled "The Influence of Culture on Communication" at 12:10 p.m. in Old Library, Room 1142. The music and theatre arts department will present a concert of piano music by women composers at 5 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Ten different composers' works, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, will be performed by keyboard students of Dr. Donald Patterson, professor of music. Senior Mary Zimmerman, Green Bay, will narrate a slide presentation as the students perform.
  • March 11: A prose and poetry reading titled "Writing our Mothers into History" will be held at 7 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center. Karen Loeb, professor of English; and Patti See, senior student services coordinator in the Academic Skills Center and an instructor in the women's studies program; will read their original poetry and prose about their experiences as daughters and mothers. Loeb is the author of "Jump Rope Queen and Other Stories." Her fiction has appeared most recently in the 2010 Imagination & Place Press anthology. See's stories, poems and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She also co-authored "Higher Learning: Reading and Writing About College," 2nd edition, with Dr. Bruce Taylor, professor emeritus of English.
  • March 13: Peanut Butter & Gypsy will perform at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The group performs tribal belly dancing to portray the beauty and strength of women dancing together in sisterhood. The Eau Claire troupe melds traditional and contemporary dance to create a compilation of old and new in celebration of life. They leave their audiences feeling energized and inspired to try the dance themselves. Donations will be collected for Bolton Refuge House.
  • March 15: UW-Eau Claire senior Lauren Novak, Eau Claire, will present her research about human trafficking and prostitution at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. Members of the Human Trafficking Abolitionists, a Chippewa Valley human rights group, will provide examples of situations in which girls and women have been accused of being prostitutes when, according to the law, they should have been classified as victims. A discussion will follow.
  • March 16: The WAGE Center will offer two screenings of the independent film "broken" at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Davies Theatre. The film is directed by UW-Eau Claire alumna Juli Stone Pitzer. It follows a young woman's journey as she attempts to escape a world full of images, and draws attention to the distortion of female body image and the pressure some women feel to pursue plastic surgery. Pitzer will facilitate two discussions about the film immediately following the screenings. The first discussion, at 2:30 p.m., "An Independent Filmmaker's View," will focus on Pitzer's experiences as a female film director. The second discussion, at 3:30 p.m., "Body Image and the Female Psyche," will address issues related to women's body image.
  • March 17: The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host a faculty and academic staff forum titled "Gendered Justice: A Pepin County Pardon" at 12:10 p.m. in Old Library, Room 1142.
  • March 18: The Commission on the Status of Women will host an open forum at 2 p.m. in the Badger Room of Davies Center. Students and faculty are invited to voice their thoughts, ideas or concerns about issues facing women on campus. The Forum will present "Natalie Jeremijenko: The Climate Crisis and Crisis of Agency" at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Jeremijenko is a conceptual artist who works at the nexus of art and science. She couples art and environmental activism to "create interfaces that draw people into the environment and get them to reimagine collective action," according to an interview on Salon.com. Her experimental design centers on the political and social possibilities and limitations of information and emerging technologies.
  • March 23: The WAGE Center will screen the film "In Good Conscience" at 6 p.m. in Davies Theatre. The film follows the remarkable journey of Sister Jeannine Gramick, an American nun who ministers to gay and lesbian Catholics. Ordered to stop her activities, the sister has refused and is attempting to take her case to the Vatican. David Gardner, the LGBTQ issues program coordinator of the WAGE Center, will facilitate a discussion about the film at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center.
  • March 24: WAGE and the Student Wellness Advocacy Team will distribute information about contraceptions at various locations on campus in honor of "Back up Your Birth Control Day." There also will be a table containing information and contraception from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. near the Service Center in Davies Center.

More information about Women's History Month activities is available on the WAGE Web site, or by contacting WAGE at 715-836-2693 or wage@uwec.edu.

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