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CROW Past Events 2007

March 7

YWCA 10th Annual Benefit Luncheon featuring ABC reporter Taina Hernandez as keynote speaker. First President's Award for Distinguished Community Leadership presented to Regina Walker, senior vice president of community impact of United Way of the Mid-South. Tickets by donation; call 323-2211 or online at Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.

March 10

Girls for Change, empowerment and social change for all girls ages 13 - 17, Community Foundation, 1900 Union Avenue, 3 - 5 p.m. Sponsored by Memphis Area Women's Council, University of Memphis Center for Research on Women and Women's Studies. For info contact

March 10

Saving Our Daughters, Saving Our Future, conference and luncheon for women of all ages, as part of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, sponsored by New Directions, Inc., 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Christ Missionary Baptist Church, 494 S. Parkway E., Memphis, for info contact Sheila McFarland @ 346-5497. Free and open to the public, lunch provided. Child care provided for boys and girls.

March 14

Women's Studies Program & Women's Consciousness Raising Coalition OPEN HOUSE! Come learn more about activities and course work related to women's issues and expression. 9 a.m. to noon, Clement Hall, Room 311, University of Memphis.

March 15

Re-Creating Women's History: An Evening with Alice Randall. This author of The Wind Done Gone and Pushkin and the Queen of Spaces, as well as country hits including "XXXs and OOOs" (recorded by Trisha Yearwood), will talk about how she negotiates multiple views of women's history in her creative work. Book signing and reception to follow. University of Memphis Rose Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council, the Women's Studies Program, WCRC (Women's Consciousness Raising Coalition), the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, and African and African American Studies.

March 15

Generations of Women Moving History Forward. Panelists including President Shirley C. Raines, Councilwoman Carol Chumney, Commissioner Henri Brooks, and special agent My Harrison will discuss the paths they took to reach top careers in education, politics, and government. 1 p.m., Panhellenic Building, Room 105. Co-sponsored by the Panhellenic Council and Adult and Commuter Student Services.

March 16

Good Will Dolls and Other Oxymorons: An Evening of Dance, Theatre and Stories of Survival; Prof. Holly Lau will present her award-winning show, Transgressions (Three Instances) a work about memory, age and expectations for the female body. Teresa Diener, surrounded by dozens of damaged dolls rescued from The Good Will Stores, debuts a new piece looking at how one can survive a legacy of abuse. 7:00 p.m. Rose Theatre, University of Memphis. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the the Women's Studies Program, the Center for Research on Women, and WCRC (Women's Consciousness Raising Coalition). Reception immediately following at Memphis Originals Music and Art Cafe, 3521 Walker Avenue near Highland, sponsored by the Center for Research on Women.

March 20

Women's Academic Network, 4-5:30 p.m., Grove Grill Restaurant, 4550 Poplar Avenue, light refreshments, cash bar. Sponsored by CROW.

March 20

Public screening of Moolaad? by African cinema's founding artist Ousmane Sembene (Ceddo, Xala), examines conflict over female circumcision in Burkina Faso. UofM, Psychology Auditorium 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, the University Honors Program and African and African American Studies.

March 23

Women's Studies Program: 1st Annual Women's History Month Symposium 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Panhellenic Ballroom, University of Memphis. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, WCRC (Women's Consciousness Raising Coalition), and the Department of Sociology. Featuring:
Keynote speaker Margaret Rose Gladney (Assoc. Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of Alabama): "Why Lillian Smith?"

Presentations on research and social engagement by graduating M.A. students in Women's Studies

"Women in the Professions: Then and Now"--paired talks by UM literary scholar Ladrica Menson-Furr on Ida B. Wells and Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas; UM historian Margaret Caffrey on Margaret Mead and UM anthropologist Jane Henrici; UM historian Janann Sherman on aviator (and Memphian) Phoebe Omlie and FedEx pilot June Vivano.

March 24

Girls for Change Film Festival, Mitchell Hall Auditorium, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Lunch and door prizes provided. Sponsored by University of Memphis Public Service Funds, the Memphis Area Women's Council, the Center for Research on Women, and Women's Studies. More information at


Miss Lil's Camp, award-winning documentary on Lillian Smith's 1940s consciousness-raising camp for girls, with presentation by filmmaker Suzanne Niedland

Broken Esteem by Memphis filmmaker Lynda Ingram and a documentary on teen activists by Memphis filmmaker Amy Frazier; and screening and discussion of issues raised in recent feature films.

Thirteen starring Holly Hunter.

March 25

Women of Achievement 2007 Awards Reception, 4 p.m., Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Tickets $20; reservations paid credit card by phone 458-6701 or make checks payable to Women of Achievement, PO Box 11167, Memphis, 38111-0167.

March 26

Lunch & Lecture: "Ethnic Panic: Europeans confront the Muslim Headscarf." Is wearing an Islamic headscarf protected as freedom of religion? Or is it a provocative sign of anti-Western values that must be prohibited? Professor Claudia Koonz of Duke University will ask what the public debates tell us about civil society and civic identity in France, Britain and Germany. 12:40 p.m., Room 309 Mitchell Hall, Lunch provided. Sponsored by the Department of History and Center for Research on Women.

March 26

Josephine Humphreys Reading and Reception. Josephine Humphreys is a southern fiction novelist. Her novel Rich in Love (1987) was made into a major film. Her most current novel is Nowhere Else on Earth (2000). Humphreys is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 1984 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, the Lyndhurst Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. 7:30 p.m., Fogelman Executive Center. Sponsored by the River City Writers Series.

March 27

Film: Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet, with commentary by filmmaker Bess Carrick (UofM alumna.) This new documentary examines the career of the former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs Ambassador to the Vatican. Featuring interviews with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker Thomas Foley, Rep. John Lewis, and Cokie and Steve Roberts, this film encompasses a swath of American history from the late 1930s through 2000, including the Louisiana Long Dynasty, the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Rights Movement--historic events in which Mrs. Boggs played a vital role. University of Memphis, Room 123, Fogelman Executive Center; 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the Women's Studies Program.

March 27

Film & Discussion: Still Killing Us Softly. Media's influence on women's sense of body image and self esteem. 7 p.m., Rose Theatre. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

March 28

Rhodes College Undergraduate Women's Studies Research Symposium. Rhodes students will present original research on gender from a range of disciplines. 3 - 7 p.m., Orgill Room, Rhodes campus. Free, open to the public. Contact Leslie Petty, English Department, Rhodes College, at
March 29 Women's Research Forum,

"Women in Math and the Sciences," Pamela Shaw, Ph.D., Mathematical Statistician, Biostatistics Research Branch, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Jade Xu, University of Memphis, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 409 Clement Hall, reception following at CROW offices, 337 Clement Hall, University of Memphis. Sponsored by CROW.

March 29

The Thin Line, a o ne woman play on struggles with eating disorders . 7 p.m., Rose Theatre, Sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

March 29 & 30

Hooks Institute for Social Change: Second Annual Scholars in Critical Race Studies Symposium, Race in the Post-Civil Rights South, featuring panel on women/gender co-sponsored by Women's Studies. (time, location TBA)

April 11

Women's Research Forum "Gender and racial health disparities in heart disease" by Dr. Cheryl Travis, Professor of Psychology, UT Knoxville, introduction by Kathy Kastan, L..C.S.W., M.A. Ed., President, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 409 Clement Hall, reception following at CROW offices, 337 Clement Hall, University of Memphis. Sponsored by CROW.

April 12

CROW Community Issues Forum: Many Rivers to Cross: Health Related Barriers to Women's Economic Self Sufficiency in Memphis"; panel presentation and community discussion; reception to follow; 3 - 5 p.m., 600 Jefferson, downtown Memphis, free parking on site.

April 18

Public lecture by Holly Shulman, Professor of History, University of Virginia; "Rethinking Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Wednesdays in Mississippi and the National Council of Negro Women." University of Memphis, Mitchell Auditorium, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Sponsored by Women's Studies.

April 25

The Center for Research on Women will hold a meeting to discuss organizing a Research Interest Group (RIG) focusing on Women, Globalization, and the US South. All interested scholars welcome. 2:30 p.m., Room 333 Clement Hall, University of Memphis.

May 3

CROW and Memphis Area Women's Council welcome women's rights activists visiting from South Korea including the president of the Korean Women's Trade Union. Join us for coffee and conversation from 9:30 - 11 a.m. in the CROW offices, 337 Clement Hall.

Women's Academic Network, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Grove Grill Restaurant, 4550 Poplar Avenue, light refreshments, cash bar. Female faculty and administrators from all Memphis colleges and universities invited! Please RSVP by May 7 to Shannon at 678-2770. Sponsored by CROW.

September 28

CROW Steering Committee Meeting, 10:00 a.m., 333 Clement Hall.

September 28

CROW Faculty Affiliates luncheon, 11:30 a.m., 333 Clement Hall.

October 6

Girls for Change Fall Action Update, 3 - 5 p.m., Hooks Central Library, Poplar Avenue. For girls ages 13-17. Be part of new research on girls' safety. For more information call 678-2642.

November 10

SnapShots: CROW's celebration of 25 years of research on issues of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and social inequality. Join us for the opening of this public exhibit of photographs by 25 prominent Memphis women on the theme of "Memphis women at work." 5:00 p.m., University of Memphis Art Museum. Call 678-2153 for more information.

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