The University of Memphis will celebrate Women's History Month this March with a full
calendar of events. Each year the events honor the beauty, originality and influence
that women have presented throughout history.
Dates and Events Include:
Mon., March 14, 2011 12:30-2:00pm
Reading group discussion of "The Politics of the Veil" by renowned gender studies
scholar Joan Scott. Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor of History, at Princeton University, will discuss the French
government's controversial decision to ban the wearing of headscarves during a public
lecture on Thursday, March 17th at 6:30pm. Come join others for a group discussion
lasagna luncheon before the big lecture! Luncheon will be held at the University
Center, Room 340, Memphis Room A, at the University of Memphis.
Thur., March 17, 2011
Drop in coffee at CROW with Dr. Pepper Schwartz. Please join the Center for Research on Women as we welcome Dr. Pepper Schwartz to
the University of Memphis. Get a chance to mingle with Dr. Schwartz before heading
over to the University Center for her lecture, Sexuality Throughout the Life Cycle.
Dr. Pepper Schwartz's lecture on Sexuality Throughout the Life Cycle. Leading relationship expert, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington
in Seattle, Dr. Pepper Schwartz lectures nationally and internationally on relationship
topics, women’s issues, parent and child issues, communication between men and women
in intimate and work relationships, and maintaining personal and family well-being
in today’s world. Please join Dr. Schwartz at 1:00pm in the University Center Theatre,
room 145 for her public lecture, Sexuality Throughout the Life Cycle. This event is co-sponsored by Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center
for Research On Women. For more information about Dr. Schwartz click here.
The Marcus W. Orr Faculty Senate Lecture on The Politics of the Veil featuring Professor Joan Scott, PhD., Harold F. Linder Professor of History, Princeton University. Scott, an innovative
historian of women and ideas, will discuss the French government's controversial decision
to ban the wearing of headscarves. Describing the policy as clumsy effort to assimilate
Muslims, Scott criticizes its automatic equation between women’s liberation and sexual
openness. A reception will be held at 6:30pm followed by a public lecture in the
University Center Theatre at the University of Memphis. For more information contact
The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis. Co-Sponsored by the Center for Research on Women.
Wed., March 23, 2011 12:00pm
The Art in Children’s Literature of the Nineteenth-Century: Illustrations for Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Rose in Bloom, and An Old Fashioned Girl. The Art in Children’s Literature of the Nineteenth-Century will examine illustrations
of well-known texts of nineteenth-century children’s literature, including illustrations
for Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
This presentation will focus on how small changes in illustration for different editions
can change the focus and emphasis of scenes in the text. The presentation on the specific
illustrations will be followed by a discussion of a mother-daughter book club that
worked on reading Little Women. This portion of the talk will focus on how illustrations and film productions of
the text brought the book to life for young readers. Panelists will include Associate Professor of English at the University of Memphis, and children’s literature
specialist, Lorinda B. Cohoon, and Lynda M. Sagresanto, Director of the Center for Research on Women at the University
of Memphis. Program participants will be asked to share their responses to illustrations and
other visual interpretations of well-known children’s texts from the nineteenth century.
The program will be held at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117.
Program supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities apropos
of the grant title “Louisa May Alcott, the Woman behind Little Women, and honoring Women’s History Month, 2011. In conjunction with the Dixon’s Munch
and Learn program.
Thur., March 24, 2011 7:00pm
Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, featuring author Roxana Saberi. Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist, is the author of Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran. Saberi was working as a freelance journalist in Iran when she was arrested and detained
in Evin Prison in January 2009. She was released after her case captured the world’s
attention. Saberi is now writing and speaking out for human rights and “prisoners
of conscience” in Iran. Her book tells the story of her arrest and captivity, shares
the struggles and courage of her cellmates that inspired her along the way, and describes
her personal journey as she strives to defy her captors and be true to herself, regardless
of the consequences.
This event is free and open to the public as part of Facing History’s national series
of Community Conversations. A limited quantity of Between Two Worlds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. Please
call Leslie Vanelli at 901-452-1776 ext. 222 with questions.
Sat., March 26, 2011 7:00pm
Celebrate "Support a Woman Artist Today" Day! Come celebrate women artists by watching the documentary, "Who does she think she is?" and participating in a panel discussion with women artists. Following the discussion
will be a dance, music and poetry revue. It will take place at the University Center
Theater on the U of M campus. 7-10 pm. For more information contact Valentine Leonard
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.239.9919
Wed., March 30, 2011 1:00pm
Louisa May Alcott: the Woman behind Little Women Panel Discussion. Please join Cynthia G. Tucker, published author and Professor of English at the University
of Memphis, along with University of Memphis Associate Professors of English Lorinda
B. Cohoon, children’s literature specialist, and Ladrica Menson Furr, director of
the African American Literature concentration, and University of Memphis Assistant
Professor of English, Shelby Crosby, who specializes in nineteenth-century African
American literature, as they explore how Louisa May Alcott, a nineteenth-century writer
who published many books for children and adults, influences, inspires, and serves
as a model for other women writers and readers of the nineteenth, twentieth, twenty-first
centuries. Audience members will be encouraged to discuss their own experiences of
reading Little Women and other books by women writers in a panel designed to honor women writers, readers,
and thinkers. The panel discussion will be held in the University Center River Room
on the University of Memphis campus.
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women is a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET
New York’s American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen.
Louisa May Alcott programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association
Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.