|U of M Celebrates Women's History Month with Discussion, Film, Music
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The University of Memphis will celebrate Women’s History Month with its first annual Women's History Month Symposium March 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building Ballroom.
“Women Making Change” will feature presentations on research and social engagement by graduating master of arts students in women’s studies, as well as paired talks on “Women in the Professions: Then and Now.” Presenters will include U of M literary scholar Dr. Ladrica Menson-Furr on Ida B. Wells and The Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas; U of M historian Margaret Caffrey on Margaret Mead and U of M anthropologist Jane Henrici; and U of M historian Janann Sherman on Memphis aviator Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie and FedEx pilot June Vivano.
The keynote speaker will be Margaret Rose Gladney, former associate professor of American studies at the University of Alabama.
All Women’s History Month events at the University are free and open to the public. Others include:
March 2, 7:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall, concert by Sunny Wilkinson, jazz vocalist
March 14, 9 a.m.-noon, Clement Hall, Room 311, Women’s Studies Program/Women’s Consciousness Raising Coalition open house
March 15, 1 p.m., Panhellenic Building, Room 105, panel presentation, “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.” Panelists will include U of M President Shirley Raines, Memphis City Councilwoman Carol Chumney, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks, and My Harrison, special agent in charge of the local office of the FBI.
7-9 p.m., Rose Theatre , “Re-creating Women's History,” lecture by Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone and Pushkin and the Queen of Spaces
March 16, 7 p.m., Rose Theatre, “Good Will Dolls and Other Oxymorons: An Evening of Dance, Theatre and Stories of Survival,” feminist performance by Holly Lau and Theresa Diener
March 20, 7 p.m., Psychology Auditorium, Moolaadé, an award-winning film by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene
March 23, 5 p.m., Jones Hall Gallery, opening reception for “Our Bodies, Ourselves”
March 24, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mitchell Hall Auditorium, “Girls for Change Film Festival,” featuring Miss Lil's Camp, an award-winning documentary on Lillian Smith's 1940s consciousness-raising camp for girls, with a presentation by filmmaker Suzanne Niedland
March 25, 7:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall, recital by Joan Gilbert, piano, Barbara Sonies, violin, and Deborah Reeder, cello
March 26, 12:40 p.m., Mitchell Hall, Room 309, lecture and lunch, “Ethnic Panic: Europeans Confront the Muslim Headscarf” by Professor Claudia Koonz of Duke University
7:30 p.m., Fogelman Executive Center, Josephine Humphreys reading and reception. Humphreys is the author of such novels as Rich in Love and Nowhere Else on Earth.
March 27, 7 p.m., Fogelman Executive Center, Room 123, film Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet, with commentary by filmmaker and U of M alumna Bess Carrick
7 p.m., Rose Theatre, film and discussion, Still Killing Us Softly
March 28, 2 p.m., Panhellenic Building, Room 104, Healthy Dieting and Exercise Workshop
8 p.m., Tiger Den, Wednesday Night Live with poet Bridget Gray
March 29, 1 p.m., Panhellenic Building, Room 104, Eating Disorder discussion
3-4 p.m., Clement Hall, Room 409, Women’s Research Forum, “Women in Math and the Sciences” by Dr. Pamela Shaw, a statistician with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Washington, D.C., and a roundtable discussion with U of M faculty members about the career opportunities and obstacles faced by women in the math and science fields
7 p.m., Rose Theatre, The Thin Line, a one-woman play telling the story of a girl’s struggle with her eating disorder.
A complete calendar of events is available online at www.memphis.edu or at http://cas.memphis.edu/isc/crow/events.htm
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