'Women Aloud' fund-raiser set March 7

imageMembers of the campus and community will contribute songs and readings for the annual “Women Aloud: The Feminine Voice in Our Lives” fund-raiser for SUNY Oswego women’s studies scholarships at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium.

Student participants will include Satomi Obata, who will play a traditional Japanese instrument known as the shamisen, and readers Rebecca Fink, Brianne Cannon and KaeLyn Rich. Community members Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden, members of the vocal group Concinnity, will sing a few songs. English faculty member Patricia Clark will read, while Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the theatre faculty will serve as emcee.

“Each year we’ve been fortunate in bringing together an engaging variety of performers, and this year is no exception,” said Mark Cole of the theatre department, one of the event’s coordinators.

Now in its 16th year, Women Aloud supports scholarships for students in SUNY Oswego’s women’s studies program. With its title a play on words relating to a time when many institutions said “no women allowed,” the event is part of Herstory Month activities at the college raising awareness of women’s roles in history.

“Situated at the beginning of Women’s Herstory Month, ‘Women Aloud’ showcases the excitement and creative energy that invigorates 21st century feminism and particularly the women’s studies program at SUNY Oswego,” said Maureen Curtin, the program’s coordinator.

Curtin explained that the women’s studies program explores both Susan Brownmiller’s idea that women are “all female impersonators to some degree” and Indira Gandhi’s notion that “men are no more liberated than women.”

“Our students wrestle with the implications of such challenges, and two of our best students will receive scholarships during ‘Women Aloud’ in recognition of their intellectual achievements and/or political activism,” Curtin said.

Cole said that “Women Aloud” offers a meaningful opportunity to share ideas through the power of words. “In this technological age, there is a refreshing simplicity in hearing stories and poems read aloud,” Cole said. “It is significant too that we come to know our students, colleagues and community members in new ways when we hear them read their favorite author or perform a treasured musical selection.”

Admission is $3 for students and $5 for the general public, with a $10 special donation available for those wishing to lend additional support to the scholarship fund.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Staging fund-raiser—“Women Aloud: The Feminine Voice in Our Lives,” an annual fund-raiser for SUNY Oswego women’s studies scholarships, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium. Participants from the campus and community will include, bottom row from left, KaeLyn Rich, Rocky Farden and Bobbie Palange; and top row from left, Jonel Langenfeld-Rial, Patricia Clark, Satomi Obata, Rebecca Fink and Brianne Cannon.

(Posted: Feb 16, 2005)