'Women Aloud' to support scholarships March 12

The 18th annual “Women Aloud: The Feminine Voice in Our Lives” evening of performances will explore the theme of women and war at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium.

The fundraiser to benefit the SUNY Oswego Women’s Studies Scholarship Fund will include readings and musical performances by faculty, students and community members.

Pat Clark of the English and creative writing faculty will read an excerpt from Shay Youngblood’s novel “Black Girl in Paris.” The reading deals with different types of terrorism, from personal—the 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham—to international, in the bombings in Paris during the mid-1980s.

Gurdeep Skolnik, assistant director of continuing education, will perform two original songs, “Lines in the Sand” and “My Soldier,” both inspired by the war in Iraq.

SUNY Oswego students Noelle Dorr and Juanita Grant will read their own poetry. Peggy Lynn, a graduate student at SUNY Oswego, will read and perform work including “The Cruel War” and “Let Us All Speak Our Minds.”

Other performers will include Robin Miller, Renee Patton and Priya Ravindran.

Tania Ramalho, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and chair of the Women’s Studies Advisory Board at SUNY Oswego, will emcee the event.

At the conclusion of the performances, Maureen Curtin, director of the women’s studies program, will present a scholarship to a SUNY Oswego student.

Tickets for the show are available at the door or in advance at the women’s studies office, Room 105B of Mahar Hall. Costs are $3 for students and $5 for the general public, with a $10 special donation also available. Refreshments will be served after the event.

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(Posted: Feb 28, 2007)