Women's Center marks Women's History Month with events

Talks by an artist, professors, a filmmaker and a writer along with a film, dramatic performances, a concert and workshops are on the SUNY Oswego Women’s Center schedule for March in observance of Women’s History Month.

The student-run center’s annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler will be part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. The play presents real women’s stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery. Performances are set for 7 p.m. March 6 to 8 in the food court of Hewitt Union.

Tickets are $9 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students) at the Campus Center box office, 312-3073. Ninety percent of the funds raised will benefit Services to Aid Families in Oswego County, and 10 percent will benefit the 2008 V-Day Spotlight on the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Another highlight of the month is the annual “Women Aloud: The Feminine Voice in Our Lives,” a series of readings and performances by members of the campus and greater Oswego community. It will begin at 7 p.m. March 5 in the auditorium of the Campus Center, Room 118. This year’s theme will be “Women and Decision-Making.”

The event is a fundraiser in support of the college’s women’s studies scholarship fund. Tickets are $5 ($3 for students, $10 special donation) at the Campus Center box office.

Oswego professors scheduled to speak for Women’s History Month are Lisa Glidden of the political science department at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, and Pat Clark of the English department and African-American studies program at 6 p.m. Monday, March 17, both in Room 220 of the Campus Center. Glidden will discuss the role of women in indigenous social movements in Ecuador and Peru as well as the difficulties in getting the stories of women, whether from history books or from women themselves. Clark will examine anti-intellectualism and black women’s work.

Among the guest speakers for Women’s History Month on campus will be feminist filmmaker Lynn Stopkewich of Vancouver, Canada, on March 12; Ariel Levy, a journalist for New York magazine and author of the book “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture” on March 13; and graffiti artist Gwen Reyes on March 31.

Other events will include a roundtable discussion of global issues in feminism March 5 for International Women’s Day, the photography project “Unseenamerica” on March 7, a human rights concert with The Feverfew and Jenny Owen Youngs on March 12, and a screening of the movie “Mohawk Girls” about teen-agers on a reservation on March 18.

For a complete listing online, go to www.oswego.edu/news/calendar/ and search for the word “history.” More information is also available by calling the student-run Women’s Center at 312-2967.

All Women’s History Month events will be open to the public. For evening and weekend events at SUNY Oswego, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge.

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(Posted: Feb 27, 2008)