'Women Aloud' performances to key on rights issues

“Women’s Rights Are Human Rights!” sets the theme for the 22nd annual “Women Aloud,” an evening of song, drama and readings Wednesday, March 23, at SUNY Oswego.

Organizers of Women Aloud.Starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium, women from the community, faculty and student body—and one man—will offer musical numbers, poetry readings and other performances in support of the Women’s Studies Scholarship. A reception will take place at 5 p.m. in the hallway outside the auditorium.

This year’s theme, in part, springs from recent challenges to women’s rights, said Lisa Glidden, assistant professor of political science at SUNY Oswego and an organizer of “Women Aloud.” She said proposals to reduce or withdraw federal funding for Planned Parenthood would hurt the availability of birth control information, and a recent attempt in the House of Representatives to redefine rape could narrow the use of federal funds and limit women’s choices.

Christine Hirsch and Jane Winslow, assistant professors in the communication studies department, will co-emcee the evening, Glidden said.

Anticipated performances

Among those slated to appear March 23:

* Rhonda Mandel, dean of SUNY Oswego’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, helps oversee Oswego’s Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) study.

* Winslow, who teaches video production and has produced documentaries about the lives of women, will perform a musical number.

* Students Rachel Walerstein and Yasser Richard of the Pride Alliance, will do poetry readings.

* Students Bethany Archer, Allyssa Holsten, Chenshen Wang, Amanda Addington and Alicia O’Grady will discuss experiences with Distinguished Teaching Professor Geraldine Forbes’ course on “The History of Human Trafficking,” particularly sex trafficking in India.

* Ruth Job, a SUNY Oswego student who works with the Women’s Center, will offer an excerpt of the Sojourner Truth speech “Ain’t I a Woman?”

* Tammy Wilkinson of Oswego Players will perform a piece on the right for birth control.

Tickets will be available at the door for $5 ($2 for students). Those attending also may contribute to the Women’s Studies Scholarship fund.

PHOTO CAPTION: Women’s issues—Organizers and performers for “Women Aloud: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights!” include, from left in front, Julie Schofield, a junior women’s studies major; Justine Padilla, a junior education major with a minor in women’s studies; and Allyssa Hosten, a double major in human development and women’s studies; in back, from left, Lisa Glidden, assistant professor of political science; Jane Winslow, assistant professor, communication studies; Lisa Langlois, assistant professor, art; and Yasser Richard, a junior biochemistry major.

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(Posted: Mar 10, 2011)