EMU's Women's History Month to offer diverse events ranging from panel discussions and an art exhibit to presentations this month

by Pamela Young, Published March 04, 2013

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will celebrate Women's History Month with activities emphasizing the theme, "Breaking Boundaries: Women at the Forefront of Change."

The celebration, sponsored by EMU's Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the Women's Resource Center at EMU, begins March 11. The month-long event will offer 18 diverse events that will include panel discussions, films, an art exhibit, a musical performance, a hip hop showcase, a live demonstration of metalsmithing techniques, and lectures by nationally recognized speakers Laurie Finke and Patrice Gaines.

The events are free and open to the public.

Laurie Finke, professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Kenyon College and the 2012-2013 McAndless Scholar in Residence at Eastern Michigan, will speak Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in room 350, EMU  Student Center, 900 Oakwood Dr., in Ypsilanti.

Her talk,"The Pedagogical Work of Disneyland," focuses on Disneyland as work disguised as play and school disguised as vacation. She will discuss the ways in which Disney's didacticism ( a philosophy that entertains and instructs) uses practices and procedures designed to orient the park's visitors; to ensure that those visitors always know where they are; and who they are as a means of educating 'good' citizens.'

Patrice Gaines will speak on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. Gaines is an award- winning journalist and former Washington Post reporter, who works to empower girls and young women at risk while drawing from the heart of her experiences on the streets and in prison. She is co-founder of the Brown Angel Center, which provides formerly incarcerated women and their families with tools to renew their lives.

Visit the calendar of events and list of sponsors for more information, or contact Suzanne Gray, interim department head, Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University, at 734-497-1177 or email Gray at sgray17@emich.edu


Pamela Young

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