by Amber Ratliff, Published March 06, 2014
YPSILANTI- A series of films and workshops that touch on crucial topics such as women’s rights, sexual violence and human trafficking along with a keynote speech from a pioneering U.S. Senator and ambassador highlight Eastern Michigan University’s celebration of Women’s History Month.
The celebration, which is staged by the EMU Women and Gender Studies Department, will continue throughout March. The many events will highlight the work of activists, artists and community leaders dedicated to improving women’s rights.
Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun will deliver the keynote address at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Braun will discuss “America in 2014: Post-Racial and Post-Feminist: Future Directions in Civil and Political Rights.”
Moseley Braun, who represented Illinois from 1993-99, is the first and only African American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, Her talk will touch on the current issues facing women today, such as women’s rights, racial equality and violence. There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m., with the keynote address immediately following.
The month-long series will conclude Monday, March 31, with a discussion panel of students highlighting the work of African Nobel Prize winners Wangari Maathai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee.
For information about event dates and locations, please visit http://www.emich.edu/calendar/ or contact Campus Life at 734-487-3045.