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Women's History MonthWomen's History Month 2015

Women’s History Month 2015 showcases the themes of Art and Activism.  As we celebrate the contributions of a diverse community of women in the arts, we are reminded that their creative visions were connected to a passion for social change, whether it was gender liberation, civil rights, urban justice, or sexual freedom.  At Eastern Michigan University, we are adopting a local lens to consider the ways that the state of Michigan has nurtured an important cohort of artists and activists, including but not limited to the poet Marge Piercy, Ali Liebgott, and the civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo.  Reflecting on the dual legacies of artistry and activism—and the important linkages that unify the two—will commemorate our past and animate our justice politics in the present moment, whether in Michigan, across the country, or around the world.

Thursday, February 19: Selma ’65: A Play about Viola Liuzzo

6:00 p.m.
Student Center Auditorium
Contact Person: Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, History and Philosophy

M Live article - One woman play - Selma 65'

Selma '65 chronicles the life and activism of Viola Liuzzo (1925-1965), a white woman from Detroit who volunteered for black voting rights in Selma, Alabama by shuttling volunteers back and forth during the march. On March 25, 1965 the KKK murdered Liuzzo.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Monday, March 2: “Feminist Theory and Praxis from a Global South Perspective”

Professor Marlise Matos, Political Science, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Halle Library
Contact Person: Solange Simoes, Women’s and Gender Studies

A lecture by Political Science Professor Marlise Matos, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She will discuss feminism, feminist theory, and the women's movement from a global south perspective.  Dr. Matos is also a member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group for Brazil.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Tuesday, March 3: International Women’s Day Luncheon

Panel on Beijing + 20 and Luncheon
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Student Center, Room 300
Contact Person: Solange Simoes, Women’s and Gender Studies

This luncheon consists of a panel discussion on the Beijing Platform for a Declaration of Action on Advancing Women's Rights,  20 years after its adoption in 1995.  The panel consists of visiting scholar Dr. Marlise Matos from Brazil, two EMU WGST faculty - Dr. Solange Simoes, Dr. Beth Currans, and WGST DH, Dr.Jacqueline Goodman, as well as two students.

Cost:  Free

Open to the Public

Thursday, March 5: Feminism and Transgender People Reading Group

Pat Califia, “Transphobia in Feminism”
2:00–3:15 p.m.
Student Center, Room 301
Contact Person: Beth Currans, Women’s and Gender Studies

Reading group and discussion regarding Feminism and Transgender People. The reading is Pat Califia's "Transphobia in Feminism."

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Thursday, March 5: Marge Piercy Keynote Address

Poetry Reading and Book Signing
Reception: 4:30 p.m., Keynote Address: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Student Center
Contact Person: Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, History and Philosophy

Poetry reading and book signing.  Marge Piercy  is the author of seventeen novels including  The New York Times Bestseller   Gone To Soldiers ; the National Bestsellers  Braided Lives  and  The Longings of Women , and the classic  Woman on the Edge of Time ; eighteen volumes of poetry including  The Hunger Moon  and  The Moon is Always Female , and a critically acclaimed memoir  Sleeping with Cats . Born in Detroit, educated at the  University of Michigan , the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been an activist in the anti-war movement from Vietnam to Afghanistan, and the women's movement. 

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Monday, March 9: Ali Liebegott Keynote Address

Reception: 4:30 p.m., Carillion Room, Halle Library
Keynote Address: 6:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, Student Center
Contact Person: Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, History and Philosophy

Ali Liebegott  is the author of award-winning books  The Beautifully Worthless  and The IHOP Papers . In 2010 she took a train trip across America interviewing female poets for a project titled,  The Heart Has Many Doors ; excerpts from these interviews are posted monthly on  The Believer Logger .  H er newest novel  Cha-Ching!  is the latest release from  City Lights/Sister Spit .  She is the founding editor at  Writers Among Artists  whose publications include  Faggot Dinosaur and  Vincent Van Go-Gogh. Ali is more recently known as a writer for the new hit show Transparent.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Tuesday, March 10: “Unintentional Activism?: Finding Meaning in the Songs of Motor City Musicians”

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Room 300, Halle Library
Contact Persons: Beth Henschen and Edward Sidlow, Political Science

Finding meaning in the songs of Motor City musicians.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Wednesday, March 11: “Women in Technology: Research and Scholarly/Creative Activities”

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Student Center, Room 300
Contact Person: Pam Becker, College of Technology

Research regarding Women in Technology: Scholarly and Creative Activities.

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Wednesday, March 11:“Slurs and Epithets”

Professor Ishani Maitra, Philosophy Department, University of Michigan
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Room 300, Halle Library
Contact Person: Peter Higgins, History and Philosophy

Ishani Maitra, works mainly in philosophy of language, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of law (though she's also interested in epistemology and social and political philosophy). She has published on assertion and testimony & silencing and pornography.

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Monday, March 16: Makers: Women Who Make America

Film Screening
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Student Center Auditorium
Contact Person, Ellen Lassiter Collier, Women’s Resource Center

This documentary series examines how women have helped shape America over the past 150 years, striving for a full and fair share of political power and economic opportunity. Built from the archive of interviews completed for the website Makers.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Monday, March 16: Pride Prom: “The Gay Gatsby”

8:00-11:00 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Contact Person: Mary Larkin, LGBT Resource Center

The Gay Gatsby. The Roaring 20's! Come dressed to the nines or just as you are. There is no formal dress code…just a night of fun and dancing. Light refreshments. Raffle to benefit a local/state organization (TBD)! Sponsored by your LGBT Resource Center.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: No

Tuesday, March 17: “Carry that Weight: Sexual Assault Activism on Campus”

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Student Center, Room 300
Contact Person, Ellen Lassiter Collier, Women’s Resource Center

Sexual Assault Activism on Campus.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Wednesday, March 18: “BathHouse Poetry Reading featuring Dawn Lundy Martin and CA Conrad”

1:00 p.m.
Student Center Auditorium
Contact Person: Rob Halpern, English

"BathHouse Poetry Reading featuring Dawn Lundy Martin and CA Conrad."

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: No

Wednesday, March 18: “Jump, Jive, and Join in the Struggle: Illustrations of the Personal Is Political”

Workshop and Book Signing
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Student Center, Room 300
Contact Person: Charlotte Pagni, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Workshop and Book Signing.

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Wednesday, March 18: Collective Voices: Wisdom from Our African American Lesbian Elders

Film Screening
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Student Center Auditorium
Contact Person: Ellen Collier, Women’s Resource Center

Film Screening. Reel Women Speak Collective Voices: Wisdom of our African American Elders.

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Thursday, March 19: Feminism and Transgender People Reading Group

Sandy Stone, “The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttransexual Manifesto”
2:00-3:15 p.m.
Student Center, Room 350
Contact Person: Beth Currans, Women’s and Gender Studies

Feminist and Transgender People Reading Group. Reading, Sandy Stone's "The Empire Strikes Back:A Posttransexual Manifesto."

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Thursday, March 19: “Workplace Bullying, Harassment, Stress, and You”

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Room 330, Student Center
Contact Person: Diane L. Winder, Music

Performance

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Thursday, March 19: “Las Rebeldes: Excavating Latina Legacies of Struggle in Michigan”

Professor Maria Eugenia Cotera, American Culture, University of Michigan
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Room 300, Halle Library
Contact Person: Beth Currans, Women’s and Gender Studies

Professor Maria Eugenia Cotera will discuss the work she and her students have been doing to uncover the lives and legacies of Latinas at the forefront of social justice struggles in Michigan.

 

Cost: Free

Open to the public

LBC Approved: Yes

Monday, March 30: Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig, “Ecojustice”

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Halle Library Auditorium
Contact Person, Kate Mehuron, College of Arts and Sciences

Ma'ikwe Schaub Ludwig, "Ecojustice."

Open to the public

LBC Approved: No

The Women's and Gender Studies Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344