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Women's History Month Events

Monday, March 3: Kickoff: Film Screening and Reception
Half the Sky
Reception: 5:00-6:00 p.m., Film Screening: 6-7:30 p.m., Panel: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Student Center, Grand Ballroom A

Panelists: Amalina Dave, Graduate Student, Women’s & Gender Studies
Nigora Erkaeva, Graduate Student, School of Education
Solange Simoes, Faculty Member, Sociology and Women’s & Gender


Tuesday, March 4: Film Screening
Poto Mitan: Haitian Women: Pillars of the Global Economy
7-9 p.m., Halle Library, Room G03

Told through compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman’s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. While Poto Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women’s subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates these are global struggles. Finally, through their collective activism, these women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible.


Wednesday, March 5: Film Screening

Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
7-8:30 p.m.
Student Center, Auditorium 208

During the late 1970s, tens of thousands of men, women and even children were abducted by the right-wing military government in Argentina. While most of the population was terrorized by these actions, a small group of mothers of the disappeared began staging weekly demonstrations to demand that their children be released and the kidnappers be brought to justice. This is the dramatic story of their courageous struggle, which ultimately served as a catalyst for the toppling of the dictatorship. Las Madres has won multiple awards at film festivals around the world and was nominated for an Oscar.


Wednesday, March 5: Brown Bag Lunch

“A Look at Mental Illness”
12 – 1 p.m., Halle Library Room 300
Presenters: Abigail Cowell, Women’s Resource Center & Representatives from CAPS Services
Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center


Thursday, March 6: Keynote Lecture
Senator and Ambassador Carol Mosley Braun
“America in 2014: Post-Racial and Post-Feminist? Future Directions in Civil and Political Rights”
Student Center, Grand Ballroom B
Reception 5:00-6:00 p.m., Keynote Address: 6:00-7:30 p.m.


Monday, March 10: International Women’s Day
Celebratory Lunch and Panel
12-2 p.m., McKenny Hall
Contact Person: Solange Simoes, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies


Monday, March 10: Film Screening
From Calumet to Kalamazoo: A History of Michigan Workers and their Unions
7-8:30, Student Center, Auditorium 208

This production is a chronological travelogue through the major workplaces, conflicts, and institutions of a state that is still one of the nation’s most highly unionized.


Tuesday, March 11: Performance
“My Mic Sounds”: The Remix: Celebrating Women & Hip Hop
12-8 p.m., McKenny Hall, Ballroom and Salon

This daylong event will provide the EMU community and others in Southeastern Michigan with an opportunity to learn about the relationship between women’s empowerment and hip-hop culture. There will be a film showing, a panel discussion, a hip-hop open mic featuring the musical and artistic expertise of Detroit’s Foundation & EMU’s own Poetry Society. The day’s events will end with an all-female DJ set.


Wednesday, March 12: Lecture and Book Signing
“Open Secrets: A Poor Person’s Life in Higher Education”
6-7:30 p.m., 306 Pray-Harrold


Wednesday, March 12: Brown Bag Lunch
“History Split Open: How to Research Women’s History”
12 -1 p.m. Halle Library Room 300

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center


Thursday, March 13: Workshop
“Prison of Silence: The Invisibility of Incarcerated Women and Their Children,”
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Halle Library, Room 300


Monday, March 17: Lecture
“Student Empowerment Through Nonprofit Education”
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Auditorium, Halle Library


Tuesday, March 18: Celebration
Pride Prom
8-11 p.m. , Student Center


Wednesday, March 19: Film Screening

The Woman Before Disney: Lotte Reininger’s Dancing Shadow Films
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Auditorium, Halle Library


Wednesday, March 19: Brown Bag Lunch
“Women in Greek Life”
12 – 1 p.m., Halle Library Room 300

Presenters: Casey Jordan, Program Coordinator of Greek Life and Student Organizations & Amy Barnhart, Coordinator Orientation and Transition Program

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center


Wednesday, March 19: Performance

“In the Q: A Celebration of Local Women Musicians”
Featuring Caiden Droscha, Abigail Stauffer, and Kate Peterson
7:30 p.m., Student Center, Room 300


Thursday, March 20: Panel and Workshop
Effective Responses to Campus Sexual Violence
Panel, 2-3:15 p.m., Workshop, 4-6 p.m., McKenny Hall, Guild Hall


Monday, March 24: Lecture
“Clara Barton and Susie King Taylor: Pioneer Nursing on the Civil War Battlefield”
4-5:30 p.m., 219 Pray-Harrold


Tuesday, March 25: Activism
“Relax, Relate, Release: A Day of Pampering”
12-5 p.m., McKenny Hall, Guild Hall


Wednesday, March 26: Lecture

Dr. Sherrie Randolph: “Florynce Kennedy, Black Power, and Feminism”
5-7 p.m., Halle Library Auditorium

Dr. Randolph’s lecture will focus on the ways that Florynce Kennedy straddled intersectionality as she worked to bring racial issues to white feminist groups while simultaneously educating activists in the Black Power movement about feminist concerns in the 1970’s. This lecture will educate students about intersectionality from a historical perspective.


Wednesday, March 26: Brown Bag Lunch
“Women in Stem: Tackling the T”
12 – 1 p.m., Halle Library Room 300

Presenter: Lauren Shackleford, Student Advisory Council, American Association of University Women

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center


Thursday, March 27: Workshop

“Human Trafficking: Seeking Justice for Women and Girls”
6-7:30 p.m., 219 Pray-Harrold

This interactive workshop will include a multi-media presentation about the scope of the global issue that is human trafficking and the role that everyday people can play in combating it. This workshop centers around an empowerment-based perspective that demystifies ways to be a human rights activist.


Monday, March 31: Panel
“African Women Nobel Prize Winners in Historical Context: Wangari Maathai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Leymah Gbowee,”
2:00-3:15 p.m., 216 Pray-Harrold