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February 22, 2010

Women’s Voices/Women’s Visions

NIU celebrates Womens History Month in March

DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University will celebrate Women’s History Month in March with a variety of events based on the theme of “Women’s Voices/Women’s Visions.”

The Women’s Studies Program, together with many other sponsors, has organized numerous events and activities throughout the month that will explore the various ways in which women express their voices and visions.

“Women’s History Month is an annual opportunity to highlight women’s perspectives and visions for our society, and I think we have a great schedule of events this year,” said Diana Swanson, acting director of the Women’s Studies Program at NIU. “Many thanks go out to our co-sponsors who have organized and supported excellent programming.”

A complete schedule of lectures, exhibits, performances and other activities can be found online at www.niu.edu/wstudies/history.

Events include:

Tuesday, March 2

  • The month kicks off with the fifth annual celebration of “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Sticker Day. Stop by Reavis 103 or the offices of any of the sponsors of this event to pick up a sticker and wear it with pride.
  • Kathleen Turner will teach participants how to embroider during the first of three “Crafty Women” workshops. It will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Room 103 of Reavis Hall.

Wednesday, March 3/Thursday, March 4

  • The Women’s Rights Alliance will hold its annual two-part “Vagina Seminar,” which provides information on everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Both seminars will be at 7 p.m. in DuSable Hall 148.

Wednesday, March 17

  • Channy Lyons, founder and director of the Illinois Women Artists (IWA) Project, will discuss the history and development of the project in her presentation,“ ‘You Paint Like a Man,’ Telling Women’s Stories: The Illinois Women Artists Project.” The event will be held at noon in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Lyons will highlight a number of women artists who have especially interesting stories to tell. Information on the IWA Project is online at http://iwa.bradley.edu/.
  • Channy Lyons will introduce participants to methods of researching and writing about historical women artists during the “Finding Women’s Histories” hands-on seminar at 3 p.m. in Founders Library Room 297.
  • Members of NIU Forensics and others will give voice to competing perspectives on the limits of women’s religious rights during a public debate titled, “This House Would End All Religious Discrimination Against Women.” The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Campus Life Building Room 100.

Thursday, March 18

  • The second “Crafty Women” workshop will feature Cortney Barko’s instruction on how to create fun bead animals. The event will be held at 4 p.m. in Reavis 103.

Monday, March 22

  • Bonnie Anderson will provide instruction on how to crochet during the third “Crafty Women” workshop at 2 p.m. in Reavis 103.
  • Feminist, biologist and femme-identified trans-woman Julia Serano will visit campus to deliver a presentation titled, “Rethinking Sexualization.” Serano will explore sexualization as an intimidation tactic and ways to challenge it. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center’s Capitol Room.

Monday, March 29

  • During a panel discussion titled, “Women’s Voices/Women’s Visions: Women’s Studies Beyond the University,” three NIU alumnae will discuss the influence of their Women’s Studies education on their current lives and careers. The event is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in Holmes Student Center’s Capitol Room. A dessert reception will follow. 

Wednesday, March 31

  • Frances Aparicio, professor of Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will discuss “The Cultural Politics of Salsa Dancing in Chicago” from a gender perspective. The event will be held at noon in Holmes Student Center's Carl Sandburg Auditorium.
  • During a seminar titled, “The Latina Body as Spectacle,” Frances Aparicio will introduce participants to current research on U.S. Latinas and their representation in the media. The seminar begins at 3 p.m. in Room 121 of the Latino Center.
  • A screening of the film, “Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority,” will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center’s Illinois Room. Discussion will follow. Mink paved the way for millions of women in higher education.

All events are open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, are free. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request; call (815) 753-6515. One week’s notice is preferred.

Event sponsors include the NIU Women’s Studies Program; Graduate Colloquium Committee; Graduate School; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office; Women’s Resource Center; Founders Memorial Library; University Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections; Women’s Rights Alliance; Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Student Organization; Advocates for Choice; NIU Forensics; Campus Activities Board; Asian American Center; Divisions of Art Education and Art History; and Departments of Communication, Foreign Languages and Literature, Psychology and Political Science.

For further information, e-mail womenst@niu.edu or call the Women’s Studies Program at (815) 753-1038.

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Media Contact: Rebekah Kohli, NIU Women’s Studies Program
Phone: (815) 753-1038
Email: womenst@niu.edu