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ODU Celebrates Women's History Month with Exhibit, Events, Activities

Old Dominion University will celebrate Women's History Month in March with a series of activities designed to focus attention on the contributions and achievements of women throughout history.

Unless noted, all events are sponsored by or in conjunction with the ODU Women's Center and are free and open to the public. For more information call 683-4109.

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Women's History Month Exhibit

March 1 - April 15
Perry Library
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the attainment of woman suffrage, an important achievement in women's history. Sponsored by the Perry Library.

"laDies firST" HERstory Museum

Monday, March 15
7 p.m.
North Cafeteria, Webb Center
The Women's HERstory Museum analyzes 10 trailblazing from women around the world and throughout the community. After touring the museum, visitors are invited to play a trivia game to win prizes. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Writing Women Back Into History

Tuesday, March 16
12:30-1:30 p.m.
James River Room, Webb Center
Help write women back into history. Learn about the historical recovery of women's voices and have fun doing it by participating in the "writing our own history" activity.  Presented by Robin Ormiston, graduate assistant, Women's Center

Women's History Month Keynote Address by Robin Morgan: "Sisterhood Is Powerful, Global & Now 21st Century"

Wednesday, March 17
7:00 p.m.
North Cafeteria, Webb Center
Robin Morgan, an award-winning poet, novelist, political theorist, feminist activist, journalist, editor and best-selling author, will deliver the Women's History Month keynote address. She has published more than 20 books, including the now-classic anthologies, "Sisterhood Is Powerful & Sisterhood Is Global," and most recently "Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium" and "Fighting Words: A Tool Kit for Combating the Religious Right." A founder/leader of contemporary U.S. feminism, Morgan has also been a leader in the international women's movement for 30 years.

Feminist Activist Fair

Thursday, March 18
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
North Mall, Webb Center
Learn about volunteer, internship and employment opportunities with local and national organizations that promote gender equity for women and girls.

Co-sponsored by the women's studies department and Friends of Women's Studies

Reading Women Back Into History

Tuesday, March 23
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
Celebrate Women's History Month at a poetry reading that honors women. Each of the poems will be written by women, for women or about women.

From Margin to Center

Wednesday, March 24
3-5 p.m.
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
Join this lively panel discussion that will explore the extensive accomplishments of black women activists and advocates who are working locally and globally to improve the lives of others. The panel will examine salient issues for the young activist who would like to heed the call of service. The panel will include Althea Tait, ODU associate professor of women's studies; Shamika Lawrence, ODU alumna, grassroots activist and SIBAHLE founder; Bernadette Holmes, associate professor and acting director of the criminal justice department, Norfolk State University; and Regina Malveaux, J.D., executive director, South Hampton Roads YWCA. Melvina Sumter, associate professor and director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, ODU sociology department, will moderate.

"Strangers in Paradise" (Presented during the ONFilm Festival)

Thursday, March 25
7 p.m.
University Theatre
Sisi Sojourner Productions presents "Strangers in Paradise," a compelling documentary film that captures the intensity of the underlying questions of international volunteerism and cross-cultural immersion. Through filmmaker Rachel Hunter's attempt to make sense of re-entering the United States after her work on the ground in South Africa, this piece takes viewers on a virtual international quest for answers to some of society's most important questions.

"On Their Own: Women Journalists and the American Experience in Vietnam"

Tuesday, March 30
12:30-1:30 p.m.
James River Room, Webb Center
More than 300 women, both print and broadcast journalists, were accredited to chronicle America's activity in Vietnam. Tragically, several women lost their lives covering the war, while others were wounded or taken prisoner. Joyce Hoffmann, author and ODU associate professor of English, will discuss the lives of these brave and pioneering women who made their own indelible mark on history.


Tuesday, March 30
6:15 p.m., reception
7 p.m., show
Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building, Room 102
An evening of short films made by, for and about women. LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, makers of the "whole nutrition bar for women," to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women's issues and support women's nonprofit organizations. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the YWCA of South Hampton Roads. Tickets are $5 with student ID and $10 for general admission. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 8, at the Women's Center, the Campus Information Desk in Webb Center and will be available for purchase at the event.

That Takes Ovaries!

Wednesday, March 31
7 p.m.
Virginia Beach Room, Webb Center
A celebration of the gutsy, sassy and often touching true tales of women's estrogen-powered deeds through an open mic movement, a play and best-selling book, "That Takes Ovaries!: Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts."

This article was posted on: March 9, 2010

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