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Rich Array of Programs Offered on Campus in Celebration of Women's History Month

Though comprising more than half of the world's population, women haven't had their story told as thoroughly throughout history as the story of men has been told.

As recently as the 1970s, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in the public consciousness. A concerted national effort resulted in Congress creating National Women's History Month in 1987.

The month has grown, with programs and activities in schools, workplaces and communities. At Old Dominion University, National Women's History Month is being marked with a diverse array of programs, united by the common theme "Our History Is Our Strength."

Here is a list of events that will take place on campus:

  • March 15, Women's Center 35th Anniversary Keynote; 7 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center.

Women's activist and author Naomi Wolf will give this year's National Women's History Month keynote address. Her talk is titled "What's Next for Feminism and Why Should I Care?"

Co-sponsored with ODU's Office of Intercultural Relations and Programs All Weekend

  • March 16, SAC Poetry Slam featuring Poet Sonya Renee, 8 p.m., BAL 1012

Sonya Renee is an internationally acclaimed performance poet, actress, educator and activist. The ODU community is invited to hear her and watch student poets showcase their talent and compete for a prize. To perform or compete in the Poetry Slam, contact SAC special events director Ariel Robinson at arobi036@odu.edu. Space is limited.

Co-sponsored by ODU's Student Activities Council

  • March 19, Lunafest, 7 p.m., University Theatre

An evening of short films made by, for and about women. 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 will be sold prior to the show at the Webb Center Information Desk and at the event. The event will also include a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Delta Sigma Lambda

March 20, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb Center

A panel discussion featuring four women who have broken the glass ceiling in their respective fields. Come and be inspired by their personal stories, including challenges encountered, opportunities created and dreams fulfilled. Refreshments provided.

Co-sponsored by Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi and Chi Sigma Alpha

  • March 20, Marc and Connie Jacobson Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Lecture, 7:30 p.m., North Café, Webb Center

The featured speaker is Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor and author of the memoir "Left to Tell."

An eyewitness survivor of one of recent history's most horrific genocidal regimes, Immaculée Ilibagiza shares her message of faith and forgiveness amidst the most awful of circumstances. Four years after the genocide, she immigrated to the United States and began working for the UN, establishing the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help orphaned children in Africa.

For more information, visit: www.odu.edu/ao/univevents.

  • March 21, Women in Music, 7 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts

An evening celebrating the musical achievements of women throughout the world. The ladies of Sigma Alpha Iota, along with ODU music students and faculty will perform pieces written and performed by women.

Co-sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota

  • March 22, Women in the Mining Industry: Tapping Resources, Carving Space, 2-3 p.m., Potomac/York River Room, Webb Center

This presentation offers an in-depth look at the lifestyle and profession of a woman operating in this globally dynamic industry. On location in Zambia via Skype, Mfikeyi Makayi will discuss the industry's trends and impact.

Mfikeyi Makayi earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from ODU in 2007, and a master's in environmental engineering in 2009. She will complete a second master's in mining engineering from the University of Exeter (England) in 2013.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations

  • March 22, The Power of a Woman, 8 p.m., Mills Godwin Jr. Building 102

The "Power of a Woman" is an educational debate among a female panel, a male panel and the audience. The program will highlight women's accomplishments throughout history and illustrate how gender inequality has often left women out of the history books.

Co-sponsored by ODU's Student Activities Council

  • March 26, Miss Representation, 7 p.m., Big Blue Room, Ted Constant Convocation Center

The documentary "Miss Representation," which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. An interactive panel discussion will follow the film.

The event is free. For tickets, visit: http://missrepresentation757.eventbrite.com/. For more information: 683-4109 or rsvpdcoe@odu.edu.

Co-Sponsored by the Darden College of Education and the women's studies department

  • March 27, Feminist Activist Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Mall, Webb Center

Learn about volunteer, internship and employment opportunities with local organizations promoting social justice, equality and empowerment for women and girls.

Co-sponsored by the women's studies department

  • March 28, Women Leading/Leading Women, noon to 1 p.m., River Rooms, Webb Center

The presentation will highlight leadership lessons from women in business, politics, etc. that they have learned from their life experiences. Presented by ODU's Roslyn Houston, marketing instructor, Department of Marketing, College of Business and Public Administration

Co-sponsored by the University Women's Caucus

  • March 29, Women's Center 35th Anniversary Reception, 3-4:30 p.m., Learning Commons Conference Room, Perry Library

Celebrate the center's 35 years of service to the ODU community. This is also a great opportunity to view the Women's Center archives display at the library.

RSVP to womenctr@odu.edu by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

  • March 31, Sigma Lambda Upsilon 10th Anniversary Banquet, 7 p.m., Newport News Room, Webb Center

An evening celebrating the 10th anniversary of Sigma Lambda Upsilon Senoritas Latinas Unidas as well as achievements of Latina women throughout the world.

Co-sponsored by Sigma Lambda Upsilon Senoritas Latinas Unidas

The Women's Center offers programs and services designed to promote gender equity and address the special challenges and opportunities female students encounter in the pursuit of higher education. Recognizing the critical role that both women and men play in promoting an environment free of gender bias, center programs are designed to educate and inspire all students to achieve their personal, academic and professional potential.

This article was posted on: March 15, 2012

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