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Solo performer Ann Timmons will present "Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 20, as part of the Women's History Month celebration at Old Dominion University. It is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Women's Studies, the College of Arts and Letters and the Women's Center, the performance will be in the Batten Arts and Letters Building, Room 104.

"Off the Wall," a theatre piece for solo performer, is the story of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an avowed socialist and author who viewed herself as a humanist crusader. The piece deals with Gilman's struggle for women's rights and social change at the dawn of the 20th century.

Timmons has performed throughout the United States in solo theatre works since 1979. Prior to a successful off-Broadway run of "Off the Wall" in 1992, she toured Lincoln Center and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with "The Pen and the Podium," a compilation of monodramas. In addition to "Off the Wall," Timmons has written a number of plays for solo and duo performance, including "Shaw's Women" and "Beyond Shadowlands." Committed to the concept of theatre as a tool for enlightenment as well as entertainment, she has been lauded by critics for her engaging and spirited performances.

For more information, call 683-3823.

In addition to this program, Old Dominion will celebrate Women's History Month with dozens of activities and events throughout March, featuring nationally known speakers and performers, as well as lectures and presentations on information important to women. Most events, which are listed below, are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Women's Center or events during Women's History Month, call 683-4109.

Old Dominion University
Women's History Month, March 2000

March 20
Natural Alternatives to Women's Healthcare
12-1 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb University Center
Learn about holistic methods for increasing energy and balancing hormones. Presenter: Janine Lex, D.C.P.Ac.

Off The Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
7:30 - 9 p.m., Batten Arts and Letters Building., Room 104
One-woman performance depicting the life and vision of this truly remarkable woman. Performed by Ann Timmons. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and Women's Studies.

March 21
Life Long Companions: Women and Journals
12:30-1:30 p.m., James River Room, Webb University Center
Keeping a journal can aid in enhancing our intellectual abilities and gaining access to our own creativity. Whether you are just beginning or have been writing for a long time, join us for this creative hour which will include specific journaling techniques. Presented by Gloria Putnam. Co-sponsored by the Student National Environmental Health Association.

Creating History: Women Leading the Way--Creating Holistic Lives for Us All
3-5 p.m., Richmond Room, Webb University Center
Learn about the Life Puzzle...a lifelong, self-responsibility model for ourselves, our children, our families, community and businesses. Presented by Ann Kramer.

Stress Management Training for African-American Women
7-9 p.m., Suffolk Room, Webb University Center
This two-part workshop will incorporate deep breathing techniques, muscle relaxation exercises, time management tips, assertiveness training and cognitive modification. Presented by Ayonda Lanier. Co-sponsored by Black Student Alliance.

March 22
Is that You Knocking on My Door?
12-1 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb University Center
Come explore the poetry of social commentary as a critical strategy for bringing about change to the status quo. Presented by Sandra Joe-Washington, communication and theater arts department. Co-sponsored by Semper Fidelis Society.

March 23
Women, Taking it From Tension to Tranquility
12:30-1:30 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb University Center
This presentation will provide simple techniques to decrease the stress in your life. The discussion will explore what causes tension in our lives and ways we can take care of ourselves. Presented by Pamela Waitkus, health educator. Co-sponsored by Student Health Services and Chi Omega sorority.

3-4 p.m., Richmond Room, Webb University Center
Come hear original poetry and fiction by the poet/author, as well as by Asian and Asian-American women writers. ~ Presented by Luisa Igloria, associate professor, English department. Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Minority Issues and the Filipino-American Student Cultural Center.

President's Lecture Series, Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century
8 p.m., Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium
Featuring Naomi Wolf, noted feminist, author, social critic and presidential campaign adviser to Vice President Al Gore.

March 24
Dance Divine
3-4 p.m., Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room 107
Come experience the beauty and history of these classical Indian dances. Performed by Malini Srirama and Madhanika Lasya. Co-sponsored by the Monarch Dance Team.

March 27
Women's Lives, Women's Voices, Women's Solutions: Shaping a National Agenda for Women in Higher Education
1-3 p.m., Gornto TELETECHNET Center, Room 221
National teleconference, part 1: Imagining Ourselves into the 21st Century, featuring renowned author Johnetta Cole. Co-sponsored by Women's Studies and the university Women's Caucus.
Intergroup Dialogue: Women of Color and White Women
7-9 p.m.., James River Room, Webb University Center
This dialogue will give the opportunity (for women only) to come together and dialogue about the barriers, commonalities and ways to build bridges to greater understanding and communication among these groups. Registration is required by 3/24. Enrollment is limited to 25. Facilitated by Carretta Cooke, Multicultural Student Services and Mona Danner, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Sponsored by Multicultural Student Services. Co-sponsored by the Women's Center, BSA, FASA, APASU, GLBSA.

March 28
Make It a Double - Standard That Is
12:30-1:30 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb University Center
This program will explore societal messages and attitudes regarding women, men, alcohol and sex. Presented by: Jody Wolford-Tucker, Women's Center.

Hildegard of Bingen: A Radical for our Time
3-5 p.m., Richmond Room, Webb University Center
This medieval mystic, abbess, doctor, composer and artist had an important and radical message for the people of her time. Her work has delighted the eyes, ears and hearts of many for centuries and is being discovered anew during our time. Come enjoy! Presented by Nancy Healy, co-director, The Well Retreat Center. Co-sponsored by Old Dominion University Presbyterian Ministry, Catholic Campus Ministry and Canterbury Center for Campus Ministry.

Part 2, Stress Management Training for African-American Women
7-9 p.m., Williamsburg Room, Webb University Center

March 29
Women in Higher Education: Setting a National Agenda for the 21st Century
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gornto TELETECHNET Center, Room 221
National Teleconference, Part 2.

Colors, Myths & Images - Learning the Language of the Goddess
3-4 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb University Center
Have fun exploring the magic and power of colors, myths and images in their role as the language of the Divine Feminine. Experience sacred space, and receive a personal message or insight form one of the world's goddess archetypes. Presented by world-renowned visionary artist and workshop facilitator Meryl Ann Butler.

Friends of Women's Studies Annual Dinner
6:30 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb University Center
Guest Speaker: Marie V. McDemmond, president, Norfolk State University. ($) Reservations required by 3/24 at 683-3823. Sponsored by Women's Studies and Friends of Women's Studies.

March 30
Experiencing Women Through Mixed Media
12:30-1:30 p.m., Isle of Wight Room, Webb University Center
It takes more than one sensory mode to experience the essence of the 20th-century American woman. Come experience this tribute through a blend of poetry, original dialogue, prose and music. Presented by the Old Dominion Speech Chorus. Co-sponsored by Semper Fidelis Society.

Enter the Dragon Lady
6-7 p.m., Filipino-American Student Cultural Center, 1411 49th St.
Food for thought: Discussion focused on issues around the representation of Asian women in the media such as the Asian fetish, Dragon Lady syndrome and "exotification." Bring a bag dinner. Sponsored by the Asian-Pacific American Student Union.

Women and Men: Discussing Sexual Expectations
7-8 p.m., Potomac River Room, Webb University Center
Come join this frank discussion on the issues and pressures impacting the health and safety of men's and women's relationships. Facilitated by Jody Wolford-Tucker, Women's Center, and Bruce Lynch, Counseling Services. Co-sponsored by National Panhellenic Council and Fraternity Council.

March 31
Our Common Fire - Women's Issues in the Global Economy
12-1:30 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb University Center
Using the women's movements in Nicaragua as a backdrop, this program will discuss the impact of the global economy on women's status in developing countries. The presentation will include reflections on the firsthand experience of the presenter in both Nicaragua and Mexico. Presented by Mary Pat Liggio, college coordinator of the Women's Center, Tidewater Community College. Co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity.

For more information about Women's History Month activities at Old Dominion University, call 683-4109.

This article was posted on: March 9, 2000

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