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WOMEN'S CENTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FEATURES STEINEM, CHO AND GUERRILLA GIRLS

Writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist Gloria Steinem will be the featured speaker for the 30th anniversary of the Women's Center at Old Dominion University. The monthlong celebration, which coincides with Women's History Month, will also include a wide array of events, including appearances by comedian Margaret Cho and activist theater group the Guerrilla Girls.

Steinem's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center. To ensure seating, advance tickets are required and are available at the ODU Campus Information Center and the Women's Center, both located in Webb Center.

Regarded by many as America's most influential feminist, Steinem currently travels the globe addressing issues of equality. Her interests include the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence and nonviolent conflict resolution.

A prolific writer, Steinem has contributed to numerous anthologies and textbooks, and served as editor of Houghton Mifflin's "The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History." She is the author of "Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem," "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions," "Moving Beyond Words" and "Marilyn: Norma Jean."

Steinem, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956, first rose to fame in the late 1960s as a political columnist and founding member of New York magazine. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, serving as an editor for 15 years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and was instrumental in the magazine's recent move to join and be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

The ODU Women's Center, established in 1976, is celebrating 30 years of programs and services that address the special challenges and opportunities for women. The center offers programs and services to empower all students to achieve their personal, academic and professional potential.

The full schedule of Women's History Month activities is listed below. For more information call 683-4109.

Friday, March 16
Comedian Margaret Cho, 7 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center. Free tickets for the event are available to ODU students, faculty and staff (limit two per person). Tickets are required and may be picked up at the Campus Information Center in Webb University Center from 8 a.m. Monday, March 12 through 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. An ODU ID is required.

Wednesday, March 21
Writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, 8 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center. The event is free and open to the public. To ensure seating, advance tickets are required and are available at the ODU Campus Information Center and the Women's Center, both located in Webb Center.

Thursday, March 22
"Souljahs, Queens and Video Vixens: Reviewing Women's Sexuality in the Hip Hop Culture," 12:30 p.m. Virginia Beach/Portsmouth Room, Webb Center.

Friday, March 23
Women in film events include the following:

10 a.m. - "Crying Ladies" (Mark Meily, 2003). Discussion led by Luisa Igloria, ODU associate professor of English. Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.

1 p.m. - "The Ground Truth" (Patricia Foulkrod, 2006). Discussion led by Jonathan Phillips, ODU assistant professor of history. Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.

3 p.m. - "You've Got Mail" (Nora Ephron, 1998). Discussion sponsored by Friends of the ODU Library and led by Susie Weaver, owner of Broadstreet Books. Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.

7 p.m. - "International Women in Film Forum." Featuring Emily Rosdeicher of NYU Film School, "Take Me Out Tonight"; Moira Tierney of Dublin, Ireland, "Liberty Kids and Matilda Tone"; Sen-I Yu, of Taiwan, "Under the Willow Tree"; Sonali Gulati of India, "Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night." Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium.

Monday, March 26
"Women & Work: Gender and Race in the Glass House," a discussion of the challenges facing women in today's workplace, presented by Mona J.E. Danner, ODU associate professor of sociology and criminal justice, 7 p.m., James/Lynnhaven River Room, Webb Center.

Tuesday, March 27
"This Is What a Feminist Looks Like," a panel discussion to explore the direction of the feminist movement in current times, 12:30 p.m., Potomac/York River Room, Webb Center.

Wednesday, March 28
"Divas Divine," a presentation that seeks to teach women to empower themselves through hip-hop, jazz and international dance styles, 6 p.m., James/Lynnhaven River Room, Webb Center.

Thursday, March 29
"Christian Woman's Response to Buddhist Meditation in Thailand," featuring lecturer Sister Mary Cecilia, who spent more than 10 years in Thailand, 11 a.m., 107 Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, March 29
Feminist Activist Fair, featuring Narissa Bond, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Cafeteria, Webb Center.

Friday, March 30
The Guerrilla Girls, an activist theater group that uses humor to convey information, stimulate discussion and promote women and minorities in the arts, 7 p.m. North Cafeteria, Webb Center. To ensure seating, advance tickets are required and are available at the ODU Campus Information Center and the Women's Center, both located in Webb Center.

This article was posted on: March 8, 2007

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