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Women's History Month, March 2014

Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment

 

IVCC's Women's History Month Celebration is made possible through the combined dedication of the Diversity Team, SAGE, Sigma Kappa Delta, the World Language Association, and the Student Government Association.

Women's History Month was introduced by the National Women's History Project with the goal of ensuring that information about the myriad ways women have changed America would be part of our children's education.

The National Women's History Month Project explains that in spite of the fact that "women's history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors—social, religious, economic, and biological—have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history. The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric our history.  Learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength.  Until relatively recently, this sphere of women's history was overlooked and undervalued. Women’s achievements were often distorted, disdained, and denied. . . . knowing women’s stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century."

For more information on Women's History Month, refer to the National Women's History Project at http://www.nwhp.org.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

IVCC's Women's History Month Calendar 2014 

Sigma Kappa Delta is sponsoring an art contest for Women's History Month. Entrants can turn in poetry, short stories, essays, pictures, paintings, etc., in accordance with the 2014 theme of "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment" for a prize! Entries should go to Professors Radek, Robinson, or Oldaker either in person or via e-mail by March 7th to be judged by the Sigma Kappa Delta executive board and sponsors. Winners will be announced, prizes awarded, and the winning art read or displayed in a Brown Bag Lunch session on March 19th. To submit work, please either drop it off at A-314, A-328,or A-317 or e-mail it to kimberly_radek@ivcc.edu, delores_robinson@ivcc.edu,or adam_oldaker@ivcc.edu.


Wednesday
, March 5, 2014
Building C, Room 316, IVCC
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch:
A Reader's Theatre presentation of And Ain't I A Woman: The Trials & Triumphs of African-American Women

Please join IVCC faculty member Donna Stone and a cast of IVCC students and staff--Ed Decker, Edward Levy, and Yvette Lucas--as they read some of the most dramatic, inspirational, and enlightening pieces regarding African American women's still hard-fought quest for equality.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014
OTTC 101, IVCC's Ottawa Center
6:30 -7:30 PM

Reader's Theatre: And Ain't I A Woman: The Trials & Triumphs of African-American Women

Please join IVCC faculty member Donna Stone and a cast of IVCC staff and students--Ed Decker, Edward Levy, and Yvette Lucas--for an encore performance, as they read some of the most dramatic, inspirational, and enlightening pieces regarding African American women's still hard-fought quest for equality.


Thursday, March 6, 2014
Building C, Room 316, IVCC
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: "Heloise: Renowned for Her Passion, Unappreciated for Her Influence."

Professor Vince Brolley will look at the historical lovers Abelard and Heloise, considering Heloise's bravery, extremely "modern" viewpoints, and unmistakable influence on so many topics of historical importance in this lecture offering.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Building C, Room 325-326, IVCC
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: Please join Sigma Kappa Delta as they celebrate the artistic expression of this year's theme, Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Judged by SKD's executive officers and faculty sponsors, art submissions will be exhibited and discussed and prizes will be awarded. Artists can attend to comment upon their work and find out whether they have won a prize.


Friday, March 21, 2014
Building B, Room 216, IVCC
2:00-3:30 PM

eagLITs Book Club: Please join eagLITs Book Club to discuss Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling, a book by the famed Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling under a male pseudonym in April 2013. The Cuckoo's Calling follows the story of an investigator trying to determine whether a model who falls from a balcony to her death is a victim of foul play.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Building C, Room 316
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: Professor Sue Caley-Opsal will speak to this year's theme when she explains why it is important to get more women into the fields of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology, as well as her personal efforts, working with the National Science Foundation, to mentor girls in these areas in our local communities. She will also discuss some famous courageous and committed women in science.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014
OTTC 101, IVCC's Ottawa Center
6:30-7:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: In the session "Shrinking Women" Professor Amanda Cook Fesperman will be showing the video of Lily Myers performing her poem "Shrinking Women" at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational at Wesleyan College and then will lead a discussion on that poem and the raw insights it provides into the lives of young women. No previous poetry experience required.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Building C, Room 316
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: In "Imagining Gender: The Fantastical Works of Jim Butcher, George R. R. Martin, and C. L. Wilson" Professor Kimberly M. Radek will discuss issues of sex roles and gender equity in fantasy fiction, as well as what recent findings of neuroscience suggest about how we become gendered beings and why the imagination is important for attaining equality.


Thursday, March 27, 2014
Building C, Room 316
11:30-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: Professor Sue Caley-Opsal will show the NOVA documentary The Secret of Photo 51 which details  Rosalind Franklin's role in discovering (or uncovering) the structure of DNA. There should be time for a discussion at the end of the film.


Monday, March 31, 2014
Building C, Room 316
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History"

Since the beginning of history, it has been the women who have dared to challenge the societal expectations of them who have been remembered. If you can walk in courage facing your fears, you can stay true to yourself and all that you hold dear, hold fast to good character, and impact the world in a powerful way. Please join IVCC graduate Amy Decker for this inspiring presentation--and for a chance to win one of five rings by Lemon Lime Creations with these powerful reminders on them.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Building C, Room 316, IVCC
12:00-1:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: In the session "Shrinking Women" Professor Amanda Cook Fesperman will be showing the video of Lily Myers performing her poem "Shrinking Women" at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational at Wesleyan College and then will lead a discussion on that poem and the raw insights it provides into the lives of young women. No previous poetry experience required.

 


 

Image from the National Women's History Project at www.nwhp.org
(Permission granted for use of NWHP logo)

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