Mason Celebrates Women’s History Month

Posted: February 15, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

March marks Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is “Feminist Art.” Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies, the month-long celebration will include an exhibition of feminist art, roundtable discussions and guest speakers.

  • The events will begin with “Reve(a)ling: Feminist Art” from Saturday, March 1, through Friday, March 14, in Gallery 123 in the Johnson Center. An opening reception will take place on Monday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the gallery.

    Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff are invited to submit their artworks that depict issues regarding the human body, race, class, sexuality, globalization and beauty for a juried exhibition. Submissions are due by Monday, Feb. 18.

  • On Wednesday, March 5, Josephine Withers, professor at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Barbara Johnson, an artist and teacher, will host “Conversation of Discovery: A Discussion of Feminist Art.” The event will take place from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Room D.
  • Sponsored by New Century College Diversity Committee, bell hooks, one of the most widely published black feminist scholars in the Unites States, will speak about the role of higher education in promoting participatory democracy and social justice. Her pseudonym is in lower case letters because “it is the substance of my books, not who is writing them, that is important.” The event will take place on Monday, March 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Harris Theater.
  • In collaboration with the Visual Culture Symposium (hosted by Cultural Studies on Thursday, March 27, in the Johnson Center Cinema) Women and Gender Studies will present a roundtable discussion on “Art and Gender Politics.” The discussion will focus on specific contemporary artists and performers and their work. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Room E of the Johnson Center.

For a schedule of events, visit the Women and Gender Studies web site or contact Susan Miller, program coordinator in the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center, at 703-993-2896.

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