Mason Celebrates Women’s History Month

Posted: February 26, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The celebration of Women’s History Month, organized by Women and Gender Studies, will include an exhibition of feminist art, a staged reading of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” and guest speakers. All events take place on the Fairfax Campus.

Event sponsors are Women and Gender Studies, the Department of Art and Visual Technology, African and African American Studies, University Life and the Cultural Studies Program.

Highlights of the celebration follow.

  • The events will begin with “Reve(a)ling: Feminist Art” from Monday, March 2, through Thursday, March 12, in Gallery 123 in the Johnson Center. An opening reception and discussion will take place on Monday, March 2, at 4 p.m. in the gallery. Cake, tea and coffee will be provided; professor Ellen Todd is mistress of ceremonies.

  • Feminist critic Lucy Lippard will lecture on “Imagine Being Here Now” on Thursday, March 5. Lippard is the author of 18 books on subjects ranging from pop art to Native American art. The event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Harris Theater.
  • The Sojourner Truth lecture will be delivered on Thursday, March 19, by Ntozake Shange, who describes herself as a poet, playwright, dancer, actor, director, author and black feminist. She is the author of the choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” The lecture will be presented in Student Union Building II, Rooms 5 and 6, from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • A student reading of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” will be presented on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro. Auditions for this reading will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 140K. Ozzie Jones will direct the production.
  • On Wednesday, March 25, Mason English professor Tamara Harvey will give a scholarly lecture titled “I Felt Moved Interiorly to Leave Them: Modesty, Evidence and the Archive of Feminism.” She is the author of “Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633-1700” and is currently co-editing a collection titled “Confronting Gender Justice: Women’s Lives, Human Rights.”

    The 7:15 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a dinner at 6 p.m. The lecture is free, but the dinner is $20. Both events take place in the Johnson Center, Meeting Room C.

  • On Monday, March 30, Jennifer Baumgardner will present “Looking Both Ways: Bisexual Politics,” which is based on her most recent book of the same title. The talk will be presented at 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

For more information, contact Susan Miller, program coordinator in Women and Gender Studies, at 703-993-2896 or

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