Women’s History Month Celebrates How Women Change America

Posted: March 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Mitchell

March is Women’s History Month, and the university celebrates this year’s theme, “Women Change America,” by hosting a variety of authors, educators, leaders, and professionals who have made an impact nationwide. Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center, events include lectures, readings, workshops, films, and art exhibits, all held on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

  • Today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, the Gendered Visualities symposium will use artwork and discussion to explore how gender is visualized. The keynote speaker is Kathryn Temple, an artist and global justice advocate, and the symposium is free and open to the public. For the full schedule, see the Art and Visual Technology web page.
  • On Tuesday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Patriot Center Hospitality Room, Title IX expert Mary Jo Kane speaks about funding policies for women in sports. Kane, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, says women’s sports face unique challenges due to media blackout and corporate sponsor resistance. Her lecture, “Title IX: Facts vs. Fiction,” coincides with the first day of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Women’s Basketball Tournament, which runs through March 12.
  • On Thursday, March 31, scholars and students will gather to explore muted group theory with one of its originators, Shirley Ardener, an Oxford University anthropologist. The colloquium, Muted Group Theory-Past, Present, and Future, takes place in the Johnson Center Cinema from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Distinguished visiting professors from around the globe will interact with Mason students, faculty, and staff, exploring explanations for the suppression or distortion of oppressed groups.
  • Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer performs in the SUB II Ballroom on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Westenhoefer began doing standup in the early 1990s as one of the first openly gay comedians. She has appeared on Comedy Central, An Evening at the Improv,and Politically Incorrect, among others.
  • On Tuesday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, Luoluo Hong, dean of students at the University of Wisconsin, will speak on “From Geisha Girl to Woman Warrior: One Asian American Woman’s Journey.” An educator, mentor, activist, and rape survivor, Hong talks about how she overcame cultural and institutional racism to finally find her voice and life’s calling.

For more information on any of these or other events, call the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center at 703-993-2896.

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