Women’s History Month to Focus on Community and Dreams

Posted: February 28, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

George Mason joins the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month in March with a schedule of events designed to strengthen the community’s understanding of women’s history and women’s contributions to the nation’s development.

“Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams” is this year’s theme, and it encourages all to recognize the achievements of the women who have created a community against all odds in order to fulfill their hopes and dreams. The Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center, along with other campus organizations, has organized a full month of free activities in the spirit of this month’s theme. All will be held on the Fairfax Campus. Below are several highlights:

  • On Thursday, March 2, Judy Norsigian, coauthor of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and executive director and cofounder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, will speak on various women’s health issues, including positive body image awareness. The presentation takes place in the Harris Theater at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Eating Disorders – Body Image Concerns Task Force and the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center. Copies of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” now in its eighth edition, will be available for sale. Contact Susan Stahley at sstahley@gmu.edu or 703-993-3687.

  • On Monday, March 6, New Century College, InterArts, University Life and the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center present the award-winning activist songwriting duo, “Emma’s Revolution.” The free concert, featuring political folk songs, will take place in the Johnson Center Bistro at 7:30 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, March 7, Lucinda Peach will present “Victims or Agents? Female Cross-Border Migrants and Anti-trafficking Discourse.” Peach is an associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at American University. The presentation takes place in Mason Hall, Rooms D3 A and B, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Center for Global Ethics and Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center.
  • In celebration of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, the Women’s Center in Johnson Center Room 240K will host a student-produced exhibit documenting the history of women’s studies at Mason titled “Continuing Herstory : Reclaiming the Past, Defining the Present and Shaping the Future.” The open house runs from 3 to 7 p.m. with student panel discussions at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • From Tuesday, March 21, until Friday, March 24, the Women’s Studies Program will host “Women at Mason,” an exhibit featuring old photographs, historical facts and a retrospective look at women on campus in the past 30 years. The exhibit will be displayed in Room 116 of the Johnson Center and it will open during Johnson Center hours.
  • Mason alumni will be on campus on Wednesday, March 29, to discuss “Making a Difference.” The panel of women who are addressing global issues through personal initiative will share their stories in Johnson Center Meeting Room F at 7 p.m.

In addition, the films “Memories of a Geisha,” “North Country” and “Pride and Prejudice” will be shown in the Johnson Center Cinema during the month. A comedy night with Judy Gold and a workshop about women and racism round out the month.

For more information about the events, contact the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center at wmst@gmu.edu or 703-993-2896.

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