Mason Celebrates Women’s History Month

Posted: February 27, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Beau Cribbs

March marks Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is “Women and Globalization.” Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center, the month-long celebration will include many panel discussions, art exhibitions and lectures.

This year’s focal point, however, is a four-part film series focusing on the issues of women in a world of globalization, a series that Program Director Lydia Kelow calls “one of the most ambitious projects we’ve taken on in the past few years.” She adds, “We want to encourage dialogue and critical thinking about issues of globalization and how it affects us all.”

The films, which were chosen in collaboration with nearly a dozen other Mason global interdisciplinary programs, chronicle globalization issues in India, Mexico, Senegal, Israel and Palestine and Brazil. Another film being screened highlights issues of globalization through men’s voices.

The Women’s Center has invited filmmakers from each of the four films to visit classes and answer questions after the screenings. The full film schedule can be found at the Women’s Center web site.

The Women’s Center will collaborate with African American Studies to present the Sojourner Truth Lecture on March 20. This year, University of Richmond English Professor Daryl Dance will present “S/He Who Laughs … Lasts: African Americans’ Use of Humor as a Means of Empowerment.”

Other Women’s History Month activities scheduled in March include:

  • An International Women’s Human Rights panel presented by New Century College on March 6

  • A Women-to-Women on Racism workshop presented by the Mason National Coalition Building Institute chapter on March 8

  • “Peacekeepers or Perpetrators? Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by

    UN Peacekeeping Missions” presented by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Africa and Gender Working Groups on March 8 (contact for information)

For more information and a schedule of events, call the Women’s Center at 703-993-2896 or visit the web site. All the events and film screenings are free and open to the public.

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