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FALL 2014

 

Coffeehouse Writers Series Returns on September 30 with UAH Student Group The Writer's Block

Women’s and Gender Studies continues the popular Coffeehouse Writers Series on Tuesday, September 30, 6-7:30 p.m., with The Writer’s Block, featuring Jessica Lockett.

The Writer’s Block is UAH’s official student-run creative writing organization, founded in 2013. The purpose of The Writer’s Block is to promote the pursuit of creative writing, support creative writers in their endeavors, enrich the members’ experiences and abilities, and aid the members’ personal writing goals.

The Writer’s Block accepts all types of creative writers, newcomers and veterans of the craft alike, to participate in their workshop meetings, events, and literary magazine.

Due to library renovations, the venue has been changed to the Wilson Hall Gallery, located on Ben Graves Drive next to the Business Administration Building off Holmes Ave. There is ample parking in front of Wilson Hall. A campus map is available at www.uah.edu/map. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, contact Marylyn Coffey at (256) 824-6114 or email coffeymt@uah.edu.

 

Migrant Justice Documentary The Second Cooler to Be Shown at UAH on September 25

Twelve million immigrants are in the U.S. illegally? Why? Who benefits? These questions, and many more, are explored in the migrant justice documentary The Second Cooler, to be shown on Thursday, September 25, at 5:30 p.m., in UAH’s Charger Union Theater. The showing will be followed by a question and answer session with Ellin Jimmerson, who directed, produced, wrote, and edited the film, under the auspices of the Huntsville Immigration Initiative, LLC, and in cooperative agreement with the Interfaith Mission Service.

The Second Cooler, which speaks to both English and Spanish speaking audiences, is a documentary about illegal migration shot primarily in Alabama, Arizona, and in northern and central Mexico. The premise is that Arizona is the new Alabama—the epicenter of an intense struggle for migrant justice. Those issues include the impact of free trade agreements on migration, the lack of a legal way for poor Latin Americans to come to the United States, the inherent abuses of the guest worker program, the fact that many migrants are indigenous people, anti-immigrant politics in Alabama, the thousands of migrant deaths at the border, and an escalating ideology of the border. Actor Martin Sheen narrates the film.

The Second Cooler was chosen as Best Feature Documentary for 2013 by the Peace on Earth Film Festival (Chicago, IL), and also received a Film 4 Change Award from the 2013 AMFM Fest in Cathedral City, CA, as well as a Film Heals Award at the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival. The film was an official selection of the 22nd Arizona International Film Festival, the 2013 Red Rock International Film Festival, the 2013 Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, and the 2013 Boston Latino Independent Film Festival.

The UAH Women’s and Gender Studies Program is co-sponsoring the showing, along with the Office of Diversity, College of Liberal Arts, Foreign Language Department, Global Studies Program, Spanish Club, and Hispanic Student Organization. Admission is free and open to the public. For further information, email leslie.kaiura@uah.edu or call 256-824-6426, or visit the film site at www.thesecondcooler.com.

 

Silence Hurts Everyone Event on Thursday, September 18

UAH Women’s and Gender Studies and the UAH Offices of Diversity and Student Affairs will sponsor the event “Silence Hurts Everyone,” on Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m., in UAH’s Charger Union Theater.

The event speaks against rape and honors courageous survivors who speak out about their experiences. It features the trailer for Not Our Bodies, a documentary on rape culture and the African-American community under development by David Person, the main coordinator of the event. Person is a journalist who serves on USA Today’s Board of Contributors and has done feature reporting for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He also hosts WEUP Talk, a daily call-in talk show for WEUP (www.weupam.com), the oldest black-owned radio station in Alabama.

The event will recognize a representative of Mrs. Recy Taylor, whose experience of sexual assault is featured in the film. The event will also recognize Crisis Services of North Alabama, a local non-profit who serves survivors of sexual assault. The event also honors Jade Wagner, who survived campus rape and works to raise awareness of campus rape culture. Huntsville’s own Grammy-nominated artist Kelvin Wooten will offer musical performances. Also appearing will be Comic-Con legend Michael Davis and actress Erika Alexander of The Cosby Show and Living Single.

The event is free and open to the public. For film information, visit www.notourbodies.com. For more information about David Person, see www.davidpersonmedia.com. Direct questions to Molly Johnson at molly.johnson@uah.edu or (256) 824-2566.

 

 

SPRING 2014

 

April 17, 6:30 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, Best Writing Friends Forever (BWFFs). Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Women’s Studies and the Salmon Library are continuing the popular Coffeehouse Writers Series with programs featuring local writers reading their work. All programs last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library art gallery near the ChargerBrew coffee shop.

Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.Best Writing Friends Forever (BWFFs) return with poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Readers from this Huntsville writing group include Betty Clemens, Brooke Bullman, Erin Reid, Deidre Moore, Heather Kilgore, Marylyn Coffey, Susan Gorrell, and Susan Phelan.

Admission is free and open to the public. Library parking has moved to the lot next to the Nursing Building on Ben Graves Drive near the Holmes Drive intersection. For information,contact Marylyn Coffey at (256) 824-6114 or email coffeymt@uah.edu

 

April 5, 7:30 p.m. "Spirit of the Dance." Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring Concert. Chan Auditorium, Business Administration Building.

The Huntsville Feminist Chorus (HFC) will offer its annual spring concert at UAH on Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building. The concert’s theme, “Spirit of the Dance,” brings together song, rhythm, and movement in a joyful celebration of life and worldcommunity.

This will be the 19th HFC spring concert at UAH, honoring women’s history. HFC was formed in 1993 and sang its first UAH concert in March 1996. The chorus’ mission is to “open hearts and minds through song.”

As always, the concert will be free and open to the public. Women’s Studies will host a reception following. For more information, call (256) 824-6190.

 

April 4, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Alabama Women Student Leaders Conference (ALA-WSL). Wilson Hall Theater (room 001).

ALA-WSL is a FREE one-day leadership conference held on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Friday, April 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in Wilson Hall Theater. Members of the Huntsville Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women), in partnership with several UAH students, faculty, and staff, as well as students from other area colleges and universities, are coordinating ALA-WSL. ALA-WSL is inspired by AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL, or “nick-whistle”), held in the DC area every summer.

The keynote speaker for ALA-WSL is women’s fair pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, the inspiration behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Ledbetter is coming to Huntsville for the AAUW State Convention, held from April 4-6, at the Marriott in Huntsville. Students from around the state who are attending the AAUW State Convention as members of the Student Advisory Council will attend ALA-WSL for their pre-convention student leadership training, and they will also enjoy a private dinner with Ledbetter. (Click here for more info about AAUW State Convention.)

ALA-WSL is open to all students attending Alabama colleges and universities. Participants may attend for all or part of the day. Registration deadline is March 21, 2014!

To register for ALA-WSL, click on this link!

Preliminary Event Schedule (still subject to revision):

  • 8:45 – 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 – 11:00 am: Resume Writing Workshop
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Luncheon, featuring talks on “Diversity and Leadership” and on “Multi-Generational Dynamics” (held in the University Center Exhibit Hall)
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm: True Colors Workshop (on identifying your personality and leadership styles)
  • 2:30 – 3:15 pm: AAUW 101 Workshop (on AAUW programs for colleges and universities, led by Kate Farrar, AAUW’s Vice President for Campus Leadership Programs)
  • 3:15 – 4:00 pm: Mind Mapping as a Leadership Tool
  • 4:00 – 4:45 pm: Stress Management and Relaxation
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Keynote Lecture by Lilly Ledbetter (open to the public)

ALA-WSL participants are also invited to attend the 7:30 pm showing of the 2011 award-winning documentary, Miss Representation, exploring the relationship among women, the media, and politics. UAH’s Association for Campus Entertainment is showing the film in the theater of Charger Union. There is no registration necessary to attend this film.

The ALA-WSL Conference is made possible by support from the UAH Office of Diversity and UAH Women’s Studies Program, as well as from the UAH Colleges of Business and Engineering, who are helping to bring Lilly Ledbetter to Huntsville.

For a copy of our ALA-WSL promotional flyer to pass along to your fellow students and friends, please click here. For links to a UAH Campus Map, click here.

Please direct questions to Dr. Molly Johnson at ALAWSL.AAUW@gmail.com or to the UAH Women’s Studies office at 256-824-2566.

 

March 21, 6:00 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, The Coweeta Poets. Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Women’s Studies and the Salmon Library are continuing the popular Coffeehouse Writers Series with programs featuring local writers reading their work. All programs last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library art gallery near the ChargerBrew coffee shop.

The Coweeta Poets return with staged readings of their quirky, sometimes dramatic, often collaborative poems. Poets are Debbie West, Erin Reid, Evelyn Hurley, Margaret Vann, Monita Soni, Rose Norman, Rosemary McMahan, Susan Guthrie, and Susan Luther.

Admission is free and open to the public. Library parking has moved to the lot next to the Nursing Building on Ben Graves Drive near the Holmes Drive intersection. For information,contact Marylyn Coffey at (256) 824-6114 or email coffeymt@uah.edu

 

January 29, 7:30 p.m. Lecture, "Human Trafficking 101." Patricia McCay. Shelby Center Room 107.

Patricia A. McCay, Chair of the Huntsville-Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force, will give a lecture entitled “Human Trafficking 101” on Wednesday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. in UAH’s Shelby Center (room 107). January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Women’s Studies invites the campus and community to learn more about this growing problem and what can be done to help.

An estimated 27 million people are enslaved worldwide today, over 80% of them women, and over half of them under the age of 18. Human trafficking, very often for the purpose of sex bondage, is the second highest criminal activity in the world. A conservative estimate puts 200,000 people in bondage in the United States, and the problem affects our own community. In 2012, five people were arrested in an FBI sting on a Madison hotel, where a 15 year old girl was being held captive for forced prostitution, and in 2013, two adults (later arrested) trafficked a Huntsville teenager to Louisiana for forced prostitution.

Pat McCay is a member and past chair of the Madison County Coordinated Community Response Taskforce Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She received the FBI Director’s “Community Leadership Award” in 2011 and graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2012. She holds a business degree from UAH and is President of The Consulting Group, Inc. In 2013, she was a recipient of the UAH “Alumni of Achievement Award.”

This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (256) 824-6210. Visit the task force website at stnow.org.

 

 

FALL 2013

December 9, 6:00 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, UAH Creative Writing Students. Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Women’s Studies and the Salmon Library are continuing the popular Coffeehouse Writers Series with programs featuring local writers reading their work. On Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m., UAH Creative Writing students of Dr. Anna Weber will present original poetry and fiction.

Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free, and Charger Brew will be open before the Monday night reading. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or (256) 824-6114.

 

November 1, 1:00 p.m. Dr. Esther Ngumbi, "Bringing Sustainable Development to One Community in the Coastal Region of Kenya." UAH Roberts Hall, Room 419.

 

October 24, 7:30 p.m. "Birth Control and Abortion: Why Still So Controversial? An Historical View." Wilson Hall Theater (room 001)

October 24, 11:10 a.m. "Visual Democracy: How Dorothea Lange Used Photography to Promote Equality." Honors Lecture Series. Shelby Center 107.

Dr. Linda Gordon, University Professor of the Humanities and Florence Kelley Professor of History at New York University, will visit UAH in October as a Humanities Center Short-Term Eminent Scholar. Gordon is one of the foremost experts on the history of women and gender and of social policy in the United States.

She will give two public lectures. Her keynote lecture will be, “Birth Control and Abortion: Why Still So Controversial? An Historical View,” on Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Wilson Hall Theater (room 001). She will give a second public lecture, “Visual Democracy: How Dorothea Lange Used Photography to Promote Equality,” on Thursday, October 24, at 11:10 a.m., in Shelby Center 107 as part of the Honors Lecture Series. Gordon will also discuss her research with students in two history classes and one political science course.

Gordon’s keynote lecture is drawn from her 1976 book, Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: The History of Birth Control in America (revised and republished as The Moral Property of Women in 2002), which remains the definitive history of birth control politics in the United States. Her Honors lecture is based on her most recent and prize-winning book, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (2009). Gordon earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in Russian history in 1970, before moving into the field of U.S. women’s history, an outgrowth in part of her active participation in the women’s movement. Before moving to NYU, she taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she was awarded the university’s prestigious Vilas Research Chair.

Gordon earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in Russian history in 1970, before moving into the field of US women’s history, an outgrowth in part of her active participation in the women’s movement.Before moving to New York University, she taught at the University of Massachusetts / Boston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the university’s most prestigious chair professorship, the Vilas Research Chair. 

For further information, email molly.johnson@uah.edu or call (256) 824-2566.

 

October 18, 6:00 p.m. Reception / 6:30 p.m. Performance. Coffeehouse Writers Series, Word-Xpress. Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Women’s Studies and the Salmon Library are continuing the popular Coffeehouse Writers Series with programs featuring local writers reading their work. The fall series begins Friday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m., with Word-Xpress.com: Alabama’s Got Arts! The members of this progressive social hub for creative people will inspire and entertain through poetry, spoken word, and stories. They encourage all to attend—community, faculty, and students—to experience “some of this area’s hidden treasures” and to support your local arts. “This is an opportunity to be a part of something that’s going to be big! Art is Life!” A reception will be hosted at 6:00 p.m., and the performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or(256) 824-6114.

 

October 1, 7 p.m. Public Showing of documentary, The Invisible War. University Center Exhibit Hall B-C

Women’s Studies will partner with POWER (the Women’s Studies student club), the UAH Veteran’s Network, and AAUW-Huntsville to sponsor a free showing of the 2012 documentary The Invisible War on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall B-C.

A film by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, The Invisible War exposes the problem of sexual assault in the U.S. military. Representatives from Army Community Service at Redstone Arsenal will give a pre-show lecture at 7 p.m., followed by the film at 7:30 and then will answer questions after the film. Chanley Pickard is Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program (SHARP) Manager, and Jennifer Blatter is SHARP Victim Advocate, Army Community Service.

According to a Pentagon report covered by the Huffington Post inMay 2013, “the number of sexual assaults reported by members of the military rose from 3,192 to 3,374 in 2012, while the department estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted, based on anonymous surveys” (Richard Lardner, 5/07/13). Interviews with more than 100 people, including both retired and active service members, tell a horrific tale. Women in the military are sometimes required to report assaults to the perpetrator himself, and women who are raped by married men are often themselves charged with adultery while the men go unpunished. It is a culture designed to “let women get raped better,” says one Army criminal investigator. Members of Congress from both parties are also interviewed, as are Defense Department officials, but it is the testimony of survivors (not all of them women) that are at the heart of the film.

Fortunately, the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is acting to correct this problem, and the Pentagon has issued new rules about reporting sex crimes.

Invisible War was one of four feature-length documentaries nominated for the Academy Award in 2013, and it has been nominated for many other awards. Time Magazine called it one of the “Ten Best Films of the Year.” Kirby Dick’s other documentaries include Outrage (2009, about closeted gay politicians who support anti-gay legislation), This Film Is Not Rated (2006, a humorous look at the film ratings system), and Twist of Faith (2004, about child abuse among Catholic priests).

This is AAUW’s monthly program, which includes a dinner that requires advance reservations by September 25 to Lois Guendel at lois.guendel@knology.net or (256) 880-8643. AAUW members are happy to pick up the cost of meals for students.

Both the film and the pre-show lecture are free and open to the public. For information, email womensstudies@uah.edu or call (256) 824-6210. Visit the film website at www.invisiblewarmovie.com.

 

 

SPRING 2013

 

April 12, 6:30 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, Dorothy Weems' one-woman show, "Miss Wolfe's Tangier Stories." Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Dorothy Weems' mother, Ruth Wolfe Weems, through written and oral stories, recounted her experience in WWII Tangier, replete with espionage, mortal dangers, heroic acts, romance, and the keeping of most important secrets. Weems, as her mother, shares these true stories. Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or (256) 824-6114.

 

April 6, 7:30 p.m. "Hallelujahs" - The Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring Concert. Chan Auditorium (Business Administration Building).

The Huntsville Feminist Chorus (HFC) will offer an evening of songs that empower women and the world on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building. The concert’s theme, “Hallelujahs,” reflects the hallelujah in every individual’s heart by sharing an eclectic array of praise songs, from the Zulu freedom song “Akanamandla” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” This will be the 18th HFC spring concert at UAH, honoring women’s history. HFC was formed in 1993 and sang its first UAH concert in March 1996. As always, the concert will be free and open to the public. Women’s Studies will host a reception following. For more information, call (256) 824-6190.

 

March 14, 11:10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Shadowboxers Anonymous performance poetry. University Center Exhibit Hall.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the UAH Office of Multicultural Affairs, with support from the Women’s Studies Program, will feature the women’s performance poetry group Shadowboxers Anonymous. They will offer a duo poetry slam as well as a writing workshop. Session one, Thursday, March 14, at 11:10 a.m., will include a performance and writing workshop only. Session two, at 7:30 p.m., will also include 30-40 minutes of audience spoken word participation. Students are invited to participate as poets. Both sessions will be held in the University Center Exhibit Hall. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kimberly Crutcher-Williams at (256) 824-6822 or crutchk@uah.edu.

 

March 8, 6:30 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, The Coweeta Poets. Salmon Library Art Gallery.

The Coweeta Poets return on International Women's Day with staged readings of their quirky, sometimes dramatic, often collaborative poetry. Poets are Debbie West, Erin Reid, Evelyn Hurley, Margaret Vann, Monita Soni, Rose Norman, Rosemary McMahan, Susan Guthrie, and Susan Luther. Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu" data-mce-href="mailto:marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or (256) 824-6114.

 

March 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. AAUW Event: Breaking Through Barriers Luncheon. Valley Hill Country Club.

Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, presents “Building a STEM Generation.” Valley Hill Country Club (off Willowbrook in SE Huntsville near Grissom High School). Tickets are $35. Contact Ellie Lienau at elienau@yahoo.com or (256) 852-4802 or Amanda Jarrett at apjarrett@gmail.com or (919) 610-6581.

The Breaking Through Barriers Luncheon is AAUW-Huntsville's main fundraiser for sending women students to the National Conference for CollegeWomen Student Leaders (NCCWSL) held at the University of Maryland, College Park, May 30-June 1 (nccwsl.org). For many years, the branch has been sending students from local colleges and universities, including UAH, to this AAUW-sponsored event. Women’s Studies often assists UAH students in finding additional funding.

 

February 22, 6:30 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, "Haiku: More Than 5-7-5." Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Haiku poets Terri L. French, Carla Shepard Sims, and Peggy Bilbro share their approach to this very, VERY short Japanese form. Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or (256) 824-6114.

 

February 20, 7 p.m. Public Showing of documentary, Miss Representation, Women, Media, and Power. Wilson Hall Theatre (room 001)

The documentary, Miss Representation, will be shown in the Wilson Hall Theatre on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m. Miss Representation explores how the media’s everyday depictions of girls and women function to limit women’s attainment of positions of power and influence in society. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and POWER (People Organized for Women’s Equality and Rights), the Women’s Studies student club.

Miss Representation, an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is written, directed, and produced by filmmaker, speaker, former actress, and advocate Jennifer Siebel Newsom. According to the film’s official website, “In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message. . . is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.” The documentary features extensive media footage, profiles of young women today, and interviews with public figures such as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, and Gloria Steinem. The film’s ultimate goal is to inspire viewers to consider how they can take action to challenge media representations and to empower girls and women.

The 90-minute screening will be followed by a reception and discussion of how campus and community groups can work together to encourage positive portrayals of women and girls and expand access to political and other leadership positions.

This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (256) 824-6210. Read about the film at www.missrepresentation.org.

 

 

FALL 2012

 

December 11, 6:30 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, poetry performance by Poetry Out Loud high school students. Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free, and Charger Brew will be open before the reading. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or (256) 824-6114.

 

Leslea Newman fbNovember 28, 7:30 p.m. Presentation, “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard,” Lesléa Newman. Chan Auditorium, BAB.

 

November 29, 11:10 a.m. "The Gender Dance: Picture Books that Challenge Stereotypes," Reading and presentation for Honors lecture series, Lesléa Newman. Shelby Center 107.

Nationally recognized feminist writer, poet and human rights activist Lesléa Newman will give an anti-bullying presentation for high school, college and adult audiences. Her talk entitled “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard,” will be presented on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:30 p.m., in UAH's Chan Auditorium in the Business Administration Building. The event is free and open to the public. Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student from the University of Wyoming was brutally murdered in 1998. Newman will use her address to promote tolerance, understanding, and an acceptance of diversity among all people. Immediately following the presentation there will be a book signing and reception.

On Thursday, November 29, at 11:10 a.m., Newman will offer a reading and presentation, geared specifically for students, called “The Gender Dance: Picture Books that Challenge Stereotypes,” as part of the UAH Honors Forum lecture series in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology room 107. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In 1998, when Newman arrived at The University of Wyoming (UW) to give a keynote speech, she found a devastated college campus and community. Six days prior to Newman’s visit, Matthew Shepard a student at UW was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die. Shepard was found the next day, taken to a hospital and remained in a coma for five days until he died. Newman’s book, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard tells the story of the impact of Matthew’s murder in poems.                      

Newman has received many literary awards including poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and three Pushcart Prize Nominations. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists.

A prolific writer of adult and children’s publications, Newman is the author of more than 60 books including the newly released October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (September 2012); Hachiko Waits; Eating Our Hearts Out: Personal Accounts of Women's Relationship to Food; Still Life With Buddy; A Sweet Passover; and her best known children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies.  

Co-sponsors for Lesléa Newman’s visit to UAH include the Office of Student Affairs (as part of its SafeZone program), the Office of Diversity, the Honors College, the Humanities Center, POWER (the Women’s Studies student organization), the UAH Gay-Straight Alliance, and the Student Sociological Association. Community partners include the Alabama Writer’s Forum, the Interfaith Mission Service, the Interweave group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services and Temple B’nai Sholom.                                           

For more information, please call Erin Reid at 256.824.6190 or email reide@uah.edu 

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November 16, 6:30 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by Best Writing Friends Forever (BWFFs). Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or (256) 824-6114.

 

October 12, 6:30 p.m. Coffeehouse Writers Series, “Freedom to Imagine,” poetry by Melonie McClendon-King, Alex King, Carey Link, and LaVerne Roxby. Salmon Library Art Gallery.

Readings last about an hour and are held at the Salmon Library Art Gallery on the ground floor. Admission is free. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. For information or to suggest a program, contact marylyn.coffey@uah.edu or (256) 824-6114.

 

October 9, 7:30 p.m.One-act play, The Perfect 36. Wilson Hall Theatre. Reservations: (256) 824-6210.

The Perfect 36: How Southern Women Won the Vote is a one-act play by Candace Corrigan dramatizing the final days of the 72-year campaign for women’s suffrage. Decatur’s Bank Street Players will perform the play at UAH’s Wilson Hall Theatre, directed by Carol Puckett, on Tuesday,  October 9, at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program. Women’s Studies students will offer voter registration before and after the show, and there will also be a talk-back with the actors following the show.

The play shows how Tennessee became the 36th and last state necessary to ratify the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote in the United States, becoming law on August 26, 1920, now celebrated as Women’s Equality Day. The show is free to UAH students with ID,  $5 for other students with ID, and $10 general admission. Seating is limited. To reserve seats or for information, call (256) 824-6210.

Contact the Bank Street Playersat carolpuckett@hotmail.com or go to www.bankstreetplayers.org.

 

September 25, 7 p.m. Lecture, “Violence Against Women: Addressing Global Health Issues and Evidence-Based Practice for Policy Development,” Dr. Judith McFarlane, Texas Woman’s University. Chan Auditorium, Business Administration Building (BAB).

 

September 26, 9:30 a.m. Lecture, “Partner Violence: Evidence-Based Interventions to Promote Safety and Well Being for Women in Your Community,” Dr. Judith McFarlane. Wilson Hall Theatre (001).

Dr. Judith McFarlane will offer two public lectures at UAH in September as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. McFarlane currently serves as Professor and Perry Chair in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She also holds an appointment as visiting Professor and Research Scholar at Aga Khan University School of Nursing in Karachi, Pakistan.

McFarlane’s keynote presentation, “Violence Against Women: Addressing Global Health Issues and Evidence-Based Practice for Policy Development,” will be on Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m., in Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building. Drawing from her extensive international experience, she will focus on violence against women from a global perspective, with a particular focus on developing policies to help women. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

McFarlane will give a second lecture, “Partner Violence: Evidence-Based Interventions to Promote Safety and Well Being for Women in Your Community,” on Wednesday, September 26, at 9:30 a.m., in Wilson Hall room 001 (Wilson Hall Theatre). She will share her experiences working with communities in Texas to improve the health and well-being of women and provide evidence for interventions that have proven to benefit women who are victims of partner violence. Coffee and pastries will be served at 9 a.m. in the lobby outside the lecture hall.

McFarlane has completed nineteen major research projects with funding from prestigious national organizations and published over 162 articles in peer-reviewed medical and nursing journals.

Both lectures are free and open to the public, sponsored by the UAH College of Nursing, in cooperation with the Women’s Studies Program, the Distinguished Speaker Series (sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate), and with additional support from the Global Studies Program, the Beta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, and POWER.

For information, contact theCollege of Nursing at (256) 824-6345.

 

SPRING 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm, Coffeehouse Writers Series presents Coweeta Poets.

This group opened the Coffeehouse Writers series in January 2011. This year they will read from chapbooks by individual members, such as Susan Luther's new chapbook Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, as well as from their group chapbook Something More Solid Than Earth. Coweeta Poets are Susan Luther, Rosemary McMahan, Margaret Vann, Erin Reid, Debbie West, Rose Norman, Susan Guthrie, Monita Soni, and Evelyn Hurley. UAH Salmon Library art gallery, on the ground floor near the Charger Café coffee shop, which will be open before the event.

If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please contact the Women's Studies Program Office at 256-824-6190 or womensstudies@uah.edu.

 

Tuesday, April 3, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Covenant Presbyterian, 301 Drake Ave. School Report Card.

Superintendents of education for the three local school districts (Huntsville City Schools, Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools) will report on the state of education. Dinner reservations are due to Lois Guendel by February 1, and will cost $16 (or $15 vegetarian). An Evite will be distributed to members and their guests about a week before that. Members and guests who respond YES to the Evite and indicate "no food" will not be charged for dinner. Email Lois at herb.guendel@knology.net or call 256-880-8643.

 

Saturday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., the 17th Huntsville Feminist Chorus (HFC) spring concert honoring Women's History Month, Chan Auditorium, Business Administration Building.

The concert, themed "All You Need Is Love," offers an evening of songs that empower women, this year celebrating the healing and transformative power of love. The program will range from popular songs like the Beatles hit to the 16th century madrigal, "Love Learns by Laughing." The concert is free and open to the public. Women's Studies will host a reception following. More information at (256) 824-6190.

 

Wednesday, March 28, 10 am-2 pm "Charged Up For Change! EXPO," University Center Exhibit Hall.

The purpose of this event is to encourage students and other visitors to discover the many ways they can get involved in their communities and use their own innovative talents as a platform to drive social change. EXPO highlights the work of individuals and groups making positive local and global change. Come enjoy a unique experience of art, music, science and technology, cuisine, activism, athletics, dance, and all the other countless ways people in Huntsville make a difference. Visit the EXPO web page for more information and for registration information.

 

Friday, March 9, 6:30 pm, Coffeehouse Writers Series presents "She Speaks."

Featuring poetry by Ruth Braswell, Katina Walton, Lena Sledge, Kimeko Farrar, Symonia Montgomery, and others. Their anthology She Speaks is available online through Amazon. UAH Salmon Library art gallery, on the ground floor near the Charger Brew coffee shop.

 

Friday, March 9, 11:30 am-1 pm, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Parkway Place Mall: Breaking Through Barriers luncheon, "Walking the Tightrope: Women in Leadership."

Proceeds are used to send local college women to a national leadership conference (NCCWSL). Speaker, Sarah Savage, Executive Director of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County. Tickets are $30 and are available from branch members. People are encouraged to donate tickets so that students can attend, or simply to donate money toward the NCCWSL travel scholarships.

 

 

Fall 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 6 pm, Coffeehouse Writers series presents UAH Poetry Writing Class: Students in Anna Weber's English 411/511 class will read work from their fall semester. Salmon Library, UAH.

On November 4, 1-4 pm, Women's Studies will collaborate with UAH Career Education, AAUW, and the Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC) to bring $mart $tart, a wage negotiation workshop, to campus. The workshop will feature a leader from the national Wage Project. $tart $mart was created by the Wage Project in collaboration with AAUW and has been presented at 120 college and university campuses. For background information from AAUW, visit their $tart $mart web page. We are currently seeking a grant to help fund our workshop, and we will have more details by the end of summer. Participation will require advance registration. For more information, contact Dr. Rose Norman, normanr@uah.edu.

Friday, November 4, 4 pm, Coffeehouse Writers series presents ArtNSoul: Marc Lacy, Rea Harris and Joneia Brown. Salmon Library, UAH. All Coffeehouse programs are held at the Salmon Library art gallery, on the ground floor just past the reference desk, near Jazzman's Cafe. Admission is free, and Jazzman's Café will be open before the readings. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. This series is open to the public, and most programs last about an hour. Information: Marylyn Coffey, 256-824-6114.

Tuesday, October 18, 6 pm, Coffeehouse Writers series presents "Your Story: No Exit"! Kay Campbell, Harry Moore, Jimmy Robinson, Patricia Sammon, and Monita Soni. Salmon Library, UAH.

On September 20, 7:30 p.m., Women's Studies will host a public lecture, "Women and Medicalization of Childbirth in American History," by Dr. Judith Walzer Leavitt, Rupple Bascom and Ruth Bleier Professor Emerita, Medical History & Bioethics, History of Science, and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison. The lecture will be held in Chan Auditorium in the Business Administration Building. Admission is free. Dr. Leavitt studies the medicalization of childbirth in the United States and has published two books on that subject: Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room (2010) and Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750-1950 (1988). Her visit to campus is funded by the UAH Humanities Center Emininent Scholar program.

On September 22, 11:10 a.m., Dr. Judith Walzer Leavitt will speak for the UAH Honors Forum in a public lecture, "Make Room for Daddy: Men's Roles in Childbirth in Twentieth Century America." The Honors lectures will take place in the great room of Frank Franz Hall. This lecture is sponsored by the UAH Honors College and the UAH Humanities Center.

The fall Coffeehouse Writers series begins Friday, September 9, at 4 pm with "Express-Men," a program featuring writing by local columnist Ricky Thomason, work by prose-poet David Allen Lambert, and original songs by singer-songwriter Tom McClellan. All Coffeehouse programs are held at the Salmon Library art gallery, on the ground floor just past the reference desk, near Jazzman's Cafe. Admission is free, and Jazzman's Café will be open before the readings. The Coffeehouse Writers Series is sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Program and the Salmon Library. This series is open to the public, and most programs last about an hour. Information: Marylyn Coffey, 256-824-6114.

 

Spring 2011

Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring Concert Honoring Girl Scouts "Rise Up, O Flame" Poster 

Huntsville Feminist Chorus Concert, Celebrating Women's History and Honoring the 100th Year of Girl Scouts. Saturday, April 9, 7:30 pm, Chan Auditorium of the UAH Business Administration Building (just off of Holmes Ave.)

Calling all Girl Scouts--current and former--troops, families, friends, and all those who celebrate the contributions of Girl Scouting to our communities! This year marks the beginning of the 100th year of Girl Scouting, founded by Juliette Low in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912. In its 16th spring concert, the Huntsville Feminist Chorus will honor the beginning of the second century of the influence of Girl Scouting on the courage, confidence, and character of today's girls and women.

Information: 256-824-6210

Chan Auditorium is building #14 on the Campus Map.

 

Coffeehouse Writers Series Logo 

Kathryn Harris Women's Studies Paper Competition

The UAH Women's Studies program and the Salmon Library are presenting a Coffeehouse Writers series at the library, featuring local writers reading their work.

Friday, February 11, 4 pm: Coweeta Poets: Susan Luther, Rosemary McMahan, Margaret Vann, Erin Reid, Debbie West, Rose Norman, and Evelyn Hurley.

Tuesday, February 22, 6 pm: "She Speaks"-- Ruth Braswell, Katina Walton, Symonia Montgomery, Shawana Ariel, La'Shea Monique Johnson, and Caneeka Miller.

Tuesday, March 8, 7 pm, BWFFs: Susan Gorrell, Erin Reid, Susan Phelan, Kathie Butler, Marylyn Coffey, Heather Kilgore, Betty Clemens, Sandra Shattuck, and Bee Barbara.

Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm: Fiction writers Cindy Small, Patricia Sammon, and Rusty Bynum.

All events are at the Salmon Library Art Gallery, ground floor, near Jazzman's Cafe.

Huntsville area writing groups are encouraged to propose programs for this series.

 

Fall 2010

American Association of University Women Logo 

Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m. –1 pm. AAUW "Cluster Meeting"

Several area branches will gather to focus on A Woman's Nation Changes Everything, a research report about the implications of women having reached 50% of the American workforce. AAUW state president Jo Ann Cummings is the featured speaker. She will address changing trends of women in the workforce and society, including pay equity. This brunch meeting will be held at Grace Presbyterian Fellowship Hall on Wall Triana near U.S. 72, in Madison. The public is invited, and reservations are required. Details about brunch cost and reservation deadline TBA.

 

The Yellow Dress Logo 

Tuesday, November 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m., The Yellow Dress, Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building.

This one-woman show produced by Deanna's Educational Theater is designed to help students and others better understand and deal with the problems surrounding dating violence and sexual assault. The UAH performance is sponsored by UAH Women's Studies and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and is supported by a grant from AAUW. The play itself is 30 minutes, followed by Q&A led by the actor. Admission is free to UAH students with ID, $5 to students from other schools, and $10 general admission. Any profits from this production will go to Crisis Services of North Alabama.

Download event flier here.

For more information on The Yellow Dress and Deanna's Educational Theater, visit their website.

Amie Cazel

 

Tuesday, September 7, AAUW-Huntsville Meeting, 5:30 p.m., St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Please consider attending the first AAUW-Huntsville meeting of the 2010-2011 year. Local students, including two from UAH and one from Oakwood University, who attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCWWSL) will report on their experiences. If you plan to eat, cost is $15 per meal, featuring either lasagna or vegetarian lasagna, green salad, and fruit/granola dessert. Walter Thames is our caterer, so you know the food is good!

Please RSVP to this event by Friday, September 3rd at noon to herb.guendel@knology.net. St. Mark's Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Longwood and Franklin, and the best entrance for our meeting faces Franklin (the official church address is 200 Longwood Drive SE, Huntsville, AL 35801).

Dr. Anthony Mangieri, of Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, giving two public talks on campus that have women's lives and the construction of gender roles at their core. This event is sponsored by the UAH Department of Art and Art History with financial support from UAH Women's Studies.

"Legendary Women and Greek Womanhood in Greek Vase-painting"
2:20 PM, Wilson Hall 168, UAH campus

"Virgin Sacrifice in Greek Art: Women, Identity, and the Trojan War"
7:30 PM, Chan Auditorium, Business Administration Building, UAH campus

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Lillian Joyce, Chair of Art and Art History and President of the North Alabama Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, at 256-824-2588 or lillian.joyce@uah.edu.

 

Spring 2010

Strengthening the Chain Logo 

UAH Women's Studies has received a grant through the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for a Campus Action Project that supports women students in Engineering. Programming runs January through April 2010.

Visit the project's web page.

 

Huntsville Feminist Chorus 15th Spring Concert Poster 

Saturday, March 27, Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall at UAH. Free and open to the public. The Chorus has performed at UAH in celebration of Women's History month every spring since 1996. This year's concert theme is change, and signals a change in direction for the Chorus. This may be their last formal concert. As usual, you can expect an uplifting evening of songs that empower women.

Information: bettyc@hiwaay.net or 824-6210.

 

EXPO Logo 

Wednesday, March 31, Charged Up For Change! EXPO, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Exhibit Hall of the University Center, UAH. Free and open to the public. EXPO brings together local individuals and groups who create positive social change in diverse and unusual ways. The EXPO features a community fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and a panel discussion, 1‐2 p.m. Booth registration for the fair is due by March 17. There is no fee to register. Come enjoy a unique experience of art, music, science and technology, cuisine, activism, athletics, dance, and all the other countless ways people in Huntsville make a difference.

To read more details about EXPO or to sign up as a booth exhibitor, follow this link to the event web page.

Information: nancy.finley@uah.edu or 824-6210.

 

Spring 2009

Susan Packard 

Tuesday, March 3, 11:30 a.m., Influencing Women Luncheon, Huntsville Marriott Ballroom, featuring Susan Packard, co-founder and CEO of HGTV. Women's Studies has again partnered with the Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in planning this year's "Influencing Women" luncheon. Susan Packard, CEO and co-founder of the Home & Garden Television (HGTV) cable network, will tell her personal story of growing the seed of an idea into a business empire. AAUW will host a follow-up discussion forum from 1:30-2:15 in the Ballroom. Last year's "Influencing Women" speaker was Canadian senator C'line Hervieux-Payette. Tickets are $35 general admission and $28 for students and may be purchased online at wedc-online.com (Pay Pal only) or by mailing a check to WEDC, PO Box 18144, Huntsville, AL 35804. Reservations are due by February 25. Women's Studies is coordinating donated or subsidized student tickets.

The number for additional information is 824-6210.

To donate student tickets or request student tickets, contact Dr. Rose Norman, 824-2373, or rose.norman@uah.edu.

 

Pam Hudson

Dr. Pam Hudson 

Friday, March 6, 11:30 p.m., Carrabba's Italian Grill at Parkway Place, Dr. Pam Hudson, speaker. This is a fundraiser for the AAUW Educational Foundation, and all proceeds go toward sending local students to the AAUW's National College Conference for Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) held each year in June in Washington, DC. Seating will begin at 11:30, and lunch will be served at 11:45. Dr. Pam Hudson, CEO of Crestwood Medical Center, will speak on "The Future of Family Healthcare." The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets must be purchased by Friday, February 27. All tickets are $22. For information or to order tickets (or donate student tickets), contact Elaine Eyer at 881-2254. (I believe that $14 of each ticket is tax-deductible as these funds go into AAUW's 501c(3) foundation account and are used for travel scholarships.) 

 

Give Us Bread and Give Us Roses Poster 

Saturday, March 14, Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring Concert, "Bread and Roses," 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall at UAH. Free admission. This year's theme is "Bread and Roses," honoring the Bread and Roses labor strike of 1912, led by women and men textile workers and labor organizers Elizabeth Gurley Flynn of the IWW and muckracker Ida Tarbell. Judy Collins popularized their marching song "Bread and Roses" in the 1970s. Wait till you hear the HFC's arrangement of that song! As usual, you can expect an uplifting evening of songs that empower women. Information: bettyc@hiwaay.net or 824-6210.

 

Susan Engberg

Susan Engberg 

Monday, April 6, 11:30-12:30, Union Grove Gallery and Meeting Hall, UAH.

Fiction writer Susan Engberg will be doing readings and answering questions about her work. Engberg's newest book is a collection of short stories, Above the Houses (2008). Members of the University Women Club are providing light lunch. Student attendance is encouraged. Engberg will also do a reading at the Huntsville Literary Association Sunday Salon on the afternoon of April 5, for HLA members and their guests.

Information about the UAH reading: 824-2373.

Lunch reservations needed by April 3 to 824-6321.

For information about the HLA reading: call Evie Spearman at (256) 534-9964 or Debbie West at (256) 534-3331.

 

Jennifer Horne

 Jennifer Horne

Monday, April 13, 5:30 p.m. poet Jennifer Horne will be giving a presentation in UAH's Union Grove Gallery. Horne is a noted Alabama poet. She edited Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets and co-edited All Out of Faith: Southern Women and Spirituality. Her book Miss Betty's School of Dance was published by bluestocking press. Horne's talk is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Humanities Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Rose Norman in the Department of English at (256) 824-2373. 

 

Fall 2008

Take Yourself to Work Day, Nov. 5

Take Yourself to Work Day Schedule

Panelists for Career Fair Luncheon

Laura Hall  Pam Hudson  Joanne Randolph  Monty Vest 

The Honorable Laura Hall 

Dr. Pam Hudson

Ms. Joanne Randolph,
President, Women's Business
Center of North Alabama 

Monica (Monty) Vest
Director of Public Relations,
JANSON Communications 

 

Spring 2008

January 2008

The Business of Being Born

January 31, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at UAH Chan Auditorium in the Business Administration Building (#14 on campus map, facing Sparkman Drive., near Holmes Ave.).

The Alabama Birth Coalition is presenting "The Business of Being Born", a documentary film which interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system.

February 2008

Four Spirits Poster 

Four Spirits - The UAH Theatre is producing the theatrical adaptation of Sena Jeter Naslund's novel Four Spirits for its world premiere as a fully staged play, February 7-10, 2008, at Chan Auditorium in the Business Administration building at UAH (#14 on campus map, facing Sparkman Drive at Holmes Ave.). (Note, this is not the location originally advertised.)

The play focuses on the lives of educators and students at Miles College in Birmingham, AL, during and after the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, which killed four children, the "four spirits" of the title. Playwrights Sena Jeter Naslund and Elaine Hughes will attend some performances. Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. February 7, 8, and 9. Matinees are at 2:30 February 9 and 10.

Tickets go on sale in January, $10 general admission, $5 student (with ID), at UAH (Morton Hall 222 and University Center) and Stearns Coffee 2113 Whitesburg Dr S (near the intersection of Longwood and Whitesburg, behind Steak Out).

Group rates and reserved seating are available for purchase of 10 or more tickets. Call 256-824-6210 and leave a detailed message.

See also theatre.uah.edu or call 256-824-6210.

March 2008

Huntsville Feminist Chorus sings

 Huntsville Feminist Chorus at the 2007 spring concert at UAH.

March 8, "Herstory," an International Woman's Day Celebration, featuring the Huntsville Feminist Chorus and other local performers, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall, UAH. Free Admission.

Puppeteer Anne Sue Courtney performs with her puppet.

Puppeteer Anne Sue Courtney is artistic director of this year's production, "Herstory." 

In addition to the Huntsville Feminist Chorus, performing artists are Marylyn Coffey, puppeteer Anna Sue Courtney, historian Jane E. Deneefe, poet Kim Estelle, actor/vocalist Kaye Lewis-Jones, and dancer Sycamore. Marylyn Coffey will celebrate "The Secret Loves of Calamity Jane" in song and lecture."Apparitions and Disappearances" is a puppetwork by Anna Sue Courtney, inspired by the magical realist paintings of Mexican artist Remedios Varo, set to the Spanish poetry of her compatriot Octavio Paz. Courtney will be joined in this piece by Kim Estelle. Historian Jane E. Deneefe's "Florian Family Letters" traces family ties and tastes from France to New Orleans and Alabama. Actress/vocalist Kay Lewis-Jones (seen recently as Christine in Four Spirits at UAH) will perform a "Tribute to Rosetta Jones," honoring her mother in song and spoken word. "At the Edge" is a contemporary dance work by Sycamore, in praise of wild creatures in their wild habitats and the long-term study of tigers and elephants by ecological activist Sy Montgomery. This will be an evening of performances about, by, or inspired by women.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to support this event, please contact Cybilla Hawk, 256-509-2900, cybilla@hiwaay.net.

 

 

Fall 2007

Francille Wilson 

Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. McDonnell Douglas Auditorium, Materials Science Building (Room 100, Materials Science Building), UAH. Dr. Francille Rusan Wilson will present the keynote lecture for the UAH History Forum, entitled "Carter G. Woodson's Great Cause: The History of the Black History Movement." Wilson is an intellectual and labor historian whose current research examines the intersections between black labor movements, black social scientists, and black women's history during the Jim Crow era. She is the author of The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950. This event is sponsored by the UAH Department of History, UAH Women's Studies Program, UAH Office of Multicultural Affairs, UAH Continuing Education, the Bankhead Foundation, and the UAH Humanities Center. For information, call 824-6310.

Change of Heart: Art, Music, Activism, November 8-10

Tuesday, November 13, 1-4 p.m., Arts and Music Festival, UAH Outdoor Stage (next to the University Center). The Women's Studies Student Organization, POWER (People Organized for Women's Equality and Rights) will present an arts and music festival including local and student artists and musicians. This is one of a full year of planned activities. POWER promotes awareness of oppression through student activities and community service, integrates the contributions of all members, and is open to all UAH students. The officers include President Sarah Ragan, Vice President Heather Harwell, Treasurer Rebecca Purcell, and Secretary Tiffany Schlosser, with faculty sponsor Dr. Angela Balla. For information, email ragans@uah.edu. This event is free and open to the public

Woody Blue 

Tuesday, November 13, 4 p.m. "With Unflagging Spirit," Woody Blue, fabric artist, lectures on her life as an activist. Her display of flag art will be on display at the Engineering Building Gallery November 8-10.

Holly Near 

Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m., Chan Auditorium "Change of Heart: The Art of Activism—A talk with song."

For those who have been involved in the women's movement, the name of Holly Near is symbolic of the type of music and activism that inspired and encouraged us. In her evening lecture at UAH, Near will tell stories and sing songs a cappella that illustrate social change, woven with her amazing voice that has moved us for 40 years. Along with the UAH Women's Studies Program, this event is sponsored by the UAH Humanities Center, the UAH Departments of English and Sociology, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville. The event is free and open to the public.Admission free.

 

Spring 2007

Huntsville Feminist Chorus group singing 

Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall, Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring concert. This a capella group sings songs that empower women, with drumming, signing, and merriment. This will be their 12th UAH spring concert celebrating Women's History Month. They will repeat this concert at Athens State University's McCandless Hall on Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. For the UAH concert, contact: Rose Norman, 824-2373, NormanR@uah.edu . For the Athens Concert, contact 256-233-6556.

For sale at spring concerts: commemorative poster of chorus created by Erin Reid. Price: $5 (proceeds benefit UAH Women's Studies).

 

Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards talking on steps. 

March 26-28, Feminism Mini-Conference featuring Manifesta Authors. Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future (2000), will participate in a variety of activities at UAH.

Monday, March 26, 6 pm., Morton Studio 106, Historical Women's Oratory, oral interpretation of historical speeches.

Tuesday, March 27, 4 p.m., Union Grove Gallery and Meeting Hall, Authors Reception and Local Activism Voice Out.

Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Chan Auditorium, Baumgardner and Richards' public lecture. Drawing for Nurturing Women Quilt.

These events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Program, with financial support from the Humanities Center, the Office of Student Affairs, the Departments of Communication Arts and Sociology, and Sigma Tau Delta. For more information or to participate in the conference, contact Dr. Julie Ferris in Communication Arts at (256) 824-2304 (ferrisj@uah.edu).

April 18, 19, 5:30 p.m., Mother Courage and Her Children, UAH Theatre, Chan Auditorium, UAH

April 20, 21, 7:00 p.m., Mother Courage and Her Children, UAH Theatre, Chan Auditorium, UAH

April 22, 2:00 p.m., Mother Courage and Her Children, UAH Theatre, Chan Auditorium, UAH

Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley's Pulitzer prize winning play, UAH Theatre, Morton Studio 106, UAH, students $5, general admission $10. Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 23, 24, 7:00 p.m., Feb. 25, 2:00 p.m., Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m., March 1, 5:30 p.m., March 2, 3, 7:00 p.m.,

Week of February 26-March 2, feminist scholar Dr. Martha Vicinus, will be in residence at UAH as a Visiting Eminent Scholar. Dr. Vicinus will deliver a public lecture in the Union Grove Gallery and Meeting Hall at UAH on Wednesday, February 28, at 7 p.m. Her lecture is titled "The Late-Nineteenth Century Free Woman: Defining Sexual and Economic Freedom" and will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Vicinus will visit classes in English, women's studies, and history and is especially interested in meeting with students. She will also give an illustrated talk on cross-dressing in the British music halls and theatre for interested students and faculty on Wednesday, February 28, at 12:40 in the NCRH great room. All of these events are free. Her visit is sponsored by the UAH English Department, with financial support from the Humanities Center, Women's Studies Program, and the Department of History. For further information, contact Dr. Julie Early in the English Department (earlyj@email.uah.edu).

Thursday, March 1, Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch will offer a real world and motivational seminar at 11:10 a.m. in UAH's North Campus Residence Hall great room and an empowerment seminar at 7 p.m. in Roberts Recital Hall. Her presentations are titled "Journey to the Future: A Roadmap for Success." Kickbusch is the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the U.S. Army Combat Support Field. She is a renowned charismatic, passionate and influential speaker who carries her powerful message of what it takes to be an effective leader in today's global marketplace. This UAH event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in conjunction with the Honors College, Minority Graduate Student Association, Office of Student Affairs, and the Women's Studies Program. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs (256) 824-6822.

 

Fall 2006

Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 pm, Roberts Recital, Dr. Susan Grayzel, "Defining the Civilian in Modern War: Women and the Invention of the Home Front in the Great War," History Forum. Sponsored by the UAH History Dept. Women's Studies is a co-sponsor. Contact: Molly Johnson, 824-2566, johnsomw@uah.edu

Nov 30-Dec 3, Lysistrata, produced by UAH Theatre, Chan Auditorium. Contact: David Harwell, 824-6909, harweld@uah.edu

 

Spring 2006

Dorothy Allison 

Friday, April 21, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Chan Auditorium, award-winning author Dorothy Allison will give a talk entitled "Nothing for Sure, but Everything to Gain: Storytelling in the Southern Tradition." Allison will sign books after the lecture, and Charis Books & More, from Atlanta (the closest feminist bookstore to us) will be selling her books. Allison's visit is sponsored by the Women's Studies program, with funding from the UAH Humanities Center, the Huntsville Literary Association, the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, and the Women's Studies student organization POWER. To read more about Allison, see http://www.dorothyallison.net/ .

Saturday, April 22, 2006, 7:30 p.m. , Chan Auditorium, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, a theatrical adaptation of Dorothy Allison's memoir, starring Freda Grant, Molly Pettis Reid, and Bette Yeager. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students (with ID). This is a fundraiser for Women's Studies. Advance tickets are available for purchase now at the UAH Women's Studies Resource Center (256 Morton Hall); UAH University Center; Shaver's Bookstore (2362 Whitesburg Dr., 536-1604); and Cosmic Odyssey (2312 South Memorial Parkway, 532-1292). For more information, call 824-6210.

Saturday, February 25, 2006, "Aint I a Woman," 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall. This is a chamber music theatre work by the Core Ensemble, honoring four African American women: minister and political activist Sojourner Truth; author Zora Neale Hurston; painter Clementine Hunter; and Mississippi civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The Core Ensemble is the group that did Tres Vidas at UAH in fall 2003. This is a free event co-sponsored by the The UAH Humanities Center, College of Engineering, Office of the Provost, Office of Student Affairs, Women's Studies Program, and Dr. Fran Johnson. For information, call 824-6474.

Fannie Lou Hamer cartoon drawing Sojourner Truth cartoon drawing Clementine Hunter cartoon drawing Zora Neale Hurston cartoon drawing

Fannie Lou Hamer 

Sojourner Truth

Clementine Hunter

Zora Neale Hurston

 

Saturday, March 11, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall, Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring Concert. This free concert has been an annual event celebrating Women's History Month at UAH since 1996. The chorus includes drumming, puppetry, and songs that empower women. For more information about this concert, call 824-6210.

 

Fall 2005

Amy Goodman broadcasting 

Friday, September 16, 2005, Award-Winning Journalist Amy Goodman (7:30 p.m., Chan Auditorium of the Administrative Science Building at UAH). Goodman hosts the nationally broadcast daily radio/TV news hour Democracy Now! and frequently appears on MSNBC's Hardball and on CNN. She will talk about the lies of politicians and the corruption of media monopolies. A reception to meet Amy Goodman will be held from 6-7 pm at Union Grove Gallery. The reception requires reservations and costs $30 each. For reception reservations leave a message at 824-6210 or email Erin Reid at reide@uah.edu . Admission to the talk at 7:30 is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Linda Haynes, 489-3884, or lahaynes@knology.net .

 

Spring 2004

Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 7:30 p.m., Union Grove Gallery and Meeting Hall, 4th annual Women's Studies Colloquium celebrating winner's of the UAH college essay contest.

Ember Swift 
Ember Swift
Photo by Mavreen David 

Saturday, March 13, 2004, 7:30 p.m., Chan Auditorium. Ember Swift is a singer/songwriter/musician based out of Toronto, Canada. She describes her independent, corporate-free style of music as "hyphenated" jazz-rock-punk-funk. Whatever you call it, it is guaranteed to energize and motivate you to change the world! On stage since the age of 10, Ember has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. She has released seven albums to date and runs her own "Few'll Ignite Sound" record label. Don't miss this rare treat! Tickets are free to UAH students. Advance tickets are $5 general admission. At the door it will be $10 General Admission, $5 students (other than UAH, which are free ). Advance tickets are available at Shaver's Bookstore (2362 Whitesburg), The Fret Shop (309 Jordan Lane), or the UAH University Center. Get more information and a taste of Ember's music at www.emberswift.com 

 

March 1-19, UAH University Center Gallery, "Buried in Suburbia: Recent Work by Anita Jung." Monday, March 1, 4 pm, ARTIST'S TALK and RECEPTION in the University Center Gallery at 4 pm. Anita Jung obtained her MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1990, and is a prolific art maker. She has won numerous fellowships and awards, and her work has been shown around the world. The series of works on view, subtitled "Secret Histories," and "Domestic Advice," combine a variety of art and craft techniques. "I use commercially made print stencils, collage elements, and appliques to denote a return to craft materials I used while growing up," says Jung. Her work is both nostalgic and feminist in its invocation of women's involvement in historical and contemporary craft practices. The show is supported in part by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where Ms. Jung is an assistant professor of art. The University Center Gallery is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 10:30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. For more information, call the UAH Department of Art and Art History at 824-6114.

 

Fall 2003

Thursday, September 4, 11:10a.m.-12:15 p.m., "Witch Hunts and Science on the Eve of the Enlightenment," a lecture by Dr. Allison P. Coudert, Arizona State University, Morton Hall, Room 200. Dr. Coudert discusses the connection between witch hunting, the scientific revolution, and gender issues, arguing that the fact that most people persecuted as witches were women was integral to the scientific revolution. This is a presentation of the UAH Honors College, co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department. There is no admission charge. For further information, contact Dr. Deborah Heikes, 824-2335. Abstract of the lecture.

Georgina Corbo as Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya, and Alfonsina Storni

Friday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Tres Vidas (Three Lives), a chamber music theatre work celebrating the lives of three Latin American Women, will come to Roberts Recital Hall. The legendary Latin American women honored are Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni, and Salvadoran peasant-activist Rufina Amaya. The evening's performance will include arrangements of popular and folk music from Latin America, music by tango master Astor Piazzola and new music by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Osvaldo Golijov, Jorge Liderman, and Michael DeMurga. In addition to the performance on Friday night, there will be a one-hour educational program beginning at 11:30 on Friday morning. This program will consist of an excerpt of Tres Vidas, with verbal introductions to vignettes and a question and answer period with the members of the program. This event will also take place in Roberts Recital Hall and is open and free to the public. This is a production of The Core Ensemble, co-sponsored by Women's Studies, the College of Engineering, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Humanities Center. General admission is $5 at the door. FREE for students.

 

Fall 2002

Taking Liberties Production Photo 

Taking Liberties: A Celebration of Women in the Arts
Saturday, November 2, 8 pm, Roberts Recital Hall

Photos from Taking Liberties

Join us for an evening of contemporary dance, puppetry, music and theater by local artists celebrating women who inspired them. This year's celebration will be staged as a salon hosted by those remarkable progenitors of modern art Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, as interpreted by Anna Sue Courtney and Sylvia "Sycamore" Toffel. Stein and Toklas entertained Hemingway, Picasso, and a host of other greats-before-they-were-great every Saturday night at their Paris home in the early part of the 20th century. Everyone was welcome, and those in the know knew that the place to be on Saturdays in Paris was 27 rue de Fleurus. This Saturday, November 2, the place to be for innovative art is Roberts Recital Hall. This is our second annual celebration of women in the arts, featuring local performers and created by Anna Sue Courtney. It's free to students, $5 for Friends of Women's Studies, $10 general admission. This event benefits the Women's Studies program and is our major fall fundraiser. Advance tickets will be available from None Such Gifts, at their new location, 603 Pratt Ave. (11-3 Mon-Sat). For information, call 824-6210, or Anna Sue Courtney annasu@mindspring.net.

This event is cosponsored by the UAH Women's Studies program, the UAH University Center and the UAH Humanities Center.

 

The Women's Movement in the United States Since 1890
Thursday nights, October 10, 17, and 24, 7 pm, Roberts Recital Hall

This year's History Forum features historians from other universities as well as a panel of women leaders from Huntsville that includes Alabama state Representative Laura Hall; UAH alumnus Kelly Gaston, CEO of Gradkell Systems; Linda Green, CEO of Colonial Bank Northern Region; Dr. Amanda Goodson, a NASA engineer; and Carolyn Parker, an AAMU history teacher who taught for many years in the Madison County and Huntsville City Schools. Women's Studies is co-sponsoring this free event with the History Department, several other UAH units, and the Bankhead Foundation. For further information contact the UAH History Department at (256) 824-6310. See details of the three sessions and a complete list of sponsors here.

 

Summer 2002

Old photographs 

Two or Three Things I Know For Sure, Saturday,
July 27, 7 pm, Roberts Recital Hall

"Dorothy Allison writes straight from the gut, the brain, and the heart." (AP)

Don't miss this theatrical adaptation of Dorothy Allison's memoir of the same name.

Molly Pettis Reid adapted the show for the stage and will perform it July 27 with two other local actors, Freda Grant and Patsy Hawkins. Admission charge will be $10 general admission, $5 Friends of Women's Studies and students. For further information, call Molly Pettis Reid, 539-0692, or leave voicemail with the UAH Women's Studies program, 824-6210. Proceeds benefit the Women's Studies program. Advance tickets are available at None Such Gifts at their new location, 603 Pratt Ave. (11-3 Mon-Sat). This performance is co-sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Student Organization.

Note: This show is not recommended for children under 16 as it deals with issues of domestic violence and incest. Still, it will make you laugh as well as cry.

 

Spring 2002

Huntsville Feminist Chorus performing 

Saturday, March 16, 2002, Huntsville Feminist Chorus Spring Concert, Roberts Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. The Chorus is an a cappella group of 40 women who believe that singing, drumming, and dancing for peace and wholeness can change the world. Their concerts of culturally diverse music are always lively, moving and powerful. Come join them at this free concert. A reception follows the concert, sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies program. Call 539-4903 for information.

March 12, 2002, 6 p.m., Union Grove Gallery, celebration of the winners of the Women's History Essay Contest for middle and high school students in Madison County.

April 3, 2002, 7 p.m., Union Grove Gallery, Women's Studies Colloquium celebrating winner's of the UAH only college essay contest.)

Feminist Philosopher of Science, Visiting Eminent Scholar, March 4-8, 2002

Women's Studies is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Distinguished Visiting Professor during the first week of March 2002. Feminist philosopher of science Sandra Harding will be delivering public lectures, speaking to classes, and meeting informally with faculty and students March 4-8, 2002. Harding is well known as a dynamic and engaging speaker, specializing in how gender expectations affect the making of scientific knowledge. Harding's schedule at UAH calls for three public lectures:

  • Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall: "Gender, Race, and the Production of Knowledge: New Issues" (followed by a reception and book signing)
  • Thursday, March 7, 11:10 a.m., Morton Hall 200: "Science and Technology in a Multicultural and Postcolonial World"
  • Friday, March 8, 4 p.m., McDonnell-Douglas Auditorium (Materials Science): "Gender, Race, and Science: Why Do These Issues Matter?" (followed by a reception)

Harding's week at UAH is sponsored by the UAH Humanities Center's Visiting Distinguished Professor program. The Humanities Center is also sponsoring the visit of another woman Distinguished Professor in spring 2002. February 18-22, the Philosophy Department will be hosting Catherine Elgin for a series of lectures and informal discussion. Elgin studies the nature of the emotions and their role in understanding, and explores similarities between science and art.

 

Fall 2001

Dit It Up, Shake It Up, Lift It Up Logo 

"Dig it up, Shake it up, Lift it up!"
A Celebration of Women Artists

Sunday, November 11, 2 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall

 

 

Spring 2001

March 10, 2001, Huntsville Feminist Chorus, Roberts Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

March 12-23, 2001, Clothesline Project Displays. The Clothesline Project memorializes the thousands of women who have suffered from domestic violence. Building around UAH will display t-shirts painted by abuse survivors and friends.

Wednesday, April 18, 2001, 7 p.m., Women's Studies Colloquium (place TBA) for prize-winning essays in the college essay contest.

 

Fall 2000

Nanci Kincaid in front of a football field.  An Evening with Nanci Kincaid, Friday, October 20, 2000, 7:30 p.m., Chan Auditorium of the UAH Administrative Science building. Award-winning poet and fiction writer, Nanci Kincaid, will read from her novels Crossing Blood and Balls and from her short story collection Pretending the Bed is a Raft. Balls, Kincaid's latest book, is about football, a subject she learned well when she was married to University of Alabama assistant coach and recruiter Al Kincaid (she is now married to Arizona head coach Dick Tomey). Birmingham News writer Clyde Bolton called Balls "one of the two or three finest sports novels I've ever read." Crossing Blood is about race relations in the Jim Crow South. African American scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., says of it, "Finally, a southern novel that a black person can love, can believe. Crossing Blood signals the arrival of a major talent among American novelists." A reception and book signing will follow the reading. On the following Saturday morning, Kincaid will hold a novel-writing workshop at the Union Grove Gallery next to Morton Hall. Tickets for the Friday night reading are $10 general admission, $8 HLA members, and $5 students. The Saturday workshop is free, but seating is limited. Get advance tickets at Shaver's Book Store, 2362 Whitesburg Dr., or Fleming Books, 108 Longwood Dr. This event is sponsored by the Huntsville Literary Association and the UAH English Department. The reception is sponsored by the UAH Office of Multicultural Affairs.

 

Bette Yeager performing 

Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2000-- Bette Yeager's original play Women Great of Heart nearly filled UAH's Chan Auditorium (401 seats) for this year's Women's Equality Day celebration. The enthusiastic audience included Governor Don Siegelman and family in a surprise appearance. Yeager's play brought the audience to its feet in wild applause for this powerful dramatization of the lives of two Alabama women who devoted much of their lives to public service, especially the fight for voting reform. The evening included suffrage songs sung by Sisters We, a quartet made up of members of the Huntsville Feminist Chorus. The next performance will be at the University of North Alabama (Florence), Thursday, September 21, 7 pm, in the Performance Center at the Guillot University Center. For further information about the UNA performance, contact Dr. Lynne Rieff or Dr. Anna Lott. For further information about booking the play, contact Dr. Rose Norman. (Photo by Carol Crosslin)

Research and production of Women Great of Heart was supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Foundation (a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities), the UAH Humanities Center, Alabama Representative Sue Schmitz, the John Hendricks Fund at UAH, the UAH Office of Governmental Relations, the Ruth Hindman Foundation, and donations from Mevatec, Uwohali, the Women's Economic Development Council, the Madison County Women's Political Caucus, the American Business Women's Association (Ala-Hunt chapter), Alabama Senator Jeff Enfinger, Alabama Representative Jim Haney, and Signature Gallery. For more information, call 890-6210 or email Rose Norman, normanr@email.uah.edu

Women's Equality Day honors the day that the Woman Suffrage Amendment was signed into law, enfranchising 26 million American women of voting age. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the amendment (49-47, August 18, 1920), and the 19th amendment was signed into law August 26, 1920.

 

Spring 2000

Huntsville Feminist Chorus performing  Saturday, March 18, 2000, Huntsville Feminist Chorus Concert, Roberts Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Last year's concert was so packed, fans had better get their early for this one! Check out the video of last year's concert! And click here for the 99-00 concert schedule!

April 4, 2000, 7 p.m., University Center, celebration of the winners of this year's Women's History Essay Contest.

Connie Clark  Thursday,February 17, 2000, "Emily," one-woman show about Emily Dickinson, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall. $10 general admission, $2 UAH students, $5 all other students and UAH faculty and staff. Free pre-show lecture, Feb.17, 11 a.m., University Center. Actor/playwright Connie Clark will present Emily, a one-woman show based on the life of American poet Emily Dickinson, as part of a mini-residency at UAH sponsored by the Cultural Entertainment Committee. Clark's production is acclaimed by Dickinson scholars for its historical accuracy and superb acting. Dickinson biographer Richard Sewall says, "Is it the 'real' Emily? Who knows? But it is hard to see how, with our present knowledge, one could come closer." On the morning of the performance, Clark will give a free public lecture sponsored by the UAH Honors Forum at 11 a.m. in the University Center. Here she will discuss Dickinson's poetic technique, her poetic themes, and family, and will perform several of the poems. Connie Clark teaches history, poetry, and theatre in Tryon, North Carolina. This will be the 15th state in which she has performed Emily. The performance is part of a brief campus mini-residency, February 17-18. For further information, call 256/890-6436.
 

Fall 1999

Zrazy Album Cover 

Uppity Irish Women!
Zrazy Concert, Saturday, November 13, 7:30 p.m., Chan Auditorium of the Administrative Science Building.

Dubliners Maria Walsh and Carole Nelson are Zrazy, an Irish phenomenon who have established themselves firmly at the forefront of contemporary Irish music. Zrazy integrate a Celtic lyricism, poetic sensibility and traditional instruments with the sounds, rhythms and technology of today. London's Time Out Magazine describes them as "Smooth as silk world-jazz funksters who mightily impressed on their last visit. Although impossible to pin down, their music is creamy and rich, yet studded with nuggets of social conscience." Come experience this benefit concert for the UAH Women's Studies program. Tickets are $15 general admission, available in advance at Shaver's books (Whitesburg Dr.) and through Women's Studies (890-6210), and at the door. Discount tickets are available for $10 to people who renew their membership in Friends of Women's Studies (May-May is the membership year). A limited number of $5 student tickets will be available at the door. It is possible we will get co-sponsorship from ACE and be able to offer free tickets to UAH students. Check the University Center information desk!

See pictures from UAH Zrazy Concert (and link to their site) 

Zrazy performing 

 

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner 

October 25, 7:30 p.m., Morton Hall Room 200

"From Womb to Woman: Developmental Theory and College Women," a lecture by Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, assistant professor at Dubuque Theological Seminary, in Iowa. This lecture interfaces psychology, sociology, spirituality, education and biology as developmental issues of interest to college women. Dr. Stevenson-Moessner is the editor of two books on pastoral care and is currently writing a book about adoption and editing a volume on women's development and life cycles. This event is co-sponsored by the UAH Humanities Center and the Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care. Dr. Stevenson-Moessner will also be speaking to other groups while in Huntsville. These talks include "Spiritual Care of Women: Connecting Mind-Body-Spirit-Culture," a presentation for Church Women United, Saturday, October 23, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

 

Spring 1999

Friday, April 9, Take Back the Night! University Center Exhibit Hall
Noon to 7 pm - silent auction benefitting rape prevention agency
5 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Guest Lecture on "The Psychology of the Sex Offender"
SPEAKER:
Our guest speaker is Dr. Barry Burkhart, professor of psychology at Auburn
University. Dr. Burkhart received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. Degrees from Florida
State University and has been active in developing effective intervention models for both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. His research and clinical work have been featured in numerous national publications, and he has appeared on national television several times including an influential ABC news special entitled "Men, Sex, and Rape," hosted by Peter Jennings. **There will be a question and answer session following his presentation.

SILENT AUCTION: From noon till 7 pm, anyone can participate in a silent auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to Crisis Services of North Alabama for rape prevention.

This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by WSSO, the UAH Women's Studies program, Psi Chi, SSA, SGA, & the UAH Humanities Center.

Tuesday, April 20, 1999, 7 p.m., University Center - Awards Celebration honoring the winners of this year's National Women's History Month Essay Contest. This contest is sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Program, the UAH Writing Center, and the Ruth Hindman Foundation.

Joy Jones 

Tuesday, March 16, 1998, 11:15 a.m., Chan Auditorium.

African-American performance artist Joy Jones presents "She's Not in Your History Book," sponsored by the UAH Office of Multicultural Affairs. Admission is free. For further information, call 890-6822.

 

Saturday, March 20, 1999, 8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - "Girls in the New Millenium." This is a workshop designed for girls ages 8-14 and their parents. Participants will be able to choose two out of about 20 workshops. The subjects of the interactive workshops are diverse--Celebrate Through Music and Movement, Sexuality 101, Stand Your Ground, Flying Solo, Yoga, Single Parenting, Wizardry of Words, etc. The cost is $7 and includes lunch. For more information or to register contact Donna Gesner at MHA, 536-9441. Co-sponsors are Friends of Women's Studies, Girl Scouts of America, and Girls Incorporated. It will be held at the School of Business at Alabama A & M University.

Thursday, March 4, Susan Herring on "Women Inventors "
11 a.m. -1 p.m., Technology Hall S105 (not S104 as on flyers).

The local Society of Women Engineers is planning to have UAH's own Susan Herring as a guest speaker on "Women Inventors" for the March meeting. Only about 3% of the patents issued in the U.S. since 1790 have been to women, but that doesn't mean women aren't prolific inventors. This brief trip through history highlights the innovative and inventive contributions women have made, from food processing to pharmaceuticals, and from railway cars to the space shuttle. Along with some fascinating inventions, we'll discuss some reasons women, historically, have been poorly represented in the history of technology.

A light lunch will be served at 11, and the talk will begin at 11:30.

Huntsville Feminist Chorus performing 

Saturday, March 6, 1999, 7:30 p.m.- "The Women United" is the theme for the fourth annual UAH performance of the Huntsville Feminist Chorus, scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., at Roberts Recital Hall. The Chorus's blend of inspiring a capella song, drumming, dance, and puppetry has made this an extremely popular event in past years, so plan to come early to get a seat. Seating at Roberts Recital Hall is limited, and the two previous concerts at that location have been Standing Room Only! Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. See the video of last year's concert! View the schedule of the Chorus's other 1998-99 performance dates!

Saturday, February 20, 1999, 7:30 p.m. Saffire, Uppity Blues Women. Chan Auditorium

This multiracial group of rowdy blueswomen sings humorous, affirming, bawdy lyrics to rollicking acoustic piano, bass, guitar, harmonica, and kazoo accompaniment. Listen to selections from their album Hot Flash on the Ladyslipper Listen Line: 919/644-1942 (choose 0358; other albums 0163, 0357). You can also listen to selections from these albums at Amazon.com: Cleaning House , Hot Flash, Broadcasting This concert is sponsored by the UAH Cultural Entertainment Committee. Admission prices are $9 at the door, or $8 at Shaver's Book Store or the UAH University Center. UAH students may pick up two free tickets at the University Center in advance only. UAH faculty, staff and other students may buy tickets for $4 at the University Center in advance only. For further information, call 890-6133 or email Dr. Royce Boyer at boyerr@email.uah.edu.

Thursday, January 14, 1999, 2 pm, University Center Exhibit Hall, motivational speaker, vocalist and drummer Gaynell Colburn will be the keynote speaker for the UAH annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. Colburn won a 1998 Essence award and was Miss Wheelchair America in 1984. Her appearance is sponsored by the UAH Office of Multicultural Affairs. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, call 890-6822.

Janice Neal performing 

Tuesday, February 11, 1999, 11:15 a.m., UC Exhibit Hall, Dr. Janice K. Neal, Storyteller

Dr. Janice K. Neal's one-woman show "People Up and Coming" is aimed at the portrayal of positive African American experiences that speak of human dignity, pride and self-worth. She says our stories are our survival, and we must not only tell them but we must retain them for present and future generations. This performance is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Admission is free. For further information, call 890-6822.

 

Fall 1998

Friday, September 4, 1998, feminist philosopher Linda Alcoff, "Where Does Whiteness Fit in the Multicultural Map?" Alcoff is the author of Feminist Epistemologies (Thinking Gender) (Routledge, 1992) and the program is sponsored by the UAH Philosophy Department, funded by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Friday, September 18, 1998, feminist philosopher Dr. Sandra Bartky, "Femininity and Domination." The program is sponsored by the UAH Philosophy Department, funded by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Friday, October 2, Dr. Lawrence Levine, "The Search for American Identity." Dr. Levine is the author of The Opening of the American Mind: Canons, Culture, and History (1996), and the event is sponsored by the UAH History Department.

Kelly Cherry 

Thursday, November 5, 1998, 7:15 p.m. - Poetry Reading

by Kelly Cherry at the Union Grove Gallery and Meeting Hall (renovated Church Gallery, next door to Morton Hall). This award-winning poet is a candidate for the rotating position of Eminent Scholar in the Humanities. Click here for a sample of her poetry. Admission is free. For further information, call the English Department at 890-6320. This reading is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Humanities Center.

 

Deidre McCalla Album Cover 

Saturday, November 14, 1998, 8 p.m. - Deidre McCalla in concert at Roberts Recital Hall. This African-American singer songwriter brings a diverse blend of politically sensitive songs. Listen to selections from her album Everyday Heroes & Heroines on the Ladyslipper website, or call their Listen Line: 919/644-1942 (choose 0271), or download a soundclip here. This concert is sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies program as a fundraiser.

 

Fall 1997

Women and Politics Conference, November 14-15

 

Spring 1997

Saturday, March 1, 1997, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall- Huntsville Feminist Chorus

Thursday, March 6, 1997, 2:00 p.m., Morton Hall, room 324 - "The Feminine Side of God," by Sue Barbara, part of the Women's Studies Student Organization Speakers Series.

Friday, March 7, 1997, 7:30 p.m., Mom's, University Center, AND

Saturday, March 8, 1997, 2 p.m., Huntsville Public Library - Woman on Fire and short works by women directors, with special guest, veteran filmmaker Kathleen Laughlin. This event is co-sponsored by the Film Co-op.

Friday, March 14, 1997, 7:30 p.m., Administrative Science Auditorium - "My Name is Julia," Kathryn Tucker Windham's one-woman show about Julia Tutwiler. This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Economic Development Council.

Friday, March 21, 1997, 12:30-2:30, Administrative Science Bldg, room 121, "Gender in Management," part of the Women's Studies Student Organization Speaker Series, co-sponsored with the Women's Economic Development Council. .

Monday, April 9, 1997, 8:30 p.m., Morton Hall, room 324, David Young will moderate a discussion of the film Antonia's Line, part of the Women's Studies Student Organization Speaker Series.

Thursday, April 10, 1997, 7:00 p.m., University Center - Awards Celebration honoring the winners of this year's National Women's History Month Essay Contest. This contest is sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Program, the UAH Writing Center, and the American Association of University Women.

 

Spring 1997

Saturday, March 1, 1997, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Recital Hall- Huntsville Feminist Chorus

Thursday, March 6, 1997, 2:00 p.m., Morton Hall, room 324 - "The Feminine Side of God," by Sue Barbara, part of the Women's Studies Student Organization Speakers Series.

Friday, March 7, 1997, 7:30 p.m., Mom's, University Center, AND

Saturday, March 8, 1997, 2 p.m., Huntsville Public Library - Woman on Fire and short works by women directors, with special guest, veteran filmmaker Kathleen Laughlin. This event is co-sponsored by the Film Co-op.

Friday, March 14, 1997, 7:30 p.m., Administrative Science Auditorium - "My Name is Julia," Kathryn Tucker Windham's one-woman show about Julia Tutwiler. This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Economic Development Council.

Friday, March 21, 1997, 12:30-2:30, Administrative Science Bldg, room 121, "Gender in Management," part of the Women's Studies Student Organization Speaker Series, co-sponsored with the Women's Economic Development Council. .

Monday, April 9, 1997, 8:30 p.m., Morton Hall, room 324, David Young will moderate a discussion of the film Antonia's Line, part of the Women's Studies Student Organization Speaker Series.

Thursday, April 10, 1997, 7:00 p.m., University Center - Awards Celebration honoring the winners of this year's National Women's History Month Essay Contest. This contest is sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Program, the UAH Writing Center, and the American Association of University Women.