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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (256) 852-4802 or Amanda Jarrett at email@example.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 UAHuntsville, to this AAUW-sponsored event. Women’s Studies often assists UAHuntsville students in finding additional funding.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (256) 824-6114.
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 UAHuntsville 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 email@example.com.
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 UAHuntsville, honoring women’s history. HFC was formed in 1993 and sang its first UAHuntsville 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (256) 824-6114.
If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please contact the Women's Studies Program Office at 256-824-6190 or email@example.com.
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