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Women's History Month Events
Headline a Busy March Schedule


“Take It Back? Evangelical Christian and Popular Music” Screening
Tuesday, March 13,
7 p.m.

The film, a musical journey into American evangelical culture, is a project based on FAU Comparative Studies Ph.D. candidate Silvia Giagnoni’s dissertation “Christian Rock goes Mainstream: Youth Culture, Politics and Popular Music in the U.S.” Giagnoni, who received both the FAU Lifelong Learning Fellowship in Spring 2006 and the FAU Graduate Fellowship for Academic Excellence for 2006/2007, co-produced the film with video-journalist Eleonora Orlandi, from Italy. Filmed mostly in Florida, the documentary includes filming at the Cornerstone Festival in Orlando (an alternative Christian rock festival); the Calvary Church in Fort Lauderdale; and the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church of Dr. James Kennedy (founder of, among other ministries, the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ). It also includes interviews with Jay Bakker, son of televangelist Jim Bakker; Larry Grossberg, professor of communication studies and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and Orlando Sentinel journalist and religious writer Marc I. Pinsky. The film features the music of many Christian rock bands, including Anberlin, Copeland and Over the Rhine.
Performing Arts Building, Room 101, Boca Raton Campus
Free and open to the public
Information: sgiagnon@fau.edu.

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Women's History Month Events
Sponsored by
the Women’s Studies Center
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Florida Video Premiere: “The Pornography of Everyday Life”
Wednesday, March 14, Noon,
PA 101, Boca Raton Campus

This video, written by Dr. Jane Caputi (Women’s Studies) and produced by Susan Rosencranz, incorporates over 200 images from advertising, the news, ancient myth, contemporary art, and pornography as it suggests that “pornography” (sexualized domination and objectification of women and others put in the role of women) is really a mainstream worldview, one supporting not only sexism, but also racism, militarism, torture and environmental destruction. Pornographic imagery is a form of patriarchal religion and works by appropriating previously sacred icons and images of women, sex, and the feminine principle and then profaning and defaming them. Visionary artists and thinkers re-imagine female sexuality and/or the female divine, restoring respect to the feminine principle, and calling for new understandings of sex, mystery, connection, eroticism, and ecstasy. Following the video, Dr. Caputi will address questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch Feminist and Politician
Thursday, March 22, 4 p.m.,
Live Oak Pavilion. Boca Raton campus (a co-sponsored event)

Raised as a devout Muslim, Ms. Hirsi Ali is an atheist and outspoken critic of Islam. According to the New York Times, “A Somali by birth and a recently elected member of the Dutch Parliament, Ms. Hirsi Ali had waged a personal crusade to improve the lot of Muslim women. In 2004 a Muslim fanatic, after shooting the filmmaker Theo van Gogh dead on an Amsterdam stree, pinned a letter to Mr. van Gogh’s chest with a knife. Addressed to Ms. Hirsi Ali, the letter called for holy way against the West, and, more specifically, for her death.” Controversial and provocative, Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be available to sign copies of her new book, Infidel, following her talk and the questions and answer time.

The Ninth Annual Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association Symposium
Friday, March 23, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
Hillel Golden Pavilion, Boca Raton Campus
“Feminisms without Apology”

Dr. Andrea Smith will deliver the keynote address, “Native Feminisms Without Apology: Anti-Colonial Responses to Violence,” at 11 a.m. Dr. Smith is Assistant Professor of American Culture (Native American Studies) and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Smith, a Cherokee, is co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, co-editor of The Color of Violence, and editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex (all South End Press). Dr. Smith is also author of Native Americans and The Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (in press with Duke University Press 2008). For more information, please call the Women’s Studies Center, 561-297-3865 or e-mail wsc@fau.edu.

Second Annual Women Auhtors Panel
Wednesday, March 28, noon – 2 p.m.,
AH 205, Boca Raton Campus

This panel of FAU women faculty will present information about their books. They will discuss the logistics of publishing along with descriptions of their most recent books. The panelists include Dr. Barbara Ganson (history), Dr. Jan Hokenson (languages and linguistics), Dr. Chris Scodari (communication), Dr. Caren Neil (communication), and Dr. Laura Finley (sociology). The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Other Ongoing Events
Sponsored by The Women's Studies Center

Intuthuku Sewing Group, Memory Quilt, 2004.

Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory
University Galleries, Boca Raton Campus
through April 7

FAU Library Display highlighting the Women’s Studies Center
S.E. Wimberly Library, Boca Raton Campus
March 5 – March 30

NOW - The FAU Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) will host a table in the Breezeway at the Boca Raton campus focused on the following issues:
March 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Women’s Health
March 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Violence Against Women
March 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Famous Feminists

For additional information about these events, please contact the Women’s Studies Center, 561-297-3865 or wsc@fau.edu, or Dr. Marsha S. Rose, Director of the Women’s Studies Center, msrose@fau.edu.


Jaffe Center for the Book Arts exhibits “Books in Black: A New Page!”

through April 16, 2007
FAU Libraries’ Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts is exhibiting “Books in Black: A New Page!,” a traveling exhibition of books handmade by black artists to pay tribute to black inventors and trailblazers through April 16, at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus. The exhibition, based in New York and founded by Ruth E. Edwards to raise awareness of black achievements, has been shown in Brazil and in New York at such venues as the Mount Vernon Library, the Center for Book Arts and the National Museum of Catholic Art and History.

“Books in Black” artists often use origami, doll making and other personal interests to deliver significant messages in their books.
“Books like these show the creative spirit in a way regular books rarely do,’’ said Arthur Jaffe, curator and founder of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection: Books as Aesthetic Objects, which is housed in the Jaffe center. “When artists make books, the experience is very visual — not just literal.”

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed in the library’s main lobby, at the entrance of the second floor administrative offices and in the atrium outside of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts on the library’s third floor. For additional information, call 561-297-3787.


Klezmer East Band Debuts

The University’s School of the Arts presents the debut of the new group Klezmer East on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. General admission is $15 at the door. FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni may obtain free admission with ID.

Klezmer East was formed by clarinetist Paul Green and keyboard artist/arranger Bob Weiner. The group is dedicated to performing both traditional Klezmer classics from Europe and more contemporary Jewish pieces from the United States. The program will consist of traditional favorites from the European and American Klezmer repertoire that will be announced from the stage.

Klezmer is a tradition of Jewish secular music that developed in the 15th century in Eastern Europe. It was brought to the United States in the 19th century and is still popular today.

Klezmer East, the newest ensemble-in-residence at FAU, consists of musicians Bob Weiner, keyboards, Seth Merlin, trumpet, Dave Levitan, trombone, Roy Fantel, drums and Sunshine Raddock, vocals.


Minding the Body: Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Inaugural Conference of the Center for Body, Mind and Culture
will be held on March 29-30. A keynote address by Arthur Danto, the Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Columbia University and Art Critic for The Nation kicks off the two-day event at on Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building, Room 101, on the Boca Raton campus. A reception will follow.

Danto will be lecturing on the centrality of the body, particularly the “sexed” bodies of men and women, as central topics in contemporary art. He will compare the very diff erent ways in which artists and philosophers have depicted and analyzed the body, and will ask how to reconcile these very diff erent ideas of what the body is and means.

The conference continues on Friday, March 30 from 9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, University Center on the Boca Raton campus with presentations and commentary by visiting and FAU scholars on the topics of the meaning of the body; material virtue; pathologies of the lived body; the brain, conduct and embodiment; and touch as therapy. Panel discussion to conclude. For a detailed schedule of presentations and speakers, please visit http://www.fau.edu/bodymindculture or call 561.297.0851.




Friday, March 16, 9–10 a.m.
Dance Performance: Karen Peterson and Dancers
University Theatre, Boca Raton Campus
Free and open to the public
Information: 561-297-0266

Friday, March 16, noon
Lecture: “The Insomnia Solution: An Introduction to the Sounder Sleep System,” with Michael Krugman, Movement Educator
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Lobby, Boca Raton Campus
Free and open to the public
Space is limited, RSVP to Gisele Galoustian, 561-297-2010

Saturday, March 17, 3 p.m.
Concert: Edward Turgeon, piano and Rebecca Lautar, violin
The concert will include a set of songs by American composer Amy Beach, written for voice, violin and piano; Beethoven’s Romance in F Major Op. 50; Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 in a minor Op. 105 for violin and piano and Meditation from Thais; selections from de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole and a sonata for violin and piano, composed by Stuart Glazer.
Harid Conservatory, 2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton
Tickets: $15 at the door, general admission
Information: 561-997-2677

Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m.
Concert: FAU Choral Ensembles
University Theatre, FAU Boca Raton Campus,
Information: 561-297-3820

Sunday, March 18, 4 p.m.
Lecture: When the World Burned: Ten Months Under German Occupation,” a lecture by Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
Ozsvath is a Hungarian Holocaust survivor and current director of the Holocaust Studies Program at the University of Texas at Dallas who lived in Hungary in 1944 when the Germans invaded the country. She will talk about her personal experience in hiding from the Germans; of being “shaken by the threat of separation from [her] parents, atrocity, and murder.” Ozsvath will look at the German process for identification, ghettoization and deportation of the nearly 500,000 Hungarian Jews who were victims of the Holocaust. She will also discuss efforts by the Communist dictatorship in power in Hungary after the Holocaust to eradicate all memory of anti-Semitism and the pre-war Jewish community in Hungary.
Performing Arts Building, Room 101, Boca Raton Campus
Information: 561-297-2979

Call 561-297-2979 for more information:
Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m.
University Theatre, Jazz and Klezmer concert

Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m.
University Theatre, World Music Concert

Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
College of Nursing Building,
Workshop: “Creating Inner Peace: Ways to Calm the Mind and Lift the Spirit” with Jill Bormann

Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1
Chamber Soloists with Roots of Classical Music: Great Ladies of American Music, Davie and Boca Raton

More Events and Exhibitions

Ladies of the Night: Adventures in Adult Storytelling
The School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and the School of the Arts presents "Ladies of the Night: Adventures in Adult Storytelling," an innovative one-woman performance series. The series concludes on March 19 at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $15/20. For more information, call 561-241-7432 or contact Caren Neile, Director, South Florida Storytelling Project, cneile@fau.edu, ext. (561) 297-0042.

The Spring 2007 Colloquium Series Continues
The Spring 2007 Colloquium Series presented by the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will be held on Mondays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in SO 270 (the Social Sciences building) on the Boca Raton campus. Click f or information. Topics and dates are listed below:

March 19                                     
New and Old Europe:  Rhetoric of Past, “Post” or Present
Noemi Marin, Assistant Professor, School of Communication
March 26                                                        
Dissertation Workshop II:  Ethical Issues
Robin Fiore, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
April 2                                 
Starting a National Park in the Bahamas:  the Exciting Discovery of Preacher’s Cave, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Jane Day, PhD in Comparative Studies
April 9                                 
The “Swissification” of Europe:  Multicultural Switzerland as a Study Case for the European Integration Process
Alfred Defago, Visiting Professor, Arts and Letters
April 16
Bathsheba’s Muse: Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical
Tradition in the Works of Meredith Monk
Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez, English Instructor PBCC

Frontiers in Science
Don't forget the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series; lectures continue this month (click for details).

For more events, visit the University's Calendar of Events.

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