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FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Celebrates Women’s History Month


            BOCA RATON, FL (March 1, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters invites the public to attend several events scheduled for Women’s History Month on its Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses. The events have been organized to encourage students and the public to learn more about women’s issues.  All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

      The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:


Colloquium: Images of Women: A History of France in Algeria Through Jacques Ferrandez’s Graphic Novel Series Les Carnet D’Orient

Wednesday, March 3, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Arts and Humanities Building, room 205


Carla Carlage, assistant professor in the department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature at FAU, will discuss Ferrandez’s portrayal of the place of women during the French occupation of Algeria.

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Discussion Panel: Women in Politics

Thursday, March 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach


This panel discussion will be opened with the lecture presentation “Women in United States Politics: Review of National, Regional and Local Trends,” with Alicia Jencik, visiting instructor in FAU’s department of political science. Panelists include Dr. Jean L. Enright, commissioner, Port of Palm Beach; Anne M. Gannon, tax collector, Palm Beach County; Addie Greene, former commissioner, Palm Beach County; Tara Laxer, former chief of staff to Florida State Senator Ted Deutch; Suzanne Mulvehill, Lake Worth City Commissioner, District 4. The event will be moderated by Kitty Oliver, adjunct professor of communications at FAU. Admission to this event is $10.

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Storytelling: In Praise of Older Women: A Celebration of Stories
Wednesday, March 17, from 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Arts and Humanities Building, room 205


Roslyn Bresnick-Perry, a professional storyteller who won the 2007 National Storytelling Network Lifetime Achievement Award, will present this unforgettable portrait of older women.

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Conference: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Feminist Discourses on Body Politics

Friday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live Oak Pavilion, Student UnionTBA


The Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association’s annual conference features guest speaker Eli Clare, author and poet.

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Concert: Roots of Classical Music

Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m.

University Theatre


FAU’s Chamber Soloists concert dedicates this concert to the woman composer Alba Rosa Vietor. Music will be performed by violinist David George and pianist Leonid Treer. Art songs will be by Pauline Viardot, Birgit Fioravante, mezzo soprano, and Heather Coltman, piano.

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Conference: French Cultures of Embodiment

Thursday, March 25 – Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arts and Humanities Building, room 205


This three-day international conference is hosted by the FAU Center for Body, Mind and Culture and the department of languages, linguistics and comparative literature. Twenty-two presenters will cover topics ranging from “ Catherine Breillat’s female body as ‘anatomy of hell,’” to “The Body Feminine.” For more details, visit www.fau.edu/bodymindculture.

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Lecture: Black Women, Crime and Violence in Georgia, 1865-1917

Wednesday, March 24, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Arts and Humanities Building, room 205


“Black Women, Crime and Violence in Georgia, 1865-1917” will be presented by Talitha LeFlouria, assistant professor in the FAU department of history.
LeFlouria will present a lecture about the critical role black female prisoners played in the building of Georgia’s industries during the post-emancipation era. 

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Forum: Issues in Women’s Health: Research, Public Health Policy and Advocacy

Friday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eleanor R. Baldwin House


The second annual Women’s Leadership Forum will host keynote speaker Elizabeth Thompson, senior vice president, medical and scientific affairs of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with “Research with Impact: Changing Outcomes for Women Around the Globe.” Other speakers include Kathy Schilling, Boca Raton Community Hospital; Rhonda Swan, Palm Beach Post; Mickelle McGovern, office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson; Judith Selzer, Planned Parenthood of Palm Beach County, Paula Thaqi, Broward County Public Health Department; and Lucille Guzman, Breast Care Education Program of Boynton Beach.

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Lecture: Contesting Borders: Black Feminist Contributions to International Human Rights

Friday, April 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Auditorium, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing


The lecture will be presented by Stanlie James, professor and director of the African and African American Studies Program at Arizona State University. James will discuss black women through history who have made contributions to international human rights.

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             The following events will take place on FAU’s John D. MacArthur campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter:


Take Back the Night

Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Lifelong Learning Auditorium


The Feminist Student Union of the Harriet L. Wilkes College presents this rally and candlelight vigil protesting violence against women.

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Performance: Vagina Monologues

Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m.

Lifelong Learning Auditorium


The play “Vagina Monologues” is made up of a series of monologues written by Eve Ensler. Ensler bases these monologues on more than 200 conversations she had with women about sex, female empowerment, female relationships and violence against women. General admission tickets cost $10, and is free for students.

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            The following event will take place on FAU’s Davie campus, 2912 College Avenue:


Concert: Roots of Classical Music

Saturday, March 20 at 3 p.m.

Auditorium


FAU’s Chamber Soloists concert dedicates this concert to the woman composer Alba Rosa Vietor. Music will be performed by David George, violin and Leonid Treer, piano. Art songs by Pauline Viardot, Birgit Fioravante, mezzo soprano and Heather Coltman, piano.

            All events are subject to change. For more information, call 561-297-3865 or visit www.fau.edu/womensstudies.

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