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Women’s History Month observed in March

Posted 03/02/18

Women's History Month 2018Panel talks, performances and lectures comprise Fitchburg State University’s observances of Women’s History Month in March.

The Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture will be delivered at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. Fitchburg Historical Society Director Susan Navarre will present “Fitchburg’s Women from the Gilded Age to World War II: Private Lives and Public Roles.” The presentation is sponsored by the Economics, History and Political Science Department and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

There will be an International Women’s Day Fair from noon to 3:30 p.m on Thursday, March 22 at the main lounge at Hammond Hall. The women’s empowerment-themed student organization fair will include tables from campus clubs including Feminist Conversations, the Gay Straight Alliance, FAVE Club, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Alpha Sigma Tau.

At 2 p.m. there will be a discussion circle with international students who were interviewed for the “Herstory” project conducted by students from Professor Viera Lorencova’s (Communications Media) Intercultural Communication course. Data on the global gender pay gap will be presented by students from Professor Ozge Ozay’s (Economics, History and Political Science) Political Economy of Gender Course, and poster designs from Professor Jon Krasner’s (Communications Media) Image and Design class will also be on a display.

Sponsors for the fair include Feminist Conversations, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Education, Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness, and Communications Media Department.

The focus turns to literature and film with “#Hermione: A Feminist Conversation” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the main lounge in Hammond Hall. Professor Kisha Tracy (English Studies) will lead a conversation highlighting the character of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter novel and film series. The talk is sponsored by Feminist Conversations and the Harry Potter Alliance.

Music, poetry and dance will be performed at “Women in the Arts: A Celebration for Women’s History Month” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 353 North St. The performance is sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Feminist Conversations.

The month’s events will conclude with the annual Lead(h)ership Conference being held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 30 in the main lounge at Hammond Hall. Additional details will be announced soon.

The celebration began March 1 with a performance by slam poet Kyla Lacey, whose work has garnered millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.

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