Women's Herstory Month 2021 Observed

March 3, 2021
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Fitchburg State University celebrates Women’s History Month in March with a series of virtual events including celebrated guest speakers and performances. All of the programs are free and open to the public.

Cairo University Professor Radwa Elsaman will deliver the International Women's Day keynote presentation at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Professor Elsaman will discuss gender equality in the Arab region and will include International students' response to the keynote. Students will share the current gender equality situation in their home countries. Fitchburg State Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs Alberto Cardelle will give the welcome remarks. To take part, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88661714.

The university welcomes Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, for a talk entitled “Need/Want a Community for All? Here’s How We Get There.” Harris-Perry teaches courses on American politics and elections at the intersections of race, place, and gender. For nearly two decades, she has contributed to American public life through her distinct combination of scholarly analysis and grounded wisdom applied to analysis of race, gender, politics, and power.

To participate, go to https://meet.google.com/czm-ipz-kwb.

Harris-Perry’s talk is sponsored by the university’s Leading for Change Committee and the Newman Center.

The events continue with the Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, featuring M. V. Lee Badgett with a talk entitled “The Economic Case for LGBTQ+ Equality: Changing the World with a New Idea.”

Badgett is an author and professor of economics at UMass Amherst and Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA’s Williams Institute. Her research focuses on economic inequality for LGBTQ+ people, including wage gaps, employment discrimination, poverty, and the global cost of homophobia and transphobia.

To see Badgett’s presentation, go to meet.google.com/owh-cnnp-mhv.

Badgett’s talk is sponsored by the university’s Economics, History and Political Science Department; the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; and the Center for Faculty Scholarship.

Musicians, dancers, poets, actors, visual artists and more will gather for the annual Women in the Arts program at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18. This celebration of women-identified artists and performers is sponsored by the Humanities Department and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. To participate, go to meet.google.com/wyu-czco-bdx.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness will present a talk with motivator and author Maria Milagros at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March. Join the event at https://meet.google.com/ujk-vwaq-ccz, and CDI will be raffling autographed copies of her book, "Sparkling Everything." 

The month’s events conclude with “Calling in the Calling Out Culture” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, an address by Loretta Ross, visiting associate professor at Smith College in the study of women and gender. Ross teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and the callout culture. She is author of the forthcoming book Calling In the Calling Out Culture. To hear Ross’s presentation, go to meet.google.com/mni-wdwt-vps.

Ross’s talk is sponsored by the university’s Office of Academic Affairs.