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Women’s History Month observations include talks and performances

Posted 02/27/19

Women's History Month Poster 2019Fitchburg State University will observe Women’s History Month with a series of talks and performances highlighting the work of students as well as guest lecturers including Boston Globe associate editor and columnist Renée Graham.

The observations begin with International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 5, when empowerment-themed student organizations will make presentations from 1 to 2 p.m. in room G01 of Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Participating organization include Feminist Conversations, Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education, the Gay Straight Alliance, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Tau, and World Integrated Nations.

The event continues at 2 p.m. with the “Herstory” discussion circle facilitated by students in Professor Viera Lorencová’s intercultural communication class and Professor Özge Ozay’s political economy of gender class.

The International Women’s Day observations are co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; the International Education Office; Communications Media Department; and the student club Feminist Conversations.

Also at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, acclaimed novelist, playwright, poet, and journalist Dacia Maraini will discuss her work in the Falcon Hub at Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. The daughter of a Sicilian princess and a Florentine ethnologist, Maraini was interned in a Japanese concentration camp with her family for refusing to recognize Mussolini's Republic of Salo. She went on to become one of the clearest voices for social justice of her generation. During a life of world travel, she has written novels, short stories, plays, several investigative studies, and collections of poetry and essays, and her works have been translated into more than 30 languages and adapted for award-winning films. Mariani’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Italian Culture and the Division of Arts & Sciences.

Music, poetry, dance and more will be featured at Women in The Arts: A Celebration for Women’s History Month at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. The event is co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Feminist Conversations; and the Department of Economics, History and Political Science.

The annual Lead(h)ership Conference will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 29 in Hammond Hall. The theme for this year’s event is “Breaking Boundaries,” and is co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Feminist Conversations.  Feminist Conversations, a recently formed student group on campus, has designed this conference as a series of workshops in which participants will literally break barriers in their exploration of contemporary gender-linked issues. Aligned with the theme of the conference, this year’s sessions will challenge traditional conference formats, and offer instead practical, interactive, and collaborative sessions in which attendees will be active and engaged participants focused interviewing skills, brand management, and self-care.  While there will be sign-ups to reserve a spot, the registration process will not be prohibitive; students will be able to walk into any of the sessions.  This event is open to anyone who would like to attend, regardless of their gender practice or identification. Please email femcon@student.fitchburg.edu to register.

Boston Globe Associate Editor and Columnist Renée Graham will deliver the annual Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. “Women on the Hill: 2018 and Beyond” is co-sponsored by the university’s Economics, History and Political Science Department; the English Studies Department; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Feminist Conversations.

The university’s Women’s History Month observances are organized by a committee including faculty members DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld (English Studies), Katharine Covino-Poutasse (English Studies), Viera Lorencová (Communications Media), Özge Ozay (Economics, History and Political Science), Jonathan Harvey (Humanities), Office of International Education Director Nelly Wadsworth, and student Kaitlynn Chase, from the Feminist Conversations club.

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