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Women’s History Month observed at Fitchburg State

Posted 02/17/15

chandra thomasFitchburg State University will celebrate Women's History Month with a series of film screenings, talks and a solo performance that promise to highlight the contributions of women to history and contemporary society.

The commemoration starts with a performance by celebrated actress and writer Chandra Thomas, who will present her one-woman play a rhyme for the UNDERground at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Thomas has appeared on film, television and stage across the U.S. In a rhyme for the UNDERground, she looks at the history and legacy of slavery. Admission is free.

A series of films focused on women's issues will also be featured during the month's events. On Monday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m., the Oscar-nominated film What's Love Got to do With It? (1993) at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free. The film tells the story of music legend Tina Turner and her turbulent marriage to Ike Turner.

The campus will welcome Donna M. Cole, PhD, MPH, MEd, for the Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Presidents' Hall in the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. Cole will present "My God Has Not Spoken:" The Experiences of African-American Women Living with HIV." Cole is visiting research fellow at Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Admission is free.

On Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St., Fitchburg State faculty member Patricia Arend (Behavioral Sciences) will introduce the Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven (2002) and lead a discussion after the screening. Far From Heaven is also being presented as part of the university and library's Third Thursday Film Series, as well as the Community Read. Admission is free.

Back on campus, the Women's History Month film series concludes with Love Jones (1997) on Monday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. The film, about the relationship between two young African-Americans in Chicago, has enjoyed a cult following since its debut nearly 20 years ago.

The university's observance of Women's History Month is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness, Amelia Gallucci-Cirio Memorial Library, Academic Affairs, Black Student Union, and Departments of Behavioral Sciences, Economics, History, and Political Science, English Studies, and Humanities.

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