Women's History Month at Cal U. Women's History Month at Cal U.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2012

Cal U takes a global perspective on women’s rights issues — and gets personal, too — as it marks Women’s History Month 2012.

During March, presentations will focus on women’s rights and the role of activists in our own communities and around the world.

Human rights activist Ahmad Ghashmari, for example, has started a campaign to mobilize grassroots action against “honor killings” in the Middle East, including his native Jordan. His live presentations explore the issue and examine the future of Middle Eastern women in light of the Arab Spring uprisings.

The seventh annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference examines international violence against women with presentations by a special agent from the FBI, a scholar-activist who works with rape survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a panel of activists from Cal U.

Activists also spark debate as they share their passions in TED Talks videos. Their presentations are followed by facilitated discussions focusing on the worldwide sex trafficking industry and the effects of poverty in developing nations, especially on women and girls.

Events this month also include Cal U’s annual performances of The Vagina Monologues, plus a frank and funny talk by Harlan Cohen, the author of Naked Dating: Five Steps to Finding the Love of Your Life (While Fully Clothed and Totally Sober).

Women’s History Month events at Cal U are sponsored by the Women's Studies program, the Women's Center, the Activists Club, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President.

Most events are free, and all are open to the public. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

Schedule of Events

March 1 — Speaker Ahmad Ghashmari

March 1 — Speaker Ahmad Ghashmari
“Honor Killings”

9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Room 117, Duda Hall

Photo of Ahmad Ghashmari at Kent State University. Human rights activist Ahmad Ghashmari, an instructor at Kent State University in Ohio, leads campaigns against “honor killings” and speaks out for women’s rights in his native Jordan and around the world. Learn where honor killings occur, why they continue and how the Arab Spring uprisings may affect the future of women in the Middle East.

March 6 — Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference

March 6 — Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference
“International Violence Against Women: The Political is Personal”

9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. in the Performance Center

9:30 a.m. — Denise V. Holtz: “Human Trafficking in the United States”
Holtz, a special agent from the FBI office in Pittsburgh, sheds light on a crime that affects our region, as well as our nation.

12:30 p.m. — Dr. Lee Ann De Reus: “Against All Odds: Stories of Hope and Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo”Photo of Dr. DeReuse from Penn State Altoona.
A scholar-activist and an associate professor at Penn State-Altoona, De Reus travels regularly to the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she conducts research and develops programs for rape survivors. Learn about her work with Congolese women and the Panzi Foundation USA, and about an ongoing service project involving survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

2 p.m. — Panel discussion: “Activists in Action”
Activists speak about their experiences, then show the audience how to get involved.

3:30 p.m. — Feature film: “Call + Response”
This critically acclaimed, genre-bending documentary reveals a dirty secret: There are more slaves today than ever before in human history.

View a trailer for the film "Call + Response"

March 7 and 8 — Theatrical performance

March 7 and 8 — Theatrical performance
“The Vagina Monologues”

7 p.m. in the Blaney Theatre, Steele Hall

With humor and grace, this award-winning play by Eve Ensler celebrates women's sexuality. The performance has become a Women’s History Month tradition at Cal U.

Ticket price is $5 for students, $10 for others in the community. Tickets may be purchased in the Natali Student Center and Carter Hall, room G45.

March 21 — Author Harlan Cohen

March 21 — Author Harlan Cohen
“Naked Dating”

8 p.m. in the Performance Center

Photo of Harlan Cohen.Harlan Cohen, the author of “Naked Dating,” presents a “hilarious, candid and highly interactive event that reveals a simple five-step approach to finding the love of your life while fully clothed and totally sober.” The presentation is based on Cohen’s new book, due out in April. He also is the author of “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College.”

March 22 — END Violence Against Women

March 22 — END Violence Against Women
11 a.m. in Room 117, Duda Hall

Kay Dorrance, director of the END Violence Center at Cal U, addresses issues related to violence against women.

March 27 — i am that girl and human trafficking

March 27 —"Humanitarian Responses to International Human Trafficking"
11 a.m. in Room 117, Duda Hall

Grassroot organizers who work to save women from the sex slave trade will present "Humanitarian Responses to International Human Trafficking." 

March 27 — i am that girl
Women’s History Month presentation

5 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Carter Hall

The group “i am that girl” is dedicated to creating a positive and supportive community of women through regular meetings that feature relevant conversations and fun events. This meeting will focus on Women’s History Month.


March 29 — TED Talk and discussion

March 29 — TED Talk and discussion
Sunitha Krishnan: “Fighting Sex Slavery”

11 a.m. in Room 117, Duda Hall

Photo of Sunitha Krishnan.Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery in India and around the world. Members of the Cal U Activist Club lead a facilitated discussion after this video presentation about Krishnan’s work.

Links

Ahmad Ghashmari

Dr. Lee Ann De Reus

Harlan Cohen

END Violence Center

i am that girl

Sunitha Krishnan

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Harlan Cohen, the author of Naked Dating: Five Steps to Finding the Love of Your Life (While Fully Clothed and Totally Sober), will deliver a frank and funny talk at 8 p.m. March 21.