Sunday, March 1, 2009

Women's History Month at DePaul

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Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? To ring in International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 5, the university’s Women's Center will be hosting events at the Student Center on the Lincoln Park campus.

From 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Room 120, there will be a luncheon featuring Laura Washington, an Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor who teaches journalism here at DePaul. Washington is also an award-winning journalist/columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. During the luncheon, there will be a discussion of the following topic: “Was Gloria Steinem Right About 2008 Being a Watershed Year of History-making in Politics and Social Justice and, if so, Where do Women Stand in 2009?”

Next, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Room 314, there will be a panel discussion with activists and survivors from San Salvador Atenco, Mexico where there is a brutal history of women’s rights violations (that received much publicity in 2006 and still continue today). The presentation will be in Spanish with translation.

The last event of the day is guest speaker Dr. Andrea Smith from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Room 120. Smith is a Cherokee scholar and anti-violence activist known for her work in Native Feminist Liberation Theology. She also co-founded INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations. Smith will be speaking on the topic: “Another Politics is Possible: Women of Color Organizing.”

All of these International Womens Day events on Thursday are free.

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