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WIU to Celebrate Women's History Throughout March

February 29, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - To recognize the historical, cultural, charitable and social contributions of women in the world, Western Illinois University will host a variety of activities during Women's History Month throughout March. This year's theme is "Women's Art: Women's Vision."

The WIU Women's Center has compiled a calendar of events recognizing women's contributions and achievements. According to Women's Center Director Janine Cavicchia, calendar items were solicited from academic and administrative departments, student organizations and members of the campus and surrounding communities to offer a spectrum of educational, cutlural and entertainment opportunities.

Cavicchia added that several of the programs tie in with this year's theme, which is determined annually by the National Women's History Project, while several others tie in with this year's campus theme of Environmental Sustainability.

Included in the month's activities are REAL Women: Women as Researchers, Educators, Activists & Leaders discussions led by WIU faculty and staff throughout the month; a Saturday, April 5 children's and maternity consignment sale; and films and panels discussing oppression of women, including the Thursday, March 27 presentation "Tears for Naomi: Cambodia's Sex Slave Industry," presented by Donna McCaw, associate professor in Western's educational leadership department.

Unless noted, all programs are open free to the public. For more information, contact the WIU Women's Center at 309/298-2242, or e-mail or visit The schedule is as follows:

Friday, Feb. 29-Saturday, March 1
"Women's Roles Around the World" booth; WIU International Bazaar, University Union Grand Ballroom

Saturday, March 1, 7 a.m. on 91.3 FM (WIUM); 8:20 a.m. on K-100 FM (WKAI), and
9 a.m. on 1510 AM (WLRB)
Women's History Month preview on "Community Conversation" with Darcie Shinberger, director of University Relations

Saturday, March 1, 9-10 a.m.
On Classic 103 (WJEQ) 102.7 FM
Women's History Month preview on "Public Perspective" with Cathy Early

Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Macomb Feminist Network meeting: feminist theory panel, Macomb City Hall Community Room

Monday, March 3, 12-1 p.m.
REAL Women panel: "Women's Issues in the Israeli Society"
University Library Garden Lounge
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities

Monday, March 3, 3-5 p.m.
University Library Atrium Café Level
Women's Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Monday, March 3-Wednesday, March 5
New Music Festival
Featured Composer: Eve Beglarian
Sponsored by School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) and Visiting Lectures Committee
Contact: James Caldwell, 309/298-1240

Monday, March 3
Lectures: 9 & 10-11 a.m., Browne Hall 207
Concert: 7:30 p.m., COFAC Recital Hall

Tuesday, March 4
Concerts - 2 & 7:30 p.m., COFAC Recital Hall

Wednesday, March 5
Masterclass: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., COFAC Recital Hall

Tuesdays, March 4, 18, 25, 5-6 p.m.
Feminist Action Alliance meetings
Women's Center Conference Room, Seal Hall 315/317

Wednesday, March 5, 12-1 p.m.
REAL Women: International Women's Day presentation by Clarissa Cenci (Fano, Italy), Women's Center graduate assistant: "Women Around the World Working Toward Environmental Sustainability"
University Libraries Garden Lounge

Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 12-12:30 p.m.
On Tri States Public Radio, WIUM 91.3 FM & WIUW 89.5 FM
NPR's "51 Percent" radio program about women
Underwritten by the Western Organization for Women (WOW)

Friday, March 7, 12 p.m.
University Union Sandburg Theatre
REAL Women presentation, "A Feminist Silver Screen Scan: Where Have All the Women Gone" by Janice Welsch, professor emeritus of English

Friday, March 7, 2-6 p.m.
Women's Opportunity Network Lifestyles Fair
Coordinated by Prairie Tech Learning Center
Monmouth College Huff Athletic Center, Monmouth, IL

Saturday, March 8
International Women's Day

Sunday, March 9-Saturday, March 15
Girl Scout Week

Monday, March 17-Friday, March 21
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Awareness Week

Wednesday, March 19 & Thursday, March 20, 3:30 & 7 p.m.
"Redacted" (Rated R; 1 hour, 30 min.)
International Film Series, Cinema I and II Theatres, 306 University Drive
Presented in collaboration with COFAC
Tickets: $5.50 at the door

Thursday, March 20, 2-3 p.m.
"Transgender 101" presentation by Dr. NapéWastéWin, transgender Native American speaker
109 Morgan Hall
Co-sponsors include Unity, the Women's Center, Women's Studies department, WIU Anthropology Sociology Club (WASC), and others

Friday, March 21, 11:45-1 p.m.
REAL Women Celebration Luncheon
Knoblauch Hall Corporate Dining Room 239
* Nominal charge

Tuesday, March 25, 12-1 p.m.
REAL Women presentation "Cooking for Sustainability" by Holly Stovall, Women's Studies instructor
Location TBA

Wednesday, March 26, 12-3 p.m.
Women of Color Film Festival
Films by Native American and Creole filmmakers
University Library Conference Room 180
Sponsored by Western's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR)
Contact: Nancy Kwang Johnson, 309/298-1289

Thursday, March 27, 2 p.m.
Horrabin Hall 1
"Tears for Naomi: Cambodia's Sex Slave Industry" presentation by Donna McCaw, associate professor in Western's educational leadership department.
Contact: Christie Carmack,

Thursday, March 27, 7:30 -9:30 p.m.
Feminist Reading Group discussion of "The Golden Notebook" by Doris Lessing
Women's Center, Seal Hall 3rd floor, east wing
Sponsored by Western Organization for Women

Saturday, March 29, 12-3:30 p.m.
Women of Color seminar
University Union
Sponsors include Women's Center and others
*Nominal charge.

Thursday, April 3, 3-11 p.m.
"Take Back the Campus"—musical performances and resource fair to raise awareness and money for violence prevention
Vince Grady Field

Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Children's and Maternity Consignment Sale
Horrabin Hall Gym
Sponsored by Western's OASIS (Organization for Adult Students for Interaction and Support)
* Nominal charge to consign.

Wednesday, April 9 & Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Sexual assault mock trials
McDonough County Courthouse
Sponsored by Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) Victim Services

Friday, April 11, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (tentative)
Western Organization for Women Annual Spring Luncheon & Achievement Award; Panel: Women's Studies 20th Anniversary Celebration
Knoblauch Hall Corporate Dining Room
* Nominal charge.

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Macomb Feminist Network meeting; Panel: Women and Finance
Macomb City Hall Community Room

Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.
Sister Souljah lecture: "The True Meaning of Diversity"
University Union Grand Ballroom
Sponsors include the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, the Office of Student Activities, the Women's Center and others

Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Rain date Monday, April 28)
"The Clothesline Project" display
A Sexual Assault Awareness Month program
WIU-Macomb campus mall
Call 309/298-2242 to schedule a T-shirt making session in March and April
Sponsored by WIRC Victim Services, WIU Women's Center, Feminist Action Alliance and University Counseling Center

Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.
League of Women Voters annual meeting
Macomb City Hall Community Room
*Cost for dinner TBA

Tuesday, April 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
REAL Women presentation: Equal Pay Day
Location TBA

Tuesday, April 22-Sunday, April 27
34th Annual African Literature Association Conference: "African and African Diaspora Women Writers, Global Challenges and Cultural Identity"
Sponsors include WIU Department of African American Studies and others
Contact: Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, 309/298-1181
*Registration fee and additional information:

Ongoing throughout March:
WHM essay contest for WIU-Quad Cities students
Deadline for submission March 18; award presentation March 28
Contact: Jacquelyn Holan, 309/762-1692

"Women's Art: Women's Vision"
Daily postings on Women's Center electronic bulletin board and Web site:

Women's History Month Displays
University Union Showcase
University Library southeast entrance circular display
Student Recreation Center bulletin board
Macomb City Hall

Music Library - Sallee 108
"Women in Music"—Composers and conductors display
(Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. 1-5 p.m., Sun. 1-9 p.m.)

Women's History Month book display: books written by and about women
WIU Bookstore, University Union

"Women's Art: Women's Vision" Art Exhibit
University Library Atrium Café Level
Sponsored by the Women's Center

WHM Bulletin Board Contest
WIU Residence Halls
Sponsored by the Women's Center and University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS)

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